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Canadian Warmblood

Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale BEST VALUE – BEST SELECTION


aunched in 1995, the CWHBA Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale is probably the longest running, largest Warmblood horse sale in North America. October 13 and 14, 2012 will mark

the eighteenth year that the two-day event will be run, hosted by the Alberta Chapter in Olds, Alberta. Modeled after the popular sales auctions held in Germany, with tryouts, demonstrations and a gala evening, it has proven to be a successful venue, providing a unique opportunity to showcase the Canadian Warmblood breeding program. Buyers from all over North America and even Europe have been attracted to the sale because of the consistent quality and large selection. Typically 60 to 70 horses go through the ring on sale day. T e majority are riding age going under saddle, but young prospects and a few broodmares are also off ered. In recent years online bidding and live streaming video have broadened the audience, however the majority of people prefer to attend in person to enjoy the

friendly atmosphere while investigating their potential purchases. High selling horses have ranged from $20,000 to as high as

$50,000, but it is the under $10,000 average price for quality riding horses which makes the sale so attractive to trainers and competitors looking for future performance prospects. T e opportunity to see and compare so many quality

Warmblood horses in one venue garners good responses from trainers. Eric Martin from Manitoba remarks, “I am truly impressed with the quality of horses and breeding off ered and the fact that one trip allows me to see so many potentially suitable horses for my clients.” Repeat buyer Kelly Fedt from Minnesota keeps us up to date on the eight prospects she has purchased, developed and resold over the years. Regular buyer and amateur owner Paula Leweke of Victoria, B.C. comments, “I have now bought four horses from the Fall Classic Breeders Sale and they have all been wonderful horses.” When Joni Lynn Peters, one of Canada's top dressage

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competitors needs a new mount, she doesn't hesitate about buying at the sale because, she says, the sale provides an opportunity to view a lot of well presented horses. “I can see them several times ridden, walking and jumping, and I can try them out under saddle.” In 1998 she bought Winkin (Wedukind x Lanscape Page xx) who she successfully developed through the medium levels, and in 2003 she purchased Travolta (Ferro x Landwind II) her current Grand Prix horse, and together they qualifi ed for the 2012 Olympic team (short list). In all disciplines and at all levels sale graduates can be

found throughout Canada and the United States with some as far away as Switzerland and Korea. T e list is impressive and includes horses such as Imperial (Indoctro x Arkansas) a multiple hunter champion, Ringo (Damiro x Wermiszel) a top combined driving horse in Alberta and Fan Music (Fantast x Native Uproar) a successful three day eventer in Florida. Also, Wunder KF (VDL Arctic x Emilion) was purchased by Kelly Fedt and went on to be Zone 6 Champion 5-year- old Jumper in 2008. One of the unique

features of the sale is the annual three bars competition that is held each year during the Saturday night Gala. A modifi ed six bars jumping competition which highlights young riders on young horses, including

sale horses, the event provides excitement and ample evidence of horsemanship and horse talent. Winning riders have been as young as sixteen jumping a fi nal 5ʹ 3ʹʹ fence on young horses. With the sale’s venue just thirty minutes away from the Calgary International Airport, whether you come as a serious buyer or as an interested spectator, the Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale is an event not to be missed. For more information go to

Top: A Warmblood during the 2011 fall sale. Above left: Joni Lynn Peters and Travolta. Joni purchased him at the Fall Breeder’s Classic Sale. Bottom: A jumper is ridden during the try-outs in 2010 before the auction.

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Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders’ Association

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