By Teresa van Bryce
The 23rd annual Fall Classic Breeders Sale held October 7 and 8, 2017, at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta, offered 35 horses of which 28 found new homes. This year’s event featured a very nice selection of horses, including an embryo from top bloodlines, some well-bred foals and yearlings, several exciting two-year-olds, a large selection of well-started young prospects with good pedigrees, and performance horses with show records. The increase in the overall sale proceeds from $297,750 in 2016 to $335,200 in 2017 is a testament to the quality offered. Excellent attendance on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as a very strong online viewing audience, kept all the bid takers busy from the telephone desk to the auctioneer Don Oberg and his crew.
The high selling young prospect, 2017 colt Maverick 5Z, sold for $20,000. Consigned and bred by 5Z Farms of Didsbury, Maverick is a son of top jumper producer Kannan out of the mare Davanta v/d Renvillehoeve by Vleut, a top jumper mare. This big, good-moving, standout colt has the potential for a great sport career and the pedigree of a stallion for new owner Kerry Marit of Cochrane, AB.
High selling young prospect Maverick 5Z. (L-R) Joyce Greenfield of 5Z Farms, Joyce Sparks of Sparks Innovations
High selling two-year-old and sale topper was Kincade CR, bred and consigned by Carousel Ridge of Sherwood Park, AB. At $24,000, this stunning gelding by Utrillo Z x Beautifuldence x Indoctro went to Wes Pringle of Washington State and is aimed at a high-level jumper career.
The high selling prospect under saddle was four-year-old Born Free, bred and consigned by long-time consignor Touchstone Farms of Mayerthorpe, AB. Born Free is a son of Beau Soleil x Ebon’s Freedom x Freestyle. A young horse champion as a foal, he continues to live up to his promise as a riding horse with a very amateur-friendly disposition. Selling for $23,000 he went to Penny Yeager of Saskatoon, SK.
High selling riding horse, Born Free. (L-R) Chris Gould of Touchstone Farm, Jennekke Hoogendoorn of High Thorn Equestrian, Penny Yeager
The Fall Classic Breeders sale is run and supported by the members of the Alberta Chapter of the CWHBA. These members put in significant time as volunteers to create a pleasing venue and make this the longest running warmblood sale in North America. Of course, we also have great supporters of the association including sponsors Sparks Innovations - High Selling Young Prospect/Broodmare; Royle Farms - High Selling 2-Year-Old; and High Thorn Equestrian - High Selling Prospect Under Saddle/Performance Horse. Without the generous support of our sponsors and advertisers, this event would not be possible.
Put the Fall Classic Sale on your calendar for next year, Canadian Thanksgiving. A great place to see, try out and buy quality horses in one easy shopping trip.
Photos courtesy of CWHBA.
Main article image: Sale topper and high selling two-year-old, Kincade CR. (L-R) Shauna Cook of Carousel Ridge, Casey Dermott of Royle Farm