By Teresa van Bryce, Sales Administrator

The 24th Annual Canadian Warmblood Fall Classic Sale, held October 5 – 6, 2018 at Red Deer, Alberta, is now in the record books. The sale moved to Saturday night this year and a wonderful pre-sale cocktail party hosted by Alberta Veterinary Center, and a during-the-sale event sponsored by Valleyfield Farm, Creekside Farm, and Carousel Ridge, were totally enjoyed by all in attendance. The Westerner Park venue 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 who bid in-person, by phone, and online.

High Seller Beaujolais, with (L-R) Katrina van den Bosch (Sale Co-Chair), Deb Symes (Thelma & Louise Sporthorses), Beaujolais, Carmen Strabel (Buyer), Rebecca Benedict, Doreen Kulcsar (Award Sponsor), Heather Smith (Thelma & Louise Sporthorses). Photo: Nollind van Bryce

Forty horses were catalogued and 35 went through the ring. 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. Of note in this section, the sale of an embryo consigned by Klondike Victory Farm, the offspring of Jethro Tull x Tacorde, sold for $11,000 to Joco Trucking Ltd of Bentley, Alberta.

The consignment of two-year-olds was again very strong with good pedigrees, great horses, and a selling average of $9,000. Top selling two-Year-Old Prospect, winning the Key Warmbloods cooler, was the consignment of Thelma and Louise Sporthorses, Beaujolais (Buckingham x Sarkozy). This excellent dressage prospect sold to Carmen and Janet Strabel of Red Deer County, Alberta for $13,250.

 High Seller Nobu CR, with (L-R) Nobu CR, Shaun Cook (Carousel Ridge), Katrina van den Bosch (Sale Co-Chair), Joyce & Allan Sparks (Award Sponsor). Photo: Nollind van Bryce

The combined categories of Performance Horses and Prospects Under Saddle had a strong showing of lovely horses that averaged $19,383. Winning the High Thorn Equestrian cooler at a selling price of $32,500, was Ellie Mae VF (Emerald Vant Ruytershof x Charisma), bred and consigned by Valleyfield Farm and sold to Katie Blanchard-Firth of Okotoks, Alberta.

Congratulations to all of the purchasers for their clever shopping of this year’s offering, to the consignors for breeding such a strong contingent of horses for sale, and to the Alberta Chapter of CWHBA and its volunteers for putting on a great sale.

For more information visit the Fall Classic Sale website.

Main article photo: High Seller Ellie Mae VF, with (L-R) Katrina van den Bosch (Sale Co-Chair), Ellicia Edgar (Breeder/Consignor), Jenneke Hoogendoorn-Baker (Award Sponsor), Ellie Mae VF, and Katie Blanchard-Firth (Buyer). Photo: Nollind van Bryce

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