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Belgian Brings $30,000 at Topeka Auction


by Caitlin Yoder

Published: Friday, November 9, 2018

A Belgian gelding topped the Topeka Draft Horse Auction last week at $30,000. The 5-year-old horse was sold by Kenneth Sandoe of Myerstown, Pa. and was purchased by Melissa Dolan of Biddeford, Maine. The price was a considerable increase from last year's top seller, which was a Belgian gelding that went for $19,000.

The fall draft horse sale saw 1,260 horses pass through the auction ring. There were 966 Belgians, 196 Percherons and 76 others. The average price of the top 10 horses was $21,750. The top 25 for all animals was $17,204.

Kenneth Sanoe did not just sell the top selling horse. He sold the top three geldings in the sale. The second highest seller was a 6-year-old registered Belgian. Ray Houston on Richmond, Mich. paid $26,500 for the horse.

There were three Belgians that brought $21,000, the third highest price. Sandoe sold an unregistered 11-year-old Belgian gelding to Steven Ade of Salina, Kan. Larry Kinnett of Linton, Ind. sold a 7-year-old Belgian gelding to Charlie Brown of Acme, Pa. and Daniel Hershberger of Millersburg sold an 8-year-old unregistered Belgian gelding to Benson Reed of Bear Lake, Mich.

The top Belgian mare brought $16,600. The 3-year-old registered horse was consigned by Royal Equine Acres of Topeka. William Schwartz of Geneva took the horse home.

Leland Mast of LaGrange sold an 8-year-old mare for $16,000 to Teresa Zube of Kiel, Wis. Matching that price was a 3-year-old filly sold by Norman and Duane Coblentz of Beach City, Ohio. Ferme Beck of Bailleul, France purchased the horse.

Josh Caston of Sperry, Iowa sold a 9-year-old mare for $15,500 to Jereoint, Iowa. Following close behind was a 3-year-old mare that brought $15,000. Jonas Graber of Odon, Ind. sold the horse to David Girod of Berne, Ind.

In the Belgian stallion sale, Dallas Raber of Montgomery, Ind. sold a 2-year-old for $21,000. Wilbur Yoder of Drakesville, Iowa purchased the young horse.

Elmer Graber of South Whitley sold a yearling stud for a high price of $15,500. Ben Hochstetler of Middlebury placed the top bid to buy the animal.

Chris Delegrange of McKenzie, Tenn. sold an unregistered yearling stallion for $8,200. Melvin Troyer of Marlette, Mich. Other stallions in the top five were sold by Dennis Bontrager of Cambria, Wis. for $7,100 to Harley Schwartz and Ferman Schwartz of Akron, and Six T's Farm of Dresden, Tenn. for $7,000 to Jerald Keegan of Montgomery, Ind.

The top two Percheron geldings were sold by William Hanson of Chatfield, Minn. and brought $7,000 each. Christopher Porrovecchio of Bernardston bought both 9-year-old horses.

Ammon Yoder of Fredericktown, Ohio sold a 4-year-old team for $5,000 each to Vernon Miller of Ligonier. He also sold a 4-year-old team to Dean Nolan of Bondnel, Wis. for $4,750 per animal.

In the Percheron mare sale, the highest seller went for $8,000. The 9-year-old was sold by Brenda Grant of North Platte and was purchased by Milton Otto of Atwood, Ill.

David Bontrager of Shipshewana sold a 3-year-old mare to Dawn Hirsch and Nancy Salo of Ostego, Mich. for $7,400. A 3-year-old mare consigned by Ryan Miller of Topeka brought $7,300 courtesy of Jeremy Slabach of Millersburg.

Another 3-year-old Percheron mare brought $7,250. Gary Miller of Topeka sold the horse to Martin Miller of Burton, Ohio. Marcus Lengacher sold a 4-year-old to Raymond Miller of Williamsburg, Ind. for $6,000.

Four Percheron stallions sold at the auction. Jerry and Brenda Slabach of Shipshewana sold a weanling for $5,900. The young horse went home with William Hanson of Chatfield, Minn.

A yearling brought $4,300 and sold to Emanuel Stoltzfus of Fountain City, Ind. Kenny and Keith Chupp of Tuscola, Ill. consigned the horse.

Richard Otto of Middlebury sold the third highest Percheron stallion for $3,250. The yearling was purchased by Wilson Farms of Vankleek Hill, Ohio. Another yearling from Middlebury brought $3,000. David Bontrager sold the animal to Keith Tongen of Brownton, Minn.

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