With me being busy with the BaSS course, we have Donar available for lease.
Donar has served in hand, or run with mares and foals. He's an easy stallion to have around and produces quality offspring.
Chrialka Sporthorses was a dream of mine (and has been an endurance exercise for Mark).
Our horses have become known for their versatility, athleticism and trainability.
It all started with Queen of Diamonds, an Irish Hunter by Kingsway Diamond, purchased at the Waipaoa Station dispersal auction. Queenie was purchased in foal to Telegraph with a colt at foot by Telereign. She was to become my hunter and her foal at foot was to become our foundation sire.
But the colt never made it to the breeding paddock and that is where Zibu came in – a classic Clydesdale/Thoroughbred with known bloodlines, an easy temperament and beautifully put together.
Zibu was backed as a two year old, after running with mares, and eventually began his competitive career. Starting with dressage, he progressed to jumping. He attended the occasional hunt or trek and also was used as a stock horse on the farm. He has now retired and enjoys a social life with his girls.
Bu's youngsters are regularly seen out on the hunt field and at competition venues. They are competing successfully in Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, Show Hunter and flat classes. They're involved in Adult Riding Club activities or being used as pleasure hacks. His daughters are producing some outstanding foals, and we've had exports – to the UK and China.
My childhood revolved around ponies and horses, Pony Club and competing in various disciplines, exercising Thoroughbreds and polo ponies.
After school a stint in the Navy was followed by an ‘OE’ working with a pair of Welsh Cobs in England, then on to Texas, U.S.A. and
Quarter Horses (and Santa Gertrudis cattle).
Returning to NZ, horses were side-lined as ‘life’ took over. They came back on the scene in '95 when we moved to Whakamarumaru, initially with breeding and then with riding, hacking, schooling, ARC, dressage, show hunter, a few hunts and even an ODE. Bu was an excellent school master, kindly keeping between me and the ground! Riding has been sidelined again, with a return to school – I'm currently studying for BaSS.
The name CHRIALKA comes from the first two letters of our four children's names – CHristopher, RIchard, ALister and KAtrina.
Chrialka Sporthorses is based on Whakamarumaru Station, a 2500 acre sheep and cattle station on the rolling hills of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. The station is well known for the quality of sheep and cattle it produces. 400 South Devon/Angus cows and 4000 Romney ewes make up the breeding herds. Replacement stock is carried through and trading stock is grazed as the seasons allow. Gullies and waste areas have been planted in pine to limit stock losses, provide a carbon sink, and as a rotational cash crop.Liz Nelson