Horse Production Sale Shatters Records

The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center shattered records at its Third Annual Production Sale on Aug. 2

The center sold 11 Arabian horses during the online auction, grossing $126,250. That broke the 2015 record of nearly $75,000 for 18 horses.

The bright chestnut yearling colt CP Helios (HA Toskan Sun x CP Dance Card), sold for $56,250, more than doubling the previous record for the highest selling individual. The previous record of $26,000 was set in 2015 by CP Charmming Notions (H Mobility H x Afire Charmm), a 3-year-old mare and national-caliber English prospect.

The prices at this year’s sale are indicative of the industry’s confidence in the quality of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center product, center Director Jeanne Brooks says.

“CP Helios brought a great price because he is an exceptionally high-quality English prospect who also has the potential to be a significant breeding stallion. Since we do not have the proper environment to raise a young stallion, the decision was made to offer him for sale as a yearling,” she says.

That said, Brooks added, “It is important to note that even without CP Helios, average prices were higher than last year, confirming that the market for the horses produced and trained at the W.K. Kellogg program continues to grow.”

Other notable sales included CP Zandyr, a 3-year-old black gelding, who went for $20,500, and CP Cozmopolis, a 4-year-old gray gelding, who sold for $19,000. The horses were bought by breeders, trainers, and individuals in eight states from California to Massachusetts. Most will go onto show careers, but a couple were acquired for pleasure riding.

Almost all of the horses can trace their bloodlines back to the original Arabian horse herd that cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg owned and raised on his Pomona ranch. Breeding is made possible through the generous support of stallion owners in the Arabian horse industry, who donate breedings from some of the industry’s leading stallions to the Center.

Brooks credited the center’s staff and students for the successful sale, including John Lambert, the center’s equine operations manager, who led students through training the horses, worked the phones with industry leaders, and turned out horses to prospective buyers in top condition; Cindy Reich, a world-renowned expert who was hired earlier this year to oversee herd breeding and management and Marie Nagano, a livestock technician who ensures the center runs up to the standards of a world-class operation; and Lauren Corona, who oversees the administrative processes at the center.

About 20 staff and students watched the live stream of the auction at the center. The students saw that good things happen if they worked hard, held high standards, and represented the organization with impeccable character, Brooks says.

“Watching them watch Helios sell for more than $50,000 was beyond fun,” she says. “I dare say it was a moment they will not soon forget – a high-impact learning experience to be sure.”

The auction provides the public the opportunity to own some of the finest Arabian horse blood lines in the world, while also generating funding to support the horse center’s educational and outreach programs.

Oklahoma-based Addis Live Auctions facilitated the event for the third consecutive year.