2011 News Archive

The 2011 Fall Classic Sale had terrific weather, full spectator stands and many horse try-outs.  The horses came with great pedigrees and good presentation, particularly the 2-year olds. From this exceptional group of 2-year olds three were sold to Kansas City, Missouri -- Air-O–Matic, a very talented jumper son of Air Jordan; MJ Salsa, showing exceptional dressage potential, a daughter of Whirlwind II; and Grandus W a nice jumping son of Gervantus II. The high selling Section A horse, sponsored by Sparks Innovations, was Upstart, a weanling son of Uphill x Royale x Why Not G, bred and owned by Key Warmbloods and purchased by Donald Toney of Lethbridge. The high selling Section B horse, sponsored by Victory Tack Shop, was Cavaluna, a CWHBA mare by Silverstone x Riviera x Ferro, bred and owned by John and Jacqueline van den Bosch and sold to Nathalie Green of Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia.

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aCatalogueCover2011The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association Fall Classic Sale in Olds on October 15-16 saw some great horses go for top dollars. The two-day event includes chute jumping demonstrations and a gala before the auction on Sunday afternoon. New to this year’s sale was “Dancing in the Dirt,” a party in the arena following the gala on Saturday night which was met with great enthusiasm by consigners, bidders, and audience members alike.

This year, 84 quality Warmblood horses were consigned to the sale, with 66 of them being offered on Sunday. Horses ranged from weanlings to seasoned performance horses. And 38 of those horses found new owners with the average sale price being $6,838.16.

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By Amie Peck

You have waited your whole life for this – horse ownership.  Whether you are 14 or 64, it will be an exciting time thinking of everything you will accomplish together,apony whether that is winning competitions or spending time on your favourite trail.   However, even new owners that feel well-educated and ready for this purchase often find themselves wondering what supplies they really need to have. It is best to be prepared with a few essential items if you are planning on buying, or have already purchased, your first horse.

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By Bruce Roy

Horses bred in Western Canadian made it three on the trot at the 2011 World Clydesdale Show. They lifted all three world championships, in a coup without precedent in the breed's colourful history, for more than 600 head of Clydesdale horses from Canada and the United States vied for these honours. Breed enthusiasts from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand joined those from across America and Canada ringside. The spectacular breed show, held at Madison, Wisconsin, October 20 - 23, attracted horses, horsemen and spectators in record number.

The Supreme Champion Clydesdale was Donegal Mr. Pepper, the Grand Champion Stallion. Shown by Bob & Laura Gookin of Boulevard, California, he was purchased a year ago from Gregg Gallagher of Canora, Saskatchewan, his breeder. A big, black horse, impressive in front, he made a powerful impression, for few horses, whatever their breed, can flash their steel shod bottoms as he can. A superb athlete, turned out in tremendous bloom, his sire was bred by Gallagher, as were the first three mares in his pedigree's distaff. He topped the massive breed entry to the ringing cheers of Clydesdale enthusiasts from around the world. 

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With two breed association sales in the last month showing an increase in the average sale price, things could be looking up for the horse industry in Alberta.  Alberta Standardbred Horse Association (ASHA) and the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS), Alberta Division, both report successful results at their fall sales.

The sales ran on back-to-back weekends. Alberta CTHS ran the sale in Edmonton on September 18th and ASHA ran the sale the following weekend on September 24th in Olds.Alberta-Downs-01_1 
The average for Alberta CTHS was up this year to $7,445.29 for yearlings in both the main and supplementary catalogues. The 2010 yearling average was $5,389.13.

ASHA reported an average price of $6,242. Last year’s average price was $5,804.

In the USA, Keenland has also boasted their average price increased 18.05 percent at their September Yearling Sale.

For more information on the ASHA sale, visit their website.

For more information about the Alberta CTHS sale, read the article on the top 5 sellers, courtesy of Alberta CTHS.

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