AN EARLY 5.30am start to beat the heat was the perfect start to this week’s Landmark Classic campdraft event at Tamworth Australian Equine and Livestock Event Centre.
In the first round of the Martins Stock Haulage Open competitors were treated to a beautiful line of cattle donated by Lindsay & Jan Knight, Reedy Creek Herefords & Ceres Agriculture.
91 was the highest score in the first round, set by Tamworth competitor Neil Faint on his grey mare Turners Stud Flirt by Turners Stud Bobby.
Fellow Tamworthian Andrew Chapman on Digby and Queensland competitor Felicity Forsyth, riding Fleming Stud Pagent Queen, were close behind on 90 along with Bendemeer’s Joe Pederick riding Condamine Obsession.
Cut Out in the first round was top-scored by Tom Williamson riding his mare 24 points One Moore Diva.
The 2013 top-priced horse One Stylish Pepto, with Mark Buttsworth, rode to an 89 point score and was joined on this score by Mat Holz riding Bank Full O Cherries and Alchemy Zanibar ridden by Greg Charleson.
Temperatures are predicted to cool off for the middle of the week for events such as the Australian Performance Challenge, sponsored by The Land.
61 competitors entered in the Challenge this year and judges Rob Leach and Tom Williamson will have tough task as they have a stellar line up of horses again this year.
Competitors have come from all over Australia, as far as the NT and WA.
Landmark equine administration coordinator Amanda Nicholson said the event had come together well and she was delighted to see it so well supported and the rural community come together when so many are doing it tough in rural Australia.
“It’s great to see everyone and even though they are all very competitive, the performance horse community uses the event to network and catch up with good friends from all over Australia,” she said.
Those who can’t make the event can log onto the Landmark Equine website and watch the live webcast.