Welcome to Glencoe Stockhorses

UPDATE FOR JUNE 2017.

#Sale report in Sale Pen
#interview with Max Glasser in Sale Pen 

 

 

 

HISTORY

horse

Frank Glasser & Combo after

winning a draft at Condamine

 in the Early 1950's  

 

The breeding of todays' Glencoe Stock Horses goes back to the 1920's when the late Frank Glasser was breeding stock horses for just that - working cattle on his familys' properties. It was not until the mid 1940's that the campdrafting bug bit, whilst he was living at Texas,Qld.

In 1947, he travelled with his brother Bob, to the Sydney Easter Yearling Sales, where he purchased two yearlings. One of these Double Buzz, was not destined for the race track after injuring himself. When he eventually recovered it was a most fortunate decision to put him over the station mares, as was the custom in those days. By now, Frank was living at Chinchilla, and the campdraft bug was well and truly biting - in the 50's travelling as far as Mt Isa in the north, Cunnamulla in the west, and south to Bourke and Brewarrina. The fact that he had on board 6 or 7 Open Campdrafters was an incentive, and most of these were by the bloodhorse sire 'Double Buzz' (by Heroics Double, by Heroic from the Buzzard mare - Ida Buzz). For Frank and eventually his family, a very happy decision. Amongst these horses was Perfection - winner of over 130 drafts; Lady Blue and Harmony, both winners of Open drafts; Maroo (owned by son Max) and in 1964 winner of the Warwick Gold Cup and the 1967 Chinchilla Grandfather Clock Open; Rainbow and Pinto - campdraft winning geldings - and all of these horses by 'Double Buzz'.

By the late 60's Frank was more interested in breeding stud cattle then horses, had given up drafting - breeding horses had lost its appeal. Max continued drafting occasionally and added to his string a little chestnut mare by the name of 'Naomi' who won numerous Opens, and placed in the Warwick Gold Cup twice - 1971 and 1974. So it was with quite a bit of pleasure that the family greeted the first foal to be bred for some years when in 1972 a filly foal was born to the then 22 year old Perfection - unfortunately Maroo never did deliver a live foal. So this little filly, by a 'Double Buzz' bred colt was named 'Perfect Image' but was somehow registered with ASHS as just 'Perfect'! In September 1971, the Glasser family offered several mares for inspection for the ASHS at Jandowae, all were accepted and Naomi was number 272, so the Glasser family and their horses have been there from the inception and are more than ever committed to the future of this great Australian Stock Horse.
And so, it was this bay filly 'Perfect', who won a Maiden at her first start as a three year old, won several Progressives and placed in Open Drafts, who has become the basis of the horses we have at 'Glencoe' today. Little Jay - an Abbey bred mare came to us in 1984, as a show horse, but quickly showed that she much preferred to draft. She won several Progressive, placed 3rd in the Bayer Classic, Walcha in 1988. Jay placed 3rd in the Novice and 7th in the Grandfather Clock Open at Chinchilla in 1994, and produced three lovely fillys - by Kirkbys Stud Remedy - who have also played a large part in our breeding program.

Who are we?

Max & Lynne, Michael & Marion, Alister & Heroi, Lachlan & Cassandra.

'Team effort & Family Support'

Alister, Michael,Lachlan & Max.  

Since moving to Glencoe, near Toowoomba in the late 1980's, and now a larger block at Stoneleigh (45 minutes from Toowoomba), we have concentrated on breeding what we consider to be the typical Stock Horse type, a horse fitting the ASH concept, but of course nothing is ever successful unless you have a team effort, and most importantly a supportive family. It is family involvement that has been our greatest strength, and each member has their special talents to contribute to the final picture.
Max does the hard yards with the youngsters after they have been broken in, lots of road works etc., as well as showing, futurities and campdrafts. Also, he is the studmaster, and his success in settling mares in foal to our resident sires- 'Glencoe Abstract' & 'Glencoe Last Word' - is quite an enviable one. Lynne is promotions person, does the paperwork, gets to name the foals, and is general dogsbody!
After 17years - Eldest son Michael, as Stud Stock auctioneer with Elders, Victoria has in 2010 set up his own business Glassers Total Sale Management - GTSM.  He has also returned to riding after a long  break, as well as breeding stock horses, with the help of partner Marion, Michaela, Anabel, Abbey & Ty.  Meanwhile Michaels' knowledge of marketing contributes to the Advertising and selling of our horses. Michael came up through the Pony Club, showed ponies and competed successfully in Juvenile drafts, before heading off to Longreach College. Showing Stud cattle became his interest, and he won a Scholarship to Michigan University, then returned home to join the agency game in Victoria.
Alister now lives in Cairns with family. After leaving Emerald College, Alister spent some 18 months at Segenhoe Thoroughbred Stud at Scone. He then set off in January 1992 to travel to Japan, where he worked for the next 10 years with thoroughbreds, including several stints in Kentucky and 9 months in the UK. Alister has acquired a broad knowledge in the breeding, feeding, breaking-in and pre-training areas. He has also had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the leading trainers in the US, and has incorporated some of their ideas into his horse handling. We often refer to Alister for advise in these areas of horse handling. He returns to Japan for 10-12 weeks each year to break and pre-train the 'Sakura' horses in Hokkaido. Alister also showed ponies and rode in Juvenile drafts with success.
Lachlan and daughter Isabel, live nearby. Lachlan breaks in our horses, gives them the basics and hands them over to Max when ready for roadwork. Lachlan has an exceptionally calm attitude with the youngsters, and they all have lovely soft mouths - it all pays off in the end. Lachlan also showed ponies, began drafting at 13 years and had quite a bit of success in juveniles - he currently has two promising young mares drafting. At present he has a lovely lot of broodmares, and some attractive youngsters coming on.
So as you can see this truly is a family affair, and we have hopes that the next generation - the grandchildren - will have a wonderful lot of Australian Stock Horses to carry on with.

The future for the Glencoe Stock Horses is looking bright indeed. We  join approximately 10 mares each season. The first requirement for these mares is type , temperament and most importantly good feet and legs.

We also send several of our mares out each year to other stallions, and once again what we look for in these sires is type, temperament, good feet and legs as well as performance. We spend a considerable amount of time studying the pedigrees of these horses, looking for that strong mare line, quite often finding what we are looking for in sires who are not considered particularly fashionable at the time, or young sires who are on the way up. Breeding is much like building a jigsaw, and it sometimes takes a while for the pieces to fall into place.

We expect to have some 10 or so youngsters for sale each year, a few as yearlings and others as 2-3 year olds, broken in and going well. We always try to keep in touch with those who have purchased stock from us, and it gives us a great deal of pleasure to hear the reports they send us.