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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.


Melbourne Sale Pedigree Updates – Menangle, Melton and Horsham all giving big updates for Melb Sale

Another big night for Nutrien Melbourne

A huge night of racing at Menangle for the pacers and Melton for the trotters saw a number of significant updates for a number of the lots in the Nutrien Sale in Melbourne on April 3rd.

Lot 128A

The meeting at Menangle was bookended by Lot 128A with Cash N Flow taking out the opening event and Major Perry the final event which was the third heat of the NSW Derby.

Lot 128A, consigned by Brett Chapman, is an American Ideal filly from the winning Art Major mare Arty Chick which is already the dam of NSW Christmas Gift winner Ilikemebettor p,1:50.0 $109,938.

The cross of American Ideal over an Art Major mare has already produced some 26 winners including the star Soho Tribeca p,3,1:53.8 $1,103,854.

Arty Chick is a half-sister to Cash N Flow p,1:49.0 which brought up his 37th win and lifted his career earnings to $622,667 in downing Art Tutor and Petes Said So covering the mile in 1:50.1.

Cash N Flow is a half-brother to former Australian 2yo Pacer of the Year Katy Perry p,1:51.1 $550,093 which is the dam of Saturday night’s Derby heat winner Major Perry which brought up his fourth win in the final event at Menangle for trainer Paul Fitzpatrick and driver Gavin Fitzpatrick.

The win lifted Major Perry’s earnings to $95,641 and he will be a live chance in next week’s NSW Derby final with a little barrier draw luck.

Mark Commadeur from Benstud Victoria is preparing the filly and pre-sale inspection can be arranged by calling Mark on 0429 950 055.

Lot 182A

On Saturday afternoon at Ashburton in New Zealand Franco Josiah lowered his record to tr,1:58.4 when he downed Resolve and Steel Dust winning by a length and a half.

It was Franco Josiah’s sixth win and took his earnings to $53,122.

Franco Josiah is by the Swedish trotter Revenue from the New Zealand 2yo Sires Stakes Trotters Championship winner Jacanti Franco who is a half-sister to Jags Invasion tr,1:56.5 $121,972.

Jacanti Franco is also a half-sister to New Zealand 2yo Trotting Filly of the Year Jumanji Franco tr,1:59.3 $73,957 which is the dam of Lot 182A in Nutrien’s Melbourne Sale.

Lot 182A is being offered on behalf of Craig Nott and is a filly by the first-crop American stallion Volstead tr,1:51.5 $919,673 which won at Group One level in Sweden.

Jumanji Franco has already produced three winners including Bee Bee Beroc which won a heat of last season’s 2yo Vicbred Super Series.

Mark Commadeur from Benstud Victoria is also preparing this filly and pre-sale inspection can be arranged by calling Mark on 0429 950 055.

Lot 209

Also lowering their mark in impressive fashion was the Quaker Jet mare Electrojet which took out the Group Three Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Silver Series at Melton on Saturday night rating tr,1:58.7 for the 1720 metres.

Trainer by Fred Spiteri and driven by Jack Laugher, Electrojet has now won seven races and has earnings of $53,290 and she is a daughter of Cranbourne Trotters Cup winner Sassy Pinevale tr,1:57.6 $176,195.

Sassy Pinevale hasn’t been an easy mare to get in foal and her only other foal of racing age is the Ready Cash mare Orne which is the dam of Lot 209 in the Nutrien Melbourne Sale.

Orne was unraced and Lot 209 is her first foal and is being offered on behalf of Yabby Dam Farms.

Like Lot 182A, Lot 209 is a filly and from the first crop of the imported American bred and Swedish performed Volstead tr,1:51.5 $919,673.

Early inspection of Lot 209 can be arranged by contacting Yabby Dam Farms on 0428 792 834.

Lot 189

Trainer/driver Sam Barker won last night’s Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Bronze Series at Melton with the 4yo Majestic Son mare Paris Faith which downed Sheza Chocolatier and Black And Gold rating tr,2:00.7 for the 1720 metres.

Aldebaran Lodge will offer Lot 189 at Nutrien’s Melbourne Sale which is a colt by Trixton from the Dream Vacation mare Aldebaran Maori tr,2:01.7 $74,581.

Aldebaran Maori is the dam of three winners including Fear Not tr,2:01.6 $196,555 and Kyvalley Kyrie tr,1:59.0 $100,251. Kyvalley Kyrie is the dam of 2021 2yo winner Kyvalley Pierro tr,2,2:01.1 which finished second in the Group One Vicbred Platinum Classic.

Aldebaran Maori’s third winner is the Aldebaran Yankee mare Aldebaran Etta which is the dam of the aforementioned Paris Faith.

This colt if being prepared by Melinda and Danny Thackeray who can be contacted on 0458 477 486 to arrange a pre-sale inspection.

Lot 122

Lot 122 is a colt and is part of the outstanding draft of trotters being offered by Yabby Dam Farms at Nutrien’s Melbourne Yearling Sale.

By Father Patrick, Lot 122 is the first foal from the unraced Muscle Hill mare American Jewel which is a half-sister to Vacanza tr,1:59.8.

Vacanza is the dam of Vacation Hill tr,1:56.5 which won the New Zealand Trotting Oaks as a 3yo and on February 10th she took her 1:56.5 record winning a heat of the Lyn McPherson Memorial Breed For Speed Gold Series at Bendigo.

Vacation Hill which, like the dam of Lot 122, is by Muscle Hill took her earnings to $122,458 with a gallant second to Aldebaran Crescent in the Group One final at Melton on Saturday night.

Vacation Hill started favourite at $1.95 but was forced to race on the outside of the leader for the bulk of the race and was run down in the last 100 metres as the hard run took its toll.

Early inspection of Lot 122 can be arranged by contacting Yabby Dam Farms on 0428 792 834.

What a star

Lot 199

Kerryn Manning is an absolute superstar who is readily recognised as the world’s leading reinswoman with a phenomenal 4093 wins as a driver.

Kerryn is also a star trainer and at Sundays Horsham Cup meeting she trained her 1012th winner when concession driver Ryan Sanderson landed The Sportz Star an easy winner over its stablemate Hes A Cool Mach which was driven for Kerryn by another concession driver in Lochie Cook.


Lot 199 in the Nutrien’s Melbourne Yearling Sale on April 3rd is a full-sister to The Sportz Star being by Sportswriter from the Armbro Operative mare Molly Pitcher.

This filly is being offered by Dean and Banche Poole from Rhiannon Park and this particular cross has already produced four $100,000 earners including Egodan p,1:51.3 $378,726 which is scheduled to start at Menangle on Tuesday.

The Sportz Star has now won seven races and yesterday’s win lifted his earnings to $42,585.

His dam Molly Picher won eight races herself and is a full-sister to Group One 4yo Vicbred Super Series  winner Adams Rocket p,1:53.8 $287,784 and Spitfire Shadow which is the dam of four $100,000 earners including Somebeachshadow p,1:51.4 $191,328.

Dean and Blanche would be delighted to show you Lot 199 prior to the sale and they can be contacted on 0400 648 710.

Thank you to Alan Parker for his weekly pedigree updates and stories.

If you would like more information on our Melbourne Sale please click here.

2022 Melbourne Yearling Sale Catalogue Here

Contact Mark Barton on 0419 488 256







Sydney shines for first Nutrien Equine Yearling Sale for 2022

With the benefit of a day to catch up on what has been a truly fantastic experience for the entire Nutrien Equine team, we would like to firstly congratulate all our sale vendors and in particular the preparers and workers that have put in the time to present such a fantastic catalogue of Australian Standardbreds not only to the Australian market, but the world stage.

These breeders should be incredibly proud of the way they present and set up these young athletes for their careers in racing and it has been a privilege to offer the Sydney draft of horses to the market.

The momentum started earlier in the week in New Zealand flowed on with strong interest from all states including Tasmania as well as interest from New Zealand buyers, who also operated in the market.

Top Price of the sale was an equal affair with two colts reaching $150,000. First up was Lot 40, an AMERICAN IDEAL USA colt out of the 2021 Australian Broodmare of the year, BENINJURD. This Benstud Standardbred superstar mare is the dam of TOUGH TILLY, SOMEDAN AND LIGHTING DAN. This colt was also a full brother to CENTENARIO, 1:53.5 $332,520. This colt was purchased by Edward and Michelle Caruana and their son Blake made the trip up from Victoria to do some great bidding in the arena. Blake was really pleased to get him “I had a plane booked in the afternoon and really was happy to go home knowing we got him”

Joining Benstud was Victorian breeders Alabar Bloodstock who bought their impressive draft to our Sydney sale and also topped the sale with their impressive Lot 94, a SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE colt out of NIKE FRANCO NZ. This is her first foal and wasn’t he impressive in the ring. NIKE FRANCO NZ had an outstanding racing career with 35 wins and over $900,000 in career earnings, he was to be a standout and he for sure was on the day.

Congratulations to the purchasers, Stuart Watt who was the man in the arena on behalf of himself, Tom Hogan, and Tim Bunning who managing syndicate on behalf Clayton Tonkin and Emma Stewart clients. Stuart said, “I’m ecstatic! Clayton loves this colt, said he is very special, and it will head to Clayton and Emma and we will go on from there”. Stuart said the syndicate left him to his own devices on bidding on this colt, “The pressure was on for another one I was the underbidder on, but we were so happy to get the Nike Franco colt, he is really special”

For our first Sydney Standardbred Yearling Sale we sold 87 of 99 lots sold with a clearance rate at the end of the sale of 87.88%

The average was $38,082.55, with colt averaging $43,663 and fillys averaging $30,152.

Gross for the sale was $3,313,182.

We still have some passed in lots for sale, please check out their buy now price here: FULL SALES RESULTS

Again, thank you to the buyers, under bidders and vendors for supporting the Nutrien Team and we look forward to seeing you at Oakland’s Junction – Melbourne for our 2nd sale weekend 2nd & 3rd April 2022.

Memories from Medowie Prince to live on at Sydney Sale

When the Reay family decided to set up a new breeding operation in the Hunter region near Newcastle in 1999 there was never much doubt about what name it would be given.

Tom Reay had bred standardbreds most of his life and enjoyed some of his greatest moments with pacer Medowie Prince in the early 1990s.

Medowie Prince won 33 races for $198,510, with his biggest wins including the 1993 Newcastle Invitation Mile and 1994 Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All at Harold Park, in addition to contesting the 1994 Inter Dominion Championship final at Harold Park.

So keen to see the memory of the pacer he bred live on, Medowie Lodge it was.

Medowie Lodge deals in all aspects of the breeding industry – standing resident stallions, breeding to their own and outside mares, breaking in and training.

When it comes to breeding to their own mares, Tom’s son Darren Reay says the family has always had a varied approach with the foals – putting some through the sale ring while retaining others for racing and breeding purposes.

“Dad would always take three or four to the sales. We’ve probably increased the numbers in the past decade.”

This year Medowie Lodge is offering three foals under its own banner at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale in Sydney on Sunday, February 20 – a colt and filly by Sweet Lou and a filly by Bling It On.

Lot 66 is a Sweet Lou colt out of Bettors Delight mare Glory Daze.

Medowie Lodge sold an American Ideal colt out of Glory Daze for $30,000 at last year’s inaugural Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale in Melbourne.

Darren Reay is delighted with Glory Daze’s Sweet Lou colt.

“He’s a really nice type, nicely put together and well grown.”

Glory Daze, which won nine races and was placed in group 2 and 3 company, is relatively new to Medowie Lodge’s broodmare ranks.

Reay purchased her in foal to American Ideal, with him describing the acquisition as a “bit of a steal” based on what they out-laid.

He said getting a Bettors Delight mare was the big attraction, and the cross with Sweet Lou was a perfect match.

“I’m big on broodmare sires and everything lined up for me in taking Glory Daze to Sweet Lou, which we’ve got a big opinion of.”

And just to add to that theme, for Reay, Glory Daze is out of a Troublemaker mare in Dazed And Confused (winner of 12 races and dam of five winners).

Reay said New Zealand breeders had always been big on broodmare sires, more so than Australian breeders, and he was keen to take a leaf out their book.

Medowie Lodge also has Lot 86, a Bling It On filly out of Modern Babe.

Reay said Modern Babe was doing a “sensational” job.

She has had two foals to the races, with now 6yo Ultra Bliss (Blissfull Hall) an eight-time winner and 3yo filly Silk Cloud (Shadow Play) a four-time winner as a 2yo.

Silk Cloud had an outstanding first season on the track, winning the group 2 Pink Bonnet,  and finishing second in the group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge 2yo fillies’ final and third in the group 1 Bathurst Gold Tiara.

There are few more consistent pacers than Ultra Bliss, which in addition to his wins has been placed 34 times and along the way collected the Newcastle horse of the year award.

Modern Babe was bred Medowie Lodge, which purchased her mother Flawless Babe (Windshield Wiper) as a yearling.

Flawless Babe was a half-sister to Step Outside, which had the rare distinction of winning the NSW Sires Stakes fillies and mares finals as a two, three and four-year-old.

Reay said being by Windshield Wiper was also a big appeal in securing Modern Babe.

“She had broodmare written all over.”

Lot 99, a Sweet Lou filly out of NZ-bred Our Expressive Art (Badlands Hanover) completes Medowie Lodge’s consignment.

“We purchased the mare after her racing career (which produced six wins).”

This is Our Expressive Art’s third foal.

Leay said each of her previous two foals – Billie Dee (Captaintreacherous) and Artful Babe (Roll With Joe) – had been winners as two-year-olds, although Billie Dee had unfortunately succumb to illness before being able to fully realise her potential.

He said keen to ensure they would be able to extend this bloodline, they had kept Artful Babe.

“It’s insurance. You can’t get any more Roll With Joes.”

In addition to their own offerings, Medowie Lodge has prepared two lots for Col Slade for the Sydney sale.

Lot 1 – Always B Miki-Rangiann (John Street North) colt

Lot 50 – Always B Miki-Chloes Courage (Courage Under Fire) filly



Sale Arena

Magical end to the 15th Nutrien Classic Sale in Tamworth today

A culmination of 15 years of performance horse sales, astute breeding, training, and belief in the industry has seen Australian records smashed these past 5 days. It has been described as a new age for performance horse breeding in the country.

The 2022 Nutrien Classic average of $27,113.92 and clearance of 92.13%, are nothing short of astounding proving once again the appetite for supporting the classic concept is in full effect.

We have been blessed enough to witness the full circle of genetics with the second generation of bloodlines sold and purchased through the sale return to win and place throughout the Campdraft and challenge events and progeny command stellar prices throughout the sales program.

Darby Smith from Nutrien Equine Sales Support is so impressed with how the sale went this week. “I’m excited about the direction of the Australian Performance Industry, I’m so proud of the Nutrien Equine Team and all of our supporters.”

The sale has been the biggest and strongest in its 15-year history with the gross at the end of the sale was $17,136,000. The incredible clearance of 92.13% has truly blown everyone away.

Top Price horse of the sale remains, Lot 497 BAD IN BLACK selling for $550,000 on account of Holly Clayden from Loomberah Lodge Performance Horses.

On day five of the sale we saw this morning a mare by HAZELWOOD CONMAN; Lot 689 HAZELWOOD COUNTRY BLUES sell for $300,000.

It’s been an incredible five days and the electric atmosphere of the industry was evident with solid averages, incredible clearance and records smashed across mares and geldings, let alone a $17.136 million dollar sale.

632 of 686 lots sold (92.13%)

Gross: $17,136,000.00 / Average: $27,113.92


312 of 337 lots sold (92.58%)

Average: $33,862.18

Gross: $10,565,000

Top Price and Top 3yo Mare Lot 497 BAD IN BLACK $550,000

Second Top Price of the sale and Top Price 4yo Mare Lot 689 HAZELWOOD COUNTRY BLUES $300,000.

Top Price of the 2yo Mares was Lot 257 YAVEN CHAMPAGNE ROMANCE $260,000

Top Price Open Age Mare was Lot 115 MATRON MAGGIE $125,000


290 of 308 lots sold (94.16%)

Average: $18,751.72

Gross: $5,438,000

Top Price Gelding and Top 3yo Gelding was Lot 413 ONE MOORE DESIRE $105,000

Top Price 4yo Gelding was Lot 750 REYNING ROYALTY $67,500

Top Price 2yo Gelding was Lot 365 DURKINS STYLISH QUINCY $35,000

Top Price Open Age Gelding was Lot 81 HELL IM SMAR $60,000


30 of 41 lots sold (73.17%)

Average: $37,666.67

Gross: $1,130,000

Top Price Stallion and Top Price 3yo Stallion was Lot 533 PCD REYNING METAL $100,000

Top Price 4yo Stallion was Lot 674 AMAROO BETS HES A BLUEBOON $67,500

Top Price 2yo Stallion was Lot 256 ROYALISH $72,000

Top Price Open Age Stallion was Lot 192 ELECTRIC DUCK $48,000

Thank you to everyone that made this two week event possible. Check out the round up tonight for the agents wrap up and you can login and see the full results here on our website.














Phenomenal day with the 15th Nutrien Classic with record breaking prices

Remember where you were today, this has been a record breaking day with a 3yo mare selling for $550,000 and top price stallion of the sale $100,000.

Auctioneer Scott Cooper said that the heat was on from the start of the day. “From word go it was on today. We just knew something special was going to happen. There has been a lot of hype around today and it lived up to expectations.”

“It’s a sign of the economy and the livestock industry flow on, but Nutrien Equine is it’s own machine; it’s a proven concept that is just going strength to strength”

At the end of day four we have sold 514 of 562 lots with a 91.46% clearance rate. Gross has well past the 2021 record to have $13,696,500 gross and an amazing $26,646.89 average.

The $550,000 mare has broken all Australasian records for a performance horse, Lot 497 BAD IN BLACK. An Australian Quarter Horse, sold by local Holly Clayden from Loomberah Lodge Performance Horses to Willinga Park from Bawley Point.

Let’s skip into the results from today and overall after day four of the 2022 Nutrien Classic.


Average $42,292.86

Lot 497 BAD IN BLACK $550,000

OVERALL 256 of 283 lots sold (90.46%)
Average: $33,294.92


Average $17,521.43


OVERALL 234 of 249 lots sold (93.98%)
Average: $18,378.21


Average $60,400.00

OVERALL 24 of 30 lots sold (80.00%)
Average: $36,354.17

Top Price Lot 533 PCD REYNING METAL $100,000 by METALLIC CAT out of REYN ON ME

With still over 100 horses to go, we are expecting another successful day tomorrow in the sales arena.





Blown Away! 3yo Mare sells for over half a million dollars today at the Nutrien Classic

At the end of day four of the sale we have well surpassed the gross for 2021 and the atmosphere at the Classic is absolutely electric.

A life changing day for 25 year old Holly Clayden as she hits the record books, selling a STEVIE REY VON, 3yo mare out of SPINNIES BAD GIRL for an incredible $550,000.

“It’s surreal, hasn’t sunk in yet”, Holly sure made the right decision to buy Lot 497 BAD IN BLACK, as a weanling from Maggie Mason from Branxton NSW, and selected her as her only nomination in the Nutrien Classic this year.

“I have been wanting to get a foot in the door with Nutrien, so I thought I’ll bring my best one here, so it showcases what I have.”

Holly owns the Loomberah Lodge Performance Horses, and breeds and imports horses for the campdraft and cutting industry. “She was super easy to start and sweet natured. Once nominations opened, I thought, I have this special 15 hh mare, this is the one to take to the Classic.”

Shown beautifully in the preworks by Isaac Westerhuis, she caught the eye of Troy Palmer and Sarah Cookson who are here at the Classic representing Willinga Park for Terry Snow. Troy said he looked at her before the preworks and was impressed when she went through. “It was very exciting in the auction, exciting also for Willinga Park, we wanted to expand our breeding mare band, and she is perfect for the job.” We asked how Terry reacted, “He is stoked, he knows quality when he sees it and he trusted Sarah and I to get the mare.”

With a new vet centre being set up at Willinga Park, this beautiful mare will head straight to the breeding barn but Troy said, she will definitely be back for the 2023 Classic. “This is unprecedented for the industry and also for what Terry has done for the industry,” Troy said, “I can see that a lot more money will be going into events in the next few years.”

Sarah Cookson from Willinga agrees and said that she was very excited that they were investing in exceptional breeding. “It’s very exciting and great for the industry, she is a super investment and we are keen to get her home”.

Breeder Maggie Mason from Branxton NSW is absolutely blown away. “I’m in shock actually, this is 17 years of believing in the Spinifex Blood, every foal she has had, has been a money earner and I’m just so proud.”

Tamworth Auctioneer Joel Fleming is still processing that he sold one horse for $550,000. “It’s surreal, it was all in the ring. It got to about $350,000 and there were three solid bidders and then after that, there were two. I was pretty nervous beforehand, but once she went over $100,000 the nerves settle and it was all about getting the best out of the arena.” This is the highest-priced horse Joel himself has ever sold, “I have never sold a horse over $100K before, so it’s pretty special, it’s special for Nutrien and incredible for the whole industry. It’s just raised the bar of what a good performance horse is worth, in fact, doubled it”.

Holly wanted to thank Isaac and his crew for the incredible job they have done this week and leading up. “I really am so grateful to Isaac and all his crew, Ngaio and Lauren, they have been amazing.”

A sale like this truly has changed people’s lives and the ripple effect will be felt for years to come. We would like to congratulate Holly and Willinga Park ,and are looking forward to seeing them at the 2023 Classic.

Records continue to fall with 3yo gelding making $105,000

An exceptional third day of sale saw records fall and a whooping average for 2 and 3 yo horses.  The feeling in AELEC tonight is extremely happy from vendors and buyers alike

Total Gross after Day 3 is $8,785,500.00 with 351 (86.88%) lots of 404 presented sold with an average of $25,029.91.

Stand out top price of day three was Lot 398 METALLIC CAVIAR sold by Tom and Jane Williamson from Moore Park, Glen Innes NSW to QLD buyers Liz and Barry Miller from Rhondhu Stud, Mingela QLD for an amazing $130,000.

This impressive 3 yo mares granddam is ONE MOORE ROMANCE and is a part of the breeding dynasty that has been top of the record books, not only this week but over the entire Nutrien Classic history. Liz Miller said today that the bidding process today was extremely nerve wracking, “I almost was sick I was so nervous. We have been on the lookout for a Metallic Cat mare for a while and actually bidded on one in the US just a month ago but missed out. We saw this mare and she fitted what we were looking for in pedigree and type and we are so happy to have got her today.”

Liz and Barry have been breeding quality horses on their stud in QLD for the past 36 years and aim to breed horses with great minds that are 14.3 to 15.1hh, athletic to compete but always great to enjoy at home. “I taught myself how to ET and have started that process now, we want to meet the market and we are a genuine breeder that breeds to sell. We have our own stallion but we try to keep up with what the market wants and this mare goes a long way to achieving that.”

Liz said she is stoked to have been able to find what she is looking for in Australia and thanks Tom and Jane. “Thanks to them for producing this quality article in Australia and means we can support other Australian breeders rather than buying overseas. We found what we are looking for right here at the Nutrien Classic.”


We also had another record fall today with the DESIRES BLUE TRINITY son Lot 413 ONE MOORE DESIRE being the top priced gelding ever sold through the Nutrien Classic. He was purchased by Glen Avon Agriculture from Dingo in QLD for $105,000. ONE MOORE DESIRE is out of ONE SWEET CHERRY and was bred by Kempsey Quarter Horses and sold today by Kristie and Heath Sinclair from Bell in QLD.

As we hit the half way point, lets line up the stats for Day 3 of the sale as it stands.


Average $32,912.28

175/206 lots sold 84.95%
Average $30,105.71

Top Lot 398 METALLIC CAVIAR $130,000

Lot 342 ROMANTIC REMEDY $100,000
Lot 384 CLOVER ACRES $74,000
Lot 258 KJA MISS MOONLIGHT $50,000
Lot 395 HUNTER VIEW EMERALD – MB $50,000


Average $20,590.43

159/174 lots sold 91.38%
Average $18,845.91

TOP Lot 413 ONE MOORE DESIRE $105,000



Average $43,250.00

17/24 lots sold 70.83%
Average $30,617.65

Lot 336 YAVEN VAN HALEN $42,500

Scone and Classic Auctioneer Gavin Beard said that there was a huge amount of the bidding in the AELEC stadium but the Auctions Plus bidding did not go unnoticed. “The sale was feeding on itself, the atmosphere was electric and we are well on our way to beating last year’s gross of $10.5million”

There has been a lot of banter amongst the auctioneers on where the final number will land. All we know is that day four and five don’t look like they’re slowing down.

Congratulations to all vendors and purchasers today and we shall see you for Day Four of sale tomorrow with Lots 461-650.

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Remedy producing Fairytales for local family

There is a buzz in the Nutrien Classic family today with Maree & Peter Rogans mare ROMANTIC REMEDY selling for $100,000 this morning at Lot 342.

ROMANTIC REMEDY is the first foal from imported mare SHIRLEY SHINEY by HAZELWOOD CONMAN. Peter said “We breed her for this sale, we imported ‘Shiney’ from Annie Reynolds in the states. I’ve always been a fan of her long established line of horses and purchased her as a 2yo”

SHIRLEY SHINEY is by Annies well known stallion, the late VERY SMART REMEDY, and her half sister won the ‘Worlds Greatest Horseman’ in the US in 2021. Shiney herself won the title at the ARBC in Dalby ‘Australian Greatest Horseman’ in April 2021.

“We have her full brother at home and he is lovely too. We are over the moon and really is a great start for Shiney and her producing record to get this for her first foal.” Said Peter.

She was purchased today by MRH Enterprises, Michael and Bec Hayes from Scone. Bec said “We came looking at a conman mare, there is a lot in the sale but we had a friend that knew a lot about her mare line and was very excited about it so we looked into her.

Michael and Bec have moved to Scone from QLD and are Angus breeders, so horses that can chase cows is what they are looking for in their breeding program. “We are cattlemen that love campdrafting, that’s just what we do, so we come to this sale to find horses that suit our family life” Bec said she was still shaking from the bidding. “It was nerve wracking, I can’t even really tell you what happened. Rob Leach did a great job, she is a lovely mare and we will bring her home, let her mature and grow and have a lot of fun on her.”

Auctioneer from Goondiwindi, hot off yesterdays $260,000 was again impressed with the quality through the sale. “Bidding was solid, there is a lot of interest in the cowhorse genetics through the program. This mare was a very special combination being by Conman, a very unique mare that will make for an impressive breeding program.


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