2006 American Hunter Pony Classic BEST EVER
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The 2006 American Hunter Pony Classic posted major increases in nearly every category. Statistically, the 2006 sale ranks as the best American Hunter Pony Classic ever and possibly the best Pony Auction ever held in North America. "This was a great auction. The buyers were active from beginning to end." said Tim Jennings, Marketing Director of Professional Auction Services, Inc. "The catalog included the best group of ponies the sale has ever offered."
A four year old daughter of Penrhyn Sporting Chance was the high selling pony at $67,000. Flower, a gray small pony, was sold by Leading Consignor Richard Taylor's Venture Stable. She was purchased by Mike Heintschel of Escondido, California. Taylor commented, "This is the best child's pony I have ever brought to the sale".
A new North American Record Price for a Yearling Pony was set when Prue Richardson's Northwind sent Northwind Maradonna into the sale ring late in the sale as hip number 90. Northwind Maradonna was Hunter Pony Breeding Grand Champion at the 2006 Devon Horse Show. He was purchased by Melissa Burns of Wellington, Florida. Northwind Maradonna was the only yearling offered at the sale. He is by Small-Land Martello and out of Northwind Justa A Laugh.
The High Selling two year old was Sporting Life, a filly by Penhryn Sporting Chance. The filly was sold for $20,000 by Bill Schaub agent for Bill Schaub and Peakewood Pharm to Janet Read of Welling ton, Florida. Schaub purchased the filly at the 2005 Select Pony Breeders Production Sale in Virginia. Eight Two Year Olds sold for an average price of $10,150.
A small pony was High Selling Three Year Old. Oompa Loompa, who placed second at the Devon and Upperville Horse Shows in 2006, topped all other three year old sold. The gelding was sold by by Bill Schaub agent for Bill Schaub and Peakewood Pharm to Olivia Golden of Reading Pennsylvania. Oompa Loompa was sold under his registered name of Farnley Ascot at the 2005 Farnley Farm & Shenandoah Stud Production Sale. Three Year Old Ponies averaged $14,554.
The American Hunter Pony Classic was produced by Professional Auction Services, Inc. of Berryville, Virginia. The auction firm was formed in 1978 and has produced over 210 auctions selling 50,000 horses and ponies for $160,000,000.
Sale records were set in 5 major statistical category.
Average Sale Price $13,230 UP 16% Highest Ever
Median Price $10,200 UP 40% Highest Ever
Gross Sales $926,100 UP 59% Highest Ever
# sold for $10,000 or more 37 UP 85% Highest Ever
# sold for $5,000 or more 61 UP 52% Highest Ever
High Selling Yearling $15,700 A NEW NORTH AMERICAN RECORD PRICE
# Cataloged 107 UP 3% 2nd Largest Ever
# Sold 70 UP 37% 2nd Highest Ever
High Seller $67,000 3rd Highest Ever
# at $20,000 + 10 UP 11% 2nd Highest Ever
Top 10 Average $34,040 UP 22% 2nd Highest Ever
% Sold 72% 3rd Highest Percentage Sold Ever
Leading Sires with Two or More Sold by Average
Sire Average Number Sold
Penhryn Sporting Chance $31,767 3
Pengyn $15,167 3
Blue Rain $11,950 2
Loafer's Lodge Spring Ahead $7,623 3
Sailor's Delight $7,150 2
Leading Consignors with Two or More Sold by Average
Consignor Average Number Sold
Sam & Jill Manno, agent $28,100 2
Bill Schaub, agent $22,625 8
Richard M. Taylor, Venture Stalbe $17,957 7
Prue Richardson, Northwind, agent $14,500 5
Daryl Stout, Soneledge Stables $13,750 2
Jennifer Thompson, agent $11,420 5
Karen Zinkhan, Bit By Bit Stable $10,825 4
Andrea Barr, agent $10,100 3
Mary Ann Funk, Ashwood Farm, agent $9,925 4
Emily Elek, agent $6,967 6
American Hunter Pony Classic Sale Graduate is
Grand Champion of the Largest Pony Finals in History
Two new Pessoa saddles were awarded to the highest placing sale graduates showing in the Regular Pony Hunter an Green Pony Hunter Divisions of the 2006 Wild Horsefeathers/USEF National Grand Hunter Pony Championship. The saddles were presented by English Riding Supply, exclusive distributors for Pessoa Saddles, and Professional Auction Services, Inc.
The saddle awarded to the top pony in the regular division went to the Overall Grand Champion of the largest Pony Finals ever held, Rockette, a 13.2-hand, seven-year-old crossbred pony mare, owned by Grand Slam Farm and Rachel Degabrielle, was shown by Kaitlyn Campbell, Campbell was a catch-rider, riding Rockette for the first time in the warm-up on Tuesday. Rockette and Campbell
Rockette was sold as Highland's Little Nell at the 2001 American Hunter Pony Classic held in Ashville, North Carolina. Highland's Little Nell set a North American record for a the highest price attained by a two year old pony at auction when the gavel fell at $29,000 for her seller, Jennifer Thompson, agent for the breeders, Jeanne Gelber and Eileen Listrani of The Grey Pony, LTD of Highland Maryland. She was purchased by Marc Rutenburg of Palm Harbor, Florida.
Rockette is a 7 year old daughter of JLA Sir William and out the the Thoroughbred mare Windair. She was second at the 2001 Upperville Colt and Horse Show in the Two Year Old Fillies class.
Competition for the Saddle awarded to the Highest Placing Green Pony Hunter went to the wire with two ponies owned by Bill Schaub and ridden by Taylor Ann Adams. True Blue was second in the Medium Green Pony Hunter Division just edging All Heart who was third in the Large Green Ponies.
True Blue was sold as Hillcrest's Blue Smoke in the 2004 American Hunter Pony Classic for $23,500 by Greg Rhoades of Williston, Florida and was purchased by Marion Gleijeses of Clayton, Missouri. Hillcrest's Blue Smoke is a registered Half-Bred Welsh by Gayfield's Vida Blue and out of Lad's Amelia.
All Heart set the record for the highest price ever for a pony in the American Hunter Pony Classic when the gelding sold for $75,000 at the 2005 American Hunter Pony Classic as Foxlair Fandango. Foxlair Fandango was sold by Richard M. Taylor's Venture Stable for the breeder, Stuart Kohler. Foxlair Fandango is by Penhryn Sporting Chance out of Dance On Snow.