A total of 152 horses sold to top at $35,000 on three occasions to average $9974 at the Dalby Australian Stock Horse Sale held at the Dalby showgrounds before a large crowd from five states.
The top priced $35,000 gelding was nine-year-old Hazelwood Billy the Kid offered by Terry and Geraldine Dwan, Warwick, and sold to Evan and Kim Acton, Millungera Station, Julia Creek. The beautiful-natured gelding appealed to Mr Acton as he had won maiden, novice and plenty of open campdrafts.
"He really is a lovely horse and I think he is worth that money - he is an open company horse," Mr Acton said.
Mr Acton and his wife Kim will campaign Hazelwood Billy the Kid on the northern campdraft circuit before heading down to the compete at the Warwick Gold Cup in 2020. Hazelwood Billy The Kid has Heritage Stock Horse bloodlines and is by Hazelwood Conman, who traces back to Elliotts Creek Cadet, from the great mare Steigers Reward by Seventy Seven Revenge.
The $35,000 nine-year-old black mare Meadowbrook Magnolia offered by Corbould Oakdene Pty Ltd, Ramsay, sold to Adrian and JJ Lamb, Gwambigwine,Taroom. She is a daughter of Acres Destiny from the mare Hayden Rebecca.
Another mare, Romeos Kitty offered by Bill Carey of Goondiwindi, was passed at $26,000 and later sold for $35,000 to Marcus and Shelly Curr, Yelvertoft Station, near Mount Isa. She is by Sophisticated Catt from Dunbar Donna, a daughter of Warrenbri Romeo.
Also making good money was the eight-year-old back mare Common Destiny offered by the Penny family, Kilcoy, and sold to the Teece family, Mareeba for $30,500. Common Destiny is by Acres Destiny from Hazelwood Commonsense, whose grandsire was also Elliotts Creek Cadet.
The six-year-old black mare Allstars Fantasy offered by Simon Booth, Biddeston, sold for $27,000 to Philip Acton, Mt Isa. Also by Acres Destiny from a Knights Lisa dam, who is a daughter of Warrenbri Romeo, she entered the sale ring with miles of mustering under her belt.
Selling for $26,000 was a seven-year-old bay mare Big House Duplicity offered by Craig and Belinda Ellrott, Big House, Morinish. Big House Duplicity is by Fern Hills Bennett, whose pedigree traces to Abbey on her grandsire from an unregistered station mare and sold to Brendan Kelly and Bridey Jonas, Dalby.
"She is a beautiful mare, a really exceptional type and we will campdraft her," Ms Jonas said.
The Ellrott family enjoyed great results selling four horses to average $20,000. Other sales included the chestnut gelding Big House Cheerio who sold for $22,000, while their stallion Big House Matlock was the top priced stallion, selling for $21,000 to Peter and Melissa Hill, Clarke Creek.
Roger Boshammer, Glenoch, Chinchilla, sold the gelding Burradoo Connect for $25,000, and the mare Burradoo Cindabella for $24,000.
At the lower end of the market, Napier Downs, Derby, Western Australia, selected 15 horses for an average of $5600, paying a top of $7500 for Kim Acton's Millungeras Mitzie. Heytesbury Cattle Co, Victoria River Downs, Northern Territory, finished with 10 horses to average $4750.
Selling agent Ray White Dalby principal, Roger Lyne, said despite 41 lots withdrawn due to dry conditions, it didn't diminish the opportunity for buyers from all over the country, to buy first class Australian Stock Horses.
The Darling Downs Branch of the ASH Society hosted Dalby ASH sale.