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For Immediate Release     Nov 29, 2005
Contact: Dave Thind    e-mail:
Media Relations and Communications, Equine Canada
Tel: (613) 248-3433 ext. 136

First Annual Elite Warmblood Sale a Huge Success

Ushi Sambuca

Ottawa, Ontario - Equine Canada Breeds and Industry division is pleased to announce the overwhelming success of the Canada’s Elite Warmblood Sale (CEWS). The first annual auction was held on October 2 at the Can Am International Horse and Trade Show in London, ON.

Serious breeders consigned some of their best stock and several breed registries were represented at the sale. Almost half of the 48 elite warmbloods offered were sold (23). The highest price, which was achieved twice, was $41,000.

The first to achieve top selling status was Sambuca (Sunny Boy/Glorieux), a three-year-old black Oldenburg stallion consigned by Louise and Joe Palmer of Vankleek Hill, ON. Recently licensed for breeding with the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA), the young stallion was purchased by Gen LeBlanc of Ottawa, ON.

“I am absolutely delighted with my new purchase. Sambuca is an outstanding young horse. Under the expert care of Angela Covert and Mike Lawrence, Sambuca will make his hunter ring debut in 2006. It is because of dedicated breeders like Joe and Louise Palmer at South Lane Farm, that Canada’s influence on the international horse breeding market will continue to flourish."

Next to match the top selling price was Ushi (Quite Easy/Concorde), a 4 year-old Dutch Warmblood mare consigned by Crystal and Dale Hawerchuk of Orangeville, ON. The proud new owners of Ushi are Ray Morin and Carole Minhinnick of London, ON

The sale was held in traditional auction format in a world-class venue that is central to both Canadian and American buyers. All horses were evaluated and pre-selected for their potential to excel in sport. Potential buyers had the opportunity to watch demonstrations including free-jumping and the possibility of trying out the horses under saddle before Sunday’s auction began.

“I think the inaugural sale was a great success and for next year, breeders will be encouraged to consign even better quality horses. This sale will prove to be highly important for breeding and marketing of top quality sport horses in this country,” commented Michael Boyd, a Founding Director of the Hanoverian Breeders Club of Eastern Canada.

Inspiration for the sale came from both European models and established sales managed by CWHBA “Looking to the future, I can see this as becoming a very important vehicle for exporting horses from Canada. We have a wonderful new product to tell the rest of the world about! I am so proud that it is here in Ontario,” remarked Colleen-Embree Jay, National Vice Chair & Ontario Chapter President of CWHBA.

Just wait until you see what we have in store for 2006!” proclaimed Tim Millard, Chairman, CEWS.

For more information on Canada's Elite Warmblood Sale visit

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Number of horses offered:  48
Number of horses sold:  23
Percentage of horses sold:  48%

Highest price:  $41,000 (achieved twice)
Average price:  $18,395
Total Sales:  $423,100

$1,000 - $4,999:     3
$5,000 - $9,999:     2
$10,000 - $14,999:  6
$15,000 - $19,999:  3
$20,000 and more:  9


“Top Selling Price Achieved Twice. Sambuca - a three-year-old black Oldenburg stallion and Ushi - a four- year-old Dutch Warmblood mare.”

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