Jim Ryan, president of the Australian Stock Horse Society Darling Downs Branch
Jim Ryan, president of the Australian Stock Horse Society Darling Downs Branch

Stock horse sale arrives in Dalby

THE 45th Annual Australian Stock Horse Sale kicked off bright and early this morning with the first of their campdraft events.

Sellers, buyers, competitors and spectators have come from across Queensland and New South Wales for what is always a big weekend in the stockhorse community.

President of the Australian Stock Horse Society Darling Downs Branch Jim Ryan said numbers for this weekend’s sale were pretty good considering the times.

“Bit of a tough time at the moment but the numbers are very good,” he said.

“We have 237 catalogued and by the end of it, probably a bit over 200 will go through the sale.”

Numbers have dropped back because of the bushfires but Mr Ryan is still confident in the quality of the horse that will be seen this weekend.

“I say it every year, but it keeps getting better every year.

“So I probably reckon it’s one of the best catalogues I’ve written in a long time.”

While a favourite for Mr Ryan will be number 32, one of his own horses, he said there will be some good horses at this year’s sale and the good horses always sell.

“Good quality and good range of horses. A lot of New South Wales people like coming to this sale.”

A lot of hard work goes into the sale each year and 45 years in operation is an achievement for the event.

“We’re pretty excited about that,” Mr Ryan said.

“We’ve put a bit into it too, I think people need it, the bush needs a hand at the moment and that’s why we’ve been here for 45 years.

“The Darling Downs Stock Horse (Branch) has done a terrific job, I’m only a small part of it.

“We’ve got a great committee behind us that enjoy putting these things on.”

There will be plenty of action at the Dalby Showgrounds before the sale itself starts on tomorrow with the campdraft with numbers being up for this year’s competition.

With $90,000 worth of cash and prizes up for grabs, it is understandable why this event is on many competitors’ calendars.

The campdraft will run well into the evening, providing the perfect opportunity for people head along for their Friday night entertainment.

Saturday night will be another ideal time for spectators to drop by with the night sale kicking off from 5pm and Dave Manchon’s Rooftop Express entertaining onlookers later in the evening.

Entry to the showgrounds is free over the weekend and there will be food and drink available to purchase.


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