Hall of Fame for campdraft champ
ONE of campdraft’s greatest horses has received the ultimate honour ahead of his expected retirement. Two-time national champion Marnie’s Destiney has been inducted into the Australian Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame. He is the first campdraft horse to be inducted and, for owner Rick Young, it is recognition for years of hard work.
THE career of one of campdrafting’s most awarded horses has been given the ultimate honour during an awards ceremony in Sydney.
Marnies Destiny has been winning campdrafts for more than 15 years, and is the first campdraft horse to be accepted into the Australian Quarter Horse Association’s Hall of Fame.
This award adds to the long list of success Marnies Destiny has acquired over his career.
He has won or placed in 187 campdrafts in his illustrious career and has been crowned Australia Campdraft Association champion twice in 2012 and 2016, the only stallion to win the championship twice.
For owner Rick Young, the Hall of Fame award is a lifetime achievement.
“He is everything, we have put our whole life into Marnie,” Mr Young said.
“There are not many horses that even get nominated for the Hall of Fame so this award just rounds up his career and his life.”
Mr Young purchased Marnies Destiny as a one-year-old with the aim of getting into campdrafting.
“We bought him to try and win the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge... and in 2003 he won it,” Mr Young said.
Since then the champion horse has gone from strength-to-strength winning all over the country.
The Hall of Fame induction will be a fitting end to a career if Mr Young decides to retire him as planned at the end of this season.
HALL OF FAME: Marnie’s Destiny with owner Rick Young.
HALL OF FAME: Marnies Destiny with owner Rick Young and his three sons with the Hall of Fame award.