2015 New Years Day Horse Auction – 2015

January 5, 2015

Lindsey and I met at the Eylers Horse Auction in Thurmont, Maryland on New Years Day.  This has been a tradition the past half dozen years or so for us.  We spent the day looking at horses, bidding on a few stable goods, shopping the vendors and socializing.

This year’s sale was pretty weak.  The number of horses was nothing compared to past years.  It was comparable to a normal Friday sale several years ago.  I did not notice any decent horses either.  Nothing I was even interested in watching.

The inside tack took forever.  There were way too many non horse things like hats and purses.  There was even a pile of country music CDs.  Horrible.  Towards the end there were quite a few shouts to “sell the tack” and “we came for horse stuff”.  We did not bother to stick around for the used tack outside because the whole sale was so far behind and there was no sign they were going to be starting it any time soon when we left the facility at 2pm.

Lindsey and I still had a good time, which was the whole point.  But the sale itself was pretty weak.

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New Years Day 2014 Auction

January 2, 2014

New Years Eve I went and stayed with my friend Lindsey. We had a good time eating a nice dinner and then falling asleep on the couch, well before midnight, watching the Mustang Millionaire series.

What better way to start off the year than hanging out with friends in a horsey environment? So The next morning we went to the Eylers New Years Day Horse Auction in Thurmont, Maryland. This is an annual event that I have gone to on and off since I was a kid. I always see people I know, and get in some socializing, while looking at horses for sale, and picking up a few quick deals to take home. It’s a great time and wearing riding pants, coveralls and muck boots is considered standard attire. Woo!

This year the sale seemed quite a bit smaller. There were a lot less horses than at the usual NYday sale, and the amount of people in attendance was also down. Which made it a heck of a lot less crowded. Lindsey and I got their early, and jumped in line to get a number. While this extremely long process was going on we saw some flat cotton games reins (the ones we all love) sell for $4 a pop. We were both grumbling we did not have a number yet. Then a lot of stirrup leathers went for $3 a pair, which had me grumbling again. Finally, with number in hand, we got into the bidding and picked up a few items. Later we loaded the manure fork, new helmet for my husband (that will actually fit his head), roper halter (also for my husband since he does not want “his pony”, aka Simon, outfitted in “girly” colors when he rides him), a replacement curb chain, and an extra-long lead rope.

We checked out the outside items which included trailers, jumps and carts. And then we looked over the outside vendors. Lindsey spent way too much effort picking out a halter while I spent some time chatting with Linda. Then we headed inside and browsed the horses. There were none I was particularly interested in. Which was good since I am not shopping for another pony. A friend did pick up a nice looking quarter pony though. And there was a gorgeous black and white draft horse that everyone was eyeballing. He sold later for $2500.

We spent most of the afternoon at the outdoor tack sale which included mostly used items with some new stuff mixed in. Lindsey got a few boxes of items to take home and go through, and I was extremely excited to pick up three folding saddle racks. One screamed “Carol Ann” at me. It was green, her color, and she had just mentioned to me a few days early that she had been wanting one. The other two were silver and mauve. Yes, mauve. Not pink, mauve. But hey, I just want to put a saddle on it.

By then I was burned out for the day so I paid my tab and headed home. It was a good day, and a great start to 2014. Friends and horses, what more could you ask for?

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New Year’s Auction – 2012

I spent Sunday, at the annual New Year’s day sale up at Eylers Horse Auction in Thurmont, Maryland.  I went up with a couple friends and saw a bunch of other friends up there.  It was a fun way to start the year off. 

There were 160 something plus horses for sale, some trailers and tons of tack and gear.  I did not find a new companion for Simon.  None of the ponies fit my oh-so-specific criteria.  There was a Haflinger that was pretty close, but a few inches too tall for me.  It would have been a great new pony for my teammate Kim or friend Kelly, but his price tag ended up going a bit too high.  Linda grabbed up a new pony though, so we didn’t go home with an empty trailer. 

I did get some new barn items for just a few bucks.  A few simple things like a lead rope, hay bag, rope cowboy halter, horse ball for Ash dog and I got this really cool super long bridle rack.  I am getting ready to have the barn to myself again so I am looking forward to reorganizing my tack and gear and straightening it all up and that bridle rack will come in handy! 

As far as horse auctions go, I feel like Eylers is the more productive one for me to attend.  They have bimonthly sales with a pretty good turnout.  I grew up pretty close to it and could go up frequently.  I got my little old pony Osh Kosh there about 15 years ago, and he turned out to be worth every freaking penny I paid for him.  I know a lot of other good ponies that came through there too.  The facility is pretty nice, has a riding ring out back with all weather footing and jumps.  Every horse gets a fresh coggins pulled by a vet on grounds, the barns are well lit and it’s a well run established venue. 

It’s a good 2 ½-3 hours drive for me now so I only go once in a while, but I always see some friends and have a good time. 

The auctions that are more local to me are much smaller.  The last half dozen times I have gone to the closest one, the Orange Auction, which is about 45 minutes to an hour from me, it only had six to twelve horses.  There is no place to ride them, except on the gravel parking lot, and the barns are so dark and dank that it’s hard to see.  There is also a twice yearly Rockingham County auction which is just around the corner for me.  But it’s on Memorial and Labor day, and I am often busy on those days. 

Maybe Ill plan a trip back up to Eylers in the next two months while I am taking some time off from the farmers market.  It’s nice to spend time with my friends over the winter when we are not riding together.  And if I do see a pony I am interested in, I have lots of friends to help make an educated decision to bid or not.

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