Don’t Hold Your Horses – Head to Opelousas

By | 2018-11-05T12:11:04+00:00 November 5th, 2018|

The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) will present its 2018 Fall Mixed Sale on Saturday, November 17. The action begins at 10:00 am at the Equine Sales of Louisiana, LLC sale pavilion in Opelousas, Louisiana.

This marks the fourth year that the event will be held in Opelousas, just minutes away from Evangeline Downs, which hosts its annual 46-day Quarter Horse racing season.

The catalog lists 212 head and gives prospective buyers a wide selection from weanlings and yearlings, to broodmares and horses of racing age. Since 1986, the sale has offered consignors an opportunity to close out their year with a boost in sales and buyers one more opportunity to purchase a broodmare, weanling, yearling or racehorse in training.

Many consignors point out that due to a variety of reasons, some yearlings are not ready in August, when the three-day LQHBA Yearling Sale takes place in Kinder, Louisiana. Horsemen appreciate an additional three-month window to evaluate some of the late developing babies for the sale ring.

 Joanie Arabie of JLA Farms in Pineville, Louisiana, has been a strong supporter of the LQHBA Mixed Sale. She is sending 21 horses to the upcoming sale, a mix of mares, weanlings and yearlings and explains the appeal to breeders to sell some of their young horses at the November sale versus the LQHBA Yearling Sale in August.

“Some yearlings just need more time to grow and develop into their full potential,” she explained.

Ryan Robicheaux is the current LQHBA president and looks forward to showcasing a selection of Robicheaux Farms yearlings at the Opelousas sale.

“The Mixed Sale gives breeders an opportunity to sell some late foals, who would be overlooked in the LQHBA Yearling Sale where 600 babies pass through the sale ring,” he said. “We look at it that now they are the “big fish” in a small pond.”

Many sale attendees are looking for a quality broodmare, and buyers can potentially reap future benefits by purchasing a mare in foal this November.

“In Louisiana, if you own the mare at the time she foals, you are entitled to breeders’ awards, as long as the horse is an accredited Louisiana-bred,” added Robicheaux.

FACT BOX

2018 LQHBA Fall Mixed Sale

Saturday, November 17 – 10:00 am

Equine Sales of Louisiana, LLC

372 Harry Guilbeau Road

Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

Free and open to the public

Sale catalog available online at www.LQHBA.com or by calling (318) 487-9506

Live streaming of the 2018 Fall Mixed Sale will be available on the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association website: www.lqhba.com.

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