Mt Riddock

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Brigadier

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Mt Riddock Station

Mt Riddock Station is currently a 2,633 square kilometre certified organic cattle station in the NT, approximately 190km north-west of Alice Springs. Now traditionally owned land, Tywele AC.

A station was established by Benjamin Mark Webb and Joseph Louis Schaber in the early 1900s. They had originally planned to prospect for gold at Artlungsa but eventually found supplying the miners with meat to be more profitable. They built the first homestead on the station in 1910.

The Webbs started the annual Harts Range Races in 1946, now held each Picnic Day long weekend. The Webb brothers raced stockman Jack Schaber and the regional policeman Senior Constable Bob Darken over a distance of about a mile to the Ulgarna Yards to determine who had the fastest horse, inspiring an annual race meet.

In 1949 the Webb brothers purchased Golden Star for breeding on the station, a four-year-old chestnut Arab stallion with impeccable old bloodlines. His grandsire was the famous Skowronek. One of our most well-known Walers from Mt Riddock was stallion Brigadier, who excelled in Endurance competitions here and overseas. Caught wild and with a terrible injury when his owner Ros Sexton got him; she nurtured him back to health and gave him a chance to shine. He also sired some outstanding foals, one of his sons out of black Waler mare Britannia, was another outstanding endurance horse. Thanks to Golden Star one assumes!

Brigadier’s story is contained in this podcast for those interested in learning more.

Janet Lane and Ros Sexton’s quest to save the Waler horse – ABC

Mt Riddock – 10 Horse Listings
Name (Also known as)
Gender
Acq. Year
Description
Testing
Registration
Deceased
Colour
Markings
Type
Parentage DNA
Breed Ancestry
Mare
1989
Grey
Medium
WHSA
Mare
1985
Grey
Medium
WHSA
Brigadier (Brig)
Stallion
1987
Bay
Star, offside socks, nearside rear sock
Light
WHSA / WHOBAA
Mare
1988
Bay
Blaze, rear half socks
Federation (Mouse)
Mare
1991
Black/Brown
Heavy
WHSA
Unknown
1988
Bay
Blaze, front socks, rear offside sock
Mare
Gelding
1989
Mare
1986
Bay
White flash on forehead
Mare
1987
Brown and white
Star, snip

Posted by Angela Tiede

Educator and Waler advocate and owner since 2006.