Gross exceeds $1 million yet again
Buyers from every state were represented at the 2019 Toowoomba Supreme Sale on the 4th and 5th May at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. 188 led and ridden performance horse lots were sold, grossing $1.175 million with an average of $6,253.
Sales results were mixed and while uncertainty about seasonal conditions certainly had an effect on bidding, buyer attendance was strong and some top quality horses continued to shine.
Day 1 saw a line-up of top quality led yearlings and broodmare packages on show in front of a keen crowd of bidders at the Toowoomba showgrounds. The quality of genetics throughout the Saturday catalogue was outstanding and yearling fillies with proven pedigrees were once again in strong demand. Two lots topped the led section at $26,000 and despite a heavy downpour, attendance was strong and bidding competitive over the loud pelting of rain on the arena roof. The first top priced yearling was Lot 118, a well presented black yearling filly "Dandilla Excus" – by Wallabah Excel and out of Dandilla Venus (Acres Destiny x Dandilla Constant) on behalf of long term sale supporters Ian & Judy Schafferius of Dandilla Pastoral Co, sold to Comet Downs Cattle Co of Comet, QLD. Ian & Judy have had a number of their horses returning with new owners throughout the years to compete successfully in the Supreme incentive events, with one of their fillies taking out the 2yo Challenge this year with Allan Wallen.
Sharing top price honours was Lot 20, a beautifully presented chestnut filly “Kneipps Carinya” – by One Moore Playboy and out of Kneipps Remnant (Hazelwood Conman x Boonal Serenade) on behalf of another long term vendor Stephen Kneipp - sold to Ray Hawke of Hall, NSW. Ray purchased this filly’s full sister and sold her as a 2 year old at the 2019 Landmark Classic Sale for $39,000 and we have no doubt this filly will be just as successful.
Other top selling lots from the led section of the catalogue included Lot 113 “Trinity Excon” (chestnut yearling filly, Hazelwood Conman x Trinity Acres Efex) on account of J&G Pastoral and presented by Nathan Wilson, who sold for $20,000 to Imaren Stock Horses of Mitchells Flat, NSW and Lot 146 “Elsola Unconditional” (bay colt, Hazelwood Conman x JR Elsola Rey) on account of Karl & Felicity Burton – Diamond K Performance Horses, who sold for $19,500 to Jenny Brett of Yarloop, WA.
Top priced broodmare was Lot 125 “Kyeema Beez Neez”, an 8 year old mare by Acres Destiny and out of the Condamine Bell winning mare McNamara Splender (Elliots Creek Cadet x Yarranoo Bellette) PTIF to Bonlac Gigolo. She sold for $9,000 to Barbara Staines of Nanango, QLD.
Day 2 of the sale on Sunday showcased the catalogue of quality bred ridden performance horses. Matthew and Caz Crane sold the top priced horse of the sale (who was also top priced ridden mare) in Lot 254 “Willingapark Glitters Destiny”, a stunning black 3yo mare by Acres Destiny and out of Glencoe Posh. She was presented beautifully by Jay Green, who took over the ride whilst Frank recovers, and sold for $31,500 to J&G Pastoral of Lidster NSW.
Top priced gelding was Warren & Meg Salters Lot 268 “Strawberry Boons”, a well started and soft 8yo gelding by Smartys High Card and out of Boonstyle Cat (Peptos Stylish Oak). With Dan Lithgow in the saddle, he really worked a cow for the crowd and was well bought by Lindsay & Belinda Hindle of Roma, QLD for $25,000.
Another highlight from Sunday was the sale of Charity Lot 270 “Jimmie” on account of vendor Mike Doyle, who donated 100% of his proceeds to the Sisters Of The North charity to assist in flood relief for North West QLD. A very well educated and seasoned cowhorse gelding, Jimmie was well presented by Rob Leach and was bought by the Bostock family of Mutdapilly, QLD for $7,500.
The Supreme Campdraft program received strong interest and entries, delivering another action packed program this year. With over $80,000 in cash and prizes on offer, some of the most competitive combinations in the country came to compete.
The $20,000 Landmark Dalgety 2 year old Challenge final was held on Friday night, showcasing some very exciting young horses who were purchased as yearlings at the 2018 Supreme Sale. The standard of these 2 year olds improves year after year and saw some tough competition in the first rounds on Thursday. This year’s 2yo Challenge Champions were Allan Wallen on the Wallen family’s gelding “Dandilla Waratah” (Edenvale Double Identity x Calgowae Gayellen) with a score of 195.875. Ian & Judy Schafferius of Dandilla Pastoral Co were thrilled to be awarded the $2,000 cheque for being original vendors of the winning horse. This is the amazing FIFTH time Allan has taken out the 2yo Challenge Champion title, an unsurpassed feat and a real credit to the training he puts into these quality young horses. Scott Keogh on PH Diesel Co’s “Roxy Rose” was 2nd on 193.125 and Nathan Wilson 3rd on “Royalle Jeopardy”, owned by Tim O’Dwyer and Corinne Anderson, with a score of 192.375.
After the hit of rain received on Saturday during the sale, Landmark staff worked hard to have the Campdraft arena turned and surface up to scratch to run the finals program on Saturday night. The action kicked off with the Landmark Supreme Me-Cow Mechanical Cow 5&U Campdraft, with a talented line up young horses previously purchased at a Toowoomba Supreme Sale showed off their skills. After his back to back competition wins at the Landmark Classic in February, Wyatt Young took home another buckle aboard J&G Pastorals “Calinda Miss Leoony Jane” with 175. Leoony Jane (Smartys High Card x Turners Stud Miss Leoony) was purchased at the 2018 Supreme Sale from vendors Brett & Joy Pechey for $28,000 (top priced ridden mare). Amazingly, 2nd placed “Proud To Be A Frog” (Frogman Henry x Pep N Okie Hope) - ridden by Adam Wallen and owned by Dean & Becky Pope – was also sold by Brett & Joy Pechey at last year’s Supreme Sale, for $18,000 (top priced ridden gelding). An amazing testament to the quality horses these vendors present each year.
3rd place in the 5&U Campdraft was Josh Hurley on his “Reality Red” (164), 4th was Peter Green on “Boganville Jaffa” (105) and 5th was Bill King on “Sanasha Kitty” (100).
Next up was the Rosevale Santa Gertrudis 5&U Challenge which saw top quality horsemanship from some of the top Challenge competitors in the country, who will no doubt continue to carve a path across the country to some of the big QLD Challenge events later in the year. Joshua Smith on David Smith’s colt “GI M Hard” (Hard Hat Henry x G I Jane) took out line honours with a score of 335.135 – a fantastic result for the young Landmark Classic purchase, who is only 3 years old! 2nd was Leah Read on Greg Lithgow’s “Royalle INXS” on 312.91, 3rd was Rob Leach on Peter & Maree Rogan’s “Shirley Shiney” on 312.57, 4th was Nathan Wilson on J&G Pastorals “Design By Whiskey” on 311.385 and 5th was Leah Read again, this time aboard Kelli Watt’s “All The Bells N Whistles” on 308.44. Thank you to the Greenup family of Rosevale Santa Gertrudis for their sponsorship and generous cattle donation again this year!
This year we again saw a very close competition in the $8,000 Lemontree Feedlot Masters Campdraft, with only 8 combinations battling it out for the title. Luke McEwan rode Darren Iddon’s “Booneri Spin Out” (Seligman Spin x Newline Diamond) to victory, running an 88 to clinch the title with a total score of 170. Adam Wallen on Nemunmulla Pastoral Co’s “FDS Tilly Devine” weren’t far behind in 2nd (168) and 3rd was Sam Knight on Gwen Macmillan’s “Bucs Stylish Oak” (110).
The Shanahans Livestock Transport Open Campdraft Final saw some red hot combinations in a tight battle for the title, with one of our own staff Brodie Hurley (Landmark Roma) put another one round aboard Brendan Fitzgeralds “Moore Rox” in a run-off, to claim the title with 257. Wade Clarke and “Skinny Love” had to settle for 2nd this year on 194, Mick Connolly and “Rhadman” were 3rd (173), Kimberley Sammon and Sarah Campbell’s “Yugilbar Can Rock Again” were 4th (171) – this combination also took home the Moody Family Pepetual Trophy for being the top scoring combination across the first rounds of both the Novice and Open drafts - Gary Brown on “DD” and Meagan Macintosh on “Dolly” tied for 5th on 165.
There was tough competition also in the Black Truck Sales Novice final, but Ian Bostock on “Zena” came out on top, adding an 87 to his first round score of 89 to take the title with 176. Nathan Wilson on Lois Cameron’s “Amaroo Diamantinas Last” were 2nd (173), Brett Welsh and “Mytech” were 3rd (171), Nikki Marshall and “Charm” were 4th (166) and Ron Wall on “Soda Ono” was 5th (161).
The last event to run was the Riverina Stock Feeds Champion of Champions event, which saw the top 3 placed combinations from each Campdraft go into one clean slate round. The crowd was loud as they watched some exciting runs and the unstoppable Brodie Hurley put together a solid run on “Moore Rox” to claim another win with an 87. Adam Wallen finished a successful evening with a 2nd on Dean & Becky Popes “Proud To Be A Frog” and 3rd on Nemunmulla Pastoral Co’s “FDS Tilly Devine”, Nathan Wilson on Lois Cameron’s “Amaroo Diamantinas Last” was 4th and Mick Connolly on “Rhadman” was 5th.
Overall it was another fantastic 4 days at the Supreme this year, with strong entries and another step up in standard across the competition events. We were impressed with the increased quality throughout the sale catalogue this year and have no doubt that with improved conditions, will come increased buyer confidence.
Landmark Equine would like to thank this year’s sponsors, Landmark staff and contractors, judges, cattle donors and Shanahans Livestock Transport, competitors, vendors and bidders for their hard work and continued support of the 2019 Toowoomba Supreme.
Full sale results and a webcast rewatch are available on the Landmark LIVE website.