October 2012

The Horse Breeders and Owners Conference is a must-attend event for horse breeders, owners and riders. This “mid-winter horseman’s escape” is aHBOC_Three_Horses_logo_w_orange_third_smcelebrating its 31st anniversary this January 11-13 in Red Deer, Alberta, at the Sheraton Red Deer (previously the Capri Centre).

The Horse Breeders and Owners Conference starts at 7pm on January 11th with an "Open Barn" reception in the Exhibit Hall. This year, the “Open Barn” reception is free for anyone to attend, socialize, network and look around the equine trade show, which boasts over 60 sponsor booths.  Frank Merrill will kick off Saturday morning’s session at 8:40 am. Saturday evening provides a chance to network and socialize with wine, dessert and live entertainment provided by Albertan cowboy and singer Matt Robertson. The conference continues until Sunday afternoon, which closes with the Fred Pearce Memorial Lecture given this year by Dr. Temple Grandin.


The 2012 CWHBA Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale had great weather, full stands, and many try-outs of horses. There were horses with great pedigrees andaHigh_Selling_Performance_Horse_-_Chagall good presentation, particularly the foals and performance horses, and we had the honour of selling the Nesbitt-Burns high scoring CWHBA Mare at Inspection for 2012 - Tarifa. Superior dressage breeding captured high selling status in all three sale categories. The Victory Tack Shop high selling performance horse was Chagall, a son of Comic Hilltop x Regardez, consigned and bred by Equitop Farms and purchased by Justin Leahy of Galena, Illinois. The Sparks Innovations high selling young prospect was Florida, Furstenreich x Sandro Hit, bred and consigned by Marcy Coelho and purchased by Joey Mann and Katrina & Hans van den Bosch. The Black Iron Trailer high selling two year old was Dolce and Gabbana, Don Frederico x Royal Senna, bred and consigned by Dr. Heather Lynn Smith-Oberten and purchased by Jessica Kellner of Victoria, BC.

Average prices increased in almost every category, ranging from 14 to 32% over 2011, with the biggest gain made in the overall sale average. Perhaps the increases for this sale, and others held this year, are an indication of overall improvement in the health of the horse industry. A total of 35 horses were sold in 2012, which is slightly down from past sales.



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