The Newbury family of Yarrowcreek Stock Horses have been breeding horses for 5 generations. When Ben and Kristy Newbury decided to look for a future sire for their mares, they had a very specific idea of what they wanted in mind. They searched for a good 18 months before finding a young colt that piqued their interest entered in the 2018 Landmark Classic Sale.
The colt’s breeding caught their eye. They were, in particular, very interested in the splash of Omega in his bloodline.
Jim Daley put the colt through the sale on behalf of vendor John Lyons. Ben was impressed when he watched him prework.
Ben and Kristy had a set budget, and were able to buy the horse with the help of family members, John and Jenny Newberry and Pip and Carolyn Newberry. Ben said they felt very lucky to have been able to get him.
Coolum Quartz was just the horse the Newbury’s had been looking for. Ben is a big believer in ‘like gets like’, he says if you have a type of horse you like – stick to that. For him, athleticism and the ability and desire to work cattle are vital. Ben refers to that innate ability to read a cow as ‘the want’. Ben said he noticed that ‘want’ in Quartz.
Quartz is out of a very well-performed mare, and his sire’s ability and pedigree are second-to-none. Ben said he was lucky to have seen the sire in his prime and he had that highly desirable ability to read a cow. “I saw that ‘want’ in his father, and that’s what I hoped Quartz would have”.
Following the sale, Ben took Quartz home and decided to continue riding him. “I just rode him and let him be a horse”. The objective was for the horse to mature and to find himself. He came on in leaps and bounds. Within 6 months, Ben re-introduced Quartz to stock and he progressed really quickly. He competed in his first campdraft as a 4-year-old.
Ben really just wanted to get Quartz out there, to give him some experience and see how he went. Straight away he started placing in drafts. “He was putting cattle around without me doing too much”. In that first season, Quartz notched up quite a few places and on a few occasions made both the maiden and novice finals at the same draft.
It was time for a little spell. When Quartz came back in a few months later, now a 5-year-old he showed a natural progression from maturity. He won in his second start back and then continued to win and place over the next 2 seasons. He was on track for the 2020 Warwick Campdraft, which was unfortunately cancelled.
What impresses Ben the most about Quartz is his ability to allow cattle to run. Ben said that some horses can frighten a cow, and some will make them fight. Not so with Quartz, he has a presence on cattle and an ability to know where to position himself that allows them to run the course.
The other big attribute that Ben and Kristy regard highly in Quartz is his nature. They describe him as being placid. All three of their children (Edith 13, Ilyssa 11 and Lloyd 10) enjoy riding him through the bush.
To date, Quartz has been put over the Newbury family mares and has rising 2-year-old progeny as at 2020. Ben said they are looking really good, are leggy and good types.
While the main focus for Ben and Kristy was to have a sire for their own breeding program and to continue the family legacy for their children – they hope that the wider breeding community will recognise Quartz for the quality stallion that he is. This is really just the beginning for this talented young stallion and his future as a sire looks very bright.