Down South Dispersal Sales


As reported on our Facebook page yesterday, the Babcock Ranch Dispersal Sale scheduled for Oct. 14, is now fast-tracked to an \”Emergency Dispersal\” by order of the court. The original sale has been cancelled. A full 200 horses are selling to the highest bidder in a one-lot sale. Deadline for offers is noon, Friday, Sept. 24. Offers will be presented at a hearing tentatively be scheduled for next week.  Bidders can be present at the hearing, and a 20% deposit will be required by the Trustee prior to the hearing. The amended inventory now includes the stallions Trashadeous and Cowboy Smarts. There is also a large number of frozen semen doses available on auction for both of these stallions – 469 for Trashadeous and 295 for Cowboy Smarts. A separate offer may be made for these holdings. See details at Professional Auction Services.

Meanwhile in the pleasure horse industry, a major contender, McWhirter Quarter Horses, located in Nebraska and home to such stallions as Absolute Asset and Absolute Investment held a major dispersal this past weekend, selling off just under 90 horses. While their 1995 \”designer gene\” stallion, Absolute Investment was consigned to the sale, he was passed out at $92,000.


Total sale revenue amounted to $397,700 at the McWhirter Dispersal, bringing an average of $4,624.42. High seller was a 2002 mare, Shes An Encore, by Good Asset, and bred to Absolute Investment, who sold for $23,000. Yearlings ranged from $1,500 (son of Absolute Investment), to the high seller of $7,200, a gray gelding by Absolute Investment. Two-year-olds ranged from $1,400 for an Absolute Investment gelding to $14,000 for an Absolute Investment gelding.

Results of the sale are possibly a good marker for what pleasure horses are worth in the market this fall.

With all of these dispersal sales currently in motion down south, it\’s seriously tempting to head down and gather a few to bring home. However, here in Canada, a positive outcome of this for Canadian buyers is there are a great many horses for sale here now as well, for very reasonable prices. And we still have two major sales of our own coming up – including the Western Horse Sale, to be held Friday, October 1st, at the Westerner during the Canadian Supreme as well as the Alberta Quarter Horse Breeders Group Fall Select Sale, to be held Nov. 6 at Northlands in Edmonton. In addition, several production sales are set to be completed this month and next. Be sure to check them all out in Fall Sale Guide in the September issue of Western Horse Review.


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