RANNOCK

Ch stallion, 11/12/1967, 15.2hh, ASH 9973




















Rannock's record as a sire was unequalled by any other A.S.H stallion in S.A. and in 1986, the only year ASH Sires Ratings were published, he was listed in the top 20 sires of the country and was the only SA stallion on the list. He has sired International and State Polo ponies, Champion Led, Hacking, Dressage and Working Horses at all levels including Adelaide and Melbourne Royals and a State Endurance record holder. Rannock is honoured by inclusion in the ASH Soc.’s ‘Wall of Renown’ exhibition.

Rannock was a beautiful looking horse with an outstanding head, a long arched neck, roomy gullet, well defined wither, short back and cannons, and strong square hocks. Although 15.2h he felt like a 16h horse to ride, with a brilliant walk and long, easy, low gallop. He was never known to disunite at the canter and his progeny inherited this attribute.

RANNOCK was bred by Bob Mackay of Scone, breeder of the famous Panzer, to whom RANNOCK is inbred. Mr. Mackay says "Panzer began his polo career as a rising five year old in 1949 and played until 1956 when he was 11 years old and about reaching his prime. I say this because each chukka he played was better than the one before.

"That year we won the Northern Challenge Cup at Quirindi for the third successive year but my health forced me to give up polo. Panzer retired with me, as did two of his daughters, Mersa and Misra, both of whom had been playing beside him for the past two or three years. It was unfortunate for Panzer as he would have played on for another four or five years at his top. He never developed a heavy neck as stallions do and become heavy to handle, but remained a very orthodox polo pony. He never pulled or ran on and always played off the single bottom rein of the curb.

"Although Panzer was a brilliant horse cutting out on a camp I always used him for this work on the property I never allowed him to competition campdraft as, for me, he was a specialist as a polo pony.

"Mersa (RANNOCK'S dam) was the first of Panzer's progeny to play polo and was a beautiful mare to play on, being completely orthodox and simple to play in a single rein curb off the bottom ring only. Literally a finger tip control!" Her dam, Ranmena, was the best of three sisters I played in the 1930's."

The Panzer influence is now widely sought and is being felt through his sons Myra Bronze and The Gun (sire of Bobby Palmer's Nabinabah Breezette, and $15,000 purchase Nabinabah Gunner; also sire of Sinclair Hill's Terlings Mountbatten, sire of $15,000 purchase Colt 45). Other Panzer sires are Cairo, Alamein, Benghazi, Rommel, Prancer and Dundee, sire of RANNOCK.

Dundee was purchased from Bob Mackay in 1962 and played A grade polo for a number of years. Progeny of this great horse formed the nucleus of all teams of polo ponies played by Angus and Hamish Munro. Some of the most noted of these were Swallow (twice champion at Quirindi) Mandy, Sarich (played two chukkas in every international match by Hector Grotto for Argentina). Rommel and Sonny (R.A.S. Champion and played in all International tests by Joe Barry for U.S.A.). Two full brothers to Sonny are sires on other Munro properties. Of Dundee's dam, Roseita, Mr. Mackay says "I played her first chukka for several years: a very fast mare and top quality. Her dam was also a polo pony by Nassau (imp.)."

As a yearling, RANNOCK was sold to Alan McGregor, S.A. to be used for polo. Unfortunately as a two year old he received an injury which blinded him in one eye. Although he had been broken in, he was used only for breeding purposes until purchased by Peter and Jeanette Gower as a seven year old. Straight from the paddock he placed in all his led classes including Champion A.S.H. at the 1975 S.A. Light Horse Breeder's Show (judge Maurice Wright) and Reserve Champion at the S.A. Joint Palomino & A.S.H. Show 1976 (judge Mrs. June James). In one season of ridden competition he won and placed at dressage, English pleasure, Western pleasure, trail and Western riding. Despite being blind in one eye he showed a natural aptitude over jumps and was able to be ridden bareback amongst his mares.

RANNOCK'S progeny excelled in all types of competition. His progeny include Holly (Hugh MacLachlan's brilliant polo pony), Question (played by John Kelly) Adelaide Club's Champion Novice polo pony 1978 and second placegetter at an open campdraft at her only start (field of 83), Swop (played by John Patterson) and Finalist S.A. Campdraft Championships, Narrator (played 1981 Easter International Polo Tournament under Aust. Team Captain and coach Jim McGinley), Action and Brittle. At the 1979 Australasian Gold Cup RANNOCK progeny played in three state A teams.

RANNOCK progeny continued to dominate the S.A. performance scene. In 1980 he sired no less than half the winners of the 22 classes at the S.A. Central Branch's A.S.H. Show, including the Supreme Led Exhibit, three Champions, both Yearling Futurities and the Three Year old Maturity a record unlikely to be broken!

Both novice and experienced horsemen have won with RANNOCK stock performing in every mainland state, in every type of event. Listed below are just a few of the multitude of show winners by RANNOCK.

CHALANI RIMFIRE: At the 1979 S.A. A.S.H. Feature Show he won the Three Year Old Maturity (Led, Hacking, Working), took out the trail class 2 years running at the All Breeds Gelding Show, then won at the huge EXPO 80 Hack Show (English judge).

CHALANI GARNET: Winner of the 1980 Q.H.A.S.A. Reining Futurity, the 1980 Three Year Old A.S.H. Maturity and undefeated in Open A.S.H. Reining Patterns. Sold to Greg Edwards, Marulan N.S.W. for Championship polocrosse.

CHALANI SKELTER: Winner of the EXPO 80 Trail Class, High Point Q.H.A.S.A. Snaffle Bit horse for 1980, and runner up to Garnet on numerous occasions.

SIRE SONS:


LITTLEWOOD MONTEGO (Monty): Well known sire of outstanding polo ponies leased by Andrew Gray to Kerry Packer, Ellerston. Reportedly the best polo sire in Australia of his time.

GYPROCK - Sire of Show, Polo ponies and Endurance progeny.

MASTER HERBERT - Progeny have competed in Polo, Challenges, Campdrafting, Hacking, Dressage and All-round competition.

Rannock’s temperament was outstanding, particularly in regard to boldness and calmness (required by novices for confidence and demanded by serious competitors). His amazing athletic ability was evidenced by anyone who had the opportunity to witness him running with his mares as he was blind in one eye.

The majority of horses at Chalani contain Rannock in their pedigree. Rannock descendants have competed in a wide variety of competition at top levels and are all over Australia. He has 83 Australian Stock Horse registered progeny.


SIRE: Dundee 
Dundee 
Panzer 
Panzer 
 
Panthom   Pantheon (imp)
Lady Chrysippus
Nellie   Kangon  
Gooroolai
Roseita 
Roseita 
 
Orby Anthus 
Orby Anthus 
 
Orby's Pride (imp)  
Helianthus (imp)
Nassiwitt   Nassau  
Connie Whitton
DAM: Tinagroo Mersa 
Tinagroo Mersa 
Panzer 
Panzer 
 
Panthom   Pantheon (imp)  
Lady Chrysippus
Nellie   Kangon  
Gooroolai
Ranmena 
Ranmena 
 
Rangag   Eager  
St Silave
Mena Sands   Sands Of The Orient (imp)
Alemene  


Progeny Name Colour & Sex Foaling Date Sire Dam
Roskhill Narrator Ch mare 01/11/1973 Rannock 
Rannock 
Willalooka Station Mare
Chalani Rimfire 
Chalani Rimfire 
Ch gelding 04/11/1975 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Ricochet
Chalani Muscat Mare 17/09/1975 Rannock 
Rannock 
Gay Princess
Chalani Oran Bay gelding 16/09/1976 Rannock 
Rannock 
Tano Mundano
Chalani Skelter 
Chalani Skelter 
Ch mare 12/10/1976 Rannock 
Rannock 
Paradis 
Paradis 
Chalani Gunfire Ch gelding 28/10/1976 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Ricochet
Chalani Garnet 
Chalani Garnet 
Br mare 07/09/1976 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Anna 
Chalani Anna 
Chalani Granite Bay gelding 30/08/1977 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Anna 
Chalani Anna 
Chalani Pageant 
Chalani Pageant 
Ch/Tobiano mare 31/08/1977 Rannock 
Rannock 
Bevlyn Casscade 
Bevlyn Casscade 
Chalani Scamper Ch gelding 30/09/1977 Rannock 
Rannock 
Paradis 
Paradis 
Chalani Wildfire 
Chalani Wildfire 
Gr mare 13/10/1977 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Ricochet
Pascali Gr mare 16/11/1977 Rannock 
Rannock 
Silver Seas
Chalani Sihran Ch mare 10/09/1977 Rannock 
Rannock 
Tano Mundano
Peregrine 
Peregrine 
Bay mare 02/09/1977 Rannock 
Rannock 
Nangkita
Chalani Scurry Ch mare 31/10/1978 Rannock 
Rannock 
Paradis 
Paradis 
Chalani Aspen 
Chalani Aspen 
Br mare 07/12/1978 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Cat Ballou 
Chalani Cat Ballou 
Chalani Legend Bay gelding 01/08/1978 Rannock 
Rannock 
Ravenslea Delphi
Shereefian Caraan Bay mare 04/09/1978 Rannock 
Rannock 
Bevlyn Casscade 
Bevlyn Casscade 
Wren 
Wren 
Ch mare 14/09/1979 Rannock 
Rannock 
Glen Devon Faith
Timbal 
Timbal 
Br mare 10/10/1979 Rannock 
Rannock 
Bleby's Miss Tiffany
Chalani Cameo Br mare 04/10/1979 Rannock 
Rannock 
Blue Tiara 
Blue Tiara 
Panseita Bay mare 10/11/1979 Rannock 
Rannock 
Pesheem
Chalani Gyprock 
Chalani Gyprock 
Bay stallion 10/09/1979 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Anna 
Chalani Anna 
Chalani Charm 
Chalani Charm 
Gr mare 03/11/1980 Rannock 
Rannock 
Blue Tiara 
Blue Tiara 
Chalani Kinsman Bay gelding 07/12/1980 Rannock 
Rannock 
Vivonne Queen Issabella
Chalani Ayr Gr mare 04/09/1980 Rannock 
Rannock 
Nangkita
Chalani Tamara 
Chalani Tamara 
Pal mare 04/09/1980 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Tamber 
Chalani Tamber 
Chalani Scorcher Ch gelding 08/01/1981 Rannock 
Rannock 
Paradis 
Paradis 
Chalani Chalice Bay mare 19/10/1981 Rannock 
Rannock 
Blue Tiara 
Blue Tiara 
Chalani Random Fire Br gelding 06/09/1981 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Romantic Fire
Chalani Rapid Fire (efa Romance) 
Chalani Rapid Fire (efa Romance) 
Br gelding 14/09/1982 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Romantic Fire
Chalani Galena 
Chalani Galena 
Bay mare 01/09/1982 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Anna 
Chalani Anna 
Littlewood Montego Bay stallion 28/09/1983 Rannock 
Rannock 
Gamma
Chalani Catlow 
Chalani Catlow 
Ch mare 02/09/1983 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Cat Ballou 
Chalani Cat Ballou 
Chalani Paper Flute Bay mare 12/08/1984 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Paper Tiger 
Chalani Paper Tiger 
Chalani Fantasy 
Chalani Fantasy 
Ch mare 04/08/1984 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Cat Ballou 
Chalani Cat Ballou 
Chalani Gemstone Bay gelding 05/08/1984 Rannock 
Rannock 
Chalani Anna 
Chalani Anna 
Master Herbert 
Master Herbert 
Br stallion 05/09/1984 Rannock 
Rannock 
Yooroona Gidget 
Yooroona Gidget 



Breezette (left) and Susie (right) - Granddaughters of Panzer.