By Chris Gould / CWHBA
Photography: Amanda Ubell
The impact of the pandemic on the horse industry has been varied, to say the least. Restricting movement in a country as large as Canada has driven people more and more to the virtual experience, and this is never more true than with the horse market.
Last October the CWHBA organized its first online auction, after over 25 years of live, onsite events. It was a great success. So much so that the hosting Alberta chapter is expanding its offering to launch the CWHBA Spring Classic Sale, April 23-26. The format will remain the same, with consistently high-quality videos and detailed information about each horse, but the selection will focus more on horses going under saddle and will expand to include mature trained horses. Consignors may nominate horses in three categories: prospects (in the three- to six-year-old age group), performance horses (age five to 12, with a show record) and school masters (age eight to 15, with a show record and ready to learn on).
This online sale will be building on the legacy of the past 25 years of the Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale, that has established a reputation for quality horses and good value. Many of these Canadian-bred horses have gone on to successful show careers, but more importantly have provided owners with years of satisfaction and enjoyment.
Take 2017 sales horse MJ Samba (Whirlwind x Fantast), for example. Purchased by Courtney Benton from MJ Farms as a three-year-old, MJ Samba was ranked top Young Event Prospect in 2018 and 2019, never finishing lower than third. Courtney comments “Samba is so amazing, I have nothing but good things to say about this horse ...”
In 2015, Kueber Farms consigned Riot KF (Rubinus x Lazio), purchased by Cathy Chalak. Later sold to Stepanie Lofgren, the pair won the three- to four-year-old conformation class at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping in August of 2017, and the three-year-old division at Royal West in October that same year... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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