Burnett Group 2016 Colt Challenge


11 colts under 3 yrs and 12 futurity horses from  Frankfield Stock Horses 2015  progeny, with stockmen and women from JoJo, Monteagle, Bendemeer,  Blair Athol and Frankfield assembled at Monteagle from 27 to 29th October  for the Burnett Group Colt Challenge and Property Challenge. Although competitive, this is far more an opportunity for staff to come together for 3 days of social interaction and an opportunity to develop and improve life and horsemanship skills. Wednesday morning commenced with competitors demonstrating their abilities to catch and prepare their Colt for a day’s work, then proceeding to show their control and Colt development in the Stockman’s Hack. Over the next 2 days colts were put through their paces in a Colt Dry Work pattern, a Trail Course, a Freestyle competition  where competitors demonstrated  extra skills they have been able to teach their Colt, and a cattle working competition, an area where the Burnett Group horses will spend most of their working lives.

Competitors were also judged on the way their colts were presented and their horse shoeing ability. All Competitors performed well with horsemanship skills showing strong improvement as the competition progressed, but overall winner, Sam Bates, excelled picking up placings in most sections – even more impressive when recognising Sam had such a short time working with his Colt, “Frankfield Opal” (Acres of Det X Rosebrook Opalette). In 2nd place was Callum Clement with “Mirage” with Allana Parker and “Justice” coming in 3rd.

The Futurity Challenge again produced some good results. As expected, these colts from last year were able to demonstrate a superior level of training in both the dry work and cattle working fields. Again Sam Bates, competing on Chanel (Acres of Det X Carisma), proved too strong, with Steve Burnett on Armani and Gav Vallis on Gucci close behind.

Competitors unique combination of skills were again tested in the Property Challenge. As well as an aggregate of scores from the Colt Challenge, an entertaining display of whip cracking on Thursday night, and a ” Day in the life of a Ringer”  display involving cattle skills, fencing, and a fair share of cunning from teams from each property to wrap up Saturday morning were judged and scores tallied to decide the winner for the “Soul of Bendemeer ” trophy. This year the JoJo team proved too consistent and won in a popular choice.

Ben Prescott with his Colt ” Bravo” was awarded the “Hoch and Wilkinson Best Stock Horse.”

Anna Speers, CEO of innovative marketing system Auctions Plus, travelled from Sydney to speak at dinner on Friday night. She inspired all to embrace change in our industry, and outlined her journey from “ringer in the top end” to her present position of influence in rural industry. The opportunities are there for those who look for them!

A big thanks to all staff who participated, as well as our Judges Craig Moller, Michael Foot and Ross and Sandy McKeering.

The 2017 Colts are now all broken-in and will be delegated to employees in mid-February when our Colt Handover and Horsemanship School is conducted over 3 days with Mr Robert Durkin.

Frankfield Calesi – a Future Star!

At the Gold Cup Campdraft in June 2016, Curtis Cherry rode Frankfield Calesi into the final of the 2015/2016 Campdraft Central Future Star Series. Curtis and Calesi ran-off for 1st place in the Clermont Futurity Campdraft, with an equal top score of 91. They finished 2nd overall in this event, then re-saddled only a couple of hours later, to compete in the final of the Future Star Series. There were 102 horses that qualified for the event (competing in more than 3 events for 2015/2016), however, an average score of 84.67 was required to make the Top 12 Final. Curtis and Calesi finished the season after competing in 7 Futurity Events, with 6 outside scores and an average of 86. Frankfield Calesi then finished 6th overall which was a great achievement for Curtis and the little bay mare. Calesi also came 4th at the Weetalabah Campdraft Futurity in May, 2016. Calesi is by Cooinda Acres of Det out of Frankfield Celina (Driscoll’s Serenity). Acres of Det had 6 progeny all competing at the 2016 Clermont Gold Cup Campdraft. They were all 4 and 5 year olds, being the eldest of his progeny. We look forward to many more Det horses successfully performing in the future.

Chez and Calesi


Pete Comiskey Staff Workshop – 15th-16th April 2014

Pete Comiskey School JPG

This year the Burnett Group has organised a 2 day Horsemanship and Campdrafting School with the legendary Pete Comiskey. The school is being held at Frankfield over the 15th and 16th of April, 2014. Many thanks to Pete for running this workshop for all our employees!!

2015 Colt Handover

A new event in 2015, the Colt Handover took place at Frankfield from 26th-27th of February. The Colt Handover covered a number of aspects invovled with getting your colt started once it has come back from the Horse Breaker. It was a successful 2 days and all staff were well and truly getting a handle on their new colts. These colts will all be aiming towards being ready for the Colt Challenge later in the year.

Colt Handover 2015