5 November, 2020
Tocal Australian Stock Horse Sale continues a proud tradition.
This year’s Annual Australian Stock Horse Sale at Tocal College was different but still resulted in an excellent outcome for staff and students. 12 horses were offered through an online sale on AuctionsPlus starting Friday the 31st of October and concluding on the 1st of November. The average price received was $15,671.00 across the 12 lots, with top price going to a three-year-old gelding ‘Tocal Remember Me’ at $26,000. The results were a strong endorsement of Tocal’s breeding and training program, particularly in light of COVID19 restrictions across Australia.
Tocal College Principal Mr Darren Bayley said the online sale brought even greater interest in the horses on offer this year and still provided students with the opportunity to showcase both the horses and their skills through the online auction videos. Potential buyers still had the opportunity to inspect the horses they were interested in pre-sale. Mr Bayley said students were thrilled at the sale result and were highly involved in every aspect of the sale process.
This sale was the latest in thirteen years of horse sales for Tocal, but the first to go online. The twelve horses offered for sale resulted in a gross sale value of $188,050. While three horses were sold above the $20,000 mark, there was great value on offer across the 12 lots. Buyers this year were from across NSW and Queensland.
Tocal College Principal Mr Darren Bayley was particularly impressed with the strength of the offering and bidding. He said that the sale continues to grow and provide great feedback and encouragement to all the staff and students at Tocal College. He paid tribute to staff members Luke Collard, Chantelle Vella and Simone Harvey who lead the horse course program and were the reason for the successful sale outcome.
Centre Manager Michael Ison also acknowledged the work of staff right across education and Tocal farms for the day to day attention to managing the horses.
“The horses have been presented at the sale today in great condition but it must be noted that managing the health and welfare of around 100 Australian Stock Horses at Tocal is a 365-day responsibility and all staff contribute, ensuring that the horses are always in great shape,” he said.
The Tocal Australian Stock Horse sale is an Annual event at Tocal and will remain one of the most important parts of the Horse Course calendar. The sale is an opportunity for students to experience preparing a horse for sale in a big event and is an invaluable experience setting them up for a career in agriculture.
Tocal College is now preparing for and looking forward to the next sale in November 2021 and thank industry for their support.
Michael Ison 0413 692 201
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