Ringside pundits at Brandon’s 2015 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair were right. This year’s year’s North American Equine Ranching Information Council’s Draft Horse Classic Yearling Sale surpassed that seen in previous years. The 24 Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons and Shires consigned sold for a $3,783.35 average price.

Dunhaime's Tanner, Winner of the Rail Cart Class

Dunhaime’s Tanner, Winner of the Rail Cart Class

Sale high was Rose Hill Usher. This Percheron colt won the $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 Shiawassie’s Ozzie, he has the size and stretch Percheron breeders seek today. Rose Hill Nicole II, his honour laden dam, is a Lucasia Colonel  daughter.

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. A paternal grandson of Korry’s Captain, Gardiner’s Vegas won a last bid of $7,500.

The high priced Clydesdale was Evergreen Acres Baxter. Consigned by Robert D. Campbell, Riverside Clydesdales of Fawcett, AB, this handsome, bay colt, marked picture perfect, was purchased by Zane Pickering, Falcon Clydesdales of Prince George, BC. A son of  North Country Limited Edition, Evergreen Acres Baxter sold for $5,000.

Windcharger Chance was purchased by Express Ranch Clydesdales of Yukon, Oklahoma. This exciting Shire colt, bred by Dale & Maxine Campbell, Windcharger Shires of Dawson Creek, BC, is by Providence Flynn son. When fully developed, this black yearling will take a position in the six horse hitch of geldings shown and paraded by Express Ranches.

SanLan Montana, the 2015 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity Winner

SanLan Montana, the 2015 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity Winner

Sanlan Montana topped the 2015 NAERIC Draft Horse Classic Futurity. Fielded by Kent & Marnie Anderson, Charleswood Percheron of Pilot Mound, MB, this powerful Percheron mare  was bred by Cameron & Julie Roy, SanLan Percherons at Markerville, Alberta. Purchased for $3,700 at the NAERIC Sale as a yearling filly, all three judges placed her first shown on halter. Two judges placed her second Pattern Driving, the third placed her fourth; while two judges had her second in the Rail Cart Class. The third judge placed her third. SanLan Montana was purchased as a yearling by Kent & Marnie Anderson, who pocketed the $6,030.90 purse  awarded this year’s Futurity Winner. The Breeder’s Award of $1,857.50 was collected by Cameron & Julie Roy.

Aaron Freitag (New Castle, Indiana); Steve Gregg (Cargill, Ontario) and Tim Sparrow  (Jordan, Minnesota), judged this year’s NAERIC Futurity. Sadly, in the $2,500 Lady Driver Division but one entry surfaced. This was Tracey Bickford, Prairie Percherons of Marquis, SK., who collected the $1,000 purse offered. This year’s Futurity payout was $30,154.20. No draft horse entered won less than $500.