Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­

AN ENOR­MOUS $20,000 for an Eidsvold-bred, Mun­dub­bera-trained geld­ing, Marnies To­ken Acres, was the stand­out at last week’s Dalby Aus­tralian Stock Horse Sale.

GDL spokesman Har­vey Wey­man-Jones said the re­sult was at the higher end of his ex­pec­ta­tions and it reaf­firmed the Dalby event as the coun­try’s premier horse sale.

Mun­dub­bera seller and trainer Leah Read said she had owned the geld­ing, af­fec­tion­ately known as Rat, for three years and trained him since he was three-years-old.

Miss Read had bought him from Eidsvold breeder Tony Mor­timer.

“I had a re­serve price on Rat, but the $20,000 far ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions,” Miss Read said.

“I was parad­ing in the ring while the auc­tion was on and I was over­whelmed when the price went to $16,000, and to ride out with the top-price of a geld­ing sure made my day.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it at first.

“I put so much work into that horse and it is so good to get some­thing back.

“As we all know, it has been very dry and there isn’t much money around – to achieve a price that I think he is worth was fan­tas­tic,” she said.

Miss Read said she wanted to sell Marnies To­ken Acres be­cause she was go­ing to be very busy.

She has four horses of her own to break-in this com­ing year and six show horses to train for the next few years to come.

Her business also has eight client’s horses that she has to work ev­ery day.

Held at the Dalby Show­grounds last Sun­day, the sale twice reached the top price of $30,000 – for a stal­lion and a mare.

In to­tal at the sale, 183 Aus­tralian stock horses sold for an av­er­age of $7324.


HIGH ACHIEVER: Mun­dub­bera trainer Leah Read and her $20,000 top-priced geld­ing, Marnies To­ken Acres.

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