Annual Horse Of The North, Charters Towers
|Annual Horse Of The North, Charters Towers - 19th Jun 2017|
Meagan Macintosh in the Rookie Class
On the 25th 27th May 2017, the Horse of the North Challenge took place at the Charters Towers Dalrymple Equestrian Centre for another year. Each year we wonder how the next year will be better than our last but once again the calibre of horsemanship and the quality of horses has made 2017 an outstanding event.
From the first day of the event, the adrenaline was pumping and the weather was perfect. The PA system came to life with the words of "Welcome to the 2017 Horse of the North, and let's get the show underway!", and we knew with the impressive line-up of competitors and quality horses, we could expect nothing more than a great show over the coming 3 days.
The Horse of the North Challenge is a 'must do' event on your performance horse calendar and this is reflected in the number of competitors that come back each year and the rising number of new competitors that are experiencing the event for the first time.
The Landmark Open Challenge is a genuine display of the talents of a horse and rider combination. The competitors in this section show spins that captivate us all, master effortless control of their horses, glide through flying changes and slide further through their stops. Just what you would expect from an Open Challenge!
Joshua Smith won the Landmark Open Challenge with REYS DUAL OAK 322.75 followed by reserve champion Ron Wall with SODA ONO 321.25, 3rd Joshua Smith with PLAYIN IT LUCKY, 4th- Emma O'Shea with DANDILLA SARINA, 5th Matt Stanger with WESTLAKE A MILLION ACRES, 6th Doug O'Neill with BLAZING DESTINY, 7th Craig Cowley with HOMECREEK DJANGO, 8TH Susan Salmond with LESTREE LE DOCTEUR, 9th Corinne Anderson with ROYALLE SARGENT, 10th Doug O'Neill with CANTAUR PARK DALMALLY.
The highest score in the dry work section of the Landmark Open was Joshua Smith with REYS DUAL OAK on a score of 89 and they took home a Diamond MS Sketch donated by Melissa Salmond. The highest scoring cattle work score was Tracey Wintson with GATTON UQ GOVERNESS with a score of 84 to receive one full service fee to Cat N A Hat generously donated by Jason and Rachel Leitch of JRL Stud. The highest scoring Australian Stockhorse in the Landmark Open Challenge received a rug from the ASHS and was won by Ron Wall with SODA ONO.
The MAGS Droughtmaster Classic Challenge was won by Nathan Wilson with BLONDIES ACE 313.75, followed by reserve champion Emma O'Shea with ONE KNIGHT STAN 310.75, 3rd- Anthony Jessup with ONE LAST DUCK, 4th- Matt Stanger with UNIQUE QUEST, 5th Cody Stevens with OMY EBONY, 6th Allen Wallen with DANDILLA BAYELLEN, 7th Tony Hick with EL PASCOL INDIANA, 8th Marion Langdon with LETHAL N SMART, 9th Scott Schoo with HELLS ANGEL, 10th Susan Salmond with MARES FOREST CHERRY WAVE.
The highest score in the MAGS Classic dry work was won by Allan Wallen with DANDILLA BAYELLEN 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 Cody Stevens with OMY EBONY. The highest scoring Australian Stockhorse in the MAGS Classic Challenge was won by Emma O'Shea with ONE KNIGHT STAN who received a handcrafted Buckle sponsored by the Australian Stock Horse Society.
The highest scoring Australian Quarter Horse from the Landmark Open and MAGS Classic Challenges was won by Joshua Smith with REYS DUAL OAK.
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 Nathan Wilson with BLONDIES ACE, owned by D&C Jones.
The Highest scoring sale horse in the MAGS Droughtmasters Classic Challenge was awarded to EL PASCOL INDIANA owned by Dave & Marise Roberts and ridden by Tony Hick.
The Horse of the North Challenge commends and encourages our young riders for contributing to the challenge industry by saddling up the young horses and preparing them for competition events. Our hats go off to you!
he Lynn Hickmott Under 25 years Champion was strong competitor Daisy Robertson with MEL on 288 followed by reserve champion on 251 Corinne Anderson with JUNIOR, 3rd- Katie Core with BULLETTE, 4th Cody Spencer with WYENA DONE DEAL, 5th Rebekah Tasker with KADAITCHA CAT. Corinne Anderson also took home the highest score award in the under 25 years in an Open Challenge with ROYALLE SARGENT with a score of 153.5.
The Encouragement Award in the Bolt & Fodder Rookie Challenge received a position in a Ken May clinic, kindly donated by Treadstone Training and this went to Paige Candy, the highest scoring local rider was Vicki Miller with RHONDU SHINERS GIFT 152. The highest scoring dry work went to Corinne Anderson with ROYALLE SARGENT who received $300 cash from Stocklick Trading as well as a Diamond MS Sketch donated by Melissa Salmond. The Stocklick Trading highest scoring cattle work prize also went to Corinne Anderson on ROYALLE SARGENT.
The champion of the Bolt & Fodder Shop Rookie Challenge was Corinne Anderson with ROYALLE SARGENT 171. Reserve champion was Rob Carn with ELEORA HOPE 170. 3rd was Ashleigh Fairbrother with FRANKFIELD CALESTE and 4th was Karyn Yates with CHARISMA, equal 5th and 6th Megan Macintosh with GOLD N SPIN and Corinne Anderson with JUNIOR, 7th- Kaycee Wallen with TIMELESS TRUE GRIT, 8TH- Monica Tasker with CANDY'S SCOOBY DOO, 9TH- Vicki Miller with RHONDU SHINERS GIFT, 10TH- Darcy Dayes with TRUE GIFT.
The All Souls Saint Gabriels Juvenile Challenge was won by Darcy Dayes with TRUE GIFT 149, reserve champion was also Darcy Dayes with NOOROO SCOOBY DOO 136, 3rd Andie Stanger with YUGILBOY ROY 135.5. Best Dressed Lady was awarded to the stunning Monica Tasker and the highest scoring owner, breeder and rider was won by Emma O'Shea with ONE NIGHT STAN.
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 Anthony Jessup with ONE LAST DUCK.
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. Thank you to our Gun Of The North Sponsors Stockmans Supplies, Bridgestones Tyres, S1X Quarterhorses, D & J Clark Fabrications and Equine Solutions. The winner of the Pro section of Gun of the North Shoeing Competition was taken out by Ollie Mackee from the Sunshine Coast and the Non- Pro Winner was Grant Mitchell.
We must acknowledge and thank our cattle donors for the event, The O'Neill Family at Mt. Oweenee Station and The Heading Family at Toomba Station. The lovely line of cattle made for a successful event and without your ongoing contribution the event would not be possible. A special thanks to our 2017 Platinum Sponsor, Curley Cattle Transport, and our gold sponsors Landmark, MAGS Droughtmasters, Lynn Hickmott, Thomas Arena Products and Rhondu Stud.
A Horse of the North Presidential Induction was the feature event at our annual RALCO Dinner on Friday night. The crowd was kept well entertained as our new leader John Salmond stepped up to fill the big shoes of Doug O'Neill our past president. The event provides a good opportunity to catch up with friends, acknowledge those competitors that have achieved awards and get excited about the nominated finalists.
The Horse of the North Finals create an atmosphere and comradery that is hard to find anywhere else, but when the last ribbon has been presented and the PA system is turned off for another year, we the committee members take a moment to take it all in. We measure success of the event not in how much work our committee does, but we feel success is due to our sponsors, cattle donors, volunteers, judges and competitors that make this event possible and put it on the calendar of performance horse events. Congratulations to all winners, placegetters and competitors and thank you for your support, see you all next year at the Horse Of The North 2018!