IT HAS been one of the toughest years on record for most rural industries in the country, but the Landmark Classic has bucked the trend reining-in unexpected record sales.
Attunga-based trainer Rob Leach, this time along with John and Jenn Corbett, made history at the AELEC sales with two-year-old filly Yaven Smooth Spin going for a staggering $230,000 and setting a new Australian performance horse record.
It is the third consecutive year Mr Leach has been a part of the top sale at the Landmark event.
Equine sales support Hannah Murray said 2018 had been “a big, tough year” with a devastating, prolonged drought compounded by the recent floods in Queensland.
Despite these factors, Ms Murray said the 2019 edition had exceeded expectations with total sales tipped to top more than $7 million.
“The industry has developed so much in recent years to a professional level and it’s self-standing,” Ms Murray said. “It’s a bit less reliant now than it was on other industries.
“We’re seeing people from all walks wanting to become part of the industry.”