2022 Nutrien Classic Sale & Campdraft
15 years of the Classic concludes with 550,000 reasons the performance horse industry is booming
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.
Topping this year’s sale was Willinga Park’s purchase of Bad In Black for a recording smashing $5500,000 on account of Holly Clayden. This 4-year-old mare sired by Stevie Rey Von out of Spinnies Bad Girl was bred by Maggie Mason from Braxton NSW and purchased by Holly as a weanling.
Another record fell 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 by Kristie and Heath Sinclair from Bell in QLD.
Other notable sales include the $300,000 purchase of T & C Hall’s Hazelwood Country Blues by Kooyong Pastoral Pty Ltd. P & S Knudsen purchase of Yaven Champagne Romance on account of John & Jen Corbett for $260,000; Rhondhu Studs purchase of Metallic Caviar for $130,000; M Duncombe & J Banks purchase of Matron Maggie for $125,000; MRH Enterprises purchase of Romantic Remedy for $100,000 and 2FL Syndicates purchase of PCD Reyning Metal for $1000,000.
Complementing the sale was the outstanding horsemanship and quality breeding on display during the campdrafting competition. Many riders competed for a share in Australia’s largest campdraft prize pool – across 9 categories, and the winners were:
- 2022 Nutrien Equine Classic Campdraft Winner: Ben Hall from Muttaburra QLD, on HUNTER VIEW CONMAZW, owned by Ben & Cheri Stanger, 266 points.
- 2022 Prydes EasiFeed Australian Performance Horse Challenge Winner: Nathan Wilson from Biggenden, on MITCHELLS CONTUCKY, owned by D & C Jones, 321 points.
- 2022 Martins Stock Haulage Open Campdraft Winner: Will Durkin from Charters Towers QLD, on NONDA SOUTHERN CROSS, owned by Heather and David Pascoe, 269 points.
- 2022 4CYTE Masters Campdraft Winner: Ben Hall from Muttaburra QLD, on MILLUNGERAS ALLEYCAT, owned by Lukas Roberts, 169 points.
- 2022 Dalgety Stallion Shootout Overall Winner: Ben Hall from Muttaburra QLD, on SHEROS TRADITIONAL ACRES, owned by Andrew Sheridan, 205 points.
- 2022 Charlie Maher Memorial Young Guns Campdraft Final Winner: Will Edwards from Oakey QLD, on PORTERS FD, owned by Mac & Gayle Shann, 178 points.
- 2022 AELEC Bar Dash For Cash Gelding Draft Winner: Dan Condon from Greenvale QLD, on ROYAL CROWN WHISKEY, owned by LE & CD Stewart, 89 points.
- 2022 Jimmy Matthews Memorial Ladies Dash For Cash Final Campdraft, sponsored by CM Pastoral, Winner: Kate Southern from St George, on EBS TOUCHMIASOMEMORE, owned by Kate Southern, 90 points.
- NCCA Prydes EasiFeed Champion Rider Title Campdraft Overall Individual/Team Winner: Ben Hall from Muttaburra QLD, on CHISUMS CASH, 269 points. TeamACA (Australian Campdraft Association) won the overall teams with 1304 points (6 riders over 3 rounds per team).