Following on from the success of its horse and pony sales this
year, including Borderway’s first Shetland pony sale, Harrison & Hetherington
has drawn up a specialist calendar of fixtures for 2007.
Due to the demand from the increasing popularity of equine interests,
the programme so far includes 11 sales at the auction company’s
centres at Borderway, Carlisle and Kirkby Stephen next year – including
a Christmas sale at Borderway next month.
“Our first sale of Shetland ponies under the auspices
of the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society in October was a huge
success drawing vendors and prospective buyers from across the
country,” said Harrison & Hetherington’s operations
director David Pritchard.
“The second sale of Standard bred horses at Kirkby Stephen
later in the month has also established itself as an annual fixture
on the equine sales calendar.
In addition a carriage and driving sale, featuring driving horses,
complete turnouts, horse boxes, trailers and driving harness
is at present being planned to take place in the spring at Carlisle.
“We have been thinking for some time that we could fill
a void in the region by staging specialist equine sales and these
two sales, along with on-going sales at Kirkby Stephen have been
proof which has spurred us on to develop the potential and to
satisfy the needs of a growing number of people interested in
horses and ponies either for riding, sport or for breeding.”
Harrison & Hetherington has been working closely with equine
consultant and Shetland pony enthusiast Norman Blackburn, of
Newton Reigny, Penrith, for a number of months in the run up
to the Shetland sale and he is continuing to advise on marketing
It was Mr Blackburn’s Newton stud which secured the first
Shetland sale’s top price of 1,350gns with Knock Mimosa,
a 32 inch mare, bred from two of the best Shetland pony bloodlines
of Marshwood and Kerswell.
A licensed 10 year old stallion Kerswell Titan consigned by JAT Hodge, of Okehampton,
Devon was close making 1,300gns to Sylvia Ashton, of Liverpool.
One of the new areas the company intends to develop is in registered
horses and ponies and performance animals to complement the popular
ongoing sales at Kirkby Stephen which regularly feature increasingly
sought-after coloured animals.
Entries are now being taken for a first Christmas sale of horses
and ponies at Borderway on Saturday December 16.
Fixtures lined up so far for 2007 include:
March 17 – a general horse and pony
sale incorporating first spring show and sale under the auspices
of the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society and featuring other
registered native breeds at Borderway.
March 31 – a carriage and driving
sale featuring driving horses, complete turnouts, horse boxes,
and other associated driving tack at Borderway.
April 21 – sale of coloured horses
and ponies at Kirkby Stephen.
June 8 – a second sale of coloured
horses and ponies at Kirkby Stephen.
June 16 – Sale of proven and potential
performance horses and ponies including thoroughbreds together
with in hand horses and ponies at a venue to be agreed.
July 20 – a general sale of horses
and carriages at Borderway.
September 22 – the annual Cowper
Day horse sale at Kirkby Stephen.
October 8 – the Standard bred horse
sale at Kirkby Stephen.
October 10 – second annual autumn
sale of Shetland ponies under society auspices at Borderway.
December 8 – Christmas sale of horses
and ponies at Kirkby Stephen.
December 15 – Christmas “Bonanza” sale
of horses and ponies at Borderway.
Shetland Pony Show & Sale a Great Success
Cowper Day sale of Horses and Ponies