2012 Landmark Equine Classic Sale & Campdraft
RECORDS BROKEN INSIDE AND OUT!!
Record breaking rains did little to dampen enthusiasm for the 2012 Landmark Classic Campdraft & Sale held 31st January – 5th February 2012 at the AELEC Tamworth.
Despite being the wettest two days in Tamworth for 136 years the weather conditions didn’t stop campdraft and cutting enthusiasts from attending Australia’s premier performance horse event.
The action in the campdraft arena commenced at 9:00am on Tuesday 31st January with Round 1 of the Hereford Breeders Open Campdraft, the honours were taken out by Troy Palmer riding “Binnia Impressive Destiny”& Nigel Kable riding his exceptional ASH sire “Chevin Ivory” both combinations scoring 90 points.
Following this event was the 1st Round of the Landmark Classic Campdraft with cattle supplied by Ellerston Pty Ltd, it was Phillip Collins who won the round scoring 90 points on “Retreat Swindler,” a young black stallion sired by Chevin Ivory and owned by Gary Stevenson.
The 1st of February 2012 at 6:30am saw the commencement of the 2nd Round of the Hereford Breeders Open Campdraft, competitors rode in torrential rain conditions in this round. Cattle supplied for this event were donated by Reedy Creek Herefords & Ironbark Herefords. Terry Hall riding his renowned ASH sire “Hazelwood Conman” & his son Ben Hall riding “Foot Acre” shared equal honours in this round both scoring 90 points. It’s true what they say “Like father like son!”
The 2nd Round of the Landmark Classic saw Walcha identity Bruce McNaughton riding “Broomfield Smart Lil Acre” win the round with a picture prefect run to score 91 points. This horse is owned by his son Ben. The quality cattle supplied in this round were sourced from long time sale supporters Jim & Sue Gunn of Sevenbardot Poll Herefords.
The first round of the Landmark Masters Campdraft was held Thursday 2nd February, at 4:30pm seeing Barry Johnson from Jericho in QLD ride his fathers mare “Weja Wanita” to victory scoring 88 points. It is interesting to note this mare was sold at last year’s sale by Mark & Kristy Barton of Wagga Wagga. Mark is a vital member of the Landmark Classic Sales Team.
It was down to the business end of the evening as finals of the Open, Masters and Classic campdrafts all got underway at 6:00pm. Cattle for these three finals were supplied Sevenbardot Poll Herefords.
The Hereford Breeders Open Campdraft kept everyone on the edge of their seats as spectators witnessed some amazing runs. The ever consistent and exceptional combination of Nigel Kable and “Chevin Ivory” came out victorious to claim the $10,000 prize winners cheque. Nigel also backed it up and took out 2nd place as well on Ivory’s full brother “Chevin Levi,” to bank another $3,000.00 dollars.
The Landmark Masters Campdraft was a showcase of open age horses purchased from the Landmark Classic Sale held in 2011. Finalists competitors competed for the $5,000.00 prize winners cheque it was Mr. Troy Clarke from Narrabri NSW who rode “Hampden Rosa, sired by Warrenbri Omega from a Blue Moon Mystic mare named Hampden Grey Mist to victory, this mare is proudly owned by Evan & Kim Acton of Julia Creek QLD.
29 competitors qualified to make the final of the 2012 Landmark Classic Campdraft it was standing room only beside the camp yard and the rain actually stopped for this final feature $70,000 event to be held. For a while it looked as if Evan & Kim Acton were going to take out the double crown as Troy Clarke rode their other mare “Soda Cristal” to hold top position for quite a while during the final, but it was Michael Hiscock riding “Luckenough Horizon,” for the Maffra Syndicate who took all the glory. “Horizon” is sired by Pechey Stud Tradition from Luckenough Joanne.
Mr. Peter Cookson from Dirranbandi QLD claimed the $5,000 vendor bonus as he was the vendor of the winning horse. He sold this mare at the Landmark Classic Sale in 2009.
A special thank you must be extended to Angus Barrett Saddlery for his continued support of the Classic Concept, all Classic finalists received specially made spur straps and Angus also supplied $500.00 to the winners of the cut outs in the Classic, Masters and Open Campdrafts.
All major event winners also received a pallet of feed sponsored by Omega Feeds.
The $5,000 gelding incentive was awarded to Bryony Puddicombe’s young gelding “Yulgilbar With Roys Style” ridden to overall 5th place in the 2012 Landmark Classic by campdraft icon Pete Comiskey. This gelding was sired by Peptos Stylish Oak (Imp) from Yulgilbar Our Miss Roy.
Deborah Thorn was all smiles as she rode “Commanche Hikki,” a Commanche Shorty daughter to win the $1,000 Highest Scoring Lady Rider Award sponsored by Sue Jones & The Australian Campdraft Magazine. Many thanks to Sue for all her support.
The Quipolly Equine Centre Stallion Shoot Out Event was held over three rounds with round 1 & round 2 being outdoor campdrafts and round 3 being an indoor cut out.
Round 1 was awarded to Terry Hall on “Hazelwood Conman” after scoring 91 points.
Round 2 was awarded to Terry again, but this time he shared the honours with Nigel Kable on “Chevin Ivory” both scoring 91 points. Simply exceptional displays of campdrafting were witnessed.
The third and final round an indoor cut out was taken out by Michael Wilson from Gunnedah NSW riding is resident ASH sire “Soda Justice”.
Terry Hall claimed the overall prize winners cheque sponsored by Quipolly Equine Centre and Codie Law placed 2nd on the eldest son of Hazelwood Conman, which is Codie’s resident sire standing at Yarrawa Park Stock Horses in Glen Innes NSW known as “Kneipps Conray.”
Cattle for the stallion shootout event were supplied by Cascade Poll Herefords of Currabubula NSW.
Many thanks to the team of Quipolly Equine Centre for their continued support of our event.
The Landmark Classic Sale catalogue consisted of 537 registered ridden performance horses commenced at 12:30pm Friday 3rd February, buyers who were unable to attend because of flood waters throughout NSW & QLD took advantage of the live stream webcast provided. The webcast enabled buyers to view horses offered for sale, watch them pre work and phone bid from the comfort of their own homes. The Landmark Classic Team have received positive feedback from this new innovative idea and are constantly searching for new ideas to stay ahead of our competitors and ensure the comfort of our long supporting buyers and vendors.
This year more than ever these innovative ideas came into play with record sale topping prices and sale averages achieved.
The Classic Week, which includes the Landmark Classic Horse Sale, Landmark Classic Store Cattle Sale & also CGU Insurance Premiums written is worth in the vicinity of $6.9 million dollars in turnover.
The Classic Sale itself grossed $4.53 million dollars, with an outstanding average selling price of $11,050 dollars achieved. With an actual 87% clearance rate.
This year saw the Landmark Classic celebrating 5 years these results are a great representation of vendors presenting quality livestock for sale each and every year.
TOP PRICED STALLIONS
Three 2008 drop stallions all sold for an equal top price of $18,000 those being –
Lot 314A “Bonlac Outback Jack” a bay 3 year old stallion sired by the legendary Hazelwood Conman from a Warrenbri Romeo bred mare, offered on behalf Andy & Robyn Paine from The Gums QLD to Mr. Ron Wall of Dalby QLD.
Lot 315 “Glen Lee Rivoli Comanche” a black 3 year old stallion sired by Barona Hornet from Glen Lee Rivoli Teepee, was purchases by Joe Pederick of Brunswick WA from vendors Glen Lee ASH Stud (David & Sue Wilson).
Also selling for equal top price for stallions was Lot 317 “Chevin Taipan” on account of Nigel & Carol Kable from Rydal NSW. Taipan is a 3 year old black stallion sired by the famous Chevin Ivory from the dam Fitzroy Selena, a Quidong Jap bred mare. Sold to J & J & W HARTGE of Quirindi NSW.
TOP PRICED GELDINGS
Lot 183 “Hollywood Acre Doc” sired by the prolific campdraft producing sire Acres Destiny from a Docs Freckles Oak bred mare, this gelding was sold on account of Mr. Robert Johnston from Loomberah NSW sold to Greg Bartlett of Cooroibah QLD for
$18,500. Robert also bred the 2010 Landmark Classic Campdraft Winner “Whos Catwoman.”
Lot 189 “Lethal Lance” sold on account of Karl Burton from Jondaryan QLD. Was a bay gelding, sired by Lethal Lena from a Docs Spinifex bred mare that sold for $16,000 to Hinman Pastoral Co. of Coolah NSW.
Lot 263 “Chevin Theodore” a 2 year old gelding sired by Chevin Ivory also sold for $16,000 on account of Nigel & Carol Kable from Rydal NSW.
Lot 493 “Mr Catskills,” sold by S & L McNaughton. This was an 07 drop gelding sired by Catskills from a Docs Freckles Oak bred mare known as Oaks Peggy Sue. He was purchased by TB & JL Fay of Warra QLD.
TOP PRICED MARES
Lot 534 “Clarke Family Grace” sold for a Classic Sale Top Price of $54,000. “Grace” is an 2007 drop grey mare sired by Soda O’Riley from the dam Clarke Family Charm to great classic sale supporters Evan & Kim Acton of Julia Creek QLD.
Second top price was Lot 297 “My Miss Acre” offered for sale on behalf of Star Park Quarter Horses (Mr. Ken Cullen) of Wondai QLD. It is impressive to note that Ken also sold the top priced mare at the 2011 Landmark Paradise Performance Horse Sale. My Miss Acre is sired by Acres Destiny and from the Kings Phillip bred mare in Oaks Cotton Candy. Purchased by Koobah Performance Horses (Mr. Roger & Cheryl Grant) of Tamworth NSW, for $48,000.
Another high selling mare was Lot 286 “Classy Kate” sold on account of William & Tracey Tapp for $47,000 to Cristina Jones of Katherine NT.
Racing icon and repeat purchaser Gai Waterhouse purchased an 07 drop gelding, Lot 209 “Glendora Fletch” offered by the McKay Family Partnership from Singleton in the Hunter Valley NSW, for $6,000.00.
Fletch will be used in Gai’s training stables as a lead pony for some of Australia’s top thoroughbred race horses.
Lot 141 a stylish 8 year old chestnut mare named “Hanks Christa” who placed in the 08 NCHA Open Futurity and is also the winner of two handed cuttings achieved the high sell price of $45,000. Sired by Smart Little Diablo and from the Hank Man Leo bred mare in Yulgilbar Jose Lena and was offered for sale on behalf of Mr. Mark Rea of Timor NSW, this mare had all the attributes that the M & E Ingram of Alpha QLD where looking for in a top performance mare.
Sale organisers Mark Haywood, Amanda Nicholson and Mark Barton would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank committed and loyal vendors and buyers for their continued support of this feature event. As well as our extremely generous sponsors and cattle donors who supplied cattle under very very trying conditions, with out the help of all these people events like these are unable to run.
The Classic Team are very fortunate to be involved with such understanding and accommodating sponsors and cattle donors. Let’s see what mother nature can throw at us in 2013. Many thanks to all Landmark Staff who were involved a fantastic outcome has been achieved.