If you re out to sell a top ranch horse, the Working Ranch Horse competition and sale, to be held November 8, are ideal venues, said the owner of last year s champion ranch horse. It s a win-win venue to market a well-broke stock horse, said Don Edey of Edey Ranches in Longview, AB. Edey s horse, ER Uvalde, won the championship and brought in the second highest bid at the sale, which follows the competition. The brown gelding went for $6,000, with My Midnight League, a black mare from Frehlick Quarter Horses in Estevan, SK, receiving the top bid of $6,500. She placed second in the competition.
The winning horses don t always fetch the highest price, depending on the order of bidding and what the purchaser wants, said Northlands Farmfair show manager David Fiddler. Sometimes there is quite an upset. There may be a horse that tugs at someone s heart strings, or they just want a quiet horse.
For Crystal Ference, of Gibbons, AB, Uvalde was the horse for her. Even if he hadn t won the competition, that is the horse I wanted, she said. I d seen him in the sales catalogue, and liked the results he had. I would have bid on him even if he hadn t won the competition. It was just an added bonus that he won.
The sale attracts buyers looking for working horse prospects and some who are eyeing experienced mounts as 4-H candidates, said Fiddler. Buying a horse through an auction can be tricky if you haven t had a chance to chat with the owners or see the horse in action, said Ference who uses Uvalde in team penning and reining. He is also a great prospect for her children, she said. I may use him as a gymkhana horse.
Ference was looking for a horse that was sound with good training, experienced around cattle and a horse she could advance on. At this sale, you get to see what they can do. You know you are getting an experienced horse. You have a chance to preview them.
The sale will also broadcast by Direct Livestock Marketing Systems (DLMS). Edey takes great satisfaction in matching his horses with the right owner. I love to produce good horses and see people eventually own them and enjoy them as much as we do in their development, he said.
Fiddler expects sale prices to be equal to or more than last year s average of $3,807. Cattle prices are up, canola is nearing record prices and the oil business is strong, he said. At a sale Fiddler held in September in Saskatchewan, prices were the strongest they ve been since 2002, when Alberta s cattle industry was crippled after its first cases of bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE) So things are now looking good, Fiddler said. I think we will have a very strong sale. .