Binnia Ideal and Hugh Philp are a story of a lovely big black horse, a big man and a Campdraft combination big on ability and results. The combination came together when Ideal was a 5 yo after he had shown enormous potential as a young horse.
Binnia Ideal was bred by Troy Palmer, by his famous sire Binnia Impressive Destiny and from his highly performed mare, Binnia Hostess, by Silver Minstrel. From birth he always had sire potential so Troy prepared him for the Landmark Classic Horse Sale. He was purchased by Geoff Elliott with the long term aim of standing him alongside his ageing sire, Congi Reo. Geoff returned Ideal to Troy to continue his education and they returned to Landmark where he finalled in the Classic. Ideal then changed stables and was prepared for the Cloncurry Challenge by Hugh Miles, where he led the field going into the Final.
Another change of stable saw him successfully prepared for his age classes in the Australian Stock Horse events at the Sydney Show with Alison Walker.
Geoff then decided to send Ideal north where he could experience big days and prepare for a future campdrafting career. Lindsay Knight recommended Hugh Philp to Geoff as the person who would take the 5 yo Binnia Ideal forward. Hugh was immediately impressed with his new horse and he soon had success with him winning his Maiden at Pentland. He finished the season finalling in the Stallion Draft at Warwick before returning to Geoff at Tamworth for the breeding season.
Disaster then struck when Geoff passed away suddenly in the January. Geoff’s son, Mitch, sent Ideal back to Hugh while a decision on his future was made. Meanwhile Ideal continued to develop into the talented campdrafter we now know and 12 months later Hugh was able to purchase him.
This was a strategic move by Hugh and his wife Sherri. Not only were they gaining an A Grade camp horse for their Campdraft team, they were purchasing a valuable outcross sire for their small band of home bred mares, who were by the Romeo stallion, Cassanova. Hugh liked the outcross presented in his breeding, recognising the value of pedigrees carrying Silver Minstrel on the mare side with horses such as Paul Vary’s Snowy carrying this genetic pedigree.
His Campdraft career is now well recognised. The winner of back to back Restricted Opens at Chinchilla in 2017 and 2018, multiple Open Drafts and a couple of Finals at Warwick show he is one of the best, and his ACA Silver Star Certificate for horses with 60+ points is another high achievement.
But Hugh is probably just as impressed with how Binnia Ideal conducts himself away from the big arenas. He is just an easy horse to own with a terrific on farm temperament. He loves what he does and only needs to be kept fit with light jobs around the property. He is a horse the family can share and his foals are showing natural ability which indicates a pretty exciting future for this big black stallion and the Philp family.