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The 2019 Flinders Classic Challenge and Campdraft was a tonne of fun and a fantastic success. We were proud to see so many familiar faces return as well as welcome some new ones to our event. It was a year of a couple of firsts due to the wonderful support from The Flinders Shire Council. We were able to host a band on Saturday night, Mothers Second Choice, who kept everyone warm dancing to some great music. Aiding us through a grant to purchase a Thomas Arena drag that kept the “Outback Arena” surface tip top for all the dry work and a jumping castle to keep the children occupied. We also had over $25 000 worth of cash and prizes to be won which is our biggest prize pool yet! 

The Ridley Agriproducts and Northern Rural Group Classic Challenge Champion taking home the $5000 cash, 2019 buckle, and a service fee to Hoaths Peter was won by none other than Charters Towers man and MOST SUCCESSFUL competitor of the weekend, Mr Matt Stanger onboard Marathon Horse Studs entry Stylish Peptaboon. “Boonie” as he is affectionately known is by the legendary sire Peptos Stylish Oak, who is still available to the public this breed season. Should you be looking to breed your own champion be sure to give Mr Ricky Glenn a call to book. Reserve Champion went to Mr Scott Schoo riding Mr Bruce Howletts entry Telescopic. 

For the second year in a row Mr Nathan Wilson took home the Benalla Stud Open Challenge Champion buckle, $2000 cash, Hygain Rug, and a service fee to either of the beautiful, highly performed sires from Benalla Stud, One Moore Misterlena or Woolerina Replica. This time Mr Wilson was on board Chris and Amanda Howies, Acres Limited Edition. Very close behind was Reserve Champion and highest scoring lady Hayley Scott, riding Freckles owned by Karl Dehaen. 

The Flute Aviation Rookie Challenge also went home with the Stanger Family. Champion was Miss Andie Stanger on board Rhondu Studs sire Rhondu Smart As Hell. Winning the $1000 cash, buckle, Hygain rug and a service to Branchvaile Icon courtesy of Jason Heading at Toomba Stockhorses. Reserve Champion all the way from Dalby was Mr Darby Ryan riding Jason and Kristy Taylors mare Ladybrook Missy. Darby was also our Newrybar Rugs Juvenile Challenge Champion this time on board Cody Jo Nethercoates gelding Brenwon Roxstar, and lucky enough to be taking home with him a beautiful Running P buckle proudly sponsored by our local Windmill Inn cafe.

The Hughenden Tyre Centre Junior Challenge was one not to be missed. Such a pleasure it was watching these young ones complete both phases so competitively each of them unassisted. Champion and Reserve went to local Miss Jaimee Mills. Taking home many wonderful prizes including a rug and leather flyveil, kindly donated by Marilyn McCulloch, Stckhorse Flyveils & Cowhide Products.

Our very own local Mr Alan Davidson riding his brothers horse Denmark Design won the Novice buckle and $3000 cash sponsored by Steel Supplies, Hygain rug and a service fee to Oaks Spin N Cat kindly donated by Ricky Hopkins and Kerrie Hamilton.

Owned by Jenni Williams, Monal Smarty Pants ridden by Lead Read took out The Westec Electrical Futurity Campdraft taking home the cash, buckle, Hygain rug and a service fee to Superact Shiraz again kindly donated by Mr Hopkins and Ms Hamilton.  

It was a privilege to have the use of the Ford Families cattle from Hughenden, Kara and Tennant Creek Stations for the weekend as well as our President Wally Steadman brining in a few extras for the kids. All these cattle made for a great spectacle all weekend. 

It may always be said but for us, the Flinders Classic committee, we feel very blessed for your support. A very sincere thank you to each of our valued sponsors as well as each competitor for their support too. Together you all make our event enjoyable and a huge success. We look forward to Hughie being kind and spreading a good season far and wide so that we may do it all again for the eighth annual Flinders Classic next year! 

All photos courtesy of Jo Thieme Photography and we do hope you both can make it back again too!