Ponyara Stud Dispersal Sale 1950
Reduction and Dispersal Thoroughbred Stud Sales all tell a tale. The stories are sometimes ‘embellished’ to either promote or disguise salient facts. The exceptions are deceased estates. This is called marketing. It’s a strategy which has been very finely honed in the thoroughbred industry; almost to ‘exquisite expert’ perfection as an extended continuum and recurring theme. Perhaps I’ve become a trite cynical well into my eighth decade?
The Ponyara Stud Dispersal represented the ‘closure’ of a thoroughbred enterprise in the Muswellbrook area. This possibly heralded the ultimate demise of the industry in a conurbation area now almost totally subsumed by coal mining? I confess I had never heard of Ponyara Stud until I discovered this catalogue among the late Harley Walden’s extensive memorabilia.
Prices ranged from a low of 35 guineas for a weanling colt to 1200 guineas for a choice broodmare ‘Laurette’ (1943) by ‘Ajax’ from ‘Bubbles’. Stakes-placed and multiple-winner ‘Laurette’ was covered by ‘Stockade’ (by Big Game).