Drought unable to dampen mood at annual stock horse sale
ONLY expecting a social outing and a bit of fun, one couple went home from the Dalby Australian Stock Horse Sale far from empty handed.
Not only did they go home with a brand new horse in tow, but Coralie Daly and her partner were the proud purchasers of a beast called Narrego Miss Spinductor, the horse to go for the highest price, topping the charts in selling for $42,000.
"We went for a social outing, really,” said Mrs Daly.
"But you've always got to keep an eye open for good horses because they're not always readily available.”
The couple plans to involve the seven-year-old mare in campdrafting work.
In an event that drew people from all over Australia, crowds made their way to the 44th Annual Dalby Australian Stock Horse Sale last weekend.
Packing out the showgrounds with caravans, guests enjoyed three days of entertainment in the form of retail and hot food stalls, live music, campdrafting and performances from trick riders.
President of the Australian Stock Horse Society Jim Ryan said the event turned out well, especially considering current environmental conditions.
"The horses sold very well compared to the industry and what's happening at the moment, because it's so dry,” Mr Ryan said.
"We were really happy with the sale.”
During the course of the weekend, $1.8million worth of stock horses sold, with 77 per cent of the 256 lots clearing.
Principal of Ray White Dalby Roger Lyne said horses sold for an average of $500 less than last year.
"Last year was $10,000 and this year the average was $9600 or thereabouts,” he said.
He said the drought could explain the drop in prices.
"The last thing on people's minds is buying another horse to feed,” he said.
"Under the circumstances, I think we've come out very well.
"We're pretty proud of it. It's the longest-running event Dalby's ever had.”