by Betty Miller
The Buckeye Haflinger Sale was held September 8, 2001 at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds, Jefferson, Ohio.
More than 200 Haflingers were consigned to the third annual Buckeye Haflinger Sale. The horses started arriving Friday morning. The check-in of horses took till late afternoon when the preview of sale horses began. The Haflingers were shown in the outdoor arena. The horses trained to ride and drive were shown under saddle or harness and often both.
The Haflinger is truly a versatile horse and at the sale, many animals were represented that way! There were older well recommended driving geldings and mares, many yearlings and weanlings, and only one breeding age stallion. From quality breeding stock, performance horses, to back yard pets, a horse could be found for everyone! There were many happy first time buyers.
Fourteen area breeding stallions were shown in the arena just prior to the sale preview. Many of these stallions had offspring in the sale, or in some cases, mares were sold in foal to one of them, giving the prospective buyers a good opportunity to see the stallions without running all over the country to do it! The sale preview gives the buyers a good opportunity to evaluate the horses before actually bidding on them the next day!
Some of the owners offered services to be sold at auction to their stallions. The proceeds went to help offset the cost of the sale. Some carts, harness, wagons, and buggies were also auctioned in the morning before starting the sale of horses.
The geldings sold first. The horses are cataloged and sold according to age. The geldings aged from weanlings to 14 years, and the 42 of them averaged $1260. The 30 stallions of which were all under breeding age except one, averaged $1309 and the 89 mares, from an 18 year old to weanlings averaged $1746.
The highest selling mare was a yearling filly consigned by Grison Farm, Quebec. GINA-GELA GFI sold for $9100 to Ephraim Stoltzfus, Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania. The highest selling stallion was a weanling, WORLD CLASS NTF, which sold for $5100 to Steven Lee Stoltzfus, W. Farmington, Ohio from New Trend Farm, New York. ALBANY’S FUNNY BOY NKA, a three year old, was the highest selling gelding at $3000, from Norman and Kathryn Miller, Garretsville, Ohio to Crist Coblentz of Pennsylvania.
Photo: The highest selling Haflinger was a yearling filly consigned by Grison Farm, Quebec. GINA-GELA GFI was imported from Austria and sired by NABUCCO. She sold for $9100 to Ephraim Stoltzfus, Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania.