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.

aHigh_Selling_Two_Year_Old_-_Dolce_and_GabbanaThe gala went a new direction in 2012, with stallion owners presenting Zeno, Tacorde, Cree and newly licenced Lakota to the crowd. It was a great opportunity to see the sires of some of the sale horses with both Tacorde and Zeno having offspring in the sale the following day. Two of the year end awards went to horses consigned to the sale - Alberta Champion mare Tarifa, owned and bred by Ulrika Wikner; and Riding Test Champion for 2012 Chagall, owned and bred by Equitop Farm. The Dudley’s Outdoor Escape 3-Bar Competition had its moments of great drama ending with a tie at 5’6” between sale grad MJ Adelaide (VDL Ulando x Fantast) ridden and owned by Shelby Edwards and bred by MJ Farms, and Bachelor (Lupicor H x Ferro) ridden and owned by Jennifer Alliban and bred by Bosch Farms. To wrap up the evening, we once again ‘danced in the dirt’ to tunes provided by DJ Lyle Pederman.

Thank you to all participants of the Fall Classic Sale and, particularly, thank you to the volunteers who made it possible.aHigh_Selling_Young_Prospect_-_Florida


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