The fifth annual Top Gun Horse Sale April 14 at the Calnash Ag Event Centre was a crowded affair, drawing interested buyers from as far away as Alaska, Ohio, Toronto and Vancouver plus all points inbetween. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Top Gun Horse Sale in Ponoka corrals large audience

Fifth annual sale saw tremendous selling prices along a building bursting crowd

The never-ending winter in Alberta and elsewhere was probably the best thing ever for the Top Gun Horse Sales last weekend.

Owner operator Jordan Dodds held the company’s annual consignment sale April 14 at Ponoka’s Calnash Ag Event Centre that drew a far larger crowd than any previous sale.

“It was simply outstanding,” Dodds stating, remarking about the sale overall along with the estimate of 2,000 people jamming themselves into the building for the sale.

“It was really incredible and the better weather this weekend really helped, as did the fact no one is out in the field doing any work yet.”

Regarding the sale, the top selling horse went for $23,500 in what Dodds described as an excellent day for everyone involved.

“We had buyers come from as far away as Alaska, Ohio, Vancouver, Toronto, Montana and everywhere in between,” he said.

“I’d have to say the sale overall was very strong, but the sale also has the highest quality and selection of horses available, so that definitely helps draw buyers and sellers.”

As usual, there was a horse for just about everyone among the more than 190 up for sale — from those looking for roping and barrel racing horses to young mares and geldings plus many older horses.

And with barely a few breaths after the end of this year’s sale, Dodds is already looking at what the sixth annual version will look like in 2019. Although, much of the real hard work will come in a few months, since Dodds stated it usually takes about six months to complete preparations for the sale.

Also, Top Gun Horse Sales will likely continue for some time, as Dodds noted, “I’ve been involved with horses my entire life and the next thing you know, I got into selling them.”

A date has not been set for the 2019 edition and more information can be had by visiting


One was hard pressed to find a parking spot let alone a seat April 14 for the annual Top Gun Horse Sale at the Calnash Ag Event Centre, where the top seller went for $23,500. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

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