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  • Aiken event horse auction. Thoughts?

    Has any one else checked out the Aiken event horse auction websited? Any one thinking about going and/or taking a horse there?

    Have a lovely young event prospect mare I'm having trouble moving. I'm thinking it would be nice to have an eventer audience who could really see her potential as an eventer, since a hunter or pleasure rider would never see those same things. This is not reallly for price reasons, but for "this is what this horse would truly do best" reasons. But wondering if its really worth the trip... It seems this is the inaugural year and those don't always get a good turn out. Now if this had been going on a few years.... I saw an inaugural sport horse auction once before and the turnout left a lot to be desired. But this is Aiken, its like one of the 3DE Meccas, right?

    I'm not in the horse selling business, just happened to come by this horse (where have we heard this story before, right?.... they're like potato chips, etc...) And I really want her to go the best possible home where she can really live up to her potential.
    "A horse!!! A horse!!! my Kingdom for a horse!
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    Proud founder of the "Plain Little Brown Mare-nothing Plain or Little 'bout her!" clique

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    I have a couple of horses I am thinking of taking. I would think since it seems like all the snowbirds are is in the Aiken area in February anyway, and by extension those clients of theirs who can AFFORD to go south for the winter, and maybe also therefore afford $125 to go look at horses for two days..... that turnout might be decent. (I would go to look if I could afford it, whether I was really in the market or not!! Sounds like fun to me!) But we'll see......

    Jennifer
    Third Charm Event Team

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    • #3
      [QUOTE=ThirdCharm;2825232...and by extension those clients of theirs who can AFFORD to go south for the winter, and maybe also therefore afford $125 to go look at horses for two days..... [/QUOTE]

      I think the $125 for registration might be a bargin as oppose to something for "rich" people! It buys "Admission for one Registered Buyer and one guest/spectator to both days of the sale, catered lunch each day, and entry to Wednesday evening cocktail party." That's 4 lunches and 2 for drinkswithpartyfood event (which would probably suit me for dinner.) Just as a weekend entertainment expenses for two it's a great deal at 33 bucks per a day. It also includes access to the radiographs which are required of all sale horses. You'd save the $125 in a heartbeat on radiographs in PPE if you decided to pursue anything.

      Personally, I'm seriously considering going as a buyer.

      You might want to do a search as this topic was discussed about a month ago with some question and answers to the organizers...

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      • #4
        True, it REALLY is a bargain. Esp. if you get a decent number of horses to show up.... first of all you can see a representation of (hopefully) pretty nice horses, and see what they're priced at, and even if you're not looking at that very moment, it should be pretty educational. Esp. if you go with someone experienced who can help you compare and evaluate!

        Jennifer
        Third Charm Event Team

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        • #5
          Seriously, if you have ever been at an event in Aiken in the VERY early spring (we like to call it Winter down here in Georgia), you know that the place is crawling with buyers. I had a friend who got four different queries as to whether her horse was for sale at Jumping Branch a couple years ago, and this was just while warming up for xc!

          Granted, she is a pro and the young horse was super nice, but I think it bodes really well for this sale. I won't be there but look forward to reports.

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          • #6
            We're thinking of taking two of ours - one of which ALL of the eventers seem to love... although she's been competing in the h/j ring. I'll be looking for an upper level professional to ride for me if we end up coming up - I'm taking names, so if you have recommendations of trainers that will be there, please email me info@platinumequestrian.com .
            Platinum Equestrian - Florida, USA

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            • #7
              I will take a preliminary horse if I still have him by then. Love him, but I gotta pay my rent!

              Sounds like a cool thing -- even if nobody buys your horse that day, it will get a lot of exposure.
              www.yellowroseeventing.com

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              • #8
                Aiken event horse auction. Thoughts?

                It is bound to be a huge success. Craig Thompson is an honest professional who is working very hard at promoting this. It is patterned after the very popular Polo Pony sale held in Aiken earlier in the year which has been going strong for years.. It is a really good idea for Event Horses and there is no where else in the U.S. where you have so many event facilities within 5 miles of one another (4, last count), and so many event professionals and competitors in one place at one time. Anyone who is looking to buy, or sell and event horse in the Southeast will be there. And Aikenites and winter Aikenites love a good party - true to Southern tradition, so it will most likely attract hunter/jumper and dressage buyers as well.

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                • #9
                  I have a horse that might go if he is not sold by then, i really hope he is sold though!

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                    #10
                    thanks for all the thoughts

                    I too will probably be looking for a rider to put up on this girl bc I get to be a wreck riding in frount of people esp professionals.
                    Please email me if you know of of some one or are looking to do it

                    orfeyeva@yahoo.com
                    "A horse!!! A horse!!! my Kingdom for a horse!
                    _____________________________________________
                    Proud founder of the "Plain Little Brown Mare-nothing Plain or Little 'bout her!" clique

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                    • Original Poster

                      #11
                      one more question

                      I'm not sure I can get any kind of real fence work into her. I have schooled her in hand over baby cross country stuff. So unless I can get a more experienced semi pro to ride her in the sale I won't really be able to have her jumped except free jumping.... Would it still be worth it? Based on her temperment and the way she was in hand on XC this horse will not have any problems on XC but the problem is convincing buyers of that with just a some pix of her jumping a ditch and bank on a longe and a pix of her free jumping...

                      Like I've said I'm not in the business of selling horses (this is the first one I've sold ever) so I really have little clue as to what I'm doing and its causing me a good deal of anxiety. I really want to do right by this horse. And I know in my heart she will be a good event horse and would enjoy the mental challenge of eventing.

                      How do you figure what to price a horse at? I don't want to over or under price
                      Last edited by flyingtails; Nov. 26, 2007, 05:49 PM.
                      "A horse!!! A horse!!! my Kingdom for a horse!
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                      Proud founder of the "Plain Little Brown Mare-nothing Plain or Little 'bout her!" clique

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                      • #12
                        If I were buying a horse at this event horse sale, I would probably not consider a horse that has no XC experience. It would have to be SUPERBLY bred with proven eventing lines. Can you find someone to take her out & school her this winter before the sale? It would only add to her value.

                        edited to add: Getting someone experienced to ride her in the sale is a great idea, but I would NOT have them push her past her training at the sale. The LAST thing you want is to put the fences up and have her crash & burn in front of potential buyers. If the pro can school her ahead of time that would be a good thing.

                        AND for those of you looking for someone to ride, I will only be taking one horse of my own and would be happy to take on others. I by no means consider myself a BNT, but I have competed sucessfully through the ** level. Plus I'd love to help out a fellow COTHer.
                        Last edited by yellow rose; Nov. 26, 2007, 01:46 PM. Reason: added stuff
                        www.yellowroseeventing.com

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                        • #13
                          Aiken event horse auction. Thoughts?

                          For those note sure if their horse is suitable, or if there will be someone there to assist in showing, price range, etc. contact Craig, the organizer,
                          http://www.CraigThompsonEventing.com
                          he will be glad to answer these questions and do whatever he to help your horse be shown to its best potential.

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                          • #14
                            Hey, seems printed, paper invites were sent out. I got one in the mail today! I think I'll go, if tire-kickers are allowed.
                            Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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                            • #15
                              As long as you're willing to pay the $125 fee to get in... I guess tire kickers are allowed. Of course as a potential seller, I hope there will be buyers there also.
                              Platinum Equestrian - Florida, USA

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                              • #16
                                I want to go. I've been looking for a horse for four months and after logging thousands of miles on my truck and spending some cash on hotels and failed vettings it would be nice to see a bunch of horses all in one place that already have decent xrays. Plus I won't have to deal with people who don't return calls or emails (and they wonder why their horse doesn't sell... )

                                Hopefully the organizers will post a catalog online beforehand so I can do a little research on any interesting ones. I keep seeing "experienced" eventers at a certain level only to find out that the horse has done one or two events at that level - and sometimes the horse retired or had tons of refusals/rails! I guess they didn't say the horse had good experience.

                                It's surprising to me how hard the search has been considering everyone's saying people want to move horses for the winter with the price of hay, etc. Maybe that's for the greenies though...

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Platinum Equestrian View Post
                                  As long as you're willing to pay the $125 fee to get in... I guess tire kickers are allowed. Of course as a potential seller, I hope there will be buyers there also.
                                  Well, $125 covers 2 people and 2 days of food, drink, schmoozing with friends and ogling a lot of fine horse flesh. What could be better? Seems a pretty fine deal to me! AND, you never know, something just might catch my eye! I will have an empty slot on my trailer when I head home in April, seems a shame to drive all this way with only one horse, no?
                                  Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by North Dakota View Post
                                    I have a horse that might go if he is not sold by then, i really hope he is sold though!

                                    me too! If not...he will hopefully have had a couple of successful events (with perhaps some primary color ribbons) right before the sale....one can hope!
                                    ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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                                    • #19
                                      me too! If not...he will hopefully have had a couple of successful events (with perhaps some primary color ribbons) right before the sale....one can hope!
                                      exactly! i'm hoping mine sells before the sale, he will probably move up to prelim soon, and with me going horse shopping next week, him being sold sooner then later would be nice(we will be up to 4) :|

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
                                        Well, $125 covers 2 people and 2 days of food, drink, schmoozing with friends and ogling a lot of fine horse flesh. What could be better? Seems a pretty fine deal to me! AND, you never know, something just might catch my eye! I will have an empty slot on my trailer when I head home in April, seems a shame to drive all this way with only one horse, no?
                                        You think just like I do...
                                        Platinum Equestrian - Florida, USA

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