waiting what seemed like the longest 5 months in
history - Romany's Tinker Taylor is finally here
and settling down into his new life at Stud in Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand.
Released from Quarantine on Sunday 14 June 09 -
Stallion Manager Kiri Matenga was
up at the crack of dawn in preparation of
meeting TK for the first time. It had been
several months of hype and anticipation -
finally coming to a end and Kiri was more than
happy to meet and transport our new lad back to
When I first met TK all I could see was this
gorgeous head poking out the top of the stable
door as he strained to see over and I was on the
other side also on tip toes! This was going to
be one fantastic photo shoot but unfortunately
not surprisingly Auckland had other ideas and we
got caught in a rain storm part way through.
"Oh well who says we can't let boys be boys"
"nothing that my high pressured hose can't
said Kiri as we watched on.
you have to admire Kiri's relaxed demeanor 100%
of the time when handling stallions.
Daily life in the shoes of Kiri could
easily equate to a weeks work in others shoes.
Kiri has 12 years behind her in the breeding
As she goes about her days business which
includes running her own stud (5 stallions) and
mares - currently helping out part time on another stud where
she manages another 4 stallions and tends to
approx another 30+ of their horses. Kiri also manages Romany's
Then there is home life for Kiri with her family
of 6. Eldest Dejon (17yrs), Jaeden (14yrs),
Bailey (13yrs) and Taitlyn (11yrs) all children
have grown up in and around our equine friends
including stallions. What is so awe inspiring is
the kids all get out, hands on and manage and
serve mares it's nothing short of remarkable.
100 % behind her childrens interests and
activities both sporting and equestrian Kiri
doesn't have a spare moment in the day to relax. Over
summer they drive their race ponies at "Kidz
Kartz" which also involves a ton of work,
travel and organisation.
And if that isn't impressive enough to top it
off Kiri's encouragement for her stallions
to be boys isn't something we get to see very
often with stallions.
A truely unique sight is seeing her entire mob
of stallions turned out to
pasture together over winter months. The boys
love playing together and just hanging out.
It keeps them all sane/happy and well adjusted"
If you ask Kiri how she finds the hours in the
day to go about her business - she will laugh
and tell you that she loves doing what she does
and that it's no problem and the subject will be
One amazing lady and we feel very
privileged and honoured to have Kiri manage our
stallion full time especially while my own life
is surrounded with managing more than one
business and juggling babies, toddlers and
teenagers and the stud mares/foals.
Kiri has an extremely busy season lined up for
TK and they will be making an appearance at the
Cambridge Allbreeds Stallion Parade 2009.