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Ranch Horse Sale down from recent record-setting years

Written by  Charles Lefebvre
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Taylor Douglas showcases a Sorrel gelding for sale at the eighth annual Ranch Horse Competition and Sale at the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede July 29. Taylor Douglas showcases a Sorrel gelding for sale at the eighth annual Ranch Horse Competition and Sale at the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede July 29. Southern Alberta Newspapers photo by Charles Lefebvre

Buyers ponied up the cash at the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede July 29, as the eighth annual Ranch Horse Competition and Sale took over the Grandstand.


Fifteen horses were on the selling block July 29, going for a total of $109,300.
Last year, 20 horses on the auction block fetched a total of $180,700.
“It’s a little lower than last year. We had six horses bow out,” said Camille Reesor, one of the organizers of the show.
Although the total at the auction was lower than totals in previous, record-setting years, Reesor says the market for horses is remaining strong for buyers.
“Anything that’s gentle will definitely sell high,” she said.
The highest-selling horse this year was a five-year-old Bay gelding cosigned by Brent Campbell, selling for $15,000. Five horses sold for more than $10,000 during the auction.
Among prospect horses (horses three years old and younger), a Chestnut gelding cosigned by Amos Abrahamson sold for $8,000.
Reesor says buyers are looking for several qualities in horses to purchase.
“They’re looking for gentle and broke performance horses, something they can go on a trail ride with or ranch on or show,” she said.
Prior to the auction, horses take part in a competition to show their skills in reining, roping a cow and other ranch horse tasks. A Sorrel Mare cosigned by Calvin Olson took top prize in the competition. The mare itself was the second-highest selling horse of the afternoon, going for $13,500.

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