2015 NAERIC Futurity and Sale By Bruce Roy, www.wrdha.com Photos by Brenda Hunter Pundits ringside in the Westoba Arena at Brandon’s 2015 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair were right. The entry at this year’s North American Equine Ranching Information Council’s Draft Horse Classic Yearling Sale exhibited greater quality than in previous years. at the NAERIC Sale as a yearling by Kent and Marnie Anderson who pocketed the $6,030.90 awarded this year’s Futurity Winner. The Breeder’s Award of $1,857.50 was pocketed by Cameron and Julie Roy, SanLan Percherons of Markerville, AB. This year’s judges were Aaron Freitag (New Castle, Indiana), Steve Gregg (Cargill, ON) and Tim Sparrow (Jordan, Minnesota). But one entry surfaced in the $2,500 Lady Driver Division. This was Tracey Bickford, Prairie Percherons of Marquis, SK, who collected $1,000 with her entry. The Futurity payout was $30,154.20. No draft horse entered went home with less than $500.
3-year-old grey Percheron Mare, SanLan Montana.
he consignment of 24 Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons and Shires sold for a $3,783.35 average price. Rose Hill Usher was the sale high. This Percheron colt won an $8,500 bid placed by Gord Ruzicka, Rose Hill Percherons of Viking, AB. From the last foal crop by the Iowa-bred sire, L.D.’s Shiawass’e Ozzie, he has the size and stretch Percheron breeders seek today. His honour-laden dam, Rose Hill Nicole II, is a daughter of Lucasia Colonel. Gardiner’s Vegas topped the Belgians consigned. Red sorrel in colour, this lofty colt sparked a bidding war. Bred by Rob Gardiner, Gardiners Belgians of Virden, MB, he was purchased by Tom Lane, Creekside Belgians of Birtle, MB. The paternal grandson of Korry’s Captain won a final bid of $7,500. Evergreen Acres Baxter was the high-selling Clydesdale. Consigned by Robert D. Campbell, Riverside Clydesdales of Fawcett, AB, this handsome bay colt, marked picture perfect, was bought by Zane Pickering, Falcon Clydesdales of Prince George. A son of North Country Limited Edition, he sold for $5,000. The Express Ranch Clydesdales of Yukon, Oklahoma, purchased Windcharger Chance. This exciting black colt, bred by Dale and Maxine Campbell, Windcharger Shires of Dawson Creek, is a Providence Flynn son. When fully developed, he will take a position in the widely-campaigned six horse hitch of black geldings shown by Express Ranches. Winner of the 2015 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity was SanLan Montana. Fielded by Kent and Marnie Anderson and Sons, Charleswood Percheron of Pilot Mound, MB, this powerful, dark grey Percheron mare was bred by Cameron and Julie Roy, SanLan Percherons at Markerville, AB. Purchased as a yearling at the NAERIC Sale for $3,700, all three judges placed her first shown on halter; two judges placed her second Pattern Driving, the third judge placed her fourth. While two judges placed her second in the Cart Class, the third judge placed her third. SanLan Montana was purchased 24 • Saddle Up • May 2015
The sorrel Belgian Gelding, Duhaime’s Tanner, driven by Gord Ruzicka, won the Rail Cart Class, one of the three divisions of the NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity. All three judges placed him first in this division.
Belgian Gelding Creek Side Xenos.
Black Yearling Lone Oak 14 Rex. HCBC 2010 Business of tHe Year
Published on May 1, 2015