By Jennette Coote/CWHBA
Photography: Nollind van Bryce
The 2018 Fall Classic Sale of the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders’ Association took place on October 5-6 in Red Deer, Alberta, and is now in the books. This European-style auction, now in its 24th year and held annually during Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, made the move to Saturday evening this year. A wonderful pre-sale cocktail party, hosted by Alberta Veterinary Centre, and a during-the-sale event sponsored by Valleyfield Farm, Creekside Farm and Carousel Ridge, added to the fun factor for over 400 spectators and bidders.
The Westerner Park venue in Red Deer was beautifully decorated by the crew from Klondike Victory Farm under the direction of Coreen Jamieson. The horses were wonderful – well bred, well prepared, and an exciting offering to the public.
Livestream video watched by nearly 3,000 viewers, plus online bidding, added to the excitment of the live action. Of the thirty-five horses that went through the ring, seven were sold online and three are headed to the United States.
The increased proportion of foals, yearlings, and broodmares versus riding horses was reflected in the overall average which took a slight dip to $10,635. However, smart buyers invested in the future and the young prospects sold for a good average of $7,585. The high seller in this category at $15,000, receiving the Sparks Innovations cooler, was Nobu CR (Jethro Tull x Matterhorn) consigned by Carousel Ridge and purchased by Holly Dietz of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
For the second year in a row Klondike Victory Farm offered an embryo in a recipient. This year the future offspring of Jethro Tull x Tacorde, sold for $11,000 to Joco Trucking Ltd of Bentley, Alberta...CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS
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