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Virginia Hunter & Sport Horse Auction this Weekend

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  • Virginia Hunter & Sport Horse Auction this Weekend

    I have never been to an auction, and I am thinking about going to Virginia with several others this Saturday. Has anyone ever been, and has anyone ever purchased a horse this way?

    http://www.professionalauction.com/08vafall.htm

    I have been told lots of deals "get done in the parking lot". It will be a very interesting experience, and I also understand they post the price that each horse sold for.
    With today's economy, I doubt there will be any big ticket items. Are the owners/agents allowed to refuse the price once the bidding is completed?
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    I have been many times and over the years have bought some very nice horses for under-market prices. I have also sold a few for under-market prices too!

    There are deals that go on in the barns but these deals also go through the sales office so that PAS doesn't lose their commission one way or the other. And plenty of horses get "no saled" in the ring because they don't meet the reserve. Some of those then get sold in the barn.

    I was looking at the catalog and as usual there are some lovely ones *on paper*. In my experience though, when I get there I end up buying the one that I didn't pay any attention to in the catalog because the write-up was so generic. Good luck!!
    "Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?" Sun Tzu, The Art of War
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    • #3
      I have both bought and sold ponies at PAS sales with generally very good results, although I do think the economy this year is affecting sales of mid-range horses and ponies. You are allowed as a seller to set a reserve on your horse - it is not written or posted anywhere - and basically you make the last bid and pay the auction company a 5% commission on the last bid (yours) to do a no sale - entry fees etc. still apply. Many nice horses and ponies usually sell for very good prices and some very good deals can be found as well. Good luck if you go and hope you have a good time!
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        #4
        I heard the deals are good.... and now this economy should make it even more interesting. It'll be fun if we all still decide to take the road trip.
        ~ Bill Rube ~
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        • #5
          Silverballs - it should be even better for the buyer because there's rain in the forecast and that means less potential buyers will show up.

          Good luck!
          Siegi Belz
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          • #6
            Originally posted by siegi b. View Post
            Silverballs - it should be even better for the buyer because there's rain in the forecast and that means less potential buyers will show up.

            Good luck!
            Perhaps this theory is different at horse auctions, but all the "other" auctions I've ever gone to thinking that same thing have been PACKED. I guess everyone else had the same idea! LOLOLOL
            Tracy Geller
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              #7
              Tomorrow is the day.... Doesn't seem worth the trip to me.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by SilverBalls
                Tomorrow is the day.... Doesn't seem worth the trip to me.
                Nothing like a little reverse psychology, hu SB???
                Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist

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                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  Not really... I need to downsize and there doesn't seem to be anything I can't live without.
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                  • #10
                    I am sad to see some older broodmares going thru the sale.
                    Robin Stewart
                    www.woodsendfarm.com

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                    • #11
                      memo queen (at !6.2) looks to be another mare from the Fairy Gold line-- bred to a Mt Livermore son-might make a nice sporthorse broodmare?

                      And an Arts and Letters mare (15.2hd)?

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                      • Original Poster

                        #12
                        Looks like the economy had a grip on this sale!
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                        • #13
                          Any results? Who was there that can report in?
                          Sandy
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                          • #14
                            I am also interested in any sales results. Anyone go??
                            http://www.talloaksfarm.net ---"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." --- Winston Churchill

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                              #15
                              They were up last night on the results tab.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by SilverBalls View Post
                                They were up last night on the results tab.

                                I don't see it now, did they take it down?? Were the prices so low and a lot of no sales??? What did you see last night???
                                http://www.talloaksfarm.net ---"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." --- Winston Churchill

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                                  #17
                                  Not sure what happened.... I didn't print it out. lots of no sales...
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by SilverBalls View Post
                                    Not sure what happened.... I didn't print it out. lots of no sales...
                                    Do you happen to know if the bay horse, Raining on Sunday, sold? He looked nice in the catalog. Also, Guaranteed Galoubet?
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                                    • #19
                                      Do you mean the "results tab" on the Professional Auction site? Or was it posted on COTH?
                                      Sandy
                                      www.sugarbrook.com
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                                        Originally posted by YankeeLawyer View Post
                                        Do you happen to know if the bay horse, Raining on Sunday, sold? He looked nice in the catalog. Also, Guaranteed Galoubet?
                                        Guaranteed Galoubet never made it, Jill Johnson told several people it was injured in an altercation with a stall door or something...

                                        The results were on the Auction site...
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