Wetaskiwin, AB – After decades of breeding warmblood and sport horses, the owners of D&R Ranching in Wetaskiwin, AB, felt that their extensive herd was too large to manage along with operating a very busy veterinary practice. They needed a way to sell a large number of horses so they came up with a unique idea. They are holding a series of on-line auctions for the purpose of reducing their herd.

Over 40 horses from their herd, plus a few from a limited number of guest consignors, will be sold through three separate, but overlapping, sales. Potential buyers should register to bid through the warmbloods.ca website. Bidding for each sale will extend over a one-month period and the horses are grouped according to the required opening price and bid increments:

Sale One: June 22 – July 22 Opening at $3,000 with increments of $100

Sale Two: July 15 – August 16 Opening at $6,000 with increments of $250

Sale Three: August 3 – September 3 Opening at $9,000 with increments of $500

All transactions will be in Canadian currency.

This dramatic inventory reduction provides an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in acquiring well bred horses sporting such internationally recognized bloodlines as Akzent II, Argentan I, Calvados, Der Lowe xx, Donnerhall, Eisenherz I, Escudo I, Espri, Ferdinand, Frustra II, Furioso II, Goodwill, Gotthard, Graf Top, Grannus, Grundstein I, Lauries Crusador xx, Longchamp, Lugano I, Maykel, Nankin, Nimmerdor, Pik Bube I, Pilot, Quick Star, Ramiro, Rebel I Z, Rotspon, Rubenstein I, Silvio I, Uriel, Voltaire, Wanderer, World Cup III and others.

Since 1998 D&R Ranching’s breeding program has sold its progeny across North American and has produced champion dressage, hunter, jumper, combined driving and event horses. To help buyers choose and to take some of the guess work out of selecting from among the variety of ages, levels of training in various disciplines, from young stock and broodmares to experienced riding horses and winning show horses that are being offered for sale, world renowned functional conformation expert Judy Wardrope of JW Equine will be providing an analysis of each of the horses. The analyses will help buyers select the appropriate animal(s) to meet their goals. Hosting an online auction and offering functional conformation analyses to assist buyers in their selections is a unique concept but one that should ensure greater buyer satisfaction in the long run.

Appointments may be made to view the horses Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays on the following dates: July 16-18, August 5-8 and/or August 27-29 unless otherwise arranged.