IT WAS a staggering 11-hour bidding marathon at the weekend when hundreds of horses from around the country went under the hammer at the 38th annual Dalby Australian Stock Horse Sale.
Top-selling horse on the day was offered by Emerald's Peter and Vicki Howard and sold for $30,500 to Chinchilla's Wayne Knudson.
Ashwood Rumour has a wealth of breeding that is traced back to the Warrenbri Romeo and Abbey foundation bloodlines and has placed at numerous maiden and novice campdrafts.
Mr Knudson said he would continue to campaign the mare.
GDL's stud stock manager Harvey Weyman-Jones said while it was down $9500 on last year's top sale, the weekend's results were solid.
"We had a similar number of lots offered and a similar number of buyers in attendance of 350 registered buyers as well as another 120 online viewers," he said.
"Online we had 14 lots bid on and four actually purchased and we would like to think next year it will continue to grow."
Total clearance dropped by 6% on last year's 71%, while the average price of mares was slightly less and average price of geldings rose.
"We noticed the difference at the top end of the quality horses," Mr Weyman-Jones said.
"Vendors' expectations were a little bit higher than what the market was prepared to pay.
"All those quality horses were back a bit on last year but the middle range had very solid support, which I'd put down to a tighter economy and buyers being restricted in what they can pay."
The top gelding sold for $15,000 from Campbell, Kerry-Ann and Amelia Tonkin of Tumlong at Barraba while the top stallion sold for $20,000 and was offered by Terry McNeven and his family of Clermont.
Overall 152 lots averaged $7717, while 81 mares averaged $8651, 67 geldings averaged $6235 and four stallions averaged $13,625.
The heat didn't stop the campdraft contenders who also took to the arena on Friday and Saturday to compete in the coinciding competition.
Delayed by a few hours on Friday afternoon because of the extreme temperatures, riders battled the heat to compete for an enormous $45,000 in prize money up for grabs for the various draft sections.
Winner of the five years and under incentive draft was Joel Hill, who also took home third place in the six years and over, third in the open draft and both first and third in the gelding incentive draft.
Daniel Richards won the six years and under incentive while Billy Joe Rea won the open draft category.
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