THE Landmark Equine initiative to conduct performance horse sales linked to their incentive challenge and camp draft series has paid off handsomely after their Supreme Toowoomba Horse Sale on the weekend netted $1.15 million.
Landmark national livestock director Mark Barton said their equine sales incentive concept had worked extremely well at the Toowoomba sale doubling turnover and improved the sale results across the board.
“Our Landmark sale challenge and camp draft incentives provide greater opportunities for younger horses,” said Mr Barton.
Landmark Equine sold 194 horses – comprising yearling, broodmares and ridden horses - for a $5955 average to return $1,155,364 over two days which represented a clearance rate of 69 percent.
River Meadows Smooth Abbey, a talented, two-year-old daughter of Ima Smooth Blue Cat from the Abbey-bred mare, Little Miss Abbey, attracted the $38,000 top money from Noel and Jo-Anne Chiconi, Chiconi Grazing, Taylors Plains, Mungallala.
Representing Noel was his son, Gary and Jessie Chiconi, who said she was a very attractive young mare with a ton of ability and would be campaigned at some stage.
The top selling mare was prepared by Nathan Wilson, Nathan Wilson Training Stable, Biggenden and was offered by Susan Hill, Dalsandie, Wondai.
The next best money came late on the second day - in fact the second last lot – after Mike Benn and his son Maugan, Sunnyvale, Warwick, bid $30,000 to secure the red roan mare, Stylish Bardot, offered by Greg and Andrea Lithgow, Go Ye Performance Horses, Chinchilla.
“We wanted a quality horse to draft and she is a beautiful and kind natured mare which is impeccably bred being by One Stylish Pepto,” Mike Benn said.
The Lithgow family were also the standout vendors selling three ridden horses for a $19,000 average.
It was a case of back-to back top yearling colt money for Stephen and Maureen Kneipp, Kneipps Performance Horses, Goondiwindi who sold Kneipps Craftsman for $17,000 to Michael Hawke, Barton Springs, Hall, ACT.
Kneipps Craftsman, a well-grown, good natured son of One Moore Playboy is a full brother to last year’s $17,000 top selling yearling colt in Kneipps Repetition.
Long term vendors Dan and Jen Redgen, Braeview stud, Warwick were rewarded for their thorough preparation and excellent presentation after their five yearling geldings averaged $5200 and included $6000 top-priced yearling gelding, Braeview Wilga.
Other notable sales included Richard and Suzy Kelaher, Bobadil, Tamworth who attracted the $18,000 top yearling filly money with their stylish daughter of Acres Destiny, Bobadil Havana, which is out of the Warrenbri Romeo mare, Stiletto.
Jordie and Rhiannon McCaw, Serenston Park, Roma sold the unbroken mare, Serenston Park Pinky with a buckskin colt foal by Soda Justice to Warren and Meg Salter, Mt Pleasant, Dalby for the $10,000 top mare and foal money.
Mr Salter said the mare represented great value being by leading sire Acres Destiny and from the Blue Moon Mystic mare in Valliview Blue Suede which carries old heritage bloodlines.
“She will fit into our breeding program which is aimed at producing good working horses,” said Mr Salter.