MEETING THE MARKET: Sheros Australian Stock Horse Stud open day and sale featured an auction of 38 horses. Stud principal and vendor Andrew Sheridan addresses the crowd. Picture: Laura Hardwick BUYERS shelled out a high of $15,500 to secure lots at the Sheros Australian Stock Horse Stud Open Day and Sale.
The event –held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga –fielded a catalogue of 38 horses.
Sale vendor Andrew Sheridan of Illabo said he was thrilled with the show of support and the engagement of the crowd during the various educational presentations.
The sale was backed up by a colt starting challenge, an incentive event and mini clinics provided by leading horsemen including Ben Hall and Ron Wall.
Fellow Illabo horse breeders Terry and Edna Hillier presented the top lot –a yearling filly by Traditional Acres –which met with spirited competition to make the sale high of $15,500.
The filly was secured by John Casey of Tumut.
Mr Sheridan said an overall sale average of $4400 was achieved and he was encouraged by the support from horse enthusiasts representing a range of disciplines.
“We had people there who compete in campdrafting and challenges,” he said.
A highlight of the event was the auction of a pony which was prepared by Mr Sheridan’s daughter Nell, 5.
The pony was sold to raise funds and awareness for spinal research after a good friend of the Sheridan’s sustained injuries in ahelicopter accident while mustering.
The pony made $4700 and Mr Sheridan said his daughter already had plans to prepare another pony for charity to be sold in April next year.
See photos from the event here.
One of the feature events on the program at the open day was the incentive which was open to purchasers who had secured lots at the previous sale.
Tarcutta horsewoman Karen Mansell impressed judges to win the $5000 cash and prizes on her horse sired by Shero’s Respect. The mare was secured at the previous Shero’s Stock Horse Stud Open Day and Sale.
“There were three components, a working dry section, an obstacle course and a 60 second free style,” Mr Sheridan said.
Competitors were judged by Matt Holz and Ron Wall.
Emma O’Shea was successful –for the second time in a row –at winning the breaking in competition.
She won the event at the previous open day and sale at CSU.
“The standard was the highest that we have seen yet,” Mr Sheridan said.
A wet winter and spring allowed the horses to be presented in good condition and Mr Sheridan said he was proud of the lineup.
“It is good to see that they will be in the industry and people will be using them in the campdraft, challenge and pleasure industry,” he said.
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