SALE: The highest selling horse went for $50,000 at last year's event.
SALE: The highest selling horse went for $50,000 at last year's event. FILE

Stock horse sale is fun for the family

IT IS the biggest stock horse sale in the southern hemisphere, and it is happening right here in Dalby.

The Dalby Australian Stock Horse Sale began today and promises to be full of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

This will be the 43rd instalment of the event, which has grown over its history.

More than 200 horses will be sold over the next three days, but the event is also aimed at being a celebration of the past year.

Darling Downs Stock Horse Society president Jim Ryan said the event had purposely been designed to incorporate the town.

"It's not just selling horses, it is all about catching up at the end of the year,” Mr Ryan said.

"We hold (the sale) at the end of the year so people who are about to go away, or are currently on the move, can meet up and celebrate the year.”

The event is not only for those who are in the stock horse industry. There are more than 40 stalls registered for the event, as well as plenty of food and drink options.

Live music on Saturday night, as well as a performance by world-famous stock horse trainer, Guy McLean, is expected to bring a big crowd through the gates of the Dalby Showgrounds.

"It is a great weekend for families to have great fun and great entertainment,” Mr Ryan said.

"We really want to have an event which the whole town can be a part of.”

The event will also raise money for several charities. Mr Ryan said $10,000 had already been raised prior to the start of the weekend.

Entry is free, to encourage as many people as possible to attend.

The grounds are open from 5am (depending on weather) each morning and will be open until late in the evening.