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Toonga Grit
You need a bit of Grit in your horses.

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  • $1,100 inc GST
  • LFG
  • + vet and agistment
  • AI & chilled semen available

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“Avonlea”
Ladysmith  NSW  2652

Dr Sue Willis: 0428 45 1155
(BScBVMS)
Geoff Willis: 0427 228 210

Grit's story
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Des Castine had given some thought to being a professional horseman when he was a young man, he worked with a Cutting and Reining trainer in Texas in 1973/4 and travelled with TBs to England and the US.  But, when he came back to Australia he decided to be a professional farmer and to keep horses as a hobby.

Des Castine with his competition mares.
Des Castine with his competition mares.

After building a successful farming business in South Australia, together with his wife Pat and their son, D.J. in 2006 they moved to the grazing and fattened property “Toonga” near Tarcutta in NSW.

D.J. and his wife Freya, have now taken over running most of the property and whilst Des has his own steer fattening operation, he concentrating his attention on breeding Campdraft horses and competing.

Des and Pat have been buying and breeding elite mares to give them a strong base to breed their ideal type of campdraft horse and needed a sire to complement the mares that have been purchased over the years – Connies Destiny, The Ranch Copy Cat, Soda Marrea, Jayem Snipellieta and the recently purchased (2018) Westons Snuggle.

Des and Pat bred the mare Hazelwood Coraline to Chevin Ivory in 2013, by embryo transfer, and the resultant bay colt foal is everything that they could have hoped for.   Des likes Ivory as he is a strong, gritty competitor, as well as having excellent breeding, so the resultant foal was called GRIT (meaning: tough and resilient.)

Hazelwood Coraline & Des Castine.
Photo by Jensol. Hazelwood Coraline & Des Castine.

Hazelwood Coraline is herself by the legendary Hazelwood Conman and out of an Acres mare and is a much admired Novice Campdrafter.

Mares and fillies bred at Toonga that have been retained include Toonga Marina (Bonlac Gigalo x Soda Marrea), Toonga Twain (Brown Acres x Two Darts), Toonga Mink (Conman x Marrea) and the 2017 foals are a beautiful filly, Toonga Sheba (Dennys Acres x Two Darts), two grey, twin embryo filly foals out of Marrea by Keewong Combat (Toonga Cherry and Toonga Chirp)  and the first foal by Grit (his only mating as a 2 yo) out of the Acres mare Connies Destiny, another filly Toonga Posh.  Four or five more foals by Grit are expected this spring (2018) including an ET foal out of “Snip”.

Along with his lovely rich bay colour, good temperament, looks and breeding Des and Pat are excited about Grit’s future!

Performance
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Watch this space!

Grit has not been shown yet as he is being taken along slowly by Des and Morgan Webb.

Toonga Grit
Toonga Grit
Pedigree
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Grit’s has an impressive line-up of 9 HSH and two IS in his pedigree.  Included are:

 

Sire: Chevin Ivory

As of 2017:

LTE:  > $290,000
Winner of:

  • 110 campdrafts
  • 4 x World Championship Sydney Royal Campdraft
  • 2 x ABCRA Open HOTY
  • Warwick Gold Cup
  • Warwick Canning Downs
  • 3 x Warwick Stallion Campdraft
  • 2 x Paradise Lagoons Super Beef
  • Mort & Co Open
  • Condamine Bell Stallion draft
  • Paradise Lagoons Stallion draft
  • 2014 ASH National Open Campdraft

Dam: Hazelwood Coraline

2018

2017

  • Landmark Open Campdraft finalist.

 

Paternal Grandsire: Hazelwood Conman

Hazelwood Conman has reached legendary status and is a truly great sire.  He has: a great pedigree, a successful performance record of his own and proven progeny.

Visit Hazelwood Conman’s page to read his story.

Studbook
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ASHS Registration #: 237875
Foaling Date: 24/12/2014
Colour: BAY
Height: 15.1hh
Breeder: Toonga Pastoral Trust
Current Owner: Toonga Pastoral Trust

Clicking on the link will lead to the horse’s listing on the Australian Stock Horse Stud Book register.
(Use the back button to return to this page.)

 Sire: CHEVIN IVORY – HSH  LINDSAY – IS HSH  WARRENBRI ROMEO – IS HSH
 KENDALL PATSY – FM HSH
 CHEVIN EBONY – HSH  QUIDONG JAP – HSH
 FARNLEIGH FLO – TB
 Dam: HAZELWOOD CORALINE – MB  HAZELWOOD CONMAN – IS HSH  DOGWOOD COMET – IS HSH
 HAZELWOOD ROMANCE – IM HSH
 TAMARANG ACRES ARIA – MBP  ACRES DESTINY – IS MBP
 TAMARANG OAKS SONG – MBP
Progeny
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To date Grit has only one foal, Toonga Posh, conceived when Grit was 2 years old.
This year another 4 or 5 are due in the Spring.

 

Toonga Posh

  • Foaling date: 15/11/17
  • Dam: Connies Destiny
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Australian Campdraft Magazine ad. Toonga Grit. Artwork by Show Pony Graphics.
Video Gallery
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Sire: Chevin Ivory

So many brilliant runs by Chevin Ivory & Nigel Kable it’s hard to choose one.  This one is 2013 Paradise Lagoons Stallion draft Rd1.  Yet another 90 point run.


Maternal Grandsire: Hazelwood Conman

Visit Hazelwood Conman’s video gallery to see more of this great super sire in action.  This is the winning 91 point run in the 2014 Stallion Shootout Rd2.

Contact

Des and Pat Castine
“Toonga”
Lower Tarcutta Road
Tarcutta  NSW  2652

Des:  0408 849 427
Pat:  0438 875 647
Email: castinedesandpat@gmail.com


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