2016 Landmark Equine Classic Sale & Campdraft
The 2016 classic surpassed all expectations with a record catalogue of 640 horses and the biggest campdraft and challenge entries since its beginning.
The 2016 9th Landmark Classic again experienced a record breaking gross at 7.13 million dollars and an average increase to $13,660 across the board with 522/589 lots offer sold for an 88% clearance.
Day one highlights include sale topper $68,000 Lot 127 Jayem Snipellieta (Acres Destiny x Jayem Ellieta) account of Mr Cameron and Sarah Parker selling to Toonga Pastoral Company, Wagga Wagga.
Lot 98 $60,000 Teles One Moore (Teles Again x One Moore Spin) account of Barry and Salli Smith selling to Christina and Milton Jones, Coolibah Station NT. Lot 212 sold for $47,000 in Alreys Moore (Rey Dual x One Moore Chime) account of Tom Williamson selling to Mt Riddock Station, Alice Springs, NT.
Day two highlights saw $70,000 achieved twice for lot 405 Sophie Duck (Sophisticated Catt x Oaks Special Duckling) account of Mr J Brekelmans selling to Wally Rea, Marlborough Qld and lot 415 Hugh Miles entry Dual Again (Teles Again x Dual N Boonsmal) selling to Elliott Cattle Company, Corfield, Peter and Toni O’Neil’s entry Touchwood Commence (Kahmoo Kenjara x Hazelwood Comment) bought $68,000 and was secured by Woodridge Pastoral, Currububula. Setting a record for the two year old’s was Bruce & Julie McNaughton’s Acres Lullaby (Acres Destiny x Tassas Sweet Song) selling to Ted & Sheir Fogarty, Alice Springs.
Day three highlights included Lot 490 Acres N Heaven (Acres Destiny x Heavens Pink Dually) account of RD Bull selling for $46,000 to Chiconi Grazing, Mungallala and Lot 598 Hells Angel (WR This Cats Smart x One Hellofa Spin) account of Authentic Quarter Horses to Bulls Gully Pastoral.
Geldings also sold strongly with $25,000 achieved twice for lot 52 Peelvale Ganster Chic (Millionnic Chic x Cedar Downs Jasmin) account of Ben & Jaye Hall selling to R and C Neville, Inverell. Also achieving this price was lot 87 Yalatta Park Excess (Wallabah Excel x Tassos Miss Dakota) account of Simon Dodwell selling to Orarural Services, Onslow .
Sale grossed $7.13million.
Clearance 522/589 88% sold.
Mare ave: $15,770
Top: $70,000 (twice)
Lot 405 and Lot 415
Stallion ave: $18,840
Top: $60,000 Lot 98
Gelding ave: $8,918
Top: $25,000 (twice) Lot 52 and Lot 87.
Once again the Classic Campdraft events were hotly contested with Australia’s best horse flesh, horsemen and women battling it out to claim line honours.
The full webcast was again popular with over 136,000, from all over the world including the UK, USA and Canada.
With the grounds soggy from a generous dump of rain during the week before the start of the Classic much work was needed to be done to ensure the arena safe for competition, after an “all nighter” on a tractor and postponing a day the Classic kicked into full swing for the 2016 event.
In a thrilling final full of big runs it was Bundarra competitor Cal Gibson aboard the chestnut filly Yulgilbar Dance Elegance (Playboy Roy x Winderadeen Pure Elegance) take out line honours this year and walked away with a cool $40,000. Yulgilbar Dance Elegance sold in 2015 for $54,000 on behalf of the Myer family principals of Yulgilbar Quarter horse stud and was purchased by Simcal trading.
Cal came into the final 4 points behind the joint leaders Ben Hall on Hazelwood Coronation (Hazelwood Conman x Docs Moonlight, owned by Dempsey Pastoral Company) and Pete Comiskey on Binnia Oracle (Binnia Berocca x Orotons Destiny, owned by Woodburn Working Dogs & Horses) and ran a sizzling 92 points (23,65,4) to snatch the lead in the final stages of the draft.
The 2011 drop filly comes from one of Yulgilbar’s most prolific broodmares, who has produced 19 foals for the stud with 16 being by Playboy Roy, Yulgilbar stud manager Mr Steve Allen was thrilled when informed about the win as was Mrs Myer and they credited resident trainer Bruce Holmes for laying such a solid foundation on the filly.
Coming in equal second/third was last year’s runner up Pete Comiskey riding Binnia Oracle((Binnia Berocca x Orotons Destiny) and Adam Wheeler aboard Westons Sizzling (Bald Hills Sizzler x Rippingale Dans Chilli) on 266 aggregate, a popular 4th was Mac Shann aboard Cantaur Park Moorae (One Moore Daddy x Sylvia Vale Desirae) owned by the McKeering family, 5th Chic’s Playgirl (Destiny’s Mr Chic x Scarlett Lena) owned by Pete and Shari Knudsen and Kylie Barnett who was a successful finalist with two horses secured 6th on Hunter View Classy Chic (Millionnic Chic x Cedar Downs Royal Oak).
The Prydes EasiFeed Australian Performance horse Challenge had record entries this year with the eventual winner of $8,000 first prize and the $18,000 Navaho Trailers Trophy trailer was Jon Tempelton on the black stallion Royalle Signature (Acres Destiny x Royalle Cygnet) owned by David Bell. Second place was Luke Bennett on gelding Mintona Nic Nac, (Millionnic Chic x Mintona She’s Cool), third Laura Macintosh on Bruce and Julie McNaughton’s mare Cuban Cigars (Hazelwood Conman x Duloc Peppy’s Destiny), 4th was Felicity Burton on F & G Cowhorses roan stallion Oaks Stylish Windstorm (Peptos Stylish Oak x Oaks Windstorm), 5th Matt Durkin Reality Peptos (Peptogrady x A little Wiser). F & G Cowhorses again filled the placings in 6th with their entrant Willdraft Aristocrat (
Backing up their form from the 2015 Classic win was Victorian competitor Matt Holz in the Martins Stock Haulage Open campdraft. Matt was riding the Peter Aposto owned stallion Darma Acres of Impact (Acres Destiny x Colway Crystal). Continuing his dominant run Matt also placed second with Sheros Traditional Acres (Acres Destiny x Kyreema Shimmer) owned by Andrew Sheridan, third was previous Classic winning combination Ben McNaughton on The Ranch Tiptoe, equal fourth was Vicki Hiscock riding Mewburn Bamalam and Zac Jackson riding Denny’s Acres and rounding out the placings was Morgan Marks on Repeater.
The Charlie Maher Memorial Young Guns campdraft was hotly contested seeing popular Chinchilla competitor Madeline Moloney taking out the win aboard Stratton TKO, the reining 2015 Chinchilla Grandfather Clock winner was kindly loaded to her by John Mulcahy. Second place was Ben McNaughton on The Ranch Tiptoe, equal 4th/5th was Joe Maher and Joe Duggan, equal 6th/7th being Lewis Dorney and Nathan Burtenshaw.
The RB Sellars Masters campdraft saw Robert Neville aboard The Ranch Bailey (Hideout Heckel x The Ranch Dove) claim victory, the 8 year old gelding was purchased for Troy and Sally Clark in 2015 for $18,000 as a Novice horse and quickly came into Open ranks. Robert rates this win as a highlight in his career and has already purchased again this year to compete again in the event in 2017. Rounding out the placings were 2nd place Nathan Sheehan on Stormy and Stylish (Reyn Storm x Arglye Iam Stylish), equal third was Mick Cole riding Mynxs Destiny (Acres Destiny x Royal Peppy Spin) a maiden mare owned by Wayne and Trudy Berry and Troy Palmer aboard Moranjee Romeo’s Child (Acres Destiny x Dunbar Donna) owned by Terry Snow.
The Merial Stallion Shootout was again run over 3 rounds with some amazing runs in both the camdraft and indoor arena. Nigel Kable was dominant across the board with his evergreen stallion Chevin Ivory (Lindsay x Chevin Ebony) coming out on top with the win. Second place was Allan Young and Acres Liberty Beau x Jessie Liberty Belle) and coming in third was Huon Smith and Boonara Mentor (Dogwood Comet x Warrenbri Eve). Round winners included round 1 Nigel Kable and Chevin Ivory, round 2 Allan Young and Acres Liberty Bea and Friday night cut out Tom Williamson aboard his up and coming young imported stud One Time Jack (One Time Pepto x Tootsie Rey).