Silk Bridge Warmbloods was established in 1998 as a boutique stud with a small number of quality broodmares. Individual care and attention is given to the horses whilst raising them mostly on pasture and in small herds. Raising the horses from weanling to maturity in this environment produces good behaviour and thus, calm trainable young horses.
We choose mares containing the dynamic pedigrees of stallions from Jaybee Farm to form the foundation of the stud. In 2006 we began to introduce selected quality German bloodlines through AI. This has improved both the quality of the breeding herd and subsequent riding horses. In the future there are plans to stand a limited number of high quality stallions and maintain the ability to breed our best to the best. A tough selection criteria has been developed for choosing our breeding stock to refine our small nucleus herd over time. For the astute rider there will be a limited number of well bred and individually handled stock suitable for dressage and show jumping.
The stud principles, Don and Sharon, bring unique skills to the goal of breeding Australian Warmblood horses. Don has been able to blend his academic knowledge of horse behaviour and profiling the horse and rider during equestrian sports with his practical skills of starting and training horses. His horsemanship skills began growing up in a rural environment handling and training riding horses for mustering. During his academic studies Don continued to develop his practical horsemanship skills starting horses and furthered his involvement in equestrian sport by showing horses in hand and riding competitively at agricultural shows and dressage competitions. There have been many opportunities to observe and learn and apply the many different training techniques from other successful horseman.
Sharon competed in dressage and eventing events and finally followed her dream of leaving the big smoke for the bush. Sharon rode horses from Cooktown to Sydney along the Bicentennial National trail in 1989/90. After such a life changing eighteen months on the road it wasn't possible for Sharon to return to the city lifestyle working for large corporations in middle management. By 1995 Sharon had qualified herself in Brisbane as a registered acupuncturist and headed to the University of Queensland, Gatton, to study horse husbandry as she sought to treat both humans and animals whilst living in a rural environment. She now has a healthy practice at Plainlands, Queensland.
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