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Moonglade is no newcomer to the breeding industry, just as Karen and Mark are no newcomers to the handling of horses. Karen has built a vast wealth of knowledge from Cairns to Brisbane over the years. She has succeeded in not only building that knowledge, but utilising it well, sharing it generously, and dispensing her wisdom and experience to those who seek to learn.

From a background in Pony Club and Showjumping in Cairns, Karen gained skills and insight into the horse industry from an early age, as she competed successfully in a wide range of events. She progressed with her family's support (who can get by without this?). In 1975 Karen was managing Fern Morley-Jones' Appaloosa Stud. A responsible position for one at an early age.

Among her charges were imported Appaloosa stallion, Beau Buttons, a champion Reining and Pleasure Appaloosa and a western pleasure horse Karen's Pride. Next it was off to the Northern Territory and the great outdoors for a little mustering and breaking in experience for Karen.

On her return to the big smoke, she married Mark and had children, and of course at the first opportunity they became involved in the local Pony Club. The rest as they say, is history. Moonglade Stud was born in 1987, when Karen and Mark purchased seven horses from Q Mountain Cattle Co. Swanee San Commander supervised his band of six mares at Moonglade, producing foals that went on to win at National and State level.

Karen and Mark then purchased R Touch O Class to augment their breeding direction. He was broken in and trained by Karen, and shown successfully. However R Tough O Class, although a beautiful animal, was not quite what Mark and Karen needed at this time in a stallion, and they consequently had him gelded. He went on to become a Champion Youth Horse and Multiple National Champion.

The well-known stallion, Colonel Bass, took advantage of the peek's expert knowledge and care and stood the 1999 season at Moonglade.

Premium Concent became the resident stallion at Moonglade, and is to date the only horse to win Champion Stallion, Grand Champion Stallion and American Champion Stallion, at the one National Competition. He also went on to win his Performance classes, testament to the expert preparation and handling by this talented team.

In April of 2002 "Chip" sadly passed away in less than perfect circumstances. Moonglade's Premium Concent, premium stallion, and premium dreams came to an abrupt end, as happens so many times in the horse industry.

Australian Performance Horse Magazine August/September 2004 Issue

Noble Dove and One Fancy Delight were purchased to breed to Premium Concent, but first had to prove themselves in the show ring. Dove went on to be a Multi National and State Champion at Halter, Under Saddle and Champion Youth Horse. One Fancy Delight was a Multi Futurity winner and went on to win Grand Amateur Owner Halter Res Grand American at the Quarter Horse Nationals in 2004. They are 2004/05 Ima Cool Seeker (imp) & 2005 I Am Justified (Imp) came to stand at Moonglade Stud.

It was 2005 that Karen and Mark took on Wayo Chance Image and went onto their first Paint Nationals, where Luke won National Champion English Pleasure and Res National Champion Hunter Under Saddle. They had such a fabulous time at Dubbo, meeting new people and horses.

 

 

They were approached by Cosmo at AQHA National 2005 telling them he had an Imported Paint Stallion for sale "Best Western (Imp USA)". Karen and Mark told Cosmo they would stand the stallion at stud with option to buy. The moment Best Western was unloaded off the transport, Karen fell in love with this gentle giant. He was the kindness stallion they had ever layed eyes on.

 

So of course, Moonglade become his home, Best Western served 25 mares during the 2005 breeding season, 6 of which belong to Moonglade Stud including National champions Noble Dove and One Fancy Delight.