The 2000 American Hunter
Pony Classic


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2000 American Hunter Pony Classic
Sets Record Average Price

A standing room only crowd gathered at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut for the American Hunter Pony Classic held August 8, 2000. The auction of Hunter ponies, prospects and breeding stock is held annually in conjunction with the AHSA Pony Finals. When the gavel fell on the final pony, a record high average price per pony sold had been set at $9,394. The old record, set in 1999, of $7,755 was bested by seventeen (17%) percent.

Average prices for the top ponies also jumped with a record number of ponies selling for $20,000 or more. “This helps prove that the auction method of marketing is the most efficient and effective way to sell a quality pony. The Thoroughbred industry has known this for a century and we hope to move the Hunter and Sport Horse industries in that direction” said Tim Jennings, Vice President of Professional Auction Services, Inc.

The High Selling Pony, Blue Moon, sold for $43,000 to Leslie Demerville of Connecticut and was sold by Richard Taylor’s Venture Farm, agent. The 12 year old Welsh/Thoroughbred Cross large gelding is a seasoned campaigner with several trips to the Pony Finals under his belt. “This pony is very solid, dependable and safe.” said Jennings. “He rode the same for everyone who tried him at the sale and is fancy enough to be competitive anywhere.”

The High Selling Mare, Imp, fetched a price of $42,000 and was also sold by Richard Taylor’s Venture Farm, agent, to David Elliot & Sarah Nyland of Pennsylvania. Imp, a 5 year old small pony, is registered VPBA and was sold for Stewart Kohler. Kohler’s program had already produced Foxlair Poker, who sold at the 1996 American Hunter Pony Classic in Darien, Connecticut and was Overall Reserve Champion at the Pony Hunter Finals in 1997. Elliot and Nyland also purchased the high selling two year old, Misty Blue Paris for $20,000.

“The ponies that performed the best sold the best”, stated Jennings. “If a pony had an off day or came out of the barn and did something stupid, it was penalized by the buying public. These people are looking for something to put their kids on and clearly wouldn’t pay for someone else’s problems. “

The American Hunter Pony Classic was managed by Professional Auction Services, Inc. of Leesburg, Virginia. Professional Auction Services, Inc. was founded in 1978 by Mike Jennings and Tim Jennings and has managed over 160 Horse Auctions with sales of over $70,000,000. Auctioneers for the Sale were Mike Jennings and Tim Jennings of Professional Auction Services, Inc.

For complete results and further information contact Professional Auction Services, Inc. at (800) 240-7900.

2000 American Hunter Pony Classic
August 8, 2000 - Fairfield Hunt Club - Westport, Connecticut

Sale Average (horses actually sold):

$9,394 (Increase of 17%)

Top 5 Ponies Sold Average Price: $36,200 (Increase of 15%)
Top 10 Ponies Sold Average Price: $28,250 (Increase of 19%)
Top 25 Ponies Sold Average Price:

$17,436 (Increase of 10%)

Median Price:

$6,400 (Increase of 22%)

VPBA Ponies Average Price: $18,643 (increase of 43%)

                              High      Low               # Not       
    All Ponies       Average  Seller    Seller    # Sold  Sold    # Out   
    All Ponies       $9,394   $43,000   $1,225    57      36      7   
    Yearlings        $2,400   $2,800    $2,000    2       0       0   
    2 Year Olds      $9,667   $20,000   $2,150    6       3       2   
    3 Year Olds      $11,479  $23,500   $3,500    7       5       0   
    4 Years & Older  $9,340   $43,000   $1,225    42      28      5   
                                
                              High      Low               # Not       
    All Ponies       Average  Seller    Seller    # Sold  Sold    # Out   
    All Ponies       $9,394   $43,000   $1,225    57      36      7   
    ALL Mares        $9,061   $42,000   $1,225    24      22      3   
    Stallions        $0       $0        $0  0     1       0   
    Geldings         $9,636   $43,000   $1,650    33      14      4   

High Selling Ponies

High Selling Pony - Hip # 77 Blue Moon - $43,000.00
11 year old, Welsh / TB, gelding, large
Seller: Richard M. Taylor’s Venture Stables, Agent
Buyer: Leslie Demerville

High Selling Mare - Hip # 5 Imp - $42,000.00
5 year old, VPBA, mare, small
Seller: Richard M. Taylor’s Venture Stables, Agent
Buyer: David Elliot & Sarah Nyland

Hip # 43 Rainsox - $39,000.00
5 year old , Welsh Cross, gelding, medium
Seller: Gary Duffy, Agent, Littlebrook Farm
Buyer: Marcella Leone

Hip # 75 Christopher Robin - $33,500.00
6 year old, year old, Welsh / TB, gelding, large
Seller: Elizabeth Roberts
Buyer: Maho Abe

Hip # 26 Northwind Charlottes Web - $23,500.00
3 year old, Welsh Sec B, mare, small
Seller: Prue Richardson
Buyer: Sarah Ryan

Hip # 42 Silence Is Golden - $23,000.00
12 year old, VPBA, mare, large
Seller: Lynda K. Gross
Buyer: Fletcher Farm

Hip # 100 Good Luck - $21,500.00
3 year old, VPBA, gelding, medium
Seller: Richard M. Taylor’s Venture Stables, Agent
Buyer: Stacey Schaefer & Kim Stewart

Hip # 14 Misty Blue Paris - $20,000.00
2 year old, VPBA, mare, small
Seller: Richard M. Taylor’s Venture Stables, Agent
Buyer: David Elliot & Sarah Nyland




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