STANDOUT SALE FOR BURNETT HORSE
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.