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Jennette Coote, Chairman
Fall Classic Breeders Sale
CWHBA Alberta Chapter
For Immediate Release
Once again breeders provided an excellent selection of horses of all ages. Quite Easy son, Apollo QV pictured above, topped a particularly strong group of yearlings from exceptional bloodlines by achieving the top price for the Section A horses at $10,000. Breeder, Pat Metcalfe, received the breeder's cooler from the Tack Corral and new owner, Sky Stone Stables of Okotoks, received the Sparks Innovations high selling Section A horse award.
The Section B high selling horse cooler, sponsored by New House Farm, went to the beautiful and well-schooled daughter of Warkanson, Waramagic, purchased by Darren Malchow of Lethbridge for $24,000. Consignor, Equiptop Farm, received the breeder cooler from the Tack Corral.
Of the 65 consigned horses, 44 sold for an average of $8,589. Ten horses went out of province and one sold to our American neighbors. The sale attracted a strong attendance of Alberta and British Columbia buyers with a record number of bidders recorded. Winner of the $500 Trainers Appreciation Draw was Calgary trainer Elyse Nelson.
The sale had a good attendance for both days and the large crowd received the new program for the gala evening with much appreciation. Winner of the $400 Dressage Kur competition, sponsored by Kirshman Farms, was Pandoer, a CWHBA approved stallion ridden by Sana Hodges. Winner of the $400 Magnum Trailers/First Choice Living Quarters Obstacle Driving was Too-Bit Acres Vixen driven by Kathy Playdon. Mikaela Wiberg and Hannah Marland gave an excellent vaulting demonstration.
The greatest excitement of the gala evening was presented in the Allied Seismic Young Horse 3 Bars competition. The CWHBA approved stallion Timebreaker, owned by John and Jackie van den Bosch and ridden by Tammie Phillips, took the 1st place $1,500 purse and set a new record of 5'7". When the sponsor offered an additional $500 to top the 5'7" height, to the crowd's delight, Tammie and Timebreaker jumped 5'10" The $500 prize to the highest jumping Canadian Warmblood was earned by 3-year-old Waterloo with his rider Cobie van den Bosch.
The sale, which is run by volunteers, received many positive comments on how smoothly things ran and on the friendly reception to buyers from the workers and consignors. Les Burwash, member of the selection committee, commented that the quality of the horses offered continues to improve and that the breeders are producing a quality product that should perform well in the sport. Pedigree reader Ron Anderson, who has read pedigrees for the Spruce Meadows sales, stated that he was impressed with the overall high quality of the horses presented.
The Alberta Chapter of the CWHBA wishes to thank the Horse Industry Association of Alberta for the services of their manager, Teresa van Bryce, who acted as sale administrator. Her professionalism and abilities made for a smooth ride.
Added: November 1, 2006