Who was the Buckeroo son who went for $200? I didn't know about the sale. A forum member got this great buy....nothing wrong with this stallion. He was show fit and came from a great farm who just didn't need him. I'll let the lucky buyer make her own announcement. The horse's name is Little Kings Crimson Buckeroo, a very nice, young, chestnut son of Buckeroo.
The sale had been advertised via a Feature ad here on the Forum since May of this year linking you to the web site for the sale with descriptions and photos of the horses consigned. I was responsible for the web site, but not for the local advertising, so can't answer to how that was handled.
The sales management consisted of several knowledgeable and well-respected farms. This was the sales team's first effort, and I'm sure many things were learned from it to make the next sale better. It was held at a lovely AIR-CONDITIONED facility at the Ocala Livestock Pavilion, one of the premiere show and sale facilities in the area. Nice stalls, nice area to work in and comfortable for the buyers and sellers.
116 horses were consigned, anywhere from show stock from well-known farms: Reece Family Miniatures, JSW Farms, Silver Meadows, Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch, Lightening Ridge, Fallen Pines, etc., etc. all the way to family-friendly backyard and starter breeding stock. All the horses looked healthy and well-cared for.
The general economic state and price of fuel certainly is playing a part in MANY of the auctions/sales right now. The Mt Airy sale the week before also posted sales figures that reflected a "buyer's market". The Florida sale was no different. However, on the bright side, a nice rideable sized AND beautiful GELDING was one of the high sellers at $1275. Always good to see geldings bringing a decent price. Toni Reece was generous enough to let a beautiful Mare/Foal pair/bred back (Queen Ankhesnamun and a beautiful buckskin colt, Lot #89) go for $1100. Lucky Emily Conder !!!
I was not able to log in all the prices for each horse sold, but will be posting some of the highlights with photos on the web site as soon as the sales team gets back to me with some figures. All Florida Mini Sale
From a SELLER'S PERSPECTIVE.....I can certainly understand that seller's were hoping for higher prices, but unfortunately the local auction sales market prices are defintely not reflecting the true value of the horses being sold...maybe at the higher end sales like the World Show Sale where people go expecting to pay decent money for exceptional horses. Unfortunately at these local sales, buyers go EXPECTING to get a bargain. I know I went with that mindset. Doesn't always work in favor of the buyers, but in today's market, that seems to be the way it is. More people selling horses than people BUYING horses pushes prices down and all of us sellers feel that pinch.
From a BUYER's PERSPECTIVE....I was VERY happy with my 6 purchases including the 2 broodmares from JSW Farms, 1 broodmare from Lightening Ridge, a 2 year old palomino filly from Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch/Toni Reece, agent, a 2 year old Scout daughter, and 2 exceptionally nice yearling colts. It was $3000 total which I believe was well spent and I thank the sellers for allowing these horses to go to final sale. It would have been very easy to have "no sale'd" any or all of them for the exceptionally good bargains at which they were purchased.
So, with that being said: THANK YOU to the sellers for supporting the market place, and also for probably introducing some "new" owners to the joys of miniature horses. Hopefully the good will you showed will return to you manyfold with new contacts and private, more profitable sales in the future.