Canadians Make Presence Felt In Harrisburg


The Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual Harrisburg Sale is always an anticipated event for horsepeople north of the border, and after looking at the numbers, Canucks were quite active


As reported earlier by Trot Insider, Canadians were quite active during the yearling sessions. Of the 1,124 yearlings sold, Canucks brought home 275 yearlings at a total of $8,281,500. Based on the name and address of the primary purchaser, here's the breakdown of where those yearlings went:

  • Alberta - 11 yearlings - $332,000
  • New Brunswick - 6 yearlings - $127,000
  • Nova Scotia - 13 yearlings - $193,500
  • Ontario - 201 yearlings - $6,372,000
  • Prince Edward Island - 13 yearlings - $156,000
  • Quebec - 31 yearlings - $1,101,000

Ontario represented the single highest state or province of yearling buyers. Murray Brown of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company told Trot Insider that, "The Canadian influence was HUGE. We would have been in deep trouble without them."

In terms of yearlings, the leading consignor this year was Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Farms (with an average of $48,579 for his 18 yearlings). Not far behind are Blue Chip Farms (48 yearlings, $48,454 average) and Rob and Tammy McNiven's Twinbrook Farms of Embro, Ont. (eight yearlings, $48,375).

The leading pacing stallion (with three or more yearlings in the auction) was Jeremes Jet. The Ontario-based stallion’s offspring sold for an average of $55,500.

After the yearling sessions came to a close, the mixed sessions took place on Friday and Saturday. Canadians were players once again.

A total of 940 horses went through the ring during the mixed sessions and brought $20,695,700. A total of 175 of those horses went to Canadian interests, who, in total, spent $3,973,500. A total of 104 horses were purchased by interests from Ontario that spent $2,747,000. Interests from Alberta purchased 18 horses (for a total of $117,500) and interests from Quebec bought 32 horses (for a total of $907,000).

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