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Situated on the Darling Downs, 20 minutes from Toowoomba, Queensland, Heartthrob Arabians and Riding Ponies comprises 40 acres of fertile soil overlooking the townships of Wyreema and Cambooya.

I have had a love of horses ever since I can remember with the aim of one day producing and owning some of the best Riding Ponies and Arabian Derivatives available in Australia.

Emma Barkla and Lendemar's Sharnay after winning 2006 Australian Champion Anglo Arabian Mare

Photo courtesy of Horses & People


Christian Rebsdorf and Lendemar's Sharnay after winning Supreme Arabian Derivative at the 2007 Qld Arabian Challenge Show

Photo courtesy of Tracey Bavinton



Heartthrob Lend Me Some Magic (Jive Magic (imp) x Lendemar's Sharnay)

2008 Arabian Warmblood Filly



Heartthrob Allouetta & Adam Oliver

2009 Qld Arabian Challenge Show Champion Ridden Derivative Exhibit Over 14hh NE 15hh

Photo courtesy of Agile Photographics


Heartthrob Jazzmine & Kate Dertell

Arabian Warmblood Mare

Grand Champion Newcomer Under Saddle 2009 Goulburn Valley Arabian Spectacular

Photo courtesy of Ablue Moon Photography

I have being competing from a young age, and fell totally in love with the Arabian Breed when my parents purchased for me the amazing Purebred Arabian Gelding Agecroft Sudan (Tarong El Nefous x Tarong Sharie) as a Christmas present in 1994. Sudan was a 4 year old untrained gelding and I was a young untrained rider, however we stuck to it and my parents got me riding lessons with Julie Rogers in Brisbane. Sudan and I were to become a phenomenal team and took out many championships in both hacking and dressage.

Much to my disappointment Sudan was retired in 1998 after becoming very ill and now sits at home in his paddock surrounded by his favourite mares. After Sudan came the magnificent Black Stock Horse Gelding Sara Oaks Bally’s Pride. Canungra as he was known as carried me to many wins in Dressage and Hacking prior to his unfortunate retirement due to chronic lameness in 2000.

After this started Heartthrob Arabians and Riding Ponies and the acquisition of some extremely magnificent and quality mares. I soon learnt that through happiness also comes pain with the untimely passing of a couple of gorgeous young horses and my favourite warmblood mare Regal Sonata (Regal Salute x Regal Fine), however life does go on and if anything this has made me stronger and more determined to succeed.


Mares Grazing in one of the Large Paddocks


The View of Cambooya from one of the Paddocks


Emma Barkla and Ascot Choir Master

2009 Australian Champion Amateur Owned/Handled

Junior Arabian Riding Pony Exhibit


Emma Barkla and Spiderman FF

Arabian Pony Colt

Coming from a family who did not have a horsey background sometimes proved difficult for me, so my early years with horses involved mustering the cattle on the family property and attending the Wyaga Pony Club Camp every September during the School Holidays.  It wasn't until my parents sent me to boarding school in Toowoomba that my true passion for the horses started to shine through and I realised that Showing and Dressage were my ulitmate dream.

With no lessons but the most wonderful and versatile pony (Yambacoona Guardian) we headed to all the Agricultural Shows available, however even though qualifying several times I was not able to ever compete at Brisbane Royal.

I then decided that Dressage was something that I really wanted to succeed at and showing was put on the backburner.  So with the help of Julie Rogers and Joan Macquillan I succeeded not only at interschool competition but also at Official EFA Dressage, which was not an easy task when you are competing for your first few years on a 14.3hh Purebred Arabian against the ultimate Dressage Horse the Warmblood.  Unfortunately my parents were unable to afford the prices, as my dad would say, "hanging off their tails" so I soldiered on with my Arabian Gelding and then the beautiful Sara Oaks Bally's Pride who unfortunately went lame whilst we were traniing Advanced Level.  This therefore ended my competition career in the Dressage world due to not having the funds to purchase another horse of this standard and work committments taking precidence.  So after a 3 year break I ended back in the Arabian Showring and have not looked back since.

Coming from a Ridden Horse Background you will find that Heartthrob Bred horses are bred to be ridden prospects and I pride myself on this fact.  Although my horses have done well in the led ring over the years the ultimate happiness comes from them succeeding in the Ridden Ring.

The property where Heartthrob Arabians is currently situated is a work in progress and has been since its acquisition in October 2002.  All paddocks provide 3 plain and one sighter wire, with large round troughs and were built to have laneways put in at a later stage.  The property also offers 4 fully enclosed stables with lights, float bay, indoor crush, dressage arena, yards with shelters, 2 x mesh enclosed foaling yards, round yard, wash bays and stallion paddock, and it is not finished yet.

Heartthrob Arabians currently has a total of 8 broodmares ranging from Australian Ponies to Warmbloods.  Our mares carry some of the best bloodlines available and are either from show winning families or are multi champions themselves. We are constantly expanding and believe that the best can only be bred from the best so our mares are hand selected for their movement, temperament, breeding and show record. We are always on the lookout for top quality mares to add to our team. We are very lucky to have purchased the Riding Pony Colt Ascot Choir Master (see Stallions Page) as one of our future sires from Ascot Stud in Victoria. Choir Master hit the Queensland Show Scene in June 2007 with Christian Rebsdorf at the tender age of 8 months and took out the first of many champions to follow.  Choir Master has now returned to his home state of Victoria and is currently under the very professional hands of Kate and Doyle Dertell of Future Farms.  He is now broken to Saddle and with the talented Emma Adams on board has started his saddle career with a bang.  Choir Master is a stunning and very talented individual that will be one to watch out for in the future.  In March 2009 I also purchased another colt to add to our team.  Spiderman FF (BruMarBas Future x Elysia Siloette) is an absolutely magnificent Grey Arabian Pony colt of the highest calibre.  He has recently started his show career at the tender age of 8 mths and is currently following in his stable mates footsteps.  I am sure that this colt is also going to make his mark on the Australian Show Scene in the future.

So where to from here.  My main aim is to breed horses that I believe will meet the demands of today's market whilst also becoming a persons best friends for life.  Anyone that knows me will tell you my life is my horses and they are all treated as individuals from the moment they are born.  All the foals are handled and raised by myself with the helpful guidance of Christian Rebsdorf.  I take great pride in all my horses and what they have achieved over the years on the Australian Show Scene, if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be where I am now.  They truly are my best friends who I know will always be there for me no matter what the weather.  

Heartthrob Arabians aim is not be breed quantity but to breed quality and so far the future is looking very bright.

Please take the time to browse our website and if you wish please contact me via either phone or email, I am only too happy to help with any queries you may have.







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