Pat Smyth riding BAR NON CONFESSION owned by Bernadine and Pat Smyth.
After three rounds though, it was popular Bendemeer competitor Pat Smyth riding Bar None Confession who won the event! Pat and wife Bernadine, purchased Bar None Confession from Jane and Cameron Lee of Injune at the 2013 Classic sale for $12,000. The gelding is by Hazelwood Conman and out for Jane’s Acres Destiny mare Lightview Faith.
Alan Young riding ACRES LIBERTY BEAU.
The Quipolly Equine Centre Stallion Shootout always draws a great card and is a fabulous opportunity to showcase the sires of many of the horses selling through the weekend. This year it was Alan Young and Acres Liberty Beau who took home the event over 3 rounds. Hugh Miles and Millionic Chic took second place honours capping off a huge week for his team.
Troy Palmer riding JABEL SHEKERA SPIN owned by Jane and Malcolm.
The Peel Valley Machinery Masters Campdraft was again a feature event for all horses purchased from 2013 Classic Sales aged over 5 years. Riding for $20,000 plus ribbons and trophies, the event was judged by Mr Terry Hall.
Ultimately it came down to a runoff between Jabel Shekera Spin and Troy Palmer and McDonalds Millie ridden by Kendall Nelilson. Troy and Shekera Spin prevailed as winners in the runoff, scoring 86 points. The palomino mare by Seligman Spin was purchased by Malcolm and Jane Kennedy and has enjoyed a hugely successful year competing, topped off by the big win in the Masters.
Hugh Miles riding CONDUCTOR
This year saw the introduction of the Charlie Maher Memorial Young Guns Campdraft – an incentive to honour the late Charlie Maher who was a huge supporter of the youth in our industry. This two round event was open to competitors who were 15 and under 25 years of age. They must compete on a horse that was entered in any of the other events at the Classic Campdraft. The event was worth $10,000 in prizemoney and trophies, making it hotly contested by the campdrafters of tomorrow.
To the enjoyment of spectators and supporters of the incentive, the young guns were some of the hottest drafting displayed all week! 12 scores of 89 and up went into the final, indicating just how talented these competitors were.
Hugh Miles, who enjoyed a successful week in both the sale and campdraft arena, rode into first place on his trusted stallion Conductor. Conductor and Hugh ran two 92’s to take the event out in front of Laura Macintosh on Amac Ashes with a 180.
Danny Fitzgerald riding HUMDUCKER owned by David and Kandee Thorn.
Humducker made a splash in The Land Australian Performance Horse Challenge, tearing up the arena with huge stops, winning the event with Danny Fitzgerald on board. The combination lead into the final and put together another superb dry work and reigning cow pattern to win by a huge 13points.
Codie Law riding KNEIPPS CONRAY owned by Codie and Natalie Law.
The Martins Stock Haulage Open Campdraft boasts $30,000 in prizemoney plus trophies and ribbons. The eligibility criteria is to compete, you must have been a buyer or seller at the previous sale. This means that more often than not we see some of the biggest horses in campdrafting competing for what is fast becoming another of the highly sought after opens to win.
This year long time horse breeder and competitor Codie Law piloted his resident stallion Kneipps Conray, by Hazelwood Conman, to win the event over three rounds. Codie and wife Natalie of Yarrawa Park, had endured an otherwise rough week with their son breaking his leg badly on his first day at school and spending the week in hospital!
Nat missed the finals but enjoyed the benefits of today’s technology and watched Codie and Conray win the event on the webcast from Riley’s hospital bedside! Hugh Mile sand Millionic Chic was second.