The Top Gun Horse sale was hosted online this year due to travel and other COVID-19 restrictions, attracting 140 horses up for sale.                                File photo

The Top Gun Horse sale was hosted online this year due to travel and other COVID-19 restrictions, attracting 140 horses up for sale. File photo

Top Gun sale a big success

First-ever fully online horse sale beats all expectations

In spite of having to go completely online, the 2020 Top Gun Horse sale was a tremendous success.

“It turned out really good and I’m glad we were able to hold it,” said owner Jordan Dodds, on the auction hosted virtually by VJV Auctions on May 28 to 30.

“About 85 per cent of the horses sold and while it was new and different, it was a great set up thanks to Craig Jacklin at VJV Auctions. No one was beat by the clock so every bidder had a one last chance.”

Meanwhile, there were a pair of top sellers at this year’s auction and both were from local operations.

Bullys Zip Can Dash, owned by Kenton and Kaylee Fawcett from Ponoka, and Double Frosty Jack owned by Lacombe’s Taylor Flewelling each went for $20,000.

Dodds added the horses were sold to buyers located across the country — from Vancouver Island to Toronto to Dawson City, Yukon and all points in between.

While the online sale was an unqualified success, Dodds would really love to return to the big crowd and atmosphere of the in-person sale held annually at the Calnash Ag Event Centre.

“I would love to bring it back as having that crowd helps the entire community so much,” he said.

“It’s a fun and social event, kind of like a cowboy reunion.”

Agriculture