This year’s 5th Annual Australian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC) Show saw a record number of horse and rider combinations compete 5 disciplines, Reining, Stockman’s Challenge, Campdraft, Working Cowhorse and Western Dressage.  This year’s show ran for a full week from 20th to 27th April at the Dalby Equestrian Center. You can view the entire ARBC Show for 2019 NOW, simply click the link to view the menu of events
ARBC 2019 Show Livestream

ARBC Reining Results for 2019 Congratulations to everyone

ARBC Reining Program will assist you with events and riders competing each day. Click here

ARBC Challenge, Campdraft & Working Cowhorse Program

The comradery between all disciplines has seen great friendships born from an event that began to showcase these great disciplines.  To see riders from different disciplines in the open pen learning from each other is just one of the wonderful outcomes from this show.  “The Fun Show” is a tag it gained a few years back and by all accounts everyone that attends is contributing to the overall great atmosphere and great sportsmanship, so thank you to everyone that once again showcased these great attributes at the ARBC, we all just love it.

ARBC Event owners and coordinators, Errol and Gita Thomas were overwhelmed with the support shown for their event with over 65 Sponsors and 16 Trade Stand holders at this year’s show.  They welcomed over 2000 people to the show over the weeklong event, bringing the spotlight to not only the town of Dalby but each discipline on a global platform.  Livestreaming the across the world, the feedback and contact both during and after the show has been of accolades and expressions of interest coming from both competitors and sponsors, both in Australia and Overseas. 

Overall show entries were up by over 30% on last year’s numbers with over 950 entries accepted across all disciplines.  The feedback from both competitors, spectators and sponsors across the board was that this show is growing so much each year, it’s fast becoming the Premier Show of the year to attend.

 This year ARBC Event Organisers were proud to announce 2019 Payouts to all competitors saw a total of just over $100,000 in Cash Prizes presented across all disciplines Plus Prizes valued at over $25,000 including a handcrafted Dan Kingsley Trophy Saddle, Championship Buckles and two Silver handcrafted Rick Meredith bridles, not to mention Ariat Bags, Garlands, Product and Voucher prizes from our valued sponsors and much more given out over the week long show.  This is one of the biggest payouts over $125,000 in cash and prizes the ARBC has seen since its inception in 2015.

The ARBC Reining Events saw cash payouts totalling $46,225 and the ARBC Stockman’s Challenge/Campdraft/Working Cowhorse events payouts totalling $53,900.  This is the biggest prize pool to date for the 5th annual ARBC Show.

To name a few of our major sponsors; Dan Kingsley Custom Saddlery for his handcrafted reining saddle for the ARBC OPEN Derby Champion and Championship ARBC Buckles, Thomas Arena Products, Xtreme Genes, Dalby General Steel, Simplicity Coatings, Rural Weekly, Marrison Hydraulics, Backhouse Training Stables, Mark Jackson Electrical, Chesterfield, Simplicity, Total Steel, Rural Weekly, Ariat, Mr Ian Francis, The Baker Family, Slide Apparel, Nathan Wilson Training Stables, Bec Laurie for the stunning garlands, Stance Global, timber trophy handcrafted by Mr Ron Fisher and Mr Rick Meredith for the beautifully crafted Silver Show Bridles. 

This year we saw competitors’ stream in from all states of Australia and New Zealand, all travelling great distances as much for the beautiful prizes on offer at the ARBC as the prizemoney put forward.  Each year we are seeing not only competitors and sponsors grow, yet bigger crowds visiting the event to watch the all the action.  A big thankyou to everyone that made this possible. We love that we also have sponsorship come forward from trainers and competitors alike and would like to also thank everyone that contributed to the overall success of ARBC2019.  You can see a full list of our sponsors on our ARBC official website ARBC.NET.AU and urge you all to support those that support our sport.

As the ARBC Show has grown so too has our support teams behind the scenes ensuring the show runs smoothly and everyone’s needs are not only met yet expectations exceeded.  Lynda Gray our show secretary works diligently before during and after this sized show and we thank her and the team of helpers that assisted her throughout the show.  Our gateman John Wylie and announcer Tim Hoffman ensured the show ran on time and kept all competitors informed on the schedule for the events.  This year we invited Donnie McLaughlin from USA to judge alongside our Australian Judge Darren Simpson, bit judges Susan Camfferman and Lynda Gray for our reining events and they were assisted with great pencillers, Sharon Simpson, Den and Jaime-Lee Ditzel.  The Challenge, Working Cowhorse and Campdraft judging team consisted of Errol Thomas, Glenn Wyse and Bomber Lancaster, with all our judges and support teams being cared for by Lorraine Wylie, our ARBC hostess for all officials.  The arena surface saw not one but two Thomas Arena Drags used simultaneously by Alan Cooper and Devin Lowe, a sight to behold and cutting arena maintenance and drag times in half.  To keep the entire grounds and facilities in tip top shape we also had Shane and Daralyn Davies along with their team keeping the entire space immaculately clean, we all sure appreciated it.

We thank everyone involved with assisting with the ARBC Show in a small or more involved way, the “Can Do” Attitude from everyone involved is what keeps this great show not only running yet a place that is a must do on the show calendar each year.

The ARBC OPEN Derby Event had a total prize pool of $32,329 less the payouts of 5% of the placed horse’s earning to the ARBC Nominated Stallion owners, congratulations to all competitors, owners and connections.

The 2019 ARBC Dan Kingsley Custom Saddlery OPEN Derby Championship title going to Hasta Shine owned & ridden by Warren Backhouse, winning with a top score of 143.5; taking home $ along with the Dan Kingsley handcrafted reining saddle, ARBC Trophy Cup, ARBC Buckle and ARBC Show Bridle handcrafted by Mr Rick Meredith, NRHA Lawson Trophy, SPH Saddle Pad along with a garland by Bec Laurie.

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Warren Backhouse riding Hasta Shine 2019 ARBC Dan Kingsley Custom Saddlery Derby Champion

The feature events being the ARBC Dan Kingsley Custom Saddlery OPEN Derby Event where 27 horses were nominated in the six divisions of the Derby running for a total prize purse of $32,329, with the open Derby paying down to 10th Place. 

Ashleigh Backhouse riding RU READYFORTHIS 2019 ARBC Intermediate/Limited OPEN Derby Champion
Tyler Smith riding FP Sniper 2019 ARBC Non Pro Derby Champion
Steven Withers riding Gunner Whizz 2019 ARBC Non Pro Limited Derby Champion

Congratulations to all Champions and place getters in all 6 divisions of the ARBC Derby, we thank you all for making the trek to the ARBC and we look forward to welcoming you all back again next year.

This year the inclusion of a formal opening of the ARBC Show by owner Errol Thomas, thanking our sponsors and competitors for their support then introducing Emma Irene to the Arena on her stunning steed Mr Bombastic, to sing the national anthem.  A heartfelt rendition that resonated with all in attendance especially considering it was the day after Anzac Day remembrance ceremonies.

The ARBC Xtreme Genes OPEN Working Cowhorse has fast become a crowd favourite with a strong crowd of spectators keen to cheer on the field of 18 competitors.

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Place Horse Rider Payout
1st Rob Leach Shirley Shiney $5,000
2nd Nathan Wilson Tiree Fancy Tassa $4,000
3rd Leah Read Peptocat $2,500
4th Clay Evans C Bar K Present A Cat $2,500
5th Nathan Wilson Royalle Double Your Money $1,000

This event once again proved to be high energy with great crowd involvement.  Rob Leach riding Shirley Shiney taking a commanding lead to take home the Championship Buckle and Prize Money, congratulations to all connections of this amazing horse and rider combination.

The ARBC Challenge & Campdraft Events had a total prize pool of $53,900 less the payouts to the ARBC Nominated Stallion owners, congratulations to all challenge competitors, owners and connections.  Rob Leach coming out as ARBC Classic Champion for 2019, winning on Shirley Shiney.

The ARBC Nominated Stallion RS Chisum connections picked up the $1,000 owners incentive plus 5% of his progeny Scarlet Chisum’s earning, congratulations to Carol Lansdowne and thank you for supporting the ARBC.

The top 10 horse and rider combinations in

ARBC Nathan Wilson Training Stables OPEN Challenge  

Prize money of $7,250 was paid down to 10th place for the ARBC OPEN Stockman’s Challenge winners

ARBC Booroondarra Rookie Challenge

Prize money or $3,571 was paid down to 10th place for the ARBC Rookie Stockman’s Challenge winners

  Horse Rider Prize Money
1 Freckles Hayley Scott $817
2 Brenwon Roxstar Darby Ryan $817
3 Wannalook Snowwonder Hayley Scott $817
4 Southern Chickolena Gina Hamilton $160
5 Ima Extra Stylish Lynx Jody Southern $160
6 Pink Mist Michelle Atkinson $160
7 Roanie Reign N Dance Michelle Atkinson $160
8 Witchery’s Little Lena Matthew Davies $160
9 Wood B Stylish Gina Hamilton $160
10Royalle Blonde Bombshell Pal Dehnert $160

The Rookie Challenge Champion Hayley Scott took out first as well as third place at this year’s ARBC, congratulations to all competitors it was great to see a lot of new competitors to the ARBC Show.

We introduced two new Challenge Events to the ARBC this year, the Mini Challenge as well as the Juvenile Challenge.  They may have been younger but boy did they know how to handle themselves.  Congratulations to the ARBC Mini Challenge Champion Katie Davies riding Maid of Honour and ARBC Cowgirl Tilly Juvenile Challenge Champion Darby Ryan riding C Bar K Little Radar.  To all juvenile and mini challenge competitors we take our hats off to you and congratulate you all for such a great showcase of challenge riding.

ARBC OPEN and NOVICE Campdraft Events competing for the prize pool payout of $3,600 plus ARBC buckles and prizes.  Big congratulations to Darrin Jones taking out first position in the OPEN Draft and Jon Templeton for taking out first position in the NOVICE Draft.  Great work from Hayley Ahern for taking out third place in both the OPEN and NOVICE Draft on different horses.  It was to have the draft event this year and we look to expanding on draft events for our 2019 ARBC draft events.

ARBC Nathan Wilson Training Stables OPEN Campdraft Event top 5 horse and rider combinations

Place Horse Rider Prize Money
1st Hazelwood Congressman Rob Leach $500
2nd Lady Lock Geoff Schrader $300
3rd Denmark Mercedes Rob Leach $200
4th Hallmark Jon Templeton  
4th Parraweena Sunburst Drew Stevenson  

ARBC Total Steel NOVICE Campdraft Event top 6 horse and rider combinations

Horse Rider Prize Money
1st Nonda Wallflower Jon Templeton $1,500
2nd Revenge Drew Stevenson $800
3rd Topend Phantom Jon Templeton $400
4th Rachel Hayley Scott  
4th Denmark Mercedes Rob Leach  
4th Amaroo Diamantinas Last Nathan Wilson  

These cattle events would not have been made possible without the supply of great cattle from Ian Stark and Jeanne Seifert from Seifert Belmont Reds and Wainui Feedlot the cattle were exceptional helping add to the strong competition in all our ARBC cattle events. Thank you also to Jason Gates from RPC Livestock Haulage for getting our cattle delivered to and from our ARBC Show.

The ARBC was kicked off on Saturday 20th April with a strong field of competitors in our ARBC Western Dressage Events.   We would like to thank Western Dressage Association of Queensland organisers Jim Whitaker, Vivian Wearing, Lisa Berg, our judge Laurel Davies and her penciler Jayne Leadbetter from Western Dressage Queensland for making this event possible.  A special thank you goes out to all the callers for the riders.

Such a great number of entries for our ARBC Western Dressage Event held on Sunday 20th April.
A total of 11 classes were run with over 45 tests completed at this great event.  The Western Dressage Sanctioned Event Champion for Basic Level and Level One Vivian Wearing riding Tassawoods Ace, Reserve Champion for Basic and Level One Gita Thomas riding Shiney Nu Addition.  Mandy Camfferman taking out Champion Level Two and Level Three riding Mondure Dunitlikeacowboy. 

Judge Laurel Davis, Jim Whitaker WDAUS President Western Dressage Champion Vivian Wearing Basic & Level 1 and Reserve Champion Basic & Level 1 Gita Thomas.
Champion Level 2 & 3 Mandy Camfferman, Lisa Berg Show Secretary, Jane Leadbetter penciller and ARBC event founder Errol Thomas

Congratulations to everyone and thank you for helping to make it such a successful event at our ARBC Western Dressage Event, we look forward to welcoming you all back in 2020.

The culmination of all events at the ARBC is the VIP Dinner where we Celebrate our Champions and Thank all our Wonderful Sponsors, this year we extended our guest list to accommodate 200 seated guests and it sold out weeks before the ARBC Show began.  We would like to thank our local restaurateur and caterer Col from the Windsor Hotel, yet again there were compliments abound over the quality of your food and presentation of the mezzanine level of our great venue. 

There were some special mentions at our VIP Dinner this year as part of the formal proceedings of the evening.  We made the decision to continue the wishes of a special lady Christine Parnell who lost her battle with cancer last year and had started an award at the ARBC, the Chris Parnell Sportsmanship and Encouragement Award, recognising the great sportsmanship of a competitor that perhaps didn’t win anything but showed true sportsmanship towards competitors and her pony.  The winner of this special award this year was presented by our reining judges Donnie McLaughlin and Darren Simpson to  Katie Pope.  Congratulations Katie you certainly showed amazing sportsmanship and we do hope winning this award encourages you to continue on your path in reining.

This year we celebrated our Champions handing out 8 big cheques to the value of $25,000 to the great champions of the ARBC for 2019.  As the Classic Challenge and ARBC OPEN Derby are the events that this show was originally built on we presented the champions of each event with a leather Ariat Jacket embroidered with their names.  This year’s recipients were OPEN Derby Champion Warren Backhouse and OPEN Challenge Champion Robert Leach.

The proceedings moved into a Stallion Service Auction chaired by the golden Microphone Jim Ryan, where we auctioned off two stallion services kindly sponsored by John and Lorraine Wylie from Xtreme Genes, the legendary Gunners Special Nite owned by Turnabout Farms and Chic Dreamin owned by Silver Spurs Equine, both stallions getting top bids for a chance to breed to them.  Our two stallions kindly sponsored by Nathan Wilson and Brydie Hughes, Beniah and Tassa N Smart also were auctioned off on the evening to some competitive bidders.  Thank you to these great people for putting forward these services to amazing stallions.

Our evening turned to the auction of an item hand drawn by a special lady from the USA Ashley McLaughlin, she drew this beautiful campdrafter sketch all the while wanting it to be auctioned at the ARBC and all proceeds going to the struggling farmers here in Aus.  The foundation chosen to receive the proceeds of this sketch was GIVIT Pty Ltd and they have promised to show Ashley how it has helped families in rural Australia.  Well done to everyone for supporting this foundation and Ashley for her great heart to want to help.

In true ARBC Style we adjourned to the ARBC Saloon for some well deserved drinks and catch ups with both new and old friends.

We thank everyone that supported, competed or just came to watch the action, we are looking forward to a great year ahead in preparing for our 2020 ARBC Show where we will be releasing news shortly of some new inclusions to our already colourful and action packed program.

Our dates for the 2020 ARBC Show will be 7th to 11th April, Errol and Gita look forward to welcoming you all along again next year.

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