Hall of Fame for cam­p­draft champ

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Doyle Michael.Doyle@dal­by­her­

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.

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