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“Australia’s New Premier Open-Aged Sale”

Nutrien Equine are hosting a new annual sale and campdraft, with the inaugural event to take place from September 8 to 11 2022, at the centrally located, Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre in Tamworth🤩

Nutrien Equines’ Mark Barton is excited by the opportunities provided to open age horse owners through this new event. “This is a real celebration of the open age horse” said Mark “It offers great opportunity to purchase an experienced horse and consistently compete for big prizemoney”. Whilst open age horses have been offered for sale at the Nutrien Classic in the past, they have had limited opportunity to come back and compete for the money on offer in the Masters Campdraft at that event the subsequent year. This new concept replaces that event and offers much broader opportunities for those in the market for an open age horse.

“In this most recent Classic we catalogued 225 Open Age horses, with many more seeking entry” Mark added “through consultation with our customers the concept to develop an event that celebrates the Open Age horses, in their own sale and campdraft event has been born”.

The feature campdraft event known as the Graduate Draft, will provide the opportunity for horses aged 6 and over, that have previously graduated through any of the Nutrien Classic (Tamworth), Nutrien Supreme (Toowoomba), Willinga Park or Nutrien Northern Performance Horse sales, to compete for a minimum prizemoney pool of $150,000 in 2022. The Masters Sale will be held in conjunction and is designed as a select sale that will feature the Open Age horses.


❇Sale Nominations will open for week from Tuesday 28th June via NutrienLive❇


Pictured is Peter Boulton aboard GERROA SWEET ROMANCE who took out the 2021 Masters Campdraft🏆


A New Look for the Charters Towers Horse Sale

The Charters Towers Horse Sale has seen a new look for the 2022 event as the Nutrien Equine Team gave the sale ring a fresh coat of green and a new name: the Nutrien Northern Performance Sale.

The sale exceeded all hopes with a new record average selling price of $17,172. It generated a total of $1,047,500 in horse sales and saw a clearance rate of 73.49%.

“As the first year under the guidance of the Nutrien Equine division, the sale has been a huge success, which has produced a $17,000 average. People are wanting to buy a better-quality horse and are prepared to pay accordingly,” said Nutrien Equine’s Dane Pearce. “It is a testament to the Northern Queensland community for the breeding and training that has been put into action to make these quality stock horses what they are.”

Topping this year’s sale and breaking the Charters Towers record was Lot 62 ROWES MADDY on account of PG & CM Rowe. K Spur Pastoral were the lucky purchasers of the $50,000 mare, a 3-year-old by ONE MOORE DADDY and out of an Open Campdraft mare in ROWES MISTRESS.

Breaking another record for the ridden gelding section was Paul & Jane Stone’s Lot 91 STONEAGE CINCH. By DESIRES BLUE TRINITY and out of the DOGWOOD COMET daughter STONEAGE SAHARA, this 5-year-old was purchased for $45,000 by AK & JM Heading.

Another notable sale was Lot 29 ACRES MATRIX on account of Kokopelli Farming Co. Booroondarra Pastoral Company purchased this 8-year-old gelding, who is by ACRES DESTINY and out of DOCS SWEET SPIN, for $40,000.

Rhondhu Stud’s Lot 4 RHONDHU SAVVMAN topped the yearling section at $18,000. Congratulations to Jamie McQuillan & Joel Williams for purchasing this colt who is by USA Sire SANNMAN and out of the ACRES DESTINY daughter, RHONDHU SAVANNAH ACRES.

It was awesome to see several sale graduates return to compete in this year’s incentive competitions. Bobbie Hammer aboard Jack Mann’s JAM ELSIE took out the Barastoc 6yrs & Over Campdraft after a runoff for first place. JAM ELSIE was sold through last year’s sale for $40,000 on account of Peter & Dal-Marie Glenwright. This 8-year-old mare is by HAZELWOOD EPIC and out of BROADLEA HINGUS.

And taking home the champion ribbon for the Dalgety Animal Health Under 6 Workout was Peter Weston on BILLEROY TOMAHAWK. Peter purchased this gelding out of the 2018 sale as a 2-year-old for $2,000 from Billeroy Grazing. The now 5-year-old is by the WARRENBRI ROMEO sire MYALL SPRINGS OMAR and out of the ACRES DESTINY daughter, BILLEROY KITTYHAWK.

An outstanding effort was made by the Nutrien Charters Towers team, led by Dane Pearce, in the lead up to yet another successful Nutrien Equine Sale. A big thank you to the Horse of the North Committee for hosting us, and to the vendors, buyers, and sponsors for their continuous support. We look forward to the Nutrien Northern Performance Sale in 2023!



Nutrien Supreme sets bar with $120,000 top in 2022

It was a breakthrough sale for the Nutrien Supreme Sale at Toowoomba last month. The increased support of this sale showed the strength of the performance horse industry in QLD, with the highest number of horses entered since its inception.

An extra 100 horses were sold compared to the 2021 Nutrien Supreme, which has nearly doubled the gross as it currently sits at $4,099,455. The average sales price was $15,890, with a clearance rate of 82.17%.

“It’s the largest catalogue that has been put together and arguably one of the best (for the Supreme). Like all the performance sales we do across the country, it has been a very strong sale. A very positive result in both the ridden and led horses.” Said Nutrien Equine’s Simon Booth.

With the increase of entries, an extended program saw the sale begin on Friday evening with the run of broodmares. After a successful Meet and Greet, the arena was a hive of activity where the variety of mums and bubs sold for an average of $13,525 and a top price of $40,000.

Saturday was buzzing as the yearlings kicked of the second day of the Sale. Terry & Christine Hall’s filly, Lot 115 HAZELWOOD CONSOLE, topped the yearlings with $45,000. As the book has now closed for HAZELWOOD CONMAN, this daughter is even more valuable to the purchaser, Dennis Heycox from Blayney NSW.

Sunday continued the impressive ridden section and topping this year’s Supreme Sale at $120,000 and yet breaking another record was Lot 329 SUEN TOO DUCK on account of The Estate of the late John Brekelmans.

This 5-year-old mare is out of the great DUCKS DUX and by the PEPTOBOONSMAL sire in BOON TOO SUEN. Being described as a very talented mare, she was started by Brekelmans and was aimed for the NCHA futurity. She will now continue her journey with new owners M & J Bloom in NSW.

2022 Supreme Sale Results Breakdown.


20/21 sold (95.24%)

Ave. $13,525

Gross. $270,500



Led yearlings: 

89/103 sold (86.41%)

Ave. $13,095.51

Gross. $1,165,500

Top: Lot 115 HAZELWOOD CONSOLE $45,000



149/190 sold (78.42%)

Ave. $17,875.54

Gross. $2,663,455

Top: Lot 329 SUEN TOO DUCK $120,000

Simon credited the vendors for such outstanding results; “Well presented and well prepared with purple pedigrees were the horses that were the stand outs in the dollar value. It is a credit to the vendors for bettering the breeding and preparation of their sale horses.”

To compliment the strong sale, the online platform AuctionsPlus had plenty of traffic over the weekend. AuctionsPlus has been an absolute game changer as it allows a much larger demographic the opportunity to be a part of the Nutrien Experience. A lot of support has been shown from all over Australia, with horses being bought by buyers in WA, TAS, SA, NSW, QLD, VIC.

 2022 Nutrien Supreme Challenge & Campdraft Competition

The Supreme Incentive Challenge & Campdraft saw record entries, and finals competition was hot on Saturday night. It was great to see the competition so well supported with competitors travelling from interstate and all parts of QLD, and the atmosphere was fantastic with a packed hill of spectators for Saturday night’s finals.

The team at the Nutrien Supreme is very appreciative of Lemontree Feedlot’s continued support in allowing the use of their cattle.

This year’s winners were:

  • 2022 Riverina Supreme Campdraft Champion: Nathan Wilson, riding TASSAS REPLAY, owned by Priorgrazing Pty Ltd, 160 points.
  • 2022 Lemontree Feedlot Masters Campdraft Champion: Matt Rynne, riding BELJAY REBEL ACRES, owned by RKG Pastoral, 165 points.
  • 2022 Black Truck Sales Novice Campdraft Champion: Kylie Mcphee, riding DENMARK SAILOR, owned by Kylie Mcphee, 175 points.
  • 2022 Shanahan’s Livestock Transport Open Campdraft Champion: Wyatt Young, riding BINNIA MILAN, owned by Craig & Janelle Young and Wyatt Young, 177 points.
  • 2022 Rosevale Santa Gertrudis 5/U Challenge Champion: Nathan Wilson, riding TASSAS REFLECTION, owned by Nathan Wilson, 348.77 points.
  • 2022 Dalgety Animal Health 2yo Challenge Champion: Scott Keogh, riding LAZY D CAPTAINS BARBIE, owned by Noel Day, 262 points.
  • 2022 Donrica Performance Horses Gelding Shootout Champion: Dean Stephen, riding APPLEGUM COAL, owned by Dean Stephen, 83 points.


Another outstanding job by the Nutrien Toowoomba branch and Nutrien Equine Team. A sincere thank you to all the vendors, buyers, competitors, old and new, as well as the amazing sponsors for their ongoing support. Pencil in the last week of April for the 2023 Nutrien Supreme Sale & Campdraft!

The end of an era for Donell Park Stud.

The end of an era has come with the complete dispersal sale of Donell Park Stud. Debbie and Peter Gesler of Donell Park have been breeding performance horses since 1998 and since purchasing the infamous SELIGMAN SPIN back in 2000, the Geslers’ have made a huge and lasting impact on both the Campdraft and Cutting industries in Australia.

This auction was run over a 24-hour period on the AuctionsPlus platform last weekend, 4th and 5th of March 2022, which had plenty of traffic with over 12,000 catalogue views and 70 active online bidders. There were 22 lots up for grabs which comprised of broodmares, mare and foal packages, ridden horses, yearlings, weanlings and two embryos.

The sale grossed $638,500, providing an average of $33,605 per lot. Plenty of people wanted a piece of this Donell Park history which left the sale with a high clearance rate of 90%.

Topping the auction was Lot 7 and Lot 11, both selling for $100,000 each!

Lot 7 THE COUNTESS is a 14-year-old broodmare by Donell Park’s SELIGMAN SPIN and out of the ACRES DESTINY daughter in PEPPYS DESTINY. This mare was sold as a 3-in-1 package with a BADBOONARISING filly at foot and is currently in foal to HAZELWOOD CONMAN; what a triple threat! This mare has proven time and time again that she can produce talented progeny, and her 2019 filly holds the sale record at the Nutrien Supreme Sale where she was sold for $65,000 as a yearling.

Lot 11 HAZELWOOD COUNTRY is no stranger to Nutrien Equine. Debbie purchased her through the Classic back in 2020, but unfortunately didn’t make it back to compete due to an injury so in the meantime she has had time off to recover and have a foal. This mare is by the great HAZELWOOD CONMAN and out of an ACRES DESTINY/WARRENBRI ROMEO daughter in HAZELWOOD BLUE ACRES. She has been brought back into work recently by Frank Green who describes her as an exceptionally talented mare, in which Jon Templeton can confirm having spent time with her previously. Both mares have been purchased by Salerno Pastoral and will be staying in Queensland.

Debbie was super pleased with the sale results, “The auction was phenomenal, and I can’t thank Nutrien and Simon Booth enough for their support and professionalism.”

“The sale was a great success and is a major credit to the vendor for their dedication in breeding these talented and proven horses”, said Simon Booth, Nutrien Ag Solutions Agent, “All of these lots were sold back into performance competition and breeding homes, and will carry on the Donell Park Stud legacy well into the future”.

Nutrien Equine are very proud to have been a part this sale and would like to thank Debbie Gesler for entrusting us with the closing of this chapter. We wish all the new owners the very best for the future with their piece of the performance horse industry history.


New winners on a Tuesday!

Lot 87

The final event on Tuesday night at Young saw the 3yo American Ideal filly Sarah Jo overcome her wide draw on the second row to finish strongly to claim her first win.

Lot 87 in Nutrien’s Sydney Yearling Sale this Sunday is a Sweet Lou half-brother to Sarah Jo and is being sold by Benstud Standardbreds.

Montana Jo, the dam of Lot 87, is a half-sister to four winners including Flojos Gold p,1:54.0 $202,575, Madison Louise p,1:55.9 $114,016 and the 3yo Vicbred Homegrown Classic winner Kira Jo p,3,1:57.4.

To arrange inspection prior to Sunday contact Craig Judd on 0458 658 273

Downbytheseaside gets his first downunder winner

Tuesday night at Gloucester Park saw the running of five heats for the 2yo WA Sales Classic and when Between Two Thorns took out the second of the fillies heats she became the first Australasian winner for Downbytheseaside.

Having her first start in a race Between Two Thorns rated a handy 1:58.1 for the 1730 metres and she will be a leading fancy for the $100,000 final next week.

Downbytheseaside is the sire of four lots in Sunday’s Nutrien Sale in Sydney including three fillies.

Lot 25

A colt on account of Galthorn Farm from the Life Sign mare Vampish Hanover p,1:56.6 $48,188. To arrange a pre-sale inspection contact Galthorn Farm 0417 221 959 or drop by Barn K71 on Sunday.

Lot 29

A filly on account of Brooklyn Lodge & Clients from the Village Jasper mare Whispering Lass p,1:59.3 $129,323. To arrange a pre-sale inspection contact Melanie Settree 0438 683 280 or drop by Barn K58 on Sunday.

Lot 47

A filly on account of P and C Judd out of the Sportswriter mare Charissa Tee p,3,1:58.0. To arrange a pre-sale inspection contact Craig Judd 0458 658 273 or drop by Barn J84 on Sunday.

Lot 58

A filly on account of Eric and Rosemary Basham out of the Art Major mare Dynomo Dee. To arrange a pre-sale inspection contact Shelley Stockton 0427 099 451 or drop by Barn K6 on Sunday.

2022 Supreme Sale Nominations OPEN!

📅28th, 29th, 30th April, & 1st May 2022

📍Toowoomba Showgrounds – QLD

🟢Sale nominations via NutrienLIVE


Sale Nominations Open 17th January 2022, Close 11th February 2022


Sale Nomination fees⬇

Broodmares & Yearlings: $440 incl GST

Ridden Horses: $550 incl GST


Sale Days: Yearlings & Broodmares Saturday 30th April

Ridden Horses Sunday 1st May


Sale Terms & Conditions



☎Simon Booth | 0438 756 245

Andrew Costello | 0429 485 191

Terry Ryan | 0418 260 063

☎Colby Ede | 0417 265 980

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