Records fall at horse sale

By Emma Cornford

Each year, the Grafton Prestigious Horse Sale's reputation grows, and with the 2005 sale bringing in a record price of $20,000 for one horse, this year proved no different.

Clint Donovan from Ray Donovan Stock and Station Agents, which run the yearly sale, said the record increase had been 'special'.

"This is the eighth year of the sale and previously the record had been $6500 so to go up to 20 grand is a pretty special thing."

The sale took place last Saturday at Hawthorne Park, South Grafton, with buyers coming from as far afield as Arcadia Valley in Queensland, Lightning Ridge and Scone in the south.

"As well as a lot of good horses there are a lot of people looking and there's plenty of confidence in the cattle industry. I think there's also a lot of money in the rural sector at the moment so people aren't afraid to pay $15,000 or $20,000 for a horse," Mr Donovan said.

"We decided to start it because (Grafton) is such a big horse area and a lot of people have small acreages where they keep one or two horses. It's also fairly central for people from north, south and also a good place for people from the west to come for the weekend."

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