Qld producers purchase stock horse for record $260,000

Beef Central, 04/02/2022

Queensland producers Peter and Shari Knudsen purchased Yaven Champagne Romance for $260,000 at the Nutrien Sale in Tamworth, breaking a stock horse record. Photo: Penwood Creations

A WELL-KNOWN Queensland grazing family has broken a campdrafting record, purchasing a two-year-old mare for $260,000.

Chinchilla’s Peter and Shari Knudsen outbid the rest of field, purchasing Yaven Champagne Romance from Southern NSW breeders John and Jenn Corbett at the Nutrien Equine Classic sale in Tamworth yesterday.

Multiple bidders were in the market for the mare until $200,000 before it was taken down to three bidders, with the Knudsens sealing the deal.

The record was in-keeping with predictions before the sale, with many predicting the record cattle prices to flow-on to the horse sales (see previous Beef Central article here).

Yaven Champagne Romance was sired by the American quarter horse Metallic Cat, which has sired $49 million worth of horses and the dam was One More Romance – which comes from one of the highest producing dams in Australian Performance horsed One More Spin.

The Corbetts have previously been successful at the Nutrien Classic, with Yaven Smooth Spin selling for $230,000 in 2019. Mr Corbett said the latest success was pleasing for the family.

“We are over the moon, we really thought a lot of her, she is a beautiful mare,” he said.

Yaven Champagne Romance will be added to the Knudsen’s breeding and competition program, which includes campdrafting and some cutting.

“It’s really exciting for our family. We have a long history with her as we missed out on her as a yearling, so very pleased to be able to take her home now,” Mr Knudsen said.

The Corbetts have another colt on sale, with auctions to finish on Sunday.







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