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Fern Hills Bennett
“THE WHOLE PACKAGE”

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Fern Hills Bennett's story
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Craig and Belinda Ellrott purchased Fern Hills Bennett as a 10 yo, at the 2011 Paradise Lagoons Sale. They knew the stallion well, being from their local area. They had always liked him, and were very keen to buy him when he came up for sale.

Photo by Mike Kenyon Sports. Fern Hills Bennett & Pete Comiskey, 2013 Frasers Stallion draft presentation.

Craig was away mustering at the time.  He and Belinda had discussed the sale and made a budget. Belinda hoped she would come home with the horse and was thrilled with the outcome of the sale, even though she admits going a bit over budget.

Warren and Karen Offord were the previous owners, and had mostly competed on Fern Hills Bennett at their local drafts. When Craig and Belinda bought the stallion they also took him to local drafts, but work commitments hampered their ability to travel. Knowing his ability, they decided to send the horse they fondly call Ben with Pete Comiskey in 2012/13. Pete would go on to win the 2013 Warwick Stallion draft on Ben, after being 2nd in the same event the year before.

For Craig and Belinda, there were a few things that stood out about Ben. They particularly liked the way the stallion travelled, and how he was put together. He is well-known for his calm nature and for the Ellrott’s this horse was ‘The Whole Package”. He has a good front end, good bone and stayed sound right through his long career. Craig said he could stretch out nicely and always tried his best to cover his cattle for you and could rate them well.

Craig and Belinda had bred one of their mares to Ben long before he came up for sale. Unfortunately they lost the resulting filly following an accident. The main reason they wanted to buy Ben was to breed quality progeny from their own broodmares. They own about 20 mares and have bred a good number of highly regarded progeny. The very first of Ben’s progeny the couple sold went through the Dalby Stock Horse Sale in 2018, the filly was named Bighouse Callgirl and made $30,000.

Abby Ellrott on Bighouse Cordell, Riley Ellrott on Bighouse Mohican, Craig Ellrott on Bighouse Queenie, Matilda Ellrott (niece) on Bighouse Fiesta, Lennox Shanks on Wondawhy Jewel.

Demonstrating why the progeny of Fern Hills Bennett are so sought after; in 2020 one of Ben’s son’s named Be Kool won the Dalby Australian Stock Horse inaugural Novice draft with Trevor Humble, scoring 91 points.

Craig said the progeny share Ben’s cool mind. He and Belinda refer to them as being kind horses.  They are easy to break in and get going, and the Ellrott kids can ride them as young horses. The family do a lot of mustering and Craig said they particularly like that the progeny are good-travelling horses, that you can enjoy being on all day.

Ben is retired from competition.  While the family no longer ride Ben, he will always be a favourite. Belinda said he was her dream horse. The family enjoy getting to know his progeny and sharing them with the people who go on to own them; as well as those now breeding progeny of their own by this lovely, kind stallion.

Achievements
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2014

  • Weetalaba Stallion draft winner with Belinda Ellrott.

2013

Ridden by Pete Comiskey.

  • Warwick Stallion Draft Winner
  • Comet River Windmill Draft =2nd

2012

  • Warwick Stallion Draft – 2nd with Pete Comiskey
  • Chinchilla Grandfather Clock Open =7th Pete Comiskey
  • Condamine Bell Novice =7th Pete Comiskey
  • Blue Mountains Novice winner with Trevor Humble
Progeny
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Bighouse Callgirl

  • Mare.
  • DOB 30/09/14
  • Dam: Token Escort

2019

  • Winner – Augathella Charity Maiden A Campdraft after run off.

2018 

  • Sold Dalby Stock Horse Sale for $30,000 to John & Mary Atkins.  [View Presale Video]
  • Equal 3rd – Dalby Stock Horse Sale Incentive Challenge

Bighouse Playgirl

  • Mare:
  • DOB 06/10/2013
  • Dam: Freckles Pep.

2019

  • 4th – Augathella Charity Maiden B Campdraft.
  • 5th – Pinnacle Pete Memorial Novice A Draft with Matthew Brown.

2018

Bighouse Duplicity

  • DOB 26/10/12
  • Dam: Frolic 01 (Station Mare)

2020

  • Chinchilla Campdraft.
    • Winner of the Maiden Rider/Horse.
    • 3rd Novice Draft

2019

Bighouse Sugar

  • Mare.
  • DOB 4/10/12.
  • Dam: Bighouse Sugar Cube

2019 

Bighouse Mohican

  • Gelding.
  • DOB 26/11/14.
  • Dam: Melrose 01.

Campaigned by young Riley Ellrott in 2019 at Clarke Creek and Ridgelands in the Futurity, Maiden and Junior drafts.

  • Clarke Creek Maiden 20, 57, 3 =80
  • Ridgelands Futurity 21, 52, 3 =76
  • Ridgelands Maiden 20, 58, 3 =81

Bighouse Cheerio

  • Gelding.
  • DOB: 10/11/15.
  • Dam: Rojan Covergirl

2019 

  • Sold Dalby Stock Horse Sale for $22,000.
  • 3rd – Dalby Incentive Challenge with Riley Ellrott before the sale.
  • 2nd – Beaudesert ASH Futurity Draft after 2 run-off’s with Max Turley

Bighouse Pumpkin

  • Mare
  • DOB: 26/11/2015
  • Dam: Bighouse Sugar Cube

2021

  • WINNER Hughenden Junior campdraft with Adison McClymont.

2020 

Big House Cordell

  • Gelding.
  • DOB: 8/2/17.
  • Dam: Devlin Creek Middel.

2020 

Big House Peggy

  • Mare.
  • DOB: 31/10/16.
  • Dam: Wondawhy Peggy.

2020 

  • Sold Dalby Stock Horse Sale for $27,000.  [View Presale Video]
  • Winner of Dalby ASH Incentive Campdraft with Craig Ellrott prior to Sale.  Even had a run off!

Be Kool

  • Owned by Trevor & Jodie Humble
  • Ridden by Trevor.

2021

  • 1st – Ridgelands campdraft

2020 

Bighouse Blazette

  • Mare
  • DOB: 9/11/2015
  • Dam: Rojan Dancer

2020 

2020 filly foal

  •  Name TBA

Full sister to Bighouse Peggy who sold at the 2020 Dalby Stock Horse Sale for $27,000.

2020 colt foal

  • Name TBA
  • DOB: 17/12/2020
  • Dam: Sugar Cube

Full brother to Pumpkin who Riley sold through 2020 Nutrien Classic and to filly Candy who is going to Nutrien in February.

Bighouse Candy

2021 Nutrien Classic

  • Lot 220 – Bighouse Candy, 3yo mare
  • Sold: $14,000
  • Purchaser: JAP & SJ & WJ WEBB

Bighouse Comma

2021 Nutrien Classic

  • Lot 229 – Bighouse Comma
  • Sold: $10,000
  • Purchaser: Country Trucker Caps P/L
Pedigree
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Sire: Dernancourt Ben Abbey

Owned by Elgin & Tibby Hunt, and campaigned successfully by Mike Lawlor. He won the 1980 South East Queensland Campdraft Promotion Association Novice Horse of the Year.

“The horse’s best day was at Boonah when he won both the Novice and Open campdraft and placed in a Restricted Open. In his six runs, and under three different judges, his Cut Out scores were: 23, 23, 24, 24, 24 and 25. While still a Maiden horse, he went on to make two appearances at Warwick and tied for fourth in the Gold Cup Campdraft”
(Australian Stock Horse Journal), Sept/Oct 2010 – From the story ‘Foundation Mare, Snow White’).

Ben Abbey sired 130 horses registered in the Stud Book.

Dam: Fern Hills Vanity

  • Owner: Brett and Janice McCamley

“Vanity” is a successful Novice mare who Won and placed in Maiden, Novice & Open Drafts and won Cut-outs.  Owner Brett McCamley says she was “the safest horse I have ever rode, she rated cattle with ease with a tonne of pace”.  He added, her maternal grand-dam Fernhills Grey Seas, whom they purchased in foal to “Poco Little Dell” was also an Open draft winner for Kevin Smith of Fernvale.

Vanity produced 6 foals in her breeding life:

1. Fern Hills Bennett (by Dernancourt Ben Abbey):
Colt, 30/8/2001.
2. DMacs Daughter (by DMac Daddy):
Filly, 21/9/2003. Open draft winner, owned by Geoff & Marg McCartney.
3. Fern Hills True Blue (by Yarrawa True Blood):
Gelding, 23/10/2004.  Sold.
4. Fern Hills Aircon (by Hazelwood Conman):
Filly, 28/9/2007 – Retained, unshown due to injury as 4 yo.
5. Abbeys Acre (by Acres Destiny):
Filly, 30/9/2008.  Retained, multiple draft placegetter.
6. Fern Hills Romeos Con (by Hazelwood Conman):
Colt, 13/11/2010.  Sold.

Paternal Grandsire: Abbey - FS

In the Australian Stock Horse Society’s 40th Anniversary Compendium section entitled “The Most Influential Foundation and Impact Sires”, Abbey is listed #1.

Researcher/Writer Joy Poole OAM, she states, “This horse is without peer the most influential horse in the Australian Stock Horse Stud Book…Everything about ABBEY FS is exceptional: his breeding, his
performance and the people that surrounded him during his
lifetime.”

Maternal Grandsire: Fern Hills Jabbaru

Novice drafter and winner & placegetter in numerous Campdrafts and cut-outs and sire of draft winners.

Studbook
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ASHS Registration: # 135893
Foaling date: 30-08-2001
Colour: Bay
Height: 15.15
Breeder:  Fern Hills
Current Owner:  C & B Ellrott
OLWS, HERDA, PSSM1, HYPP, GBED, MH – Clear n/n.

VIEW FULL INTERACTIVE PEDIGREE CHART >>

 Sire: DERNANCOURT BEN ABBEY – IS HSH ABBEY – FS HSH Radiant 02 – WH
Joys Pal 02
SNOW WHITE – FM HSH Benghazi 02
Comara Queenie 01
 Dam: FERN HILLS VANITY – LH FERN HILLS JABBARU – HSH QUIDONG ABBA CHAN – HSH
JUANITTA – HSH
FERN HILLS MISTY SEAS – MB POCO LITTLE DELL 02
FERNHILLS GREY SEAS – LH
Video Gallery
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Progeny

Bighouse Callgirl

Bighouse Playgirl

Bighouse Sugar

Bighouse Cheerio

Bighouse Duplicity

Bighouse Blazette

Bighouse Pumpkin

Bighouse Cordell

Bighouse Peggy

Be Kool

Contact

Big House Stock Horses
Craig and Belinda Ellrott
“Big House”
439 Ellrott Rd
Mornish Qld 4702

Tel: 0408 347 190
Email: belinda.ellrott@bigpond.com


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