High prices & averages at Hay at Hereford
Despite a lower number of animals catalogued this annual sale attracted buyers countrywide and realised two of the highest prices for a Hay Sale in a decade. The average for the 81 animals sold was also one of the highest at £435 with a clearance rate of 76%.There was added interest from European buyers with eight animals being bought to cross the channel with four going to Belgium, and two bound to both France and Germany.
Topping the sale at £3,500 was Mrs Jacky Kirk’s Syffadden Lili-Ddu a two-year-old black section C filly. Though not homebred her pedigree has the Kirk’s Donys prefix both top and bottom as she is by Donys Llawen and out of Donys Cover Girl herself a daughter of Synod Glamour Chick. Produced to perfection she was the choice of Mr. Ian Eastwood from Lancashire and will no doubt be a future ridden prospect for his daughter Poppy.
Blue, a nine-year-old coloured middleweight gelding consigned by Higher Lowton Stables, made the second top price of £2,900 to Mr S Maund from Leominster. Standing 15.3hh he had both looks and temperament and was supported by a good c.v. from the hunting field.
Stevie Watt’s Trixies prefix is well known particularly in the driving world so it was not surprising that his consignment attracted interest from the performance world. His best was Trixies Sally’s Angel, a black three year-old section D filly by Trixies Brenin-Gwalia making £1,600 to Mrs J Elphick. The same sire was responsible for Trixies She’s A Cracker a five year-old section C mare broken to ride and drive. She was part of a consignment bought by Kevin Vermotele from Belgium at £1,350.
Mrs Gillian Sells secured the top section B price of £1,120 for her five year-old mare Priestwood Imelda May by her resident stallion Eyarth Shammah. Topping the section A lots was Mrs Debbie Barr’s Westfirle Nuthatch a four-year-old gelding recently backed and showing great promise for the forthcoming winter circuit. Locally based Mrs Julie Green had the final call on the big moving gelding at £700.
Another gelding with a bright future was the homebred Welsh Part-bred Nantygwyddel Jac Y JWC. Buckskin in colour, the two year-old, likely to make 15 hands, was already showing promise loose jumping. Taking on the ‘project’ was Mr J Beaman whose successful bid of £1,050 secured the gelding.
Report kindly written by David Blair.