Elite performance horses sold to a top of $126,000 at the 2020 Nutrien Classic sale and campdraft held in Tamworth over nine days, ending Sunday.
Australia’s premier campdrafting competition and performance horse sale, the Nutrien Classic this year generated sales totalling more than $7.65 million, with several sales still under negotiation.
Now in its thirteenth year, this year’s Classic sale averaged $15,813 and produced a clearance rate of more than 84 percent.
Koobah Performance Horses was the purchaser of this year’s top seller, Branchvale Metal Alloy – a stallion by Metallic Cat out of Reys Little Hottie – sold on account of Emdee Enterprisers, which sold for $126,000 on day-four of the dale.
Other stand-out results included Depco Pastoral’s purchase of Wicked Duck on account of ESTL John Brekelmans for $77,500; and Balmoral Downs Stock Horses’ purchase of Eagle Brave on account of B & E Mooney for $44,000.
Metallic Storm on account of Jim & Lynda MacCallum was passed in during the sale at $75,000 but later sold to Metallic Storm Syndicate for $100,000.
Nutrien Equine’s Mark Barton said event organisers were delighted with the overall success of the event.
“The quality of competition, horsemanship, and breeding displayed over the past nine days have been incredible to see. There’s no doubt our industry has experienced several challenges this year – from floods in Northern QLD to crippling drought and the recent bushfires. The odds have been against us, but the results generated during the sale are a testament to the positivity and dedication of our competitors, buyers, vendors and spectators who have worked tirelessly to prepare for The Classic,” he said.
Competitors travelled from all over the country to participate in the Nutrient Classic’s campdraft competition. The Classic attracted 1166 nominations and 398 individuals, chasing a total prize pool worth $270,000 across 11 different event categories.
Winners in each campdraft category included:
- Troy Palmer from Coolah, NSW won the Martins Stock Haulage Open Campdraft, riding Hells A Comin, Owned by Terry Snow.
- Beau Beutel from Kalbar, QLD won the Charlie Maher Young Guns Campdraft riding Reys Ya Garter, Owned by Corey & Trudy Holden
- Zane Haberman from Springsure, QLD won the AELEC Bar Gelding Dash for Cash riding Hang Time, Owned by J & S Maguire
- Joshua Smith from Gracemere, QLD won the Prydes EasiFeed Australian Performance Horse Challenge, Riding GI M Hard, Owned by David & Kaelene Smith
- Bonnie Hiscock from Maffra, VIC won the Jimmy Matthews Memorial Ladies Dash for Cash riding Bamalam Owned by Bonnie Hiscock
- Ben Seidel from Warwick, QLD won the 4 Cyte Masters Campdraft riding Glendeen Shick, Owned by Ben Seidel
- Jason Lindley from Gracemere, QLD won The Nutrien Classic Campdraft riding PV Grasshopper, Owned by Tory Acton
- John Lee from Manilla, NSW won The Dalgety Stallion Shootout riding Jats Bar Adios Acres, Owned by Jats Bar Stock Horses
The Classic Ladies Foundation, a group of women from all over Australia who are associated with the campdrafting and performance horse industry, again rallied together at The Classic to raise funds and awareness for their annual charity of choice. This year, The Classic Ladies Foundation was supporting Rural Aid and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, two issues that have deeply affected their community.
Across the nine days, The Foundation sold more than 800 custom caps, ran several raffles, held a luncheon and received the funds from one of the water buffalo sold during the Sale, which has generated more than $65,000. Since establishing five years ago, The Classic Ladies Foundation has donated all proceeds from their fundraising efforts directly to the charities they support.