2008 Cochran Morgan Consignment Auction

The Cochran Auction Service Annual Fall Morgan Horse Consignment Auction is scheduled for November 6, 7, and 8, 2008 and will once again be held at Tattersalls in Lexington, KY. In addition to the over 120 quality Morgans listed in the catalog, Penny Cochran has let me know that 7 additional horses will be participating. Information regarding those added horses will be listed on AboveLevel.com once Penny can send it to us.

The schedule for the sale will include a Tack Auction on Thursday afternoon (12:00pm-6:00pm) and Friday morning (9:00am) while, the Thursday evening session (7:00pm) will feature 15 horses being sold by PlayMor Farm, the Morgan horse farm located in Lexington, KY and owned by the Hazen family. Friday night (7:00pm) will continue the consignment horse auction, with Lot numbers 1-40 being sold. The remaining horses, Lots 1-131, will be auction on Saturday starting at 9:00am.

For lodging information, directions and more information visit the Cochran Auction Services website.

52 Responses to 2008 Cochran Morgan Consignment Auction

  1. Chris Nerland says:

    I agree with you, Bill, that a better choice of marketing for the filly was possible (but who knows the backstory?) An old time Morgan Breeder stated years ago (It may have been Don Balch) that only 10% of the horses produced were suitable to be kept as breeding stock. Who decides? The market does eventually, but usually you won’t know if a horse is exceptional until their first colts are on the ground. Some of the best breeders out there can look at a weanling and know, but few have that sort of eye. That is what Judges were supposed to do with in-hand classes, but in-hand classes are not filled at all like they were 20 years ago. With out any condemnation, I am simply observing that there are so many combinations of bloodlines being tried out that there is very little consistency in the product and consequently, there are horses that have no market available to them. The original thread of this forum was a discussion of whether killer-price puts a floor under the horse market. I believe that it does and the legislation should have been more about humane transport and handling rather than an all-out ban. I have eaten horse in France and found it to be quite good. I prefer beef.

  2. kim viker says:

    While I respect Bill’s thoughts, I must also respectively disagree with a few of his points. Our breed is not really doing all that well, and the economic instability of current is going to make things get a whole lot worse before they get better. We are losing small breeders, and historically, the backbone of genetic diversity in the breed has been due to the small breeders. I enjoy a beautiful show horse, and there are many correct and typey ones out there; but there are also quite a few that are not too good, quite frankly. As breeders, every mating needs to be a potential hit on correct type and conformation, not just a guess. Our registration numbers are painfully low, and I think will get lower way before things start to come back. What can be done to turn this thing around? That is the million dollar question. First is the overall economy, and that will take time. Second is trying to keep as much of the genetic diversity around as possible, and that will be much harder to accomplish. No, I certainly don’t have the answer; but I do hope that the Morgan breed can maintain diversity and viability during these rough times.

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