A buyer's-eye view of the Beaulieu Road Sale Ring
Following on directly from yesterday's picture, this is the typical 'buyer's view' at the sales, showing the auctioneer and some of the buyers at the Pony Sales in October.
Probably not the 'best' picture, it was rather cramped and didn't seem reasonable to shove potential buyers out of the way to get a photo. However, I think it captures the atmosphere.
If somebody is planning to bid for a pony they will first look at all those for sale, by checking the holding pens and noting the yellow number on the pony's rump.
They register their name, address and bank details with the Auctioneer and are given a bidder's number, which is printed on a large piece of card.
When a pony is brought into the sale ring buyers bid by raising their numbered card in the air, the auctioneer raises the amount by a standard sum for each bid. (Livestock in the UK is traditionally sold for 'Guineas'. A guinea is £1 and 1 shilling, now £1.05)
When there are no further bids the price is called out three times and the 'Hammer falls' ... the auctioneer hit his wooden hammer on a block of wood, and calls out the highest bidder's number.
Once the pony has been paid for, and paperwork completed, it can be taken to its' new home.
I've chosen to make this picture monochrome because I don't think the scene will have changed much since the sales were moved to Beaulieu Road when the railway was built through from Southampton to Dorchester, although the sale site itself has changed. The whole site was rebuilt in 2002
to meet Health and Safety and Animal Welfare standards.
There are more snippets of information about the sales in with other pictures in my archive; an aerial view of the area is linked in the one for 30th November 2006.my vfxy