Nutrien Classic leads the way for successful events in 2021

For anyone still pondering whether to hold their event in 2021, look no further than the successful Nutrien Classic just wrapped up at Tamworth NSW 
The 2021 Nutrien Classic has been delivered as a fully COVID-safe event. Nutrien Equine and AELEC worked closely with relevant NSW government departments to implement measures that ensure the health, safety and well-being of all who attend and participate in the Classic

The Classic kicked off on January 29th at the Tamworth NSW Australian Equine and Livestock Centre (AELEC) and concluded on Sunday 7 February 2021.

Over the event, the Classic saw some of the country’s most renowned campdraft competitors take to the arena to battle it out for a share of $360,000 in cash and prizes. 

This year’s event was one of the strongest yet, with enthusiastic crowds at all the competitions on the program. The event has been run safely and completely COVID-19 free.

Spectators were treated to one of the most competitive Nutrien Classics ever staged – images supplied by Nutrien Classic, photographed by Jo Thieme Photography

In 2021 the Nutrien Classic has cemented its reputation as the leading campdraft and performance horse sale, with incredible competition results, and also featured a record-breaking cattle sale.

Its success has certainly set the stage for all following rural events and field days to be held this year. 

“We’ve seen a fantastic start to the Classic with high quality competition and strong attendance,” said Nutrien’s Mark Barton.

“Everyone is so excited to not only be back out and competing but able to catch up with one another and enjoy the great social aspect of the Classic.”

In addition to the competition events at AELEC, the Classic delivered the largest ever cattle store sale at the Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange (TRLX), with a total of 4,845 cattle sold.

The market highlights were $3,220 per head for a run of PTIC heifers on account of “The Lakes,” Barraba, and several lots of feeder and restock steers and heifers made over $5.00/kg.

The sale grossed approximately $7.69 million.

Selling Agent and Auctioneer at Nutrien Tamworth, Simon Rafferty, said, “Recent high prices for quality cattle have had a big impact on people’s ability to buy but Wednesday’s sale saw a great turn-out and some enthusiastic bidding.

“There was a range of cattle up for offer and some great results generated for both buyers and sellers.”

Leading into the final few days of the Classic, the big drawcard was the performance horse sale.

“We were already off to a really strong start with day one of the sale recording an average of more than $23k,” said Mark Barton.

The standout from day one of the horse sale was the mare of Lot 151, Cheshire Cat on account of Emily Poole, which was purchased for a whopping $170,000 by The Trustee for the Jones Family out of Katherine, NT.

“If day one is anything to go by, we are in for one heck of a sale. We look forward to seeing what excitement transpires as we begin to wrap up the 14th Nutrien Classic,” concluded Mark Barton.

For more information, go to Nutrien Equine. To view or participate in the 2021 sale component of the Classic, visit AuctionsPlus.

Here are the competition results already tallied:

Prydes EasiFeed Australian Performance Horse Challenge Winner: Adam Wrobel from Denman NSW, on BRANCHVALE NIPS N TUCKS, Owned by David and Leanne Badior, 321 points

NCCA Prydes EasiFeed Champion Rider Title Campdraft Round 2 Winner: Shari Knudsen from Chinchilla QLD, on CHICS PLAYGIRL, 89.5 points

2021 Dalgety Stallion Shootout Round 1 Winner: Pete Comiskey from Nebo QLD, on ARCHDALE CONVOY, owned by Stevenson & Frame, 88 points

2021 Charlie Maher Memorial Young Guns Campdraft Final Winner: Matt Moffat from Kabra QLD, on CAT SWIFT, owned by Zane Habermann, 180 points

2021 Jimmy Matthews Memorial Ladies Dash For Cash Final Campdraft, sponsored by CM Pastoral, Winner: Sophie Maynes from Tamworth, on GEM, 87 points

2021 Nutrien Equine Classic Campdraft Final Winner: Ben Hall from Muttaburra QLD, on RATHCOOL DR WHO, owned by Ben & Jaye Hall, 269 points

NCCA Prydes EasiFeed Champion Rider Title Campdraft Round 3/Final Winner & Overall Team Winner: Rohan Marks from Charlwood QLD, on COWBOY, 88.5points. Team ACA (Australian Campdraft Association) won the overall team’s. 

2021 Dalgety Stallion Shootout Round 2 Winners: Tied 3 ways, all on 91 points:

· Andrew Chapman from Nundle on ACRES MERCURY

· Rob Leach from Attunga on HAZELWOOD CONGRESSMAN

· David Thorn from Cootamundra on A LITTLE TURPULENCE

2021 AELEC Bar Dash For Cash Gelding Draft Winner: Ben Hall from Muttaburra on HALLS SANDIEGO, owned by Luke Quaid. 91 points.

2021 Navaho Trailers Masters Campdraft Winner: Peter Boulton from Heyfield VIC, on GERROA SWEET ROMANCE, owned by Peter & Michelle Boulton. 177 points.

2021 Martins Stock Haulage Open Campdraft Winner: Peter Boulton from Heyfield VIC, on REFLEX, owned by Peter & Michelle Boulton. 273 points.


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