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FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH APPROVED ASH NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

15th – 18th March held via Auctionsplus
We INVITE prospective buyers to purchase a Registered Australian Stock Horse at the 2024 Fountain of Youth Sale.
It is an opportunity to purchase a Registered Australian Stock Horse from a prestigious sale for quality young horses. It offers some of the best Australian Stock Horse bloodlines available. Many past Fountain of Youth sale horses have had successful careers at Royal, State and National events and are competing in a variety of disciplines.

Performance Horse industry holds strong at 2024 Nutrien Classic

With the heat at dust on Day 1 giving way to rain on Day 10 as the ‘mini-city’ that amassed Tamworth’s AELEC for 10 days disbands, we reflect on what was yet another positive outcome at the Nutrien Classic Campdraft & Sale.

Nutrien Equine are delighted with the 17th Nutrien Classic Sale results, which were in line with current economic markets and a reduction in horse numbers due to wet conditions preventing numerous vendors from attending the 2024 event. The strength in statistics is a true testament to the commitment and resilience of the industry and its members.

With sales negotiations still underway, the 2024 Nutrien Classic Sale has generated over $12 million for the Australian performance horse industry. From 554 horses offered for sale, 88.09% sold for an overall average of $25,087.

There was good demand for proven female lines again this year, with a range of quality mares and fillies bringing an average of $32,553. Lot 496 HAZELWOOD CON OAK (Hazelwood Conman x Oaks Prospect) was the star of the show as top price mare and lot of the sale, selling for $180,000 to Ben & Rae Hill of Thallon, Queensland. She was presented by the talented horseman Will Durkin on behalf of Terry & Christine Hall, who have been returning vendors at the Nutrien Classic Sale since its inception in 2008.

Terry & Christine also celebrated an Australian-first milestone during this years event, with their sire “Hazelwood Conman” reaching a remarkable $10 million in progeny sold through the Nutrien Classic and Masters Sales. Amongst these has been more than 10 progeny winners of events at the Nutrien Classic, from Campdrafts to Challenges. An amazing achievement for a sire who has certainly cemented himself as a legend of the industry.

Conman genetics were a common theme amongst other top prices of the 2024 sale, with the 3-year-old filly DURKINS TEMPEST – HSH on account of Will Durkin the runner up sale topper. The black mare by Hazelwood Conman out of Toomba Tempo (Stanton Stud Black Breeze) boasts proven genetics on both sides and was purchased by the Trustee for the Moy family for $160,000.

The gelding market grossed more than $4.4 million and averaged over $17,824, with 250 notable lots sold. Top priced gelding was sold on Sunday at Lot 538 – HALO SPRINGS ROMERO on account of Tsidkenu Pty Ltd. The 4-year-old BC Gigolo x Chickasha Julia gelding sold for $92,500 to Sasha Mylrea.

22 stallions sold averaged $35,521, topped by Lot 285 CALL ME DADDY – an impressive 2-year-old colt sold by a local vendor who has had a lot of success at the Nutrien Classic in Holly Clayden. CALL ME DADDY is one of the first Call Me Mitch progeny in Australia and out of open winning mare Moore Park One Moore Rose. He sold to WEC Industries Pty Ltd for $80,000 and was well presented by trainer Ben O’Reilly.

This year’s Nutrien Classic was attended by competitors, vendors, purchasers and spectators from every corner of Australia and beyond. The livestream was viewed from countries including the US, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and Hong Kong. Over 1200 bid cards were registered, one of the highest levels of interest ever seen from buyers.

Nutrien Equine would like to extend thanks to staff, sponsors, cattle donors and vendors for their hard work in preparation for the sale and traders, spectators, AELEC staff, contractors and volunteers for their ongoing support. Congratulations must also go to the Classic Ladies Foundation, who this year celebrated over $1 million in funds raised at the event since their inception in 2016 – a tremendous effort from all involved.

The strength of the Australian Performance Horse industry is evident despite current economic conditions and Nutrien Equine are extremely proud to be at the forefront of its future growth and success in the future.

Buyers are reminded that passed in lots can be viewed in the online catalogue and their incentive eligibility will remain if sold according to due process in the coming days following the 2024 Sale. Please contact Nutrien Equine with all relevant enquiries.

Please note, all prices and totals reflected are unofficial. Final prices will be posted on www.nutrienequine.com.au at a later date.

End of 2024 Nutrien Classic Sale Statistics

🏵️ 2024 Nutrien Classic Sale finished today with 87% clearance with 482 of 554 lots sold with the top selling lot was Lot 496 HAZELWOOD CON OAK for $180,0-00.🟢 2024 Average currently sits at $24,920.50
🟢 Total Gross over four days sits at $12,011,682.
We hope that everyone has a safe trip home.
🏵️ Full Results from today: https://portal.nutrienequine.com.au/catalogues/84/results
📊 Also check out our statistics page: https://portal.nutrienequine.com.au/catalogues/84/statistics

Super Saturday on Day 9 of the 2024 Nutrien Classic Sale

Super Saturday is always popular at the annual Nutrien Classic Sale and there were some spectacular results in the sale ring, as buyers competed for the opportunity to purchase some of Australia’s highest quality young performance horses.

Bidders flocked to Tamworth’s AELEC, with a record 1200 bid cards registered by lunchtime and the crowd growing throughout the day.

The statistics have strengthened after a convincing day at auction, with the sale clearance sitting at 84.09% and average reaching $23,576.17. The sales gross has progressed to over $8.7 million, with the quality of Sunday’s lots forecast to increase this substantially.

Saturday saw a new top price for the sale thus far, in Lot 496 – HAZELWOOD CON OAK who sold for an amazing $180,000. She was presented by the talented horseman Will Durkin on behalf of Terry & Christine Hall, who have been returning vendors at the Nutrien Classic Sale since its inception in 2008.

The stunning 4-year-old mare is sired by Terry and Chris’s stallion “Hazelwood Conman” and out of Open winning mare “Oaks Prospect”. She was well bought by Ben & Rae Hill of Thallon, Queensland.

3-year-old colts also had a strong day in the sale ring, with Lot 461 SHINEY SUSPECT topping the category for local vendors Peter & Maree Rogan at $70,000. The impressive chestnut colt was beautifully presented by Rob Leach and is sired by the legendary ‘Hazelwood Conman’, out of Peter & Maree’s champion imported mare “Shirely Shiney”. He was purchased by MRH Enterprises.

In the 4-year-old mares section, Ron & Nola Nicholson’s well performed REYV ON KITTY fetched $100,000. The Stevie Rey Von x Erin Cat Rey mare finalled in both the Classic Campdraft and Challenge events with Tamworth trainer Mat Oakley and was purchased by Parker Investments, heading to central Queensland.

Other highlights today included Wade Mile’s Lot 426 in WILLINGA DIAMOND CONVICT, a high quality 3-year-old gelding by Hazelwood Conman and out of Broomfield Stylish Diamond. He sold for $58,000 to Barry & Anne Hick.

Another special gelding sale was Ella-Rae Seccombe’s Lot 512, THIS LADIES MAN. The competitive 4-year-old black This Cats Destiny x Lady Sings The Blues gelding sold for $67,500 to the Glasser Group from Victoria. An emotional sale for Ella-Rae, who shared a beautiful bond with the gelding which was clear to bidders as he went through the ring.

‘Super Saturday’ saw a sea of pink around the AELEC arena, promoting the Classic Ladies Foundation fundraising efforts for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and DEBRA Australia. The Charity Auction, Monster Raffle, Ladies Clinic and Long Luncheon were all extremely well supported, with Lot 468 charity filly Kaypehaich Pearl Dot selling for $31,000 to Eileen Simpson and Bradley Jeffrey. Thank you to Rodger Grant of Koobah Performance Horses for his enormously generous donation – a talented filly who was beautifully presented by master trainer Frank Green.

Mark & Shelly Ruff of Bulla Lyn ASH Stud also donated a top quality lot in BULLA ITSALLICANDO – a cutting trained mare who sold for $32,500 to Barloo Pastoral. Thank you to Mark & Shelly, who have supported the Classic Ladies Foundation for many years with exceptional generosity.

Nutrien Scone’s Maddy Teague stepped up as the first ever lady auctioneer at the Nutrien Classic today, proudly selling a service fee to Steve & Toni Harts THE METALLIST. This sire won 2024 Dalgety Animal Health Stallion Shootout last night and the service fee was purchased by AAM Investment Group for $10,000.

The final day of the 2024 Nutrien Classic Sale begins at 8am on Sunday, with a 136 quality lots still to go under the hammer. Bidders are reminded that pre-registration for bid cards remains available online and remote buyers can also participate on the Auctions Plus website.

Entry to all Nutrien Classic events is FREE and full results, sale catalogue, bidding information and live webcast of the 2024 Nutrien Classic can be found at www.nutrienequine.com.au.

Friday sale action heats up at the 2024 Nutrien Classic Sale

It was a Friday full of sale action at Tamworth’s AELEC today, with the second day of auction at the 2024 Nutrien Classic Sale.

Bidders were at the ready both in-person and online – the statistics are climbing, with the total sale clearance rate now at 77.19% with the day’s top sale of $160,000 and the average reaching $22,505. Total sales gross is just shy of $5 million – with two more days of sales yet to come.

3-year-old mares reigned supreme in today’s sale and top price of the day was Lot 292, DURKINS TEMPEST – HSH, a 3-year-old mare on account of Will Durkin who was fresh from a win in last night’s Open Campdraft final! The black mare by Hazelwood Conman out of Toomba Tempo (Stanton Stud Black Breeze) boasts proven genetics on both sides and was purchased by the Trustee for the Moy family.

Other highlights today included Lot 333, ELLA REY VON, a 3-year-old roan mare offered by Cody Hansen & Kellie Pickersgill. By Stevie Rey Von and out of Moranjee Crystal, who has already produced Nutrien Challenge and Classic finalists, sold for $150,000 to M & H Hughes.

Also hitting triple figures was another 3-year-old mare in BOONARA CROSSWORD, offered by Huon & Colleen Smith of Boonara Holdings. The stunning bay mare by Glencoe Last Word and out of proven producer Docs Double D, was purchased for $100,000 by Richard & Georgia Chugg.

Highest priced colt of the day was Lot 285, sold by a local vendor who has had a lot of success at the Nutrien Classic in Holly Clayden. Her impressive 2-year-old bay colt CALL ME DADDY, one of the first Call Me Mitch progeny in Australia and out of open winning mare Moore Park One Moore Rose, sold to WEC Industries Pty Ltd for $80,000 and was well presented by trainer Ben O’Reilly.

Buyer presence grew throughout the day and is set to peak towards the weekend, as buyers continue to flock to Tamworth’s AELEC for the opportunity to take home some of Australia’s most impressive young performance horses.

An electric Friday night saw the Dalgety Animal Health Stallion Shootout showcase final thrill a packed crowd in the indoor arena, as 39 stallions with progeny in this year’s Nutrien Classic Sale competed for the 2024 Champion title.

There is never a shortage of thrills during this event, and a jam-packed crowd enjoyed every moment. The dynamite combination of Hugh Miles on Peter Shumack’s stallion TIMES UP (One Time Pepto x Boon San Kitty) got spectators out of their seats with a 25-point, maximum score from the judges to win the round – a spinetingling sight!

However, for the Champion title it came down to the wire in the Aggregate over all three rounds – with Darren Towns on Tony & Kelly Pearce’s stud CONTRACTOR (Hazelwood Conman x Beaudestiny) adding a 23 score on the night for a total of 202 and 2nd place – but it was the Aggregate leader after the first two rounds in Steve Hart aboard his imported sire THE METALLIST (Metallic Cat x Moms Stylish Pepto) who’s 23 took their total score to 203, enough to clinch the Dalgety Animal Health Stallion Shootout title for 2024!

Congratulations to Steven, a well renowned horseman who with wife Toni imported the talented roan stallion from the US in 2018. Both Steve and Toni are long-term supporters of the Nutrien Classic and it seems fitting that they be rewarded this year – when they are donating a service fee to THE METALLIST which goes under the hammer at Lot 470 tomorrow as part of the fundraising efforts this year for the Classic Ladies Foundation, a small group in which Toni plays an integral role!

Day 8 of the Nutrien Classic will see Day 3 of the Sale begin at 8am. It is also “Super Saturday” for the Classic Ladies, with Sale attendees encouraged to wear pink and demonstrate their support. Three charity lots – a charity filly, mare and service fee will be auctioned – while the CLF hosts a delicious luncheon and fashion parade, draws their monster raffle and continues sales of their popular merchandise and caps. A fantastic start to the final weekend of the event!

Bidders are reminded that pre-registration for bid cards remains available online and remote buyers can also participate on the Auctions Plus website.

Entry to all Nutrien Classic events is FREE and full results, sale catalogue, bidding information and live webcast of the 2024 Nutrien Classic can be found at www.nutrienequine.com.au.

 

PURCHASE YOUR VIP TICKETS NOW Supporting Classic Ladies Foundation

We are thrilled to announce this year’s annual Classic VIP, Sponsor and Donors Night will proudly support Classic Ladies Foundation , with proceeds from the tickets being donated to their selected charities:

Australian Cancer Research Foundation

Debra Australia Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB Butterfly Children)

Join us for some canapes and drinks during the action-packed Dalgety Animal Health Stallion Shootout, to celebrate and thank those who continue to generously support the Nutrien Classic.

Get your tickets here: BUY VIP TICKETS NOW

 

Buyer interest escalates at the 2024 Nutrien Classic

Day 6 and the conclusion of preworks at the 2024 Nutrien Classic Campdraft & Sale in Tamworth, which has now passed the halfway point!

Bid cards are already proving popular, with over 500 pre-registered online by Thursday afternoon – a record number at this stage of the event. The free livestream coverage of the Preworks was watched by a huge number of viewers from across Australia and beyond, including international audiences in New Zealand, Canada and the US.

Preworks were completed today, with the remaining 337 lots showcased to a growing number of prospective buyers which is set to peak in coming days. Despite wet and cold conditions this afternoon, the Buyers Inspection was well attended by prospective buyers viewing lots they had marked in their catalogues.

The rain did not deter a crowd gathering on the hill for the first of numerous Campdraft event finals this week, where the Coverdrive Gelding Incentive kicked things off at 6pm. This feature event exhibited the top 15 geldings from the Classic Campdraft, who competed for a total prizepool of over $8,000.

It was a tightly contested final and in the end, came down to a run-off between Mitchell Hoy on Mick & Lenore Cole’s SALTWATER GROOVA (Saltwater Sonic x Toomba Kelly) and Will Durkin on Bezuma Pastoral’s STEWARTS FLIGHT CONTROL (Hazelwood Flight Command x Stewarts Felina).

However it was the Guyra competitor Mitchell who claimed victory, with another 88 point run guaranteeing the $5,000 winners cheque thanks to Coverdrive Promotions who operate the popular bar services at AELEC. Mitch also takes home a service fee from Moore Park Livestock for stallion “One Fine Vintage” and a rug and fly veil from Easy-On Rugs.

The Campdraft arena feats continued in the hotly contested 4CYTE Charlie Maher Young Guns final running as the last event of Day 6. Always a popular occasion, the final did not disappoint spectators with 33 young talents demonstrating some of the best Campdrafting of the week yet.

There were a phenomenal three scores each of 90 and 91 through the field, but it was a spectacular 92 point run from Fergus Friend, a competitor from Mt Garnett in Queensland, which clinched the title – a fine show of horsemanship. Riding the family owned YARRAWA CLASSIC (Kneipps Conray x Yarrawa Cadillac), Fergus added to a 90 from Round 1 to claim victory with an Aggregate of 182.

Fergus and YARRAWA CLASSIC are continuing an extremely successful partnership and the 8-year-old Novice mare is actually a Nutrien Classic Sale graduate – having been purchased by Codie and Natalie Law of Yarrawa Stock Horses at the 2019 sale for $15,000.

Congratulations to the Mt Garnet cowboy who takes home $2,000 cash, a service fee to “Shines Like Metallic” thanks to BELJAY Performance Horses, a Wazz-A-Cow mechanical cow and a trophy rug from Easy-On-Rugs.

Fergus also impressed on his second finalist ride – another Nutrien Classic graduate in ERVINES VENUS (Kirkbys Stud Contender x Ervines Eclipse), placing =5th! This mare was purchased at the 2020 Nutrien Classic from Craig Ervine & Sue Kirkby, the Tarraway Partnership, for $17,000. Congratulations – an amazing achievement and fantastic to see the Friend family achieving such great results with their Classic purchases.

Day 7 tomorrow will see the commencement of the 2024 Nutrien Classic Sale, with Lots 1-160 going under the hammer from 8am. Bidders are reminded that pre-registration for bid cards is available online and remote buyers can also participate on the Auctions Plus website.

Another huge night of Campdraft finals will kick off at the day’s sale finish with the Jimmy Matthews Memorial Ladies Dash for Cash, Martins Stock Haulage Open Campdraft Final and much anticipated Nutrien Classic Campdraft Final set to excite a jam-packed crowd – both under lights at the AELEC and on the Nutrien Equine live webcast.

Entry to all Nutrien Classic events is FREE and full results, sale catalogue, bidding information and live webcast of the 2024 Nutrien Classic can be found at www.nutrienequine.com.au .

Nutrien Store Sale today at 10am

The Nurien Classic Store Cattle Sale is Nutrien’s flagship cattle sale in northern NSW with buyers joining the sale from Northern NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

The 2024 Nutrien Classic Store Sale will take place on Wednesday 7th February at Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange at 10.00am.

As always, The Classic Cattle Sale will run in conjunction with the Nutrien Classic Horse Sale. This draws people from all over Australia with people supporting both sales.

This year Nutrien have partnered with Coopers Animal Health to offer $10,000 in cash prizes toward the Best Pen prize for each category including Steers, Heifers, Cows & Calves, PTIC and a Grand Champion Pen of Sale award. This is seen as a means to acknowledge the best of what is always a quality offering.

CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO STORE SALE

BID CARD – Get preregistered to get yourselves in the Express Lane!

As we watch the first 320 lots today in the preworks, it’s time to get your bid card registrations online through the NutrienLive Portal.
Any pre-registered Bid Cards will need to be collected from the Sales office at the AELEC. Please remember to bring your ID for us to sight.
We highly recommend pre-registering online so that you can then just pick up your bid card in the express lane from the sales office.

BID CARD REGISTRATIONS: https://portal.nutrienequine.com.au/catalogues/84?to=bidcards