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Western Duck
Superior in every way – looks, athleticism, talent, & pedigree.

Service Fee

Introductory fee:

  • $880 inc GST

Standing

Tamworth

Breeding Enquiries contact:
Thomas Mills: 0427 261 363

Western Duck's story
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In 2017, Thomas and Teegan Mills decided to look for a young colt. They were after talented campdraft prospect, but also a horse with just the right breeding to put over their own mares. They found an ideal candidate with trainer Rob Leach. In his line-up for the Landmark Classic Sale was a stunning young colt called Western Duck.

Photo by Ken Anderson Equine Photography. Western Duck ready for the 2018 Landmark Classic Horse Sale.

Prior to that 2018 sale, Rob had given the colt just 10 weeks work in total, including breaking. For anyone who saw him presented through the sale, this is quite shocking because of how broke and calm the colt was. The video footage of the sale is well worth a look to see just how amazing Western Duck has been right from the word go.

Thomas went to that sale with Western Duck firmly in his sights. He had been to see him at Rob’s and watched him prework before the sale. Apart from how broke he was, the colt was big, strong and well put together. He travelled well and his breeding was exemplary. Thomas was very keen to get some Conman blood to put over his own mares. He also knew the dam Duck N Weave, having seen her draft with Todd Hammond many times. “I always thought she was a good, honest mare; and to me, they are the ones that breed good progeny”.

Thomas would have to wait until late in the sale for Western Duck to go through. “I waited until Sunday to have a go at buying him. There was a lot of interest in him and I thought he could make up to $50,000”. In the end, after some heated bidding, Thomas was the highest bidder, paying $42,000.

Photo by Ken Anderson Equine Photography. Western Duck ridden by Rob Leach with Ben Tapp 2020.

The colt had earned a spell and went back home for a good rest and to be joined to some of the Mills’ family mares. Following that, he went back to Tamworth to Rob Leach. He was all set to have a big season of competition in 2020 but Covid19 got in the way, and with no campdrafts to attend plans had to be changed. Following the Koobah draft, where he scored 90 points in the first round of the Maiden, things had to get creative to get him out and about. Rob was taking some horses to the Australian Reining Cow Horse Association show at Scone and although it’s not what Western Duck is bred for, Rob and Thomas decided he had enough ability to hold his own and took him along. He ended up placing 4th overall in the Derby.

At this point Thomas hadn’t stepped on Western Duck for two-and-a-half years. He was entered in the Dalby Stock Horse Sale Draft and Thomas was thrilled to feel the same horse underneath him that he had a couple of years before – although stronger and more powerful. The pair made the Novice final and ran off for the cut out.

Although he is still a young horse himself, Western Duck already has progeny on the ground. In late 2020 his first progeny were headed off to be broken in as rising 2-year-old fillies.

Photo by Sally H. Western Duck, ridden by Rob Leach. Australian Reined Cow Horse Association, 2020.

Like their sire, the progeny are typey and strong. With the trainable nature inherited from their sire, they are bound to be exceptional. Indeed, Thomas says that Western Duck has the greatest mindset of any horse he has encountered.

“Anything you ask him, he just does it. He never says no. He is a pleasure to be around, he wants to be around you.

He is thinking all the time and can rate a cow really well. He is very quick and powerful and he can really flatten out and travel nice on a cow. Being so well broke is a huge advantage because he can also shut down and soften back up quickly”.

The future is undoubtedly bright for Western Duck. He grabs attention wherever he goes. “If people don’t already know him, they sure come and ask about him, Thomas admits”.

Western Duck really is a unique and special individual.

Achievements
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2021

  • Bedourie Novice – 4th with Thomas Mills.

Hughenden Show with Kate Cusack.

  • 1st QH led Stallion | Reserve Champion QH
  • 1st Stockhorse led Stallion | Overall Stockhorse Champion
  • 2nd in the Hack.

2020

  • Dalby Australian Stock Horse Sale with Thomas Mills.
    • Novice Draft Finalist.
    • Run off for the Cut Out.
  • ARCHA, Scone.  Derby – 4th with Rob Leach.
  • Koobah Draft – Rd 1 Winner (90pt) with Rob Leach.

2018 to 2019

2019

Ridden by Rob Leach.

  • Tamworth Show Draft
    • Maiden – 3rd
    • Novice – 4th

2018

Ridden by Thomas Mills.

  • Julia Creek Futurity Draft – 2nd place (following a run off, and finished 1pt behind the leader).
Progeny
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To date Western Duck has 14 foals on the ground and 11 of them have been fillies.  Dams include: Chiquita Acres (by Acres Destiny), Solar Satin (by Conductor) and Little Rattler (by RS Chisum).

2020 Filly

  • Foaling date: 5/1/2021
  • Dam: Little Rattler (by RS Chisum)

2019 filly

  • Filly
  • Dam: Sola Satin (ASH 190229)
  • DOB 3/3/19
  • Name pending

 

2019 filly

  • Filly
  • Dam: Chiquita Acres (Q-44816),
  • DOB 31/10/19
  • Name pending
Pedigree
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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 >>

Dam: Duck N Weave

Performed Open mare.

Maternal Grandsire: Acres Destiny

ACRES DESTINY has become a household name in the performance horse world, producing champion after champion in a range of disciplines including cutting, campdrafting, challenges & reining.

Adios Acres’s Full pedigree details on the sire side are available on Acres Destiny’s Page.

Maternal Grandam: Dainty Duckling

Producer of multiple performers including:

  • Duck N Weave & her full sister Disco Duck, dam of Breks Shouda Ducked who is campaigned by Terry Hall.
  • The Duck winner of the 2019 Chinchilla Grandfather Clock with Dan Condon. .
  • DuckNDaisy owned by John Mitchell.
Studbook
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AQHA # A1 – 11819
ASHS # 247095
Foaling date: 
20-11-2015
Colour: 
Black
Height: 
15.1hh
Breeder: 
Millers Tyre Service
Current Owner:
Mr T Mills
Genetic Disorder Results: 
OLWS, HERDA, PSSM1, HYPP, GBED, MH – Clear n/n.

VIEW FULL INTERACTIVE PEDIGREE CHART >>

Sire: HAZELWOOD CONMAN – IS HSH DOGWOOD COMET ELLIOTTS CREEK CADET 
DOGWOOD MADAM
HAZELWOOD ROMANCE WARRENBRI ROMEO
CARDONIS BREEZE
Dam: DUCK N WEAVE ACRES DESTINY BOB ACRE DOC
SAN JOSE HICKORY
DAINTY DUCKLING DOCS FRECKLES OAK
DOCS DUCKLING
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2020

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Video Gallery
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2021

Bedourie Novice final with Thomas Mills (88).

Hughenden Show with Kate Cusack.


2020 ARCHA Derby – 4th overall


2018 Landmark Classic Horse Sale.  Sold for $42,000.  [View Video]

Contact

Thomas and Teegan Mills
“Vuna Station”
Hughenden Qld 4821

Phone: 0427 261 363
Email: mills.wakefield@gmail.com


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