The $80,000 Duckdown going through the sale ring. A SALE top of $80,000 was just one of the records set at last weekend’s Landmark Classic held in Tamworth.
Across three days of selling, 526 registered Australian Quarter Horses and Australian Stock Horses were ridden through the sale ring at the Australian Equine Livestock and Events Centre (AELEC), with 471 horses selling to gross $5,829,000 and average $12,376.
In the breakdown, 275 mares reached $80,000 for a $14,233 average; 30 stallions topped at $65,000 and averaged $16,933, and 166 geldings sold to $29,000 and averaged $8476.
Landmark’s National Livestock manager Mark Barton, Wagga Wagga, was impressed with the 2015 results.
“We have achieved a number of things this year, the most number of horses offered, highest gross, new top-price records for mares and geldings and highest average achieved since conducting the sale at AELEC,” he said.
In the lead-up to the eighth annual sale, horses purchased out of previous Landmark Classic sales vied for a prize pool in excess of $200,000 over six events.
It was a Victorian combination taking home the $35,000 winners’cheque in the Landmark Classic, with Mat Holz riding Bulla Tambourine, owned by Peter Apasto, claiming the title.
The winner of the Landmark Masters Campdraft was Cowra campdrafter Glen Peterson, riding the gelding Gibs Witness, also purchased from last year’s sale by Mathew and Kylie Webber, Geurie.
Queensland competitor Mick Cole rode to victory in the Martins Stock Haulage Open Campdraft mounted on Cats Royelle while Tamworth’s Hugh Miles rode Conductor to a half-point win in the Merial Stallion Shootout a three-round showcase of the sires which had progeny in this year’s sale.
The Prydes Easifeeds Australian Performance Horse Challenge was won by Felicity Burton, Jondaryan, Queensland, riding her mare JR Elsola Rey.
In the sale, Rey Dual-sired mare, Duckdown, sold for $80,000, a new top-price record for mares.
Owned by John Brekelmans, Gracemere, Qld, the four-year-old bay mare was bought by fellow Queenslander’s Noel and Jo-Anne Chiconi, “Taylors Plains”, Mungallala.
The $65,000 top-priced stallion was The Wolf of Wall Street, a Hazelwood Conman colt from Romantic Destiny, who carries bloodlines of Acres and Freckles Oak.
Owner, Richard Bull, “Tamarang”, Tamworth, bred the bay two-year-old and Ray and Judy Heslin, 7 Star Quarter Horse Company, Normanton, Qld, purchased the ASH registered colt.
Rob Leach, who prepared the colt for the sale said Mr Heslin, who is currently on a trip through the US, had been looking at the colt for a while.
Western Australian campdrafters, Gemma Leckie and Andrew Smith, Mount Barker, purchased the top-priced gelding for $29,000.
Trained and presented by Kylie Graham, Taroom, Qld, the One Stylish Pepto gelding was said to have “a natural ability to chase cattle”.
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