Albuquerque, NM — Potential buyers will have a one-time chance to purchase horses from the heart of the herd of the nation’s leading breeder, Horses Unlimited. On Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. MDT, Horses Unlimited will sell nearly 40 homebreds via auction at their farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rarely does an opportunity like this come along for sporthorse enthusiasts. “We have put together the best collection of horses we have ever offered for this auction,” says Anne Sparks, owner of Horses Unlimited. Every horse that reaches the minimum reserve bid of $1000 will be sold. The collection includes a variety of hunters, jumpers and dressage horses. They represent some of the finest Hanoverian, Oldenburg, RPSI, Holsteiner and Westfalen bloodlines available anywhere in the world, including those of Donnerhall, Weltmeyer, Wolkenstein II, Sandro, Pik L, Leonberg, Hailo, Capitol and Quebec. “After more than a decade, I’ve decided to scale back my breeding operation. I will still be involved, just with a smaller herd of breeding and performance horses.” added Sparks.
Currently ranked first on the USEF Leading Dressage Breeders list, Horses Unlimited has proven that Sparks’ breeding philosophies produce quality athletes that have successful performance careers. The Pik L son, Pikko Del Cerro HU, is the leading point earner on the list of fourteen dressage performers bred by Anne Sparks. Last week, Pikko del Cerro HU was fully licensed as a stallion by the American Hanoverian Society. Ridden by Olympian Lisa Wilcox, Cerro is currently eighth in the USDF Intermediaire I standings and thirteenth in Prix St. Georges. His sire, Pik L, is a proven producer and potential buyers can choose from ten of his offspring in Saturday’s sale.
Horses Unlimited’s top ranking was obtained from the performance of offspring by four of Sparks’ stallions. Eight of those are sired by Pik L, with Leonberg, Glorioso Noir and Galant du Serein siring the balance of performers. Multiple offspring by these sires are also available in the herd reduction.
Saturday’s auction is presented by Professional Auction Services, Inc., known worldwide for its exceptional sales including AQHA World Championship Show Sale. The Jennings team will be on-site for Horses Unlimited’s seventh auction and will accept bids in person, by phone or via the internet.
Horses Unlimited Sporthorse Auctions have a history of sending clients home with the type of horses that go on to make news. Sirena, whose half-sister Athena Divina HU is currently available, was the 2006 Young Jumper Championships winner on the West Coast. Athena has the style and gaits to win in the hunter ring, but the scope for the high jumper classes. Good Lookin’ HU is the son of Olympic stallion Galant du Serein, and one of only two offspring available in the world for purchase. The up-and-coming FEI jumper stallion Galante HU, by Galant du Serein, has several youngsters from his early foal crops available. Donatella, dam of Pikturesk, USDF Horse of the Year, is included as are two of her lovely daughters. Top Grand Prix stallions Leonberg and Noble Champion are also represented by several catalog offerings.
Whether you are looking for a performance prospect or breeding stock, this sale offers premium individuals. “We believe that we’re making dreams come true by providing such quality horses for purchase,” says Horses Unlimited CEO Anne Sparks. “In the last decade I have bred five licensed stallions and numerous Elite mares. I’m eager to see what their siblings will accomplish with their new owners.”
The event begins on Tuesday, August 23 with horse trials and inspections continuing through Friday, August 26. The sale preview takes place on Friday, August 26 at 5:00 p.m. MDT and is available via live webcast for prospective bidders. On Saturday, August 27, gates will open at 1:00 p.m. and the auction will begin at 3:00 p.m. MDT.
As if acquiring a potential world-class horse wasn’t reason enough, Albuquerque itself is a delightful travel destination, easily reached via non-stop flights from dozens of North American cities. The stunning Horses Unlimited Rancho de los Sueños is a short ride from the airport. In addition to information about each horse, photos, videos, pedigrees and the online auction catalog (www.nmsporthorseauction.com) includes complete travel and financial information.