Quarter horse sale breaks record
THIS year's 36th annual Rock- hampton Quarter Horse Sale was a smash success with mares and fillies selling for an average $1000 more than last year.
The two-day event, held at the Gracemere Saleyards, attracted buyers from all over Australia.
During the sale 102 colts and geldings were sold, grossing $412,150 for an average price of about $4000.
Yesterday 166 fillies and mares were sold, grossing more than $1.5 million. The average filly sold for about $6300.
Steve Hartwig, stud stock auc- tioneer for Elders, credited the industry for the prices.
"It's purely because of the quality of the horse,'' he said. "They are doing an incredible job with breeding.''
He also said the Rockhampton Quarter Horse Sale was the big- gest in Australia.
"We had horses going to every state on the mainland,'' he said. "I'm sure next year it will be even better.''
One buyer from Warrnam- bool, Victoria, said he was im- pressed with the sale.
"This is my first time coming up here,'' said Gary Webb. "I reckon I will be back next year.''
Mr Webb came to the event looking to buy two or three horses.
Early in the day yesterday he bought one, Doc's Spinifex, for $37,500.
"I am still looking for one more of similar breed,'' he said. "There are some real quality horses here.'' A total of 268 horses sold dur- ing the event. Mr Hartwig said the quarter horse sale was something Rockhampton should be proud of.