My mother started breeding horses in 1978 in Wonga Park, Victoria under the name "Kiah Park". Her love affair with horses began long before then on January 28th 1967, when my grandfather purchased a two year old grey gelding, after much nagging.
Named "My Baron", he became a highly successful pony club mount before being registered as an Australian Stock Horse in 1972. "Bazza" as he was known, did it all. As a combination the 14.2h grey and they mother played polocrosse for Koonung at a top level, hunted at all the Victorian Hunt Clubs, although they favoured the Whittlesea based Findon Harriers, competed successfully in show jumping, hacking and O.D.E's, even dabbled in harness.
My Baron was a top tent pegging horse in the Army team, mainly being ridden by Neville Crow, who used to sing "I was born under a wandering star", a Lee Marvin classic to him as they 'pegged'.
In the early 70's mum was bitten by the Pinto bug, after working with a friend's rodeo mount Suzie, a chestnut and white mare. However she did not breed her first Pinto until she found a stallion that she liked.
In 1977 she met the Legendary "Allambi Phantom" and fell in love. Phantom was a 14.1h gray tobiano Australian Pony stallion who was bred by Mr Vic Chandler and owned by Cynthia Martin. The lovely bay partbred mare "Aloha Tamri" had been rescued from the knackers yard and after being fattened up, she was sent to Phantom.
On the 18th of January 1979, exactly a year later, "Kiah Park Bandolero" was born. A grey tobiano standing 14.3 7/8h, 'Rat' as he was affectionately known, was a character from birth. As a baby he was led in the famous Moomba Parade in the Pinto Society Exhibit, only losing the plot when coming face to face with a psychedelic green and orange tram. Shown from the age of nine months, he was always in the top 3 of every class he entered and he became one of the highest awarded Pintos in Victoria, specializing in costume classes where he was seldom beaten. He sadly passed away at the ripe old age of 30 from a massive stroke and is greatly missed.
'Rat' was followed by "Kiah Park Prairie Moon", a stunning 13.2h chestnut tobiano mare of Arabian breeding who produced 100% colour. Purchased as a seventeen year old, she only produced one foal "Kiah Par War Cloud" before she shut down, but we were lucky enough to be given her orphan granddaughter "Kiah Park Tamara" who at 32 years of age,we still have today.
The rest is history. In 1985 mum bred the amazing black tobiano Partbred Arabian Pinto stallion "The Harlequin". Out of a solid coloured 'Allambi Phantom' mare "Kiah Park Island Star" by her Partbred Arabian Pinto "Kiah Park Ulysses (Sunnybank Ulysses with A.H.S.A.). 'Quin' has won it all and his progeny continue to do the same.
In 1991 the stud moved to Toowoomba in the Queensland Darling Downs and changed its name to "El Shafak" - egyptian for rainbow, as there was already a Kiah Park recorded in that state.
In late 1994, after my grandmother passed away, mum made the decision to 'get away from it all' and moved to Western Australia, finally buying a one hundred acre block in Quellington, half way between historical York and Northam, in the Wheatbelt.
As El Shafak had been disastrously mispronounced on several occasions, a name change was again needed. An exceedingly bad partnership saw "Hafil" become the name for a short period before we settled on "Midas".
Midas horses are now a force to be reckoned with in W.A. in both Pinto and Arabian Derivative classes , "Midas Simply Irresistable" has swept all before her both led and ridden and become the first Pinto Official Hack in W.A. as well as the first Pinto to qualify, compete and place in Hacking at perth Royal. Quite an amazing feat. "Midas Immortality" (dec) was Champion at nearly every show he attended and "The Harlequin" was Supreme Pinto at Perth Royal as a seventeen year old in 2002. Glenwood Park Exclamation, purchased to take over when The Harlequin passed away has swept all before him in both Pinto and Partbred Arabians, with many Supreme of Show awards to his name and two Peth Royal Supreme Pinto sashes as has the Arab pony colt Mallawa Park Pseudo Echo who was Supreme Pinto at the 2011 Perth Royal and is a multi supreme in his own right.
On my 25th birthday mum gifted the entire stud to me and I now show all the Midas horses as well as several very successful show horses for our friends, including the wonderful hack Awakenings (dec)(aka Duketon Belt) for his owner Karen Bowman in led classes, Doug Barrett-Lennards amazing arabian mare Yaldon Raateefa and all Carol Wells ponies.
All our broodmares are Supreme winners or Champions in their own right or dams of highly successful horses. I only breed two or three foals a year as we do not wish to flood the market with our stock.
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