Branchvale Icon
Natural cow sense matched with athletic ability.

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365 Rocky Creek RD
Charters Towers  QLD  4820

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Toomba Stock Horses' Story

Toomba Stock Horses is an Australian Stock Horse Stud located 100km north west of Charters Towers on Toomba Station. Toomba was originally a part of Bluff Downs, which was purchased by the White family in 1872. In 1904 E.E.D White acquired Toomba and it became an out station of Bluff Downs. This well renowned historic northern cattle station from 1967 was run by Ernest Bassingthwaighte who took over management of Toomba.

Ernest recalled that North Queensland in the early days was lucky enough to have some exceptional stallions standing at stud near Ingham. One of these stallions was Hall Mark, who was a champion of his era. Winning 16 principle races including the Melbourne Cup and winning 28,600 pounds in stakes. It was Hall Mark who was the grandfather of the great Stallion Toomba Snip. The Melbourne Cup also features in the dam side of Toomba Snip. Her grandsire was the great stayer, Spear Felt who won the Melbourne Cup in 1926.

Toomba Snip photo from ASH Journal Nov/Dec 2011.

Ernest and Robin Bassingthwaighte were passionate about producing exceptional horses with great bloodlines. It is no wonder that in 1973 they started the Stock Horse Stud at Toomba.

It was breeding from these exceptional horses and their ability to adapt to bush work that the foundation of the stud was built.

Another significant stallion that has had a major influence over the Stud was Stanton Stud Black Breeze. Black Breeze has proven himself in the campdraft arena, being an open horse himself and having won many campdrafts. It’s through Breeze’s progeny, which has been the biggest beneficiary to the stud. His progeny have proven themselves to be athletic, versatile and have good stock sense. Their ability to handle the harsh conditions of North Queensland make them the ideal horse in the campdraft arena or in the mustering camp.

Ernest Bassingthwaighte and a few other local horse enthusiasts started the first ever invitational ‘Toomba Horse Sale’ in 1990. In 2021, the Toomba Horse Sale grossed $1.113 million. After Thirty-two years, the sale was re-named to the Nutrien Northern Performance Horse Sale and is still run in Charters Towers in the last week of May.

The Heading family purchased Toomba in June 2012 and continued on with the stud selling horses through the Toomba Horse Sale as well as private sales. They knew they needed a great sire to uphold the Z6Z calibre so they purchased Branchvale Icon as a 2 year old in 2014 Landmark Classic Horse Sale in Tamworth. Icon introduced some fresh bloodlines into the 140+ years of quality Stock Horse Breeding.

Jason & Helen Heading now own and run the Toomba Stock Horse stud. Jason has handled all they young horses since 2012. He stated “It was very evident when Icon’s progeny started coming through just how much of a positive impact it had. Foals out of Black Breeze mares were exceptionally quiet, smart and good around their feet. It was at this moment when we realised Icon didn’t just have great breeding but was shaping up to be an excellent Sire.

Branchvale Icon has proven himself in the campdraft arena and is a great horse in his own right. His wonderful nature as a sire and his ability to pass his great attributes onto his progeny has enhanced the quality of the Toomba Stock Horse Stud.

pdf icon  View the full TOOMBA SNIP (Toomba Story) as it appeared in the ASH Journal Nov/Dec 2011. 

Branchvale Icon's story
Photo by Jo Thieme Photography. Branchvale Icon & Ashleigh Fairbrother. 2023 Flinders Stockmans Challenge.

Branchvale Icon was purchased through the 2014 Landmark Classic Horse sale, catalogue picked due to his impeccable breeding.  By Hazelwood Conman and o/o Sweet Susie Acres, who carries the bloodlines of Acres Destiny and Docs Freckles Oak, on paper he was a standout.

Seeing him in the flesh, he lived up to all expectations, his conformation, how he moved, how he tracked a cow, he was everything Jason & Helen of Toomba Stock Horses hoped for in a potential new resident sire.

After making the 1600km journey from Tamworth back to Toomba, Icon was given a spell.  It was an opportunity for them to get to know the 4yo colt. He was given some light work and mustering where he showed a lot of potential. They also found him to have an exceptional temperament and a genuine quietness about him, a no fuss stallion to deal with, especially after long spells.

It was a special time for Toomba Stock Horses, they knew then that his breeding and outstanding attributes, crossed with the historic Toomba genetics, would make for an exciting time at the stud.

L to R: Toomba Dawn & Toomba Rosie. 2021 Breaking in school.

Branchvale Icon was not heavily campaigned, but he was successful in both the Campdraft and Challenge arenas, finaling multiple times in each.  Highlights so far include: 2014 U5 Paradise Lagoons Stockmans Challenge Reserve Champion, 2021 Mount Isa Stallion Shoot Out Runner up, and 2021 Dalby Rookie Stockmans Challenge Reserve Champion.

Jason and Helen believe Icon’s greatest success lies ahead of him as a sire.  He appears to be passing his impeccable nature, ability and his best attributes on to all of his progeny.  Not only are they great to deal with, they are quick learners and are good around their feet.

Toomba Stock Horses has a rich history (see tab above), and Jason believes, Branchvale Icon has improved the quality and temperament of their horse stud. “He is a great sire putting his stamp on all of his progeny.”



Finalist on many occasions with scores up to 90.

  • 3rd Coonamble Maiden Campdraft


  • 3rd Flinders Open Stockmans Challenge
  • 5th Rocky Rush Open Stockmans Challenge


  • 2nd Mt Isa Stallion Shootout
  • 2nd Dalby Rookie  Stockmans Challenge
  • 7th Rocky Rush Rookie Stockmans Challenge

Toomba Quota

Multiple finalist with multiple 90’s.

  • Winner ARBC Novice

First 7 starts for 7 full rounds

  • Cloncurry Open – 90
  • Paradise Lagoons Ladies – 5th in his first ever start

Toomba Bracelette


  • Nutrien Classic. Sold $90,000.

Toomba Diamonte


  • WINNER Dalby ASH Sale 5U Challenge
  • Rocky Rush Classic Challenge Reserve Champion.
    (Winner of the Dry Work in the Final)
  • Greenvale Classic Challenge – 5th


  • Dalby Stockhorse Sale.
    Sold for $39,000

Breaking in Schools

Toomba Dawn

  • Mare o/o Toomba Frances (by Stanton Stud Black Breeze)

Toomba Rosie

  • Mare o/o Toomba Rose.

Toomba Jackson

  • Gelding o/o Toomba Palace.


2018 Toomba Breakers.

Horse Sales

2024 Nutrien Classic

The first time Jason & Helen had sold through the Nutrien Classic.

Sold $90,000
Purchaser: Marie Sutton


Dalby Stockhorse Sale

  • Lot  262 – Toomba Diamonte
    Sold: 39,000

Nutrien Northern Preformance Horse Sale

  • Lot 3 – Toomba Ruth
    Sold $17,000


Nutrien Classic Horse Sale

  • Toomba Winx
    Sold $15,000

Toomba Horse Sale, all led

  • Toomba Patrick
    Sold: $10,500
  • Toomba Ellie
    Sold: $8,500
  • Toomba Shylah
    Sold $8,500


Toomba Horse Sale

  • Toomba Federer (Sold for Charity)
    Sold $13,000
  • Toomba Cinch
    Sold: 11,000

Sire: Hazelwood Conman

Hazelwood Conman has reached legendary status and is a truly great sire.  He has: a great pedigree, a successful performance record of his own and proven progeny.

Visit Hazelwood Conman’s page to read his story.


ASHS Registration: #A1-10968
Foaling date: 04/11/2011
Colour: Bay
Height: 15hh
Breeder: Merle Potter
Current Owner: Toomba Stock Horses
5 panel: DNA Case #: Y,  HYPP:N/R,  HERDA: N/R,  OLWS: N/R

(Click on PEDIGREE TAB within icompete)

 Sire: Hazelwood Conman   Dogwood Comet  Elliots Creek Cadet
 Dogwood Madam
 Hazelwood Romance  Warrenbri Romeo
 Cardonis Breeze
 Dam: Sweet Susie Acres  Acres Destiny  Bob Acre Doc
 San Jose Hickory
 Sweet Susie Oak  Docs Freckles Oak
 Susies Dream
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Video Gallery

Branchvale Icon

2022 Promotional video

“I can not fault this sires temperament & versatility. I’ve broken in a bunch of Icon’s progeny & started campaigning a mare by him this season & absolutely love them.”
~ Ash Fairbrother – Fairbrother Training, August 2022


Mt Isa Stallion Shoot out with Ashleigh Fairbrother. 2nd after runoff.




  • 2022.  Dalby Stockhorse Sale Novice Incentive draft (90).



Toomba Stock Horses
Jason & Helen Heading
5500 Harvest Home Rd
Seventy Mile  QLD  4820

Jason: 0428 533 229

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