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LIVESTOCK | 9 February 2010

Classic increases sales by 21 per cent

This year’s Landmark Classic Campdraft Sale grew 21% over last year, grossing $3,528,000. The two selling days featured a 10% increase in the number of horses offered for sale, averaging $9,939 per head from 355 horses sold.

Held over 5 and 6 February at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre in Tamworth, NSW, the top sale price for a gelding was $36,000, while the top mare sold for $54,000 and the top stallion sold for $45,000.

The sale was held in conjunction with the Landmark Classic Campdraft competition and the Priefert Open. For those of you not familiar with campdrafting, the Classic Campdraft competition is conducted in a set of yards attached to an arena and points are scored by horse and rider for cut out, horse work and course completion, from a possible total of 100 points.

Competitors are required to "cut out" a beast from the yard or "camp", follow it out through the open gate into the arena where they must guide the beast around a course of a right and left hand turns before guiding it through a gate, all in a few short minutes.

Horses purchased at the 2008 or 2009 Landmark Classic Sale are eligible to enter the Campdraft and must be five years old or under at the date of the competition. This year, Brendan Fitzgerald took home $30,000 and the Landmark Classic Brady trophy saddle, after winning the Classic on Brenwan Snipette.

The Priefert Open was won by Dean Hann on Condamine Rembrandt.

Photo courtesy of The Australian Horseman Magazine].

Thanks to Mark Haywood, Lachie Maxwell, Nicole Webb, Greg Palmer, Mark Barton and rest of the team at Tamworth. The event was extremely well supported by Landmark employees from across NSW and Queensland.

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