UC Davis Horse Barn 2018 Production Sale

2018 UC Davis Horse Barn Production Sale

The Horse Barn Annual Production Sale was held on Saturday June 23, 2018. A beloved campus tradition, this UC Davis event has taken place in much the same way for the past 25 years, however, this past Saturday was a little different, and definitely more special to a few members in the audience. The 2018 sale marked the first year the Horse Barn has teamed with the Center for Equine Health (CEH) to include CEH-bred yearlings (see page 3 of the Spring 2018 issue of the Horse Report). CEH Director, Dr. Carrie Finno, and CEH Animal Resource Manager, Dr. Tatiana Viau, attended the auction this year to watch their four yearlings find new homes in the local community.

The three geldings and one filly became participants in the Horse Barn Foal Manager Internship in January 2018. This program involved undergraduate students working with the foals three days a week, teaching them ground manners, lunging, and loading, with the end goal of presenting these foals as yearlings at the Production Sale. This collaboration between CEH and the Horse Barn not only provided students with unique hands-on handling experience, but also provided a desirable mechanism by which CEH could market and sell the yearlings.

Public turnout to the 2018 sale was excellent, which is a testament to the quality of the horses historically sold in past years. The CEH-bred yearlings fit into this framework quite well, with one gelding bringing in the second highest sale price of the evening. This success certainly ensures many more years of partnership between CEH and the UC Davis Horse Barn. Be sure to look for the 2018 CEH foals in the 2019 Production Sale Catalog!