2010 Landmark Equine Classic Sale & Campdraft
Landmark Horse Sale and Campdraft is the nations premier performance horse event
STABLES, camping and even parking was at an absolute premium with an estimated crowd of 4000 plus attending the third annual Landmark Classic Campdraft and Horse sale held at the AELEC equine facility at Tamworth.
The event combined some of the best campdrafting you will see anywhere in the country, plus the opportunity to be part of the premier performance horse sale in the country.
Overall 410 horses were offered with 357 horses selling to a gross in excess of $3.5 million to average $9923, and represented a clearance of 87 percent.
The top price at $54,000 was the grey mare Soda Optimist offered by Lindsay Knight of Boggabri, NSW and selling to Evan Acton, Millungerra Julia Creek.
Geldings topped at $36,000 with One Duck An Acre offered by John Brekelmans selling to John Roberts, while stallions topped at $45,000 with Nonda Sting offered by Alexis Plath selling to the Will Ogilvie Syndicate.
However, prior to the sale, the week got underway with the campdrafting action and in the round of the Priefert Open campdraft, 239 entries battled it out for $4350 in first round prize money paid to tenth place.
Tarcutta based competitor Dean Hann and his resident sire Condamine Rembrandt shared first round honours with Australian Camdrafting Association secretary and well known campdrafter Robyn Paine riding her well performed mare Feral Cheryl.
In Round two then saw six riders share the top spot with 90 points including Ben Hall riding Lex, Nicole Hann on Sunshine, Ian Atthow, on Omaha, Steven Hart on God’s Little Acre, Nigel Kable on Ivory and Simon Dodwell on Image.
After the two rounds were completed, twenty seven competitors made it through to the final with Dean Hann and Rembrandt finishing one point clear of his rivals, taking home the $10,000 winner’s cheque plus his round money.
The win was no doubt set up by his 24 point camp score, and a gutsy outside run straight after a major downpour of rain hit the AELEC campdraft arena, just before the running of the finals
The feature event The Landmark Classic was again a huge success with three times the entries lining up for the first round compared to the previous year, with 179 starters greeting the judge in round one.
Mick Cole riding Rogan’s Diablo shared the first round win with Paul and Kim Carlon’s Open stallion Heatwave, while Brendan Fitzgerald on board Kevin and Dianne Ryan’s, Brenwan Snippette, and Nigel Kable riding Ocean Nova on behalf of new owner Paul Noon claimed equal second place.
Round two of the Classic saw John Hardie of Warren, NSW riding his Bank Fulo Ceedee’s filly blitz them with a second round 91, to take the lead into the final, while Brendan Fitzgerald finished on top riding the horse he sold at the second Classic sale to Kevin and Dianne Ryan, KR Livestock Trading Co, Hillview, Warwick, earning the owners $30,000 first prize, plus the $6,000 Bernie Brady Trophy Saddle.
The Open cut-out was won by Tom Williamson riding Moore Khama, while Paul Carlon and Heatwave combined to win the Classic cut-out competition.
Both winners received $1000 prize money sponsored by Angus Barrett Saddlery of Orange.
The new event introduced this year was the introduction of the Stallion Shootout which is an indoor cut-out competition held over two rounds, for stallions with progeny in the nominated in the sale catalogue.
The winner of this great spectacle was local horse Doc O Roy ridden by Michael Mansell beating a 25 strong field that truly boasted some of the best active stallions in the country.
John and Barbara Lee’s, Jats Bar Radium Coster shared second place with John Hoath riding his resident stallion, Warrenbri Clancy.
After the excitement of the campdrafting action, it was time to get down to the business of selling horses over the next two days.
In total 13 horses sold for $30,000 or more, paying testament to the best line up of performance horses assembled for sale at a Landmark Classic sale so far.
It was also evident the extra effort that vendors have gone to in both presentation and training, which was recognised and rewarded by a very astute buying audience.