NICK KIRSHNER Property & Livestock conducted the Inaugural Snowy Mountains Bred & Reared Horse Sale at Dalgety showground on Saturday, and what a success it was.
A catalogue of approximately 20 horses and an assortment of saddles and saddlery gear was on offer and the interested and prospective buyers had the chance to view the horses, talk to the owners, watch a demonstration of the horses in action and then had the opportunity to bid for the horse that interested them.
The horse auction attracted bids starting at $500.00 to the top of the sale winning bid of $3,500 for Longfield Zoe bred by Mick and Joanne Miners.
Nick Kirshner and his team thanked vendors and purchasers as well as all the spectators for their support.
"A crowd of over 150 people attended the auction at the picturesque Dalgety Showground under blue skies," Mr Kirshner said.
"Everyone was well catered for by the Dalgety P & C."
The sale was for led and ridden horses only and there were an assortment of horses and different breeds on offer from brumbies, quarter horses, Appaloosa's, thoroughbreds, registered stock horses and Australian saddle ponies to name a few. The horses were all well loved and cared for and had been used for including stock farm work, mountain and bush riding, pony club and gymkhanas, riding schools and pleasure riding.
After the horse auction, it was onto the saddles and saddlery gear with a selection of approximately 10 saddles from a James stock saddle, dressage and all purpose saddles, to two Syd Hill saddles with the top selling saddle selling for $1000.
Advertising in the local Cooma Monaro Express and The Land publications, radio advertising as well as marketing of the sale to local pony clubs, horse groups, the Nick Kirshner Property & Livestock database, and signage in the local Iona Cafe resulted in prospective buyers coming from the south coast, the Canberra region and around the Cooma Monaro and Snowy River shires.
Nick Kirshner said he remembers wandering around the Jindabyne horse sales when he was a young boy and looking at the quality bred station horses that perhaps didn't have the required paper work but were locally bred horses used for work and pleasure and were in demand.
"The likes of Punch, Salt Ash and Salt Edge were household names and anyone who was anyone attended the horse sales," Mr Kirshner said.
"They knew there would be a good selection of quality locally bred horses and that is the type of horse sale Nick Kirshner Property & Livestock was successful in re-creating on Saturday.
"From the positive comments and feedback around the community since the sale, it seems like the horse sales from yesteryear are back on the agenda and we are looking forward to conducting another quality led and ridden horse (and saddlery) sale same time next year.
"The whole community enjoyed having a new horse event at the Dalgety showground and the local Buckleys Crossing Hotel and Iona Cafe enjoyed the extra business bought in by the influx of people enjoying at day out at Dalgety along side the Snowy River.
"So keep your diaries clear and register with Nick Kirshner Property & Livestock to be kept informed check out www.nickkirshner.com.au"