Monday, 11 September 2017 23:59

2017 ASHA Yearling Sale

Written by Colleen Haining, ASHA

This year, marks the second year in a row, that the Alberta Standardbred Yearling sale has show a strong trend in the upswing of prices in the market for Alberta. Mr. Brian Jean of the United Conservative Party began the sale by welcoming everyone, and introducing the Standardbred 4-H Project horses and members, as they were presented with their ribbons and gifts from their confirmation and showmanship classes. Following the presentations, Akesh Aheer did an amazing job starting things off with O’Canada.

After starting out somewhat slowly, for the first 6 or so yearlings, the sale gained momentum with the sale of hip #9 – Flying Officer with a sale price of $13,000.00 for consignor Meridian Farms, purchaser Lorne Duffield. The sale continued on a fairly strong trend with a few dips here and there. The sale topper, a tie between #18 Kneedeep N Custard, consigned by Surdale Farms of BC and #67 Loaded Deck consigned by Meridian Farms of High River, AB. Both sale topper will be staying in Alberta with #18 going to Blair Corbeil of Edmonton, and #67 to JF Gagne of Wetaskiwin.

Other wonderful noteworthy sales were #54 June Morning, selling to Lorne Duffield of Edmonton, AB. for a price of $16,000.00. June Morning, was sold for the “Let The Sun Shine” program spearheaded by Meridian Farms, Bill Andrew. The entire proceeds from the sale of June Morning will be shared by the five groups participating in the program for 2017. The groups are; Airdrie & District Victims Assistance Society, Autism Speaks, Didsbury Volunteer Fire Department, Olds & District Christmas Angels, and the Olds & District Hospice Society. A touching blanket presentation was held immediately after the sale when the group representatives along with Bill Andrew of Meridian Farms presented Rod Hennessy, who accepted on behalf of Lorne Duffield, a “Let the Sun Shine” cooler/blanket.

Hip # 68 “Lollipop Yacht” the 2016 Name that Foal contest horse named by Sadie Clark of Ponoka, AB., sold for $20,000.00.

There were three entries from the Standardbred 4-H program again this year, and the sales for these yearlings were up as well. 4-H members and the breeders, who offered their horses for the program, were all very happy with the sales. The horses were sold from between $4500 to $6000 dollars this year which is up from the 4-H topper of $3700 last year. These amazing young people put in a tremendous amount of work with these yearlings, and it shows. We anticipate the program only getting stronger as the years go on.

You never know year from year how the sale will turn out. But in Alberta, we have a lot of renewed optimism in the horse racing industry. With the construction of Century Mile in the Nisku area near the Edmonton International Airport, and the long term deal with the government that Horse Racing Alberta has worked so hard to secure, there is a lot to be thankful for and look forward to.

Combine that with hardworking breeders, horsemen and women and serious buyers from Manitoba, to British Columbia to California, you have a recipe for success.

The Board and Staff of the ASHA would like to thank all Consignors and Purchasers from the 2017 Yearling Sale for another great sale. We wish you all the best with your future stars of racing.


1 FLIRT WITHA DRAGON John Hudon Surrey, BC
3 BALARE FIRE FLIGHT Wild Dunes  Stables Delta, BC
4 SHERWOOD Mark Anderson Willows, California
6 IMPERIAL DRAGON Stephen Crump Standard, Alberta
7 CHASE ME FOREVER Ross Sharp Campbell River, BC
8 DRAGONS DUNGEON Allan Neurauter High River, AB.
9 FLYING OFFICER Lorne Duffield Edmonton, AB.
10 DRAGON LORD Viekko Pajunen Vancouver, BC
11 BIM BAM BOOM Don Richardson Cochrane, AB.
12 TRICK SHOT Lorne Duffield Edmonton, AB.
13 ROCKN ROLL DRAGON Mike Byrne Edmonton, AB.
14 ROCKIN MYSTERY Rod Therres Surrey, BC.
15 SAPHIRES WINKIN Doug Chappell Leduc, AB.
16 PURE ADDITION Paul Sanders Surrey, BC.
17 CUSTARDS LAIR Allan Neurauter High River, AB.
18 KNEEDEEP N CUSTARD Blair Corbeil Beaumont, AB.
20 SPECIAL COZ Keith Clark De Winton, AB.
21 CRYSTAL DRAGON JJJ Stables Prince George, BC
22 CRASH DIVE Keith Clark De Winton, AB.
23 HIGHSPEEDHOOZZITZ Dave Lamont  Donna Wyse Airdrie, AB.
24 BEACH BABY BLUE Mike Byrne Edmonton, AB.
25 GOLDEN HORIZON Gerry Hudon Sturgeon County, AB.
26 QUEENOFTHERIVER Ryan Grundy Red Deer, AB.
27 BIG RIVER Mike Byrne Edmonton, AB.
29 SCORCHER Kathleen & Clifford Coonfer Olds, AB.
30 WINKNATTHELADIES JF Gagne Wetaskiwin, AB.
31 ROCKIN N TALKIN Jim Marino Surrey, BC.
32 HELEN WHEELS Preston Shaw Calgary, AB.
33 CEIA LATA ALAGATA Tyler Redwood Olds, AB.
34 ARCHAIC Warren Fuller Sherwood Park, AB.
35 CHASE THE THIEF Lorne Duffield Edmonton, AB.
36 TOP CASH Ross Sharp Campbell River, BC
37 CUSTARDS DUNGEON Mark Anderson Willows, California
38 HF WHITE LIGHTNING Colleen Haining Clive, AB.
39 RAPID REACTION Mike Byrne Edmonton, AB.
40 SUSPICIONS RUN WILD Kelly Hoerdt Beaumont, AB.
41 JOLTIN JOE Mark Anderson Willows, California
42 SUMMER FANTASY Lorne Duffield Edmonton, AB.
43 WESTERN SUMMIT Keith Clark De Winton, AB.
44 CHUNKY DUNKIN Surdale Farms Kelowna, BC.
45 HORIZONS PRINCESS Kelly Black Rocky Mountain House, AB.
46 TAP TAP BOOM JF Gagne Wetaskiwin, AB.
48 THUNDER ALLEY Valerie Emerson Gladstone, MB.
49 TEST THE DRAGON Lorne Duffield Edmonton, AB.
50 TRUST FUND Mike Byrne Edmonton, AB.
51 UP AND UP Meadowlarks Farms Airdrie, AB.
52 GO TAKE A FLIGHT Darrell Gaudet  Jodi Loftus Airdrie/Calgary, AB.
53 PLAY LIKE SHIRLEY Dr Larry Hanson Emerald Park, SK
54 JUNE MORNING Lorne Duffield Edmonton, AB.
55 MYSTERIOUS FAN JJJ Stables Prince George, BC
56 RAGING CHIHUAHUA Valerie Emerson Gladstone, MB.
57 GIN TWIST Don Richardson Cochrane, AB.
58 SPORTS LINGO Rod Hennessy Falun, AB.
59 LONGRUNWAY Dave Lamont Donna Wyse Airdrie, AB.
60 DIP N CHASE Ryan Grundy Red Deer, AB.
61 STASH THE COOKIES Lorne Duffield Edmonton, AB.
64 THE DRAGONS LAIR Harold Haining Clive, AB.
65 SPRING SUNRISE Don Richardson Cochrane, AB.
66 JUST TRUST ME MJJZ Justin Currie Jim Marino Langley/Surrey, BC.
67 LOADED DECK JF Gagne Wetaskiwin, AB.
68 LOLLIPOP YACHT Blair Corbeil Beaumont, AB.
69 BLITZ THE RITZ Gerry Hudon Sturgeon County, AB.
70 HIDDEN TREASURE Valerie Emerson Gladstone, MB.
71 VILLA FOR RENT Lorne Duffield Edmonton, AB.


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