Ellanbrae Park - Open Day and KWPN Interest Group

EmmyCarolynDavid1With the horse world becoming smaller and Australia now a respected part of the international performance horse industry, I was delighted to accept an invitation to beautiful Ellanbrae Park, formerly known as Statene Park, which was established by Olympian, Mary Hanna as a breeding and training centre.

Statene Park has enjoyed an enviable reputation for producing top horses, top riders and playing an important role in the early days of the Australian performance horse industry.  The stallions Kilof McOhl and Valuta stood at stud and Mary Hanna trained many of her best horses from this lovely property. 

Above left - Emmy de Jue, Carolyn Welsh and David Shavin who put togethr a very interesting and innovative day.

Saturday the 15th June, 2013 was the occasion of the inaugural Ellenbrae Park Open Day, held to introduce the new owners Carolyn Welsh and David Shavin, who took over in December, 2012 and have some very exciting and ambitious plans for the centre.

The beautifully appointed 100+ hectare property is set in the picturesque Macedon Ranges.  The restoration project has provided a very rewarding challenge for Carolyn and David who have delighted in bringing the facilities back to former glory, while establishing a base for breeding top quality performance horses using the best Dutch bloodlines and a concept that gives KWPN members and friends benefits and international co-operation.

Ashley Howard, Lilah Nieuwland and Karrie Bowe
Case Wientjens (Flowervale Stud) Emmy de Jeu
and Dirk Dijkstra (AEA Burong)

Charlie Welsh (Carolyn's daughter) plays hostess

Dan, Sharan and Blake Stewart from Newham


Doug Welsh and David Shavin pour a very nice red

Dirk Dijkstra, Deb & Bruce Williams (Hollingrove Stud) andCase Wientjens share an interest
in Dutch horses.

Carolyn said, “Berni, we will have plenty of news for you as our imported mares will soon arrive in Australia and I have been looking forward to introducing Emmy de Jeu to some of the key industry participants in Australia, so that a nucleus of dedicated horse people can join forces to create a really pro-active group who will be instrumental to taking the Australian breeding industry forward, in line with the leading countries in the world.”

I was very interested to hear of the innovative and pro-active plans to further an “Australian/Dutch” association which aims to support Australasian breeders who are keen to be part of this well established stud book and form a co-operative group to work together and create opportunities for friendship, education and commercial ventures – a win/win for all concerned.

Carolyn and David were the perfect hosts and opened the hospitality area of the indoor to talk about the plans for Ellanbrae Park and to introduce Dutch breeder and Board Member of the KWPN in The Netherlands, Emmy de Jeu.  Emmy’s knowledge of horses and her extensive network of industry contacts and friends make her an excellent mentor and friend to Australia.

David Shavin introduces Ellanbrae Pak
Emmy de Jue arouses interest in Dutch bred horses
Gary Fairman and Chantelle Wigan
(soon to be Victorians)
Jan and Doug Welsh with Carolyn and Charlie ...
a great family team, they did a wondeful job
with catering and hospitality. 


Jane Bartram with Carolyn Welsh and
David Shavin from Ellanbrae Park

Joan O'Reilly and Laura Mueck - 
local Dressage enthusiasts

David and Carolyn have recently returned from The Netherlands where they purchased a number of top quality KWPN broodmares including Emma (Rohdiamant x Diamond Hit x Ex Libris), Zonkara De Jeu (Rousseau x Jetset D x Rubinstein) and Zhefony SHB (Prestige VDL x Zeoliet x Vindicator) (who recently foaled a very tall Blu Hors Zack filly we have named Ifony EB).

Ellanbrae Park has also purchased three beautiful yearling fillies, H.Fidele de Jeu (Bretton Woods x Depardieu x Sandro Hit), Horizonte de Jeu (Voice x Don Romantic x Contango) and Heaven de Jeu (Chagall x Serano Gold x Brentano II) and look forward to these beautifully bred females becoming the nucleus of their broodmare band and key contributors to bring the Australian performance gene pool in line with the best in the world.

Zonkara de Jeu and Emma will be arriving at Ellanbrae Park in the coming months, while Zhefony, Ifony and the three yearlings will remain in the Netherlands to grow out and form the basis of this Australian/Netherlands connection.

Carolyn added, “We are very pleased to have purchased the very beautiful Hanoverian weanling filly, Hollands Bend Dancing Queen (De Niro x Hirtenqueen (Imp) (Sunny Boy x Rubinstein) from Jane and Peter Bartram of Hollands Bend.  HB Dancing Queen was assessed as top 10 foal in this year’s Hanoverian assessment tour, so she gives us something special to work with for the future.”

Julia Stewart, Jane Bartram, Ashley Howard,
Emmy de Jeu and Charlie Welsh
Lots of food, friendship and fun 
Kevin Mita with Australian Dressage High Performance Director, Julia Battams and Emmy de Jeu - all fanciers of Dutch bred horses.

Lisa McCann, Hans Nieuwland, Ashley Howard,
Mary Nieuwland and Kathy Sloan

MarylouMcKeonBruceDebbiePeterMcKAafeBarklamb Marylou McKeon with Bruce and Debbie Williams (Hollingrove Stud) and Peter McKeon 
with friend, Aafke


Stephanie Gillespie and a shy McKenzie

“We have not overlooked that our primary goal is to be involved with ... and to produce, top quality riding horses and we are thrilled that the beautiful and well-performed mare W.Esther de Jeu (Rousseau x Jazz x Ulft) will be arriving in Australia shortly.  She is competing at Prix St George and will be jointly owned by Ellanbrae Park and Emmy de Jeu.  This is a very exciting project and has cemented our strong friendship with Emmy and many of her contacts in The Netherlands.  This mare will be competing in Australia and will also be part of the Ellanbrae breeding program via ET. 

Securing a foundation mare of this quality is a fantastic achievement for Australian horse breeding and we are looking forward to sharing the fun and highlights with all Dutch horse enthusiasts.” said Carolyn. 

She added, “I will also continue with my beautiful young Australian bred, triple frozen KWPN semen mare, Larapinta Johanna (Johnson x Metall x Concorde).  She will be competing shortly and we hope to breed with her using ET technologies.  Her first date will be with David Shoobridge’s magnificent imported Dutch Grand Prix stallion, 00 Seven.  This stallion was also purchased through Emmy de Jeu.”  

kwpnlogo200Emmy concluded, "It is hoped that the day brings forward people with an interest in Dutch horses - riding, training, breeding, selling, sourcing breeding stock or older proven horses from The Netherlands.  This is my fourth visit to Australia and now that I have some of my horses here, I am hoping to return regularly.  There are some very exciting opportunities and it will be great to be a part of growing the interest.  You already have some good horses here and a number of people who are members of the KWPN, we hope to attract more members and make a special section for KWPN Australia, similar to the popular KWPN stud book in North America."

 Follow the links on the bottom of this page ...

Sydney Hoffman and Julia Stewart
Veronica Bulow, Laura Mueck and
Stephanie Gillespie, local Dressage riders.
Sharan Stewart relaxes in a comfy chair

Right - Carolyn and David, pleased with the day!


EllanbraeLogo200For all enquiries contact:


Carolyn Welsh

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Web:  www.ellanbraepark.com.au


You can go to the
KWPN membership form ( http://www.kwpn.org/member/public/signup

Some information regarding foal registration  http://www.kwpn.org/site/main/article?guid=67a53816-dadd-11e0-9e20-12313c03b1cc)


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