Australia’s biggest stock horse sale announces 2018 dates

By Lyndsey Douglas

Ray White Rural and Livestock has launched the 2018 dates for the iconic Dalby Australian Stock Horse Sale.

In its 44th year run by the proactive Darling Downs Branch of the Australian Stock Horse Society (ASHS), this year’s sale will be held from Friday 30 November starting with the incentive campdraft program which boasts a hefty prize pool of $70,000 in cash and prizes. Saturday 1 December will see the presale working horse demonstrations followed with the auction of sale horses kicking off Saturday evening and running all day Sunday 2 December 2018.

Jim Ryan, President of the local branch of the ASHS said nominations will open on 1 August on the new website.

“The 2017 sale was the first to be conducted by Ray White Rural and Livestock,” Mr Ryan explained, “The sale grossed $1.74m across 203 lots, giving us an 85 per cent clearance rate.”

Mares averaged the highest at $11,976,74 with the highest clearance rate at 87 per cent. Top priced mare in 2017 was One of a Kind Dixie Chic at $54,000 (pictured below).

Geldings averaged just under $8,000 and stallions just over $10,000.

Australia’s largest property group, Ray White, said their movement into the equine sector as agent to the largest Australian Stock Horse Sale in the nation was a huge coup for the company, according to chairman Paul White.

“Many people don’t know that Ray White, my grandfather, first opened his store in 1902 in the Darling Downs: auctioning livestock, horses, machinery, and farms in a shed beside a railway line in the rural town of Crows Nest. In a way, we’ve come full circle,” Paul White said.

“Many of our members are keen campdrafters, stock horse competitors and equine enthusiasts. The energy around this is palpable,” Mr White said.

Last year over 50 Ray White Rural members from near and far came together to ensure the sale went well.

Jim Ryan says that in the 44th year of the event, the purpose remains clear.

“This is an event where there’s a horse for everyone: it’s about bringing working horses to working people,” Mr Ryan said.

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