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Super Sunday wraps a Record Breaking Sale

Day four has finished strongly with mares averaging a whopping $53,666 with a 92% clearance rate.

Today’s sale top at $225,000 was four year old mare lot 607 KISS MY GRASS account of Bunyarra Park, Mr Todd Graham. The EB S PHALARISmare was from a great mare line out of ONE MOORE PLAYGIRL an own daughter of famed ONE MOORE SPIN. She sold to Strategies 4S- Equine.

Walcha local Ben McNaughton sold four year old mare lot 576 AMAC MRS BROWN (BROWN VICTORY X AMAC CONWAY) for $200,000 to repeat clients Evan and Kim Acton, Millungra station, Julia Creek.

Lot 648 INDIANAS CONSTANCE a lovely four year old  mare by HAZELWOOD CONGRESSMAN out oF WILLOWVALE DOT COM sold for $135,000 to Marcus and Shelly Curr, Yelvertoft Station, Mt Isa for vendor Mr Scott Heidke, Caboolture.

Four year old Gelding ONE STYLISH DESIRE in account of Phil Dawson and Bernadette Lucas sold for a stellar $94,000 to Sean and Sarah Dillon, Subiton Station. Also selling well in the gelding category was lot 586 BOY BOON on account of Ameila and Bill Servin, Barraba. The trained ONCE IN A BLUE BOON cutter was sold for $50,000 to Cashmere Cattle Co.

Topping the stallions for today was HAWKENTINEa four year old stud by CATTY HAWK on  account of Jason & Rachel Leitch, Springsure. The professionally started colt from ACRES DESTINY mare DESTINYS SURPENTINE sold for $57,500 to Georgia Marks.

We thank all our vendors for a wonderful sale and wish our buyers all the best with their purchases.

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Strong Saturday as Day 3 doesn’t disppoint breaking more records.

Day three hasn’t disappointed as the prices remain strong, clearances surge and gelding records broken. Let’s investigate today’s stats before we dive into the standouts.

Clearance of todays lots currently stands 89.10% and the average is $27,305.76, Gross for today’s sale is $3,795,500.

Topping today’s sale at $115,000 was the 4 year old colt lot 489 SHADES OF METALLIC. Sired by the American super sire METALLIC CAT from the DUAL REY mare NINE SHADES O REY on account of Barbara Williams, Sunkissed Quarter Horses, Purga, QLD. The standout colt boasted a strong performance pedigree with his dam being a multi placegetter and winner he was purchased by well-known cattleman and horseman Jack Mann of Mann Beef, Charters Towers.

Geldings today sold to a new sale record of $110,000, JEWELS METALLICAT account of Parker Investments. The impressive four year old gelding by the aforementioned METALLIC CAT from the Acres mare in DESTINYS FANCY JEWEL sold to Wagyu Trading Company Pty Ltd, Malbourough, QLD.

Laura McNaughton (nee Macintosh) has had another outstanding sale smashing her previous three year old Gelding record set in 2021 (at $38,000). Selling for a massive $88,000 Laura presented her special gelding AMAC FAIRYMAN by EB S PHALARIS who was snapped up by Wagyu Trading Company Pty Ltd, Malbourough, QLD. Described as one of her favourite foals who was nurtured throughout the drought Laura went on to say “Bruce, Julie and Ben have a special line of mares and I hope that I can do the justice and continue producing nice horses”.

Today’s mare topper selling for $95,000 was Lot 405 WESTLAKE EVELYN, vendor Parker Investments enjoyed another stellar sale in the own HAZELWOOD CONMAN daughter from ONE MOORE PLAYBOY mare JUPITER EVIE. The 4 year old bay, described as very pretty and super soft was purchased by Tony and Lindy Hick, Antrim Station, Hughenden, QLD.

Overall, the Nutrien Sale gross sits at $12,459,000 with a clearance of 87.66%. The fourth and final day of selling will commence tomorrow at 8am EDT with lots 521-653.

Eagle Hustler wins the 2023 Dalgety Stallion Shootout!

It was great to see the crowds come out again for the ever popular Dalgety Animal Health Stallion Shootout Round Three last night. The Cutout is one of Nutrien’s feature events of the week and the incredible sires that all have progeny in the Nutrien Sale sure put on a show.

Taking out the Round three cutout in a run off was the impressive imported stallion TIMES UP. Ridden by local Tamworth professional trainer Hugh Miles, this combination has been very successful in the campdraft arena since moving over from the cutting pen.

But it was the big black stallion, a Nutrien Graduate, EAGLE HUSTLER who took out the overall winner of the Stallion Shootout. Joining the ranks of the top stallions in the past that have won this event. Owned by the Sadler & Clarke Syndicate, he was bought as a 2yo colt in the 2016 sale from Peter Siejka of Eagle Stock Horses. By HAZELWOOD CONMAN out of an Omega mare in KIRKBYS STUD BONITA, EAGLE HUSTLER is know for his amazing temperament and backs up the performance as an open campdraft winnera and now the 2023 Dalgety Animal Health Stallion Shootout Winner.

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Momentum continued with solid prices on Day 2 of the 2023 Nutrien Classic Sale

Nutrien Sale day two has not lost the momentum gathered. Stepping into the Classic’s two, three and four year olds saw solid prices across all ages and sexes.

Topping today’s sale at $210,000 was an outstanding two year old chestnut colt Regent on account of Tom Williamson. The Metallic Rebel son is from one of Williamsons best One More Playboy mare lines and was snapped up by astute repeat clients Steve and Rebecca Cadzow, Mt Riddock Station Alice Springs.

Successful Classic vendors John and Jenn Corbett, Clear Hills, Adelong, NSW sold their two year old chestnut filly Lot 193 Yaven Annie Hotter for $200,000. The filly is by the deceased American super sire Hottish out the Metallic Cat mare Yaven Junebug, she was secured by Gavin Bulmer, Casino.

Late on day two, selling for $135,000 was the lovely three year old filly, Halo Springs Chiquita purchased by Ian Windsor, WEC Industries, Mellew Station, Barcaldine. The attractive palomino filly, consigned by Tsidkenu Pty Ltd, boasted impressive bloodlines being a full sister to the performed successful sire Beniah (BC Gigolo x Chickasha Stacey).

Salerno Pastoral, Clagiraba Qld, sold their two year old filly lot 248, Salerno Dreaming Jedda for $80,000 to Ray White Dalby. Dreaming Jedda is by renown sire Hazelwood Conman who’s progeny have dominated this week’s campdrafting results.

The three year old gelding market didn’t disappoint. Lot 298 KJA Mellow Meteles consigned by Kylie Graham was secured for $48,000 by Dom Shanahan of Shanahan Property Trust Barnawartha, Vic. The Meteles Cat gelding is from Ms Grahams most successful dam line which has proven each year to be sought after by repeat clients.

At the conclusion of day two, sale average is $32,982 with an 84% clearance and currently grossing $8,476 500. Day three will kick off at 8am EDT Saturday 4th February with lots 341-520.

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$50,000 cheque will stay local with PEELVALE TRUCE owned by Richard & Georgia Chugg winning the 2023 Nutrien Classic

It came down to the wire as Robert Leach walked into the camp at number 38, riding Lowly Pastoral’s PEELVALE TRUCE. Coming into the final with a 178, Rob had a beautiful run scoring a 21, 64, and 4 for an 89 to take the lead by one point with a 267.

What an amazing result for local owners Richard & Georgia Chugg, purchased at the 2021 Nutrien Equine Sale for $16,000 from Murray & Jackie Wilkinson, they have well and truly been rewarded for their investment when they take home a $50,000 cheque that will be presented tomorrow night.

Equal second place went to Ben Hall riding SANDYTATE NAVITI STYLE, owned by Carrigan Bradley Syndicate scored a 88 to finish on 266.

Similarly, Will Durkin riding WIREGRASS BENTLEY owned by Nash Killalea scored an 89 to land on 266 as well.

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2023 Nutrien Equine Classic has an explosive start with a day top of $400,000

In the 16 year history of the Nutrien Equine Classic we have not seen a first day of sale explode like today.

Top price today was the spectacular DUCKTACULAR, a 5yo mare by METALLIC CAT out of DASHING DUCKLING, she was started late by QLD Trainer Mark Buttsworth due to John Breklemans passing in 2019. A half-sister to one of the highest money earning mares in Australia, Ducks Dux, DUCKTACULAR was always going to be superstar and now she will be up in the record books.

Purchased by Nutrien Tamworth acting as Agent, she was sold today for $400,000 from Kathryn and Michael Vivers from Tinga NSW.

We look forward to following her story.

Today was definitely a day marked in Rodger Grant’s diary, as he purchased not one but three horses. Including top price gelding for the day, Lot 14 JACK REACHER for $96,000 from Dean & Julie Jones from Seymour in Victoria. Also a lovely chesnut mare at Lot 91 ROANIES INDEPENDENT ONE caught his eye and was purchased from Wally Rea CW Rea Investments for $46,000.

Then Rodger couldn’t resist the highly sort after, Lot 81 HELL OFA SORT, 5yo mare by SORTA SMOOTH out of ONE HELLOF A TIME, on account of Kirk and Tracey Nicholson from Douglas Park in NSW for $170,000.

And then to follow up, Lot 102 PEPPYPHLAIRE, a 6yo mare, by EB S PHALARIS out of YULGILBAR O PEPPY ROY.

PEPPYPHLAIRE was on account of LIGHTHOUSE STATION PTY LTD – OPEX, owned by the late Tom Straun and prepared by Mark Buttsworth.

Top Price Stallion of the first day of the Nutrien Equine Sale for 2023 was Lot 69 BROTHER TUFF WOOD on account of PA & KL Poole. This 11yo stallion is by NITAS WOOD out of TUFFS JUNIE and is a full sibling to famous US cutting horses JUNIE WOOD and stallion WOODY BE TUFF.

BROTHER TUFF WOOD was purchased by the TUFF SYNIDCATE, based out of Kootingal NSW.

Let’s have a snapshot of the stats as at end of Day One;

111 of 147 lots sold (75.51%)

Average: $39,391.89 / Gross: $4,372,500

Campdrafting is due to start at 7pm with the 3rd round of the National Campdraft Council of Australia Champion Rider and then the main event of the evening – the Final Round of the 2023 Nutrien Equine Classic Campdraft – worth $50,000 to the winner.


James Moorhead wins the 4CYTE Charlie Maher Memorial Young Guns Campdraft

There was high anticipation with three 91’s as top scores leading into the 4CYTE Charlie Maher Memorial Young Guns.
Number 9 in the draw was James Moorhead riding STYLE N BLUES owned by EM & TL Moorhead.

James came into the final round with a respectable 89 points, but it was clear from the first peg that this run was going to be something special. Judge Bruce McNaughton thought so too, scoring James a 66 outside, which gave him a 92 point run, the highest of the whole Young Gun Competition.

James hails from the Nothern Tablelands of NSW at Glencoe and the Moorhead family are long time vendors of the Nutrien Sale, who also have one horse in this years sale at Lot 572. A great win considering this is James last year in the Young Guns.
We thank Ellerston Pastoral Company for their valued support of this draft and long time donation of cattle for the Young Guns.

Thank you also to 4CYTE for their generous sponsorship. The Charlie Maher Memorial Campdraft is a special event, named after one of the founders of the Classic, in Charlie Maher, who was an important mentor for so many young people.

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Nutrien Graduate Eagle Hustler leads the first round of the Dalgety Animal Health Stallion Shootout

Eagle Hustler and Troy Clarke has made their presence felt in the first round of the Dalgety Animal Health Stallion Shootout.

Scoring a 90 the nutrient graduate Eagle Hustler (Hazelwood Conman) was purchased in 2016 for $22,000 by the Sadler and Clarke syndicate. This combination also have a handy 177 points heading into the Open final.

There are three 89 points on the board as well, they are held by Coolum Quartz and Ben Newbury owned by the Newbury family, Sorta Smooth and David Thorn owned by Tracey and Kirk Nicholson and Pete Comiskey and Breks Duckyeah.

Former Classic Winner scores 92 points in second round of the 2023 Martins Stock Haulage Open

The Martins Stock Haulage Open second round didn’t disappoint with so big runs on the board leading into the finals.

Round winners include a massive 92 points by Matt Holz and Bulla Tamborine (Hazelwood Conman). A classic graduate, this combination are no stranger to success at the event with them winning the event in 2015.

Taroom competitor Kylie Graham added a 91 points to her campaign aboard Moore Mello and Charters Towers man Will Durkin on the beautiful Hazelwood Conspiracy (Hazelwood Conman) mare another Nutrien graduate owed by Evan and Kim Acton also put up a 91.

At the conclusion of the second round we look to the event leaders heading into Wednesday nights final.

Ben Hall has continued his dominance adding an 89 to his first round 90 aboard he and mothers Chris Hall’s RS Chisum mare Chisums Cash. Chisums Cash is another classic graduate purchased from the 2017 sale from Corey and Trudi Holden.

Not to be outdone Will Durkin aboard his family’s home bred mare Durkins Jewel (Hazelwood Conman) repeated Bens scores with an 89 of his own to see both competitors on equal lead with a 179.

Times Up (One Time Peoto) and Hugh Miles are again in a commanding position leading into the Open final with the combination posting a 178, just one point from the lead. The Peter Schumac owned stud has been amazingly consistent in this event being the runner up in the 2022 and 2021 Open event.

Bulla Tamborine and Matt Holz also hold a 178 going into the final.

The Martins Stock Haulage Open final is set to be a cracker with only 6 points separating the 25 finalists of Australia’s best horsemen and women.

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CLASSIC Leaderboard after two rounds shapes up for a hot competition

Marquee event Nutrien Classic first round has been completed yesterday with more combinations been added to the leader board.

There are currently 40 competitors through to the final of which they needed a score of 168 or higher.

Mondays Round Two saw 5 impressive 90s from these young horses.

Riding for owners M&A Clarke was Robbie White on RANDY TIME. The TIMES UP out of RAUNCHY LENA, gelding sold in 2022 by Mitch & Anna Hoy for $30,00 Head Stockman at Kalala Station.

Dave Thorn – ONE STYLISH JEWEL (Thorm & OJ Syndicate) OSP out of DESTINYS FANCY JEWEL, gelding sold in 2022 by Cameron Parker and put through by Matt Moffat.

Dan Condon – HELLOFA HIGH SPIN (Jack Mann) SMOOTH AS A CAT out of HELLS A COMIN, stallion sold by Willinga Park in 2022 and put through by Hughie Miles. 3rd in the Maiden at Armidale.

Troy Palmer – WILLINGAPARK IMPRESSIVE REBEL (Binnia PH) ID out of GLEN LEE CELINE. Sold in 2021 by Willinga Park. 3rd in the Classic Challenge at Coonamble in 2022. Also excelled in the show ring, placed in the National Futurity Series at the 2021 ASH National Show.

Will Edwards – BINNIA HIDEOUT. 10th in the Classic and =5th in the Gelding Dash for Cash last year. Gelding bought as a 2yo in the 2021 Classic. ID out of BINNIA HEIDI.


Here is a snapshot of the leader board after two round;


1. 179 JASON COMISKEY DASH Owned by Jason Comiskey

2. 179 DAVID THORN ONE STYLISH JEWEL Owned by DJ and KM THORN and OJ syndicate

3. 178 ROBERT LEACH PEELVALE TRUCE Owned by Lowly pastoral

4. 178 BEN HALL SANDYTATE NAVITI STYLE Owned by Carrigan Bradley Syndicate

5. 178 TROY PALMER WILLINGAPARK IMPRESSIVE REBEL Owned by Binnia Performance Horses

6. 177 MATTHEW CLARKE ONE STYLISH SHORTY Owned by Ryan Gundersen



9. 177 WILL DURKIN WIREGRASS BENTLEY Owned by Nash Killalea

10. 176 WILL EDWARDS BINNIA HIDEOUT Owned by Will Edwards