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ST JAMES HORSE SALE

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Every second year 20 or so wild horses are mustered in from St James, a former high country station beyond Hanmer Springs that borders the Southern Alps.   It was once NZ"s largest working high country farm dating back to 1862 and covering some 80,000 hectares. Farmed by the Stevenson family since 1927 it was purchased by the NZ government in 2008 for $40 million and made readily accessable to the public.

Around 80 wild horses continue to roam the far reaches of what is now known as St James Conservation Area to the delight of many visitors.

I was privelaged to attend the latest sale on a hot summers day that was simply magical, stunning looking horses, country folk and great weather combined to make a very memorable experience.

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