It was a great first-up debut at the 44th annual Dalby Australian Stock Horse sale for NSW horsewoman Belinda Barnes, Quirindi, who had never attended the event until last weekend.
Belinda topped the sale at $42,000 when the hammer fell on her seven-year-old black mare, Narrego Miss Spinductor, who was sold to Robert and Coralie Daly, Hillcrest, Roma.
Narrego Miss Spinductor, fondly nicknamed ‘Connie’ is by Conductor and out of Sunland Opal and traces back to the Star Black Minstrel foundation heritage bloodlines.
Belinda bought her as a a four-year-old mare through the Landmark Tamworth sale to ride as a show hack and compete in Australian Stock Horse events.
“I am so happy she is going to a campdrafting home as she created enormous pre-sale interest,” Belinda said.
“I was more worried about what sort of home she would go to while she was selling, rather than the money she was making in the sale ring.
“My husband David and I are pleased that the Dalys have bought her, as they earlier paid $17,000 for our gelding Nandeye Playuarina.
“Both theses horses were running as mates at home and we are delighted they will stay together.”
Coralie Daly said she and her husband first spotted Connie in the pre-sale workout on the Saturday afternoon.
“She is well prepared, the right age, and everything is right about her plus she has lovely eye appeal,” she said.
“She suits our campdrafting program, and we have since decided that I will campaign her, while Robert will campaign the gelding Nandeye Playuarina we bought.”
I was more worried about what sort of home she would go to while she was selling, rather than the money she was making in the sale ring
Belinda and David also sold the eight-year-old gelding Ervines Tako for $17,500 to the Butcher family, Mindarra, Western Australia.
Recounting her first impressions of the Dalby ASH sale, Belinda said the venue had a strong stock horse atmosphere to it.
Selling agent Roger Lyne, Ray White Rural, Dalby, said the quality of horses on offer this year was impressive given the challenge of extended dry conditions affecting many vendors.
Mr Lyne said 179 horses were sold for an average price of $9480 with a $1.850 million gross and a 77 per cent clearance rate.