Sunday, March 3, 2024

Two-year-old sparks interest at St James sale

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Strong buyer gallery registers for biennial sale of unbroken horses.
A large crowd gathers for the St James horse sale. Photo: Hazlett Limited
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St James horses were keenly sought at the station’s recent biennial sale.

A total of 17 two- and three-year-old horses were sold, with the hammer going down on the top price of the day at $7000 for a two-year-old destined for Muller Station in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough. The average sale price was $4400. 

A strong buyer gallery of 50 registered onsite buyers plus 15 online buyers bid briskly to secure their purchases, with a crowd of more than 200 turning out for the sale. Several horses were sold to the North Island, with others scattered around the South Island.

The St James horses are sold unbroken and unhandled, with the Dampier-Crossleys having a long-established reputation for breeding jumping horses and all-rounders.

The horses are mustered in from the Ada Valley and sold by auction at the cattleyards in the St James Conservation Area, once an 80,000ha cattle station. 

The Stevenson family owned St James Station from 1927 until the high-country property was bought by the government in 2009. It is now managed by the Department of Conservation. The Dampier-Crossleys still own and manage the free-roaming horses.

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