Mark Buttsworth hails from a background more inclined towards motor bikes than horses, but his love of horses and the competitive drive he exhibits has been a consuming passion.
His equine career started with $100 which he invested in a neighbour’s unbroken colt. From there he says, he simply learnt from his mistakes.
He eventually bred a mare he had to a neighbour’s stallion ‘Firefly’. Mark suggests that Firefly was the turning point in his career. He won his first Open draft on her and she has been the foundation dam in his breeding program. Her foals have included Abigail, Recoil and Double Dove and these horses enabled Mark to step his competitive career up. Serious results in the bigger competitions started coming and his stable of competition horses also started to expand.
Mark loves a challenge and loves learning new skills, which is why he has succeeded in several different disciplines. He was among the first horsemen to succeed in both the campdraft and cutting arenas and it was the intensity of perfecting the cutting discipline that he has transferred to his cutout techniques.
Mark is classed as an all-rounder. He excels at campdraft, cutting and challenge events and team roping.
Horses for sale are also a product of Mark’s dedication and ability. He always has horses available for sale which include young stock through to fully trained competition horses.
Mark is a keen supporter of the Landmark Classic (now known as Nutrien) and presents many horses for sale at this venue.
Up until 2019 he was:
- NCHA Cutting Non Pro Futurity 2 Times Winner & NCHA Cutting Open Futurity Reserve Champion in 2015
- Paradise Lagoons Campdraft Open Winner 4 Times
- Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge Open Winner 3 Times Winner
- Warwick Stallion Draft 3 Times
- Warwick Champion of Champions 2 Times
With countless smaller titles he is now widely as the undisputed king of the Cutouts.
Returning to competition after COVID cemented him into a higher league and a new benchmark for Australian Horseman.
- 2020 Darling Downs Cutting Club, Toowoomba Open Futurity Champion & Open Derby Champion
- 2021 St George Cutting Club Futurity Open Futurity & Open Derby Reserve Champion
- 2021 Southern Queensland Cutting Horse Association, Goondiwindi _ 3yo Open Champion
- 2021 NCHA Autumn Spectacular, Scone – Open Futurity Reserve Champion
- 2022 WINNER Open Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge
- 2022 Willinga Park Cut Out Winner & AGR Winner
- 2022 ARBC’s AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST HORSEMAN, Classic Stockmans Challenge Champion & Open Campdraft runner up
- 2022 NSW Cutting Club’s 4CYTE Autumn Spectacular – Open Derby Champion