The Lost Herd of Challa

These mares and their progeny form the nucleus of the "Lost Herd of Challa."

The Lost Herd is the tongue in cheek name we give to the horses running out in Jinner paddock, a vast 10 x 8 km paddock just east of the homestead. Whilst they are not, in fact lost - they know exactly where they are - they can sometimes be difficult to locate. On occasions we have driven out daily looking for them without success and only find them with the help of the expert aerial mustering pilot, Ashley, and his Cessna 172.

The Lost Herd of Challa are arguably the most peaceful and contented mob of horses in the country.

Mt Tawonga Belinda

Mt Tawonga Belinda (Holly) 15h brown pure Morgan mare

Mt Tawonga Tarraji x Mt Tawonga Linda (2002)

Our beautiful mare, Holly chose us when we visited the Mt Tawonga Morgan Stud in Victoria. Of all the horses there, she was the one who came to us and stood with us. A few months later we had the opportunity to purchase her in foal to Mt Tawonga Tobey.

Holly has a damaged right eye. She hurt the eye as a young horse and is blind in it but she continues to astound us with her sixth sense.

When Holly arrived at Challa she had never seen a human ride a horse and after her initial amazement subsided she began to follow me around when I rode the other horses. She soon had a filly foal at foot (Challa Station Willow) but continued to show a great interest in being ridden.

After the foal was weaned I decided to start her under saddle. She was 9 years old. We took things very slowly and I really enjoyed the challenge of starting a one eyed horse. As long as I positioned myself exactly right on her blind side she would respond just as she did on her good side. She learned to lunge, long rein, and work under saddle. She hasn’t had a great deal of work under saddle, but at least she now understands what is happening when she sees me ride away on another horse.

Holly’s is a really friendly mare and we share an unspoken bond. She is the lead mare of the herd and keeps the youngsters in line. She has the kindest nature we could hope for and passes this on to her very beautiful foals.

Holly's had one foal before we bought her however it sadly died. Since then she has produced three lovely fillies for us, Challa Station Willow (by Mt Tawonga Tobey, 2010) Challa Station Forever (by Eiben's Sterling, 2012) and Challa Station Captivate (by Koolaroo Klasique Ebony, 2013) and a colt, Challa Station Justified in 2017.


 

Mt Tawonga Belinda

2002/12/27

Marvelous Encore

Ryegate Major

Stillwater Indigo

Major's Nubbin

Moro Hills Royrita

Dyberry Ethan

Lippitt Rita Roy

Mt Tawonga Miss Mary

Aura Dell Charlie Brown

Saddleback Sultan

Saddleback Sundance

Lizotte Lil Bridget

Ortawn's Premiere

Wawayanda Wallington

Kingston

Applevale Lyric

Wawayanda Maequin

Brorock Markquinn

Brown Mae

Aura Dell Misty

Saddleback Sultan

Orcland Dondarling

Donene Pepper

Saddleback Sundance

Applevale Donalect

Waltz Time

Challa Station Willow

Challa Station Willow (born Sep 11th 2010) was the first Morgan born at Challa Station. She is by Mt Tawonga Tobey from Mt Tawonga Belinda. She competed in the 2015 Australian National Morgan Show at Brookleigh Equestrian Centre in Perth, winning first place in the In Hand Trail class, placing second in the Liberty Class and third in the purebred mare 4-5 years class. Since then she has been started under saddle and in harness. She has a remarkable nature and I have not known a sweeter, gentler mare than Willow.



 

Equinox Royalty

Dyberry Bob

Lippitt Billy Ash

Lippitt Miss Nemoka

Royalton Debbie Darling

Ethan Eldon

Lippitt Darling

Mt Tawonga Miss Mary

Aura Dell Charlie Brown

Saddleback Sultan

Saddleback Sundance

Lizotte Lil Bridget

Ortawn's Premiere

Mt Tawonga Belinda

2002/12/27

Marvelous Encore

Ryegate Major

Moro Hills Royrita

Mt Tawonga Miss Mary

Aura Dell Charlie Brown

Lizotte Lil Bridget

Wawayanda Wallington

Wawayanda Maequin

Aura Dell Misty

Saddleback Sultan

Saddleback Sundance

Greenstone Dandaloo and Greenstone Giaginye