$1.7m sold in a huge Dalby sale weekend
IT HAS become one of the major events in the calendar for those involved with horses, with thousands of people once again attending the Dalby Showgrounds for the 43rd annual Dalby Australian Stock Horse Sale.
Organisers have claimed you would struggle to find a seat on Saturday evening as the sale took place, as potential buyers swarmed from all over the country.
In total $1.7 million was spent across the 231 horses, averaging $10,300 a horse.
The highest sold for the sale was horse number seven, Oneofakind Dixie Chic, who was bought by Andy Mulchay for $54,000.
Stock Horse Society Dalby Downs branch president Jim Ryan hailed the weekend as a success.
"The event went really well, we are very happy how it has turned out,” Mr Ryan said.
"There was that much going on it wasn't even funny.
"You could not get a seat in the grandstands on Saturday night, which is just fantastic.
"There was definitely more than 1000 people here on Saturday night.”
The event has grown to a point where Western Downs Regional Council has declared the sale a "major event” in the region.
There was also $3000 handed out to charities in a ceremony on Saturday afternoon, with Helping Hands Dalby, The Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul's all receiving a $1000 each.
Live entertainment kept the large Saturday night crowd at the showgrounds until late, with live music and a performance from world-renowned entertainer Guy McLean.
Mr Ryan said the success of the event was due to the support of Dalby and wider South West Queensland.