Bad In Black, by Stevie Rey Von, was one of two mares by US-based stallions who broke sale records at the Nutrien Classic Sale & Campdraft in Australia. • Photo courtesy of Penwood Creations.

6-Figure Mares by US-Based Studs Break Australian Sale Records

The heat in the Western performance horse market has gone global, with two mares by U.S.-based cutting horse stallions breaking records at the ongoing Nutrien Equine Classic Sale in Australia.

The first record-breaking sale was by 2019 mare Yaven Champagne Romance, a daughter of EquiStat Elite $49 Million Sire Metallic Cat. Bred in Australia by John Corbett, the chestnut daughter of One Moore Romance (by Hazelwood Conman) set the bar this week at $260,000 (Australian) when she sold to PR & SJ Knudsen.

Yaven Champagne Romance, by Metallic Cat, broke a record when she sold for $260,000 earlier this week at the Nutrien Classic Sale. • Photo courtesy of Penwood Creations.

That mark was eclipsed later in the sale when Bad In Black, a 2018 mare by Stevie Rey Von, brought a final bid of $550,000 (Australian) from Willinga Park. Consigned by Holly Clayden, the black mare is out of Spinies Bad Girl (by Doc’s Spinfex). She was bred in Australia by Maggie Mason.

Both Metallic Cat and Stevie Rey Von – a son of Metallic Cat and whose first US-based foals were 3 years old last year – are National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Open champions and stand at stud in Texas.

Bad In Black in the sales ring. • Photo courtesy of Jo Thieme Photography.

A daughter of Stevie Rey Von, Janie Wood, won last year’s NCHA Futurity Open Championship in Fort Worth, Texas.

The two record-breaking Australian sales were held as part of the Nutrien Classic Sale & Campdraft in Tamworth, New South Wales. Billed as the biggest performance horse sale in the Southern Hemisphere, the event features both Australian Stock Horses and Australian Quarter Horses.

The Australian records come on the heels of a strong run at the 2021 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales. That multi-dale sale, held in December during the NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth, was topped by the $1.3 million sale of breeding stallion Woody Be Tuff. It also featured several six-figure 2-year-olds.

Read more on Yaven Campagne Romance’s sale at ABC Australia.