Photo by Australian Campdrafting Magazine: Soda Justice & Michael Wilson winning the 2014 Warwick Stallion Draft.
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Soda Justice Story
After searching for 10 years for a suitable sire, involving dozens of inspections of prospective young colts, Michael and Jan Wilson finally purchased Soda Justice from Lindsay and Jan Knight.
Michael was looking for a Romeo colt and after having broken in a lot of Romeos for different people he felt the best were out of “Gun” mares. Adding confirmation to Michael’s own opinion was when Lindsay volunteered he was out of one of the very best mares he had ever ridden. Justice represented exactly what Michael was looking for.
As a sire there can be no greater accolade than how your progeny perform. Soda Justice progeny are out in all arenas and winning in led classes, hack classes, working classes, cutting, campdraft, challenge and futurities. Testament to the contribution this exciting sire is making to the Stock Horse industry.
Soda Justice has a magnificent competition record. His versatility, ability and attitude, together with his good looks have enabled Michael to show him in a variety of disciplines.
His rich bay coat and Michael’s attention to detail ensure that he is always a standout in any arena and his result sheet reveals just what an all round horse he has become.
Soda Justice commenced his show career in 2005 in his ASH Futurity year. Highlights from his show career include:
ASH Nationals, Camden
1st Working Stallion
Champion Working Stallion
ASH National Championships, Warwick
2nd National Maturity
2nd Working Colt 4 year old
Res Champion Working 4 year old
North West Branch ASH Show, Narrabri
1st Working Stallion over 15 hh
Champion Working Horse over 15 hh
ASH National Championship, Albury
1st Working Colt
Champion Working 3 year old
3rd National Futurity
NSW Breeders Championships
1st Working Colt 3 & 4 years
1st Hack Colt 3 & 4 years
Champion Working 3 & 4 years
Supreme Champion ASH Under Saddle
1st Challenge 4 years and Under
High Point Horse of Show
His Campdraft career also boasts many highlights and includes:
Other placings and Cut out wins as well as finalling in the Novice at ACA Finals at Weengallon.
Few horses can boast a list of talented youngsters that are performing in such a diverse spectrum of events as can Soda Justice. Their nature and their trainability make them ideal horses for people from all ends of the equine world and for people with mixed levels of ability.
SOLD LANDMARK CLASSIC 2017 – $57,500. Breeder/Vendor Jan Austin | Purchaser Evan Acton.
2018 Landmark Classic, Masters – 2nd.
2016 ASH National Show Open Challenge 1st
2016 ASH National Show Open Draft 3rd
2015 Coonamble Open Challenge 1st
2015 Condamine Bell Open 2nd
2013 Open Draft 1st Boggabri | Open Cut-Out winner Boggabri
2012 Paradise Lagoons Mort & Co Open 7th place
2012 Paradise Lagoons Super Beef Open Finalist
2012 Paradise Lagoons Challenge 6th
2011 Res-champion Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge
2011 ASH National Show Champion Novice Working Horse
2011 Geurie Open Campdraft Winner
2010 Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion NCHA Toowoomba
Ridden by Will Durkin. Scores: Yard to 24 pts. Horse work to 25 pts.
Sold Landmark Classic – $25,000.
Challenge – 5th.
Capella Futurity Draft – 2nd
Julia Creek Futurity Draft – = 2nd
Charter Towers Futurity Cutout – 1st
Horse of the North Challenge – 9th
Horse of the North U25 Challenge – 2nd
Clermont Futurity Draft – 1st (91,92)
Future Stars Final Clermont – 1st
Ridden by Michael Wilson
Coonamble Open Challenge – 3rd
Paradise Lagoons Challenge – =6th.
Landmark Challenge – 2nd.(Beaten by just 0.05 of a point.)
Ervines Just Jim
Owned by Bryony Puddicombe
Warwick Gold Cup – 4th with Pete Comiskey
Condamine Bell Res Open – 5th with Pete Comiskey
Willinga Park Gold Buckle Rd 1 Winner. Highest AGR score going in to the semi-final. Ridden by Pete Comiskey.
Landmark Classic Open. Bryony Led going in to final with 2 90’s, unfortunately tripped at the first peg!
1st Springsure Novice
Landmark Classic – 2nd after Runoff with Pete Comiskey.
Terreli Soda Pop
1st 3yr old Working Gelding
Owned by WR & LM McDonell.
Winner of campdrafts
ASH Nationals – Champion Open Working Gelding
Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge Champion
Cloncurry Stockmans Campdraft winner
Binara Hugo Boss
Owned by IC, AY & PL Burcher.
2012 & 2011
Toowoomba All Breeds Show – Supreme Led Exhibit (light)
Brisbane Royal – Champion Led Gelding
4th Landmark Classic.
Winner of Sale Incentive Bonus ASH Nationals Futurity.
Winner 3 year old Working Gelding ASH Nationals.
ASHS National Show Maiden Series Final =4th with Michael Wilson.
Willdraft Just Sure
Sura Ladies – 1st with Bobby-Jo Tattam
Nindigully Restricted Open – 9th with Bobby-Jo Tattam
Landmark Classic Horse Sale – Sold $17,000
Geurie maiden – 3rd
Derowie Just N Time
At her first 2 outings Time won her led, hack and working classes. She placed 5th overall at the Central West ASH Branch challenge which was only her 2nd competition.
Forest Law & Order
Multi Champion, Royal, State & National Level.
Sydney Royal Supreme ASH Working
Champion Pleasure Hack
Champion 4 yo Working
Champion 4 yo Hack
Multi Show Winner with Stacey Drew.
Champion led 3 yo Northern branch ASH Show
Multi Show Winners
Nutrien/Landmark Horse Sale
Top price – $14,000 – Willdraft Justa Shot
Avg 2 horses – $11,000
Top price – $25,000 – Diamondcee Justa Melody
Avg 8 horses – $11,000
2019 Landmark Classic
Top price – $19,000 – Serenston Park Judge Destiny
Avg 8 horses – $10,250
2017 Landmark Classic
Top price – $57,500 – Bluejaye Justine
Avg 9 horses – $17,388
Winner across disciplines. He drafts, he jumps, he does everything owner Lexie Brown asks of him.
2021 Darwin Show Opal Series Jumping Champion
1st – Burke & Wills Encouragement Challenge with Peter Verhoeven. (155.5)
1st – Rookies Series event at Julia Creek.
Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge – Futurity – 2nd after runoff. Ridden by Harvey Wakeford
Starwaltz Cool Justice
Ash National Show Supreme Working Horse.
2nd Nutrien Gelding Dash for Cash
Landmark Classic, Challenge – 7th with Michael Wilson
When selecting sires Michael has a simple philosophy, “I have picked what is easy to train, breed and feed. At Willdraft we breed horses that will perform, have good confirmation, quiet temperament and are nice to be around”.
Being by Warrenbri Romeo ensures that Soda Justice has the cattle working genes needed to be an elite sire.
However when joined with the strong Nabinabah female line, the cattle working ability is strengthened, while temperament and brains are also an inherited strength.
Nabinabah Twinkle is by Nabinabah Cool Gun, a full brother to Bob Palmer’s Breezette, arguably one of the greatest campdrafting mares of all time. Breezette was a mare that possessed extraordinary ability, yet remained a very gentle and feminine individual.
Cool Gun himself was a very attractive horse and was the sire of many outstanding campdraft horses, including Codie Law’s Rosalina, Cool Power and Philip Frame’s Liberty.
The most noteworthy aspect of this Nabinabah mare line that should appeal to all potential horse breeders is they continue to breed on and they continue to appear in serious result lists.
Nabinabah Twinkle has done exactly this. She has continued to breed on and her foals continue to be in serious result lists. Her foals include:
Bonlac Focus – Winner of Open Drafts
Soda Sparklet – Winner of Open Drafts
Soda Twilight – Winner of Novice Drafts
Soda Daybreak – Winner of an Open Draft
Soda Oxley – Winner of Open Drafts
Soda Justice – Winner of Open Drafts
Bonlac Babette, Bonlac Hilight and Bonlac Doreen who have all been very successful for Tom Grant.
Nabinabah Twinkle’s foals have been very good horses for many different people showing that good breeding keeps bringing results.
ASHS reg: # 167807 AQHA Reg: #FS-23807 Foaling Date: 07/12/2001 Colour: BAY Exceptional Horse Status: Heritage Stock Horse Breeder: LP & JM Knight Current Owner: Willdraft Partnership