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Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales 2009

Just some pics to share with you!

Click to enlarge.Taking a look at Barn G of the William Inglis complex at Oaklands Junction, Victoria, Australia.

The sales ran from March 1-4 but we had to be down there the Wednesday before the the Sunday sale day to parade our draft of 23 horses to potential buyers.

If you’re considering working in the Thoroughbred industry and particularly with yearlings, take into account that sale days can start at five or half past and last until half five or half six that afternoon.

Click to enlarge.9 days straight of 12 hour or more days takes its toll!

Our 16.2hh yearling colt by Magic Albert, out of Show Classic.

One of the cheap buys!  He was part of the second session of the sales and sold for $16,000.

Click to enlarge.Generally we paraded the horses based on the height of the staff but I took him out a couple of times – and made him look like an absolute giant!

Parading for clients involves standing them up so they can look at the horse’s conformation and then taking them for a walk before standing up again.  Some weren’t so keen on cooperating though!

Click to enlarge. “Rapid”, a colt by Elusive Quality out of Ride the Rapids.  This was one of my favourite boys on the farm while they went through their eight week preparation.

Boy could he rear!  Never nasty, but very cheeky.  He sold for $30,000 and was our first lot to go through the sale.

Click to enlarge.Before that however, I had a few problems parading him – he loved to push me off the ashphalt where we were supposed to be walking and balked on one side of the stable complex at a man putting up a ladder.

The result?  The pair of us nearly colliding with another horse, it’s handler and two clients looking at the horse.

Being the smallest colt on the draft, he sure gave me the most trouble!

“Horse Terminology… Reluctant = Sale Comes with Title Deeds to Sydney Harbor Bridge.”

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* Pics thanks to my wonderful mother!

2 Responses to “Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales 2009”

  • Great pictures. Looks like a very full day with a few spirited horses. I love the quotes you included at the end of your posts.

    Thanks for swinging by to leave a note at my place. How did you find me? Feel free to stop by any time.

  • Glad you like the photos Chris! I enjoyed taking them. Thanks for asking me to come along – I really enjoyed the opportunity to practice my new craft.

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