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Horse sale record broken in Tamworth as filly Yaven Champagne Romance fetches $260k



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A filly from Adelong in southern New South Wales has turned heads at one in all Australia’s largest efficiency horse auctions.

Two-year-old Yaven Champagne Romance bought for a document of $260,000 at Tamworth’s Nutrien Traditional at present.

The chestnut filly, owned by John and Jenn Corbett and educated by Hugh Miles, was tipped to draw loads of curiosity lengthy earlier than she entered the ring.

The Corbett household additionally held the earlier sale document of $230,000 for filly Yaven Clean Spin.

Yaven Champagne Romance will now make her method to Queensland with new homeowners the Knudsen household.

Nutrien Ag organiser Mark Barton mentioned it was an ideal recipe of breeding and coaching.

“They seem to be a very well-known campdraft household, very aggressive,” Mr Barton mentioned.

Mr Barton mentioned two extra horses had the potential to interrupt $200,000, nevertheless it had solely occurred twice beforehand within the Nutrien Traditional.

“From an organiser’s standpoint you sit up for this,” he mentioned.

Touted as having the “greatest genetics on the planet” by its sellers, Yaven comes from two iconic mother and father: Metallic Cat and One Moore Romance.

Metallic Cat is on the prime the of Nationwide Reined Cow Horse Affiliation’s (NRCHA) all-time main sires incomes listing, with its offspring incomes greater than $4.2 million.

The stallion can also be a champion in his personal proper, incomes a number of reducing horse titles.

One Moore Romance is a star too, having bought greater than $500,000 price of progeny on the Nutrien Traditional alone.

A man in cowboy attire leaning on a stockyard gate.
Mike Rowland says the coaching, competitors and auctioning of efficiency horses has change into an artform.(ABC New England: Kemii Maguire)

Continued rise in horse purchases

The occasion, which additionally features a campdrafting competitors, has attracted greater than 1,000 riders, sellers and horse lovers to Tamworth from each state and territory in Australia besides the ACT.

Organiser Mike Rowland mentioned the curiosity in efficiency horses continued to develop with no finish level in sight.

“It is extra like a vacation spot occasion for lots of people,” Mr Rowland mentioned.

A woman in a hat and white shirts looks at the camera.
Gross sales staff member Darby Smith wasn’t shocked a document was damaged.(ABC New England North West: Lara Webster)

Greater than 770 horses had been concerned on this 12 months’s occasion — the biggest quantity registered so far.

The 11-day public sale and campdrafting occasion had adopted the cancellations of the Tamworth Nation Music Competition and the Rodeo Spherical-Up weeks prior.

Regardless of the Omicron outbreak, the Traditional had seen a 20 per cent enhance in contributors, breaking yet one more document in its 15-year historical past.

Gross sales help staff member Darby Smith mentioned there have been two essential components driving the rise in curiosity.

“Following on from the 2021 sale, the cattle costs and the season have not modified, it is simply gotten higher and higher,” she mentioned.

A young girl in a purple shirt rides a horse in a ring.
Claire Lindley rode Sassy into the gross sales ring. She bought for $66,000.(Provided: Jo Thieme Images)

Younger weapons take centre stage

Amongst these within the sale ring are some younger weapons having their very first Traditional sale rides.

Driving in entrance of a crowd of lots of of individuals was one of many public sale’s youngest distributors, 13-year-old Claire Lindley from Gundagai in NSW.

She rode into the sale ring on her mare, Six Moons Sassy, who bought for $66,000.

A girl in a purple shirt and cap stands beside a man in a pink shirt.
Dan Lindley was very proud after Claire’s first journey within the ring on the Nutrien Traditional horse sale.(ABC New England North West: Lara Webster)

The teenager shed just a few tears at having to say goodbye, however was additionally pleased with her efforts.

“We began at $25,000 and I used to be like, ‘Wow, that is some huge cash,'” Claire mentioned.

“I simply did not consider it.

“She’s simply so quiet and you’d pay something in your kid’s security … she tracks a cow properly.

For Claire, that is simply the beginning of her journey into the trade.

“I’ve a younger one arising, truly, that I’ll carry again,” she mentioned.

“I’ve tons extra coming alongside, so you may positively see me round.”