Coolum Quartz
A true athlete with an innate ability to read cattle

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Yarrowcreek Stock Horses
Glen Innes

Coolum Quartz story

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.

Coolum Quartz. Sold 2018 Landmark Classic.

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”.

Coolum Quartz & Ben Newbury. Following St George Maiden.

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.

Coolum Quartz being ridden at home by Edith Newbury.

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.



  • Red Range Novice – =5th
  • Glen Innes Novice draft – 3rd
  • Bundarra Open Draft – 4th.
  • Warialda Novice Draft – 3rd
  • Inverell Show Campdraft:
    • Novice Draft – 1st
    • Novice cut out – 1st


  • Red Range Open Draft – 2nd
  • Gravesend Campdraft:
    • Novice Draft – 1st
    • Stallion Draft – 2nd
  • Balonne Branch ASH, St George.
    • Maiden Draft – 2nd
    • Highest scoring registered ASH


  • Glen Innes Maiden Draft – 5th
  • Guyra Novice Draft – 2nd
  • Glen Elgin Maiden Draft – 3rd
  • Purchased through Landmark Classic.  Lot 361.



Yarrowcreek Hiccup

  • Gelding
  • DOB: 24/1/2019
  • Dam: Yarrowcreek Copy

Yarrowcreek Angelina

  • Filly
  • DOB 12/12/19
  • Dam: Yarrowcreek Strawberries N Cream

Yarrowcreek Gucci

  • Filly
  • DOB 22/10/2020
  • Dam: Yarrowcreek Savannah

Name TBA

  • Filly
  • DOB: 26/12/2020
    Dam: Yarrowcreek Tigerlilly (thoroughbred mare)

Chevin Ivory

As of 2017:

LTE:  > $290,000
Winner of:

  • 110 campdrafts
  • 4 x World Championship Sydney Royal Campdraft
  • 2 x ABCRA Open HOTY
  • Warwick Gold Cup
  • Warwick Canning Downs
  • 3 x Warwick Stallion Campdraft
  • 2 x Paradise Lagoons Super Beef
  • Mort & Co Open
  • Condamine Bell Stallion draft
  • Paradise Lagoons Stallion draft
  • 2014 ASH National Open Campdraft

Coolum Omen

Coolum Omen was born on the 28th of October 1990, the day that her sire Warrenbri Omega won the Warwick Gold Cup.  Owner Gwen Lyons said on that day, “Well that’s a good omen!” and quite simply that’s how she got her name!

Coolum Omen is an accomplished mare with success across disciplines, winning drafts, show classes and challenges.  She is also the dam of Open mares Coolum Dream and Coolum Liberty.

It is said that “One of her greatest talents was to take Novice riders to their first important win.”

The grand old lady is now 30 years old. (a/o Dec 2020)

  • Read the “Tribute to Coolum Open” (PDF file size: 705Kb)
    Written by Joy Poole OBE in “The Coolum Story”.
    Thank you to John & Gwen Lyons for allowing us to use it.

Maternal Grandsire: Warrenbri Omega

Winner of the 1990 Warwick Gold Cup. Lindsay Knight described Omega as one of the 2 best horses he had ever ridden (the other his sire Warrenbri Romeo).  The sire of well over 300 progeny including many great performers and open draft winners.


ASHS Registration #: 241681
Foaling Date: 22/10/2014
Colour: Brown
Height: 15.1hh
Testing: 6 Panel Clear
Breeder: J & GR Lyons
Current Owner: B & K Newbury


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Video Gallery

Coolum Quartz

2020 Red Range Open – Coolum Quartz & Ben Newbury – 87.  [View Video]

2018 Landmark Classic Horse Sale – Lot 361 – Coolum Quartz. [View Video]

2018 Landmark Classic Horse Sale Preworks

Sire: Chevin Ivory

So many brilliant runs by Chevin Ivory & Nigel Kable it’s hard to choose one.  This one is 2013 Paradise Lagoons Stallion draft Rd1.  Yet another 90 point run.


Ben & Kristy Newbury
“Yarrow Creek Station”
1-4014 Pinkett Rd
Glen Innes NSW 2370

Tel: 0467 043 065

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