HTBA Scone Yearling Sales

HTBA Scone Yearling Sales

Featured Image: 1995 Scone Yearling Sale Catalogue front cover.

See: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/hvbhba-first-annual-scone-sale-1979/

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/htba-yearling-sale-40-years-on/

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/bold-scone-venture/

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/hunter-thoroughbred-breeders-association-scone-history/

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/has-the-horse-bolted/

The front cover of the 1995 Scone Yearling Sale Catalogue is the best thing about it! With the knowledge of hindsight, the ‘horse has indeed bolted’. I’ve just rediscovered this dog-eared issue in the pocket of my discarded ‘Drizabone’. It must have been a wet day?

It’s a litany of failure. I barely remember/recall the names of the 1st Season Sires listed: Bao Lack USA (Emirates Park), Bureaucracy NZ (Yarraman Park), Greenline Express USA (Wakefield Stud), Monongahela USA (Yarraman Park), Orient Way NZ (Kanangra Park), Rising Rhythm (Kia Ora), Snaadee USA (Emirates Park), White Bridle USA (Middlebrook Valley Lodge) and Yonder USA (Widden Stud). All were abject catastrophes consigned to the scrap heap of memory. (I owned a share in one of them – Greenline Express).

The quality of the 156 yearlings drafted in the catalogue proved to be of equivalent measure. The reality was we were attempting to market an inferior product. Ultimately the marketplace will decide the outcome. The sale at its Scone location no longer exists.

The lofty ambitions of the founding fathers’ (and mothers’) cadre were never implemented.