Equine Sales Company posted across the board gains in its Consignor Select Yearling Sale Thursday in Opelousas, Louisiana. A total of 138 of 193 head sold for a gross of $1,636,400 with an average of $11,858 and median of $7,000. That represents an 8.8-percent increase in sales compared to last year’s total of $1,503,900 with an identical number of horses sold. This year’s average of $11,858 rose 8.8 percent from last year, and the median of $7,000 is 27.3 percent hike over last year’s $5,500. The buyback rate fell this year to 28.5 percent from 33.7 percent last term.
“We expected to have a strong sale as our consignors really showcased a excellent selection of yearlings,” said Equine Sales Company Sales Director Foster Bridewell. “But I was even a little surprised how good the numbers were considering the region is still dealing with the aftereffects of Hurricane Harvey.”
Topping the sale, Hip 116, a Louisiana-bred colt by 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft out of the stakes-placed Cat Thief mare Noble Bandit. Purchased by Louis Roussell III, the Apr. 19 foal was consigned by 4M Ranch, agent.
Five other horses realized $50,000 or more, including Hip 93, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Violence who sold for $50,000 to O’Brien Bloodstock from Pike Racing, agent. For hip-by-hip results, go to www.equinesalesofla.com.
The Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale is set for Oct. 15.