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Horse of The North

28-30th May 2020

Contact: Melissa Salmond
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Annual Horse of The North, Charters Towers 

The Horse of the North Challenge held in Charters Towers, Queensland from the 23rd – 25th May 2019, has attracted competitors from far and wide to the North to take part in one of the most coveted Stockman’s Challenge events on the Performance Horse Calendar.

Competitors delighted spectators with an impressive line-up of quality horses and displays of exceptional horsemanship. The feedback from the event has been tremendous and this is reflected in the number of competitors that come back each year and the growing number of new competitors that are experiencing the event for the first time. The calibre of competitors in the challenge exceeds all expectations and like every year since the humble beginnings of the Horse of the North in 2007, this year was no exception. A special thanks to our 2019 Platinum Sponsor, Curley Cattle Transport, and our Gold Sponsors Landmark, MAGS Droughtmasters and Gold City Motorcycles.

We must acknowledge and thank our cattle donors for the event, Jack & Yasmin Mann. The lovely line of cattle made for a successful event and without your contribution, the event would not be possible.

The Landmark Open Challenge is a true display of the talents of a horse and rider combination. The competitors spun their way into the spectators hearts as they were cheered on to go faster in the gallops, glide through the flying changes and slide further through their stops.

Nathan Wilson won the Landmark Open Challenge with ROYALLE DOUBLE YOUR MONEY 530 followed by reserve champion Cody Stevens with DESTINYS FANCY PANTHER 487.5, 3rd – Nathan Wilson with AMAROO DIAMANTINAS LAST, 4th- Leah Read with WOOD B STYLISH, 5th – Cody Stevens with EL PASCOL CZAR, 6th Matt Stanger with SMART LITTLE TASSLE, 7th – Morgan Webb  with CONTRACTOR, 8TH – Joshua Smith with WILDTHING, 9th – Nathan Wilson with ACRES LIMITED EDITION, 10th – Hayley Scott with FRECKLES.

The highest score in the dry work section of the Landmark Open was Nathan Wilson with AMAROO DIAMANTINAS LAST on a score of 95.5 and they took home a Diamond MS Sketch donated by Melissa Salmond. The highest scoring cattle work score was Leah Read with WOOD B STYLISH with a score of 91 to receive one full-service fee FLYIN PEPTOS, kindly donated by Jason & Jamie Linders. The highest scoring Australian Stockhorse in the Landmark Open Challenge was won by Nathan Wilson with ROYALLE DOUBLE YOUR MONEY.

The MAGS Droughtmaster Classic Challenge was won by Des Burns with SCARLET CHISUM 350.5, followed by reserve champion Jessica Hoffman with STARELLA TEQUILA 346.25, 3rd- Emma O’Shea with ROYALLE TIME TO FLY, 4th- Scott Shoo with IM DUN DOUBLE, 5th – Des Burns with MISS GENISIS, 6th – Leah Read with MONSAL SMARTY PANTS, 7th – Leah Read with MAID OF HONOUR, 8th – Matt Stanger with STYLISH PEPTABOON, 9th – Andrew Stallman with MOZZIE, 10th – Kelly Shann with NIBBEREENA AMAROSA.

The highest score in the MAGS Classic dry work was won by Andrew Stallman with RHONDHU CRACKER DUCK with a score of 92.5 and he received a Diamond MS Sketch sponsored by Melissa Salmond. The highest score in the cattle work received one full-service fee to Boonara Mentor, kindly donated by Huon & Colleen Smith, which was taken out by Jessica Hoffman with STARELLA TEQUILA. The highest scoring Australian Stockhorse in the MAGS Classic Challenge was won by Jessica Hoffman with STARELLA TEQUILA.

The highest scoring Australian Quarter Horse from the MAGS Classic Challenge was won by Des Burns with SCARLET CHISUM.

The Jessamine Stockhorses Champion Breeder Buckle, kindly donated by John and Katrina Paine, is awarded to the breeder of the horse of the MAGS Classic Challenge Champion, and this was won by D BAR QUARTER HORSE Stud, Jan Dunn with SCARLET CHISUM.

The Highest scoring sale horse in the MAGS Droughtmasters Classic Challenge was awarded to RHONDU TRU LENA owned by G & D Fry and ridden by Matt Stanger.

The Gold City Motorcycles Beginners Challenge Champion was strong competitor JAMES MOORHEAD with BRADMAN on 170.5 followed by reserve champion on 165.5 Cody Spencer with DIAMOND ACT, 3rd- Tamara Herrod with DJANGO DUAL REY, 4th – Ashleigh Fairbrother with HAZELWOOD CONTERFEIT, 5th/6th – Jessica Spoor with THREEMOONSMOKINASH and LOUIS MOULIN-GORDON with LENNY. Corinne Anderson took home the highest score award for an under 25 years competitor in the Open section with ROYALLE SARGENT with a score of 153.5.

The Ernest & Robin Bassingthwaighte Under 25 Years Challenge was won by Jontti Arnold with Lethal Effect with a score of 313. Reserve Champion was Jack Baldwin with Bargain on 300.75. 3rd- Darby Ryan with Henry’s Genuine Lilly, 4th – Jessica Spoor on GIFT, 5th – Gina Hamilton with RESPECT.

The champion of the Bolt & Fodder Shop Rookie Challenge was Rohan McLean with TASSA’S HOE DOWN 348. Reserve champion was Gina Hamilton with PEPTOCAT 338. 3rd was Michelle Atkinson with ROANIE REIGN N DANCE and 4th was Darby Ryan with MASTER LUCK KEWAH, 5th – James Moorhead with BRADMAN, 6th – Kelly Shann with NIBBEREENA YOKO ONO, 7th – Zoe Oneill with MT.OWEENEE ZAIRE, 8th – Rebekah Tasker with LOGAN, 9th- Cody Spencer with DIAMOND ACT, 10th – Tamara Herrod with DJANGO DUAL REY, 11th – Gina Hamilton with WOOD B STYLISH.

The All Souls St Gabriels Juvenile Challenge was won by Darby Ryan with MASTER LUCK KEWAH 162, reserve champion was also Darby Ryan with COLLINGWOOD ACRES OF ELEGANCE 128, 3rd – ALICIA STANBROOK with TAFFY 125.5.

The Boonara Classic Challenge Plate, kindly donated by Huon & Colleen Smith from Boonara Performance Horses was awarded to a rider that has not won or placed second in one of the major Classic Challenges. The plate was awarded to the highest placed person eligible, and this year was Rob Carn with MUSTBE KEVIN.

The Gun of the North Shoeing Competition has taken on its own reputation at the Horse of the North event and this year the standard was very high. Thanks to Equine Solutions for organising the Stockmans Supplies Gun of the North competition for 2019.

The finals at the Horse of the North have a sense of comradery and atmosphere that is second to none. When the last pattern is complete and the last ribbon presented and the adrenaline fades, we as a committee sit back and wonder at the success of such an event and we know where that success lies. It lies in our sponsors, cattle donors, volunteers, judges and competitors that make this event possible and put it on the calendar of performance horse events. This year we gave special recognition to Ernest and Robin Bassingthwaighte for their dedication over the last 13 years to the Horse of the North. They were presented as Inaugural Horse of The North Life Members.

Congratulations to all winners, placegetters and competitors and see you all next year at the Horse of The North 2020.