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177 Prices Lane, Bannister NSW 2580

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Our American Saddlebred Horses (purebred and partbred) are located at Charley Barber's beautiful property located at Bannister, New South Wales, Australia.


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Charley Barber

Charley Barber



About Charley Charley, (and he prefers that spelling to 'Charlie') is from Rhode Island, USA. He is keen about American football (especially his University Notre Dame football team, the Fighting Irish), baseball, Australian Rugby League, cricket and thoroughbred racing. After such passions he is an avid writer about to publish his first book "Please forgive you". Charley is a school teacher of English and History. Charley spent 15 years as a head teacher of English at a Goulburn public school. After that list his next passion has been, and Rosemary hopes is still, horses. Charley and his wife Julie (dec'd) bred Arabian horses for 30 years. Their stud was named Peoria Arabian Stud. Charley's stallion, Abu Sayed, now resides with Phil Ryan and Phil Wild at Hideaway Farm, Sunshine, Tasmania. Julie was a top flight dressage rider. Sadly, Julie died 6 years ago, at the tender age of 43, of a brain tumour of the worst kind. "Please forgive you" is about Charley and Julie's life together, their work with Arabian horses and their journey through Julie's illness to her untimely and dramatic death. There is to be a launch of "Please forgive you" in Goulburn, NSW, Australia on 18 June 2011. The launch will be held at the Goulburn Club, Market Street, from 1pm onwards. Charley doesn't ride horses but he is an excellent horse handler and his ground work is brilliant. Unlike Rosemary (Rose to Charley) Charley has an excellent knowledge of dressage and has, from time to time, judged dressage classes at shows. Charley has shown his Arabian horses in hand and has won many competitions.

Rosemary Howe

Rosemary Howe



About Rosemary Rosemary is from Kent, England. Rosemary had an idyllic childhood growing up on a farm riding ponies and horses in Kent. Rosemary rode in an English all purpose saddle and a jumping saddle. She has an English style of riding. As well as hacking, Rosemary was lucky enough to experience the thrill of riding to the hounds (The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - 'The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable' - Oscar Wilde, from 'A Woman Of No Importance') and show jumping. Rosemary left England for Australia intending to spend only 2 years in Australia. She fell in love with Australia and Australians and has stayed.

Rosemary Howe and Charley Barber

Rosemary Howe and Charley Barber



Rosemary and Charley met in December of 2009 and have barely spent time apart since then. They now live together at Charley's magnificent property, Bannister Springs, Bannister (via Crookwell), New South Wales, Australia. Bannister, unlike other areas of Australia, rarely experiences drought. It has an average rainfall of 40 inches per year and some of the best red basalt soil in Australia where even the steel posts grow (comment by Tim Lindsay-Field, Vincent Field Bloodstock, horse transporter extraordinaire).

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About the American Saddlebred horse

'Drop Dead Gorgeous? It's an American Saddlebred!' - Rosemary Howe

Breed Description:

The American Saddlebred horse is a three-gaited and five-gaited breed. Most American Saddlebreds are born with the ability to learn the slow-gait (stepping pace) and the rack - a few can do these gates naturally.

Average Height:

15 - 16 hands.


No colour restrictions. Bay, chestnut, brown and black are the most common American Saddlebred colours, with grey, roan, palomino and pinto colours are seen occasionally.


American Saddlebreds are well known for their elegant conformation.


American Saddlebreds are extremely intelligent and are people-orientated.

Members of this breed often excel in the following disciplines:

  • Show / Pleasure

  • Driving

  • Gaited Events

  • Endurance

  • Show Jumping

  • Cross Country

  • Dressage

Breed History:

The American Saddlebred horse is descended from the Narragansett Pacer, a breed that is technically "extinct" in the United States. In the early 1700s, Narragansett mares were crossed with imported English Thoroughbreds and their descendents were known simply as the "American Horse". Horses of this type had the size and refinement of the Thoroughbred, but retained the ability to learn the pacing gaits that were the forte of their Narragansett ancestors. American Horses were particularly popular as riding horses, since their smooth gaits made them much more comfortable over long distances.

The American Horse played an essential role in the American Revolution, and by the early 1800s these sturdy horses were prized for their endurance and style. They became particularly popular in Kentucky, which claimed the breed as its own. The addition of Morgan and Standardbred blood helped to further refine the breed and by the Civil War the American Saddlebred was one of the most popular riding horses in America. General Robert E. Lee rode a racking American Saddlebred (Traveller), and so did many other Civil War generals.

Today, the American Saddlebred horse enjoys popularity all over the world, in such diverse places as The United Kingdom, South Africa, Holland, Australia and Japan.

For further information about the history of the American Saddlebred breed visit


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