A record $US60,000 has been paid for a Clydesdale horse at the national breed sale in the United States – and the animal is a gelding.
The Clydesdale Breeders of the USA has announced the record price, achieved at the National Clydesdale Sale.
The six-year old gelding named Mark topped the previous sale record of $US40,000 in 2006.
The sale took place on April 26, at the Michiana Events Center in Howe, Indiana.
More than 150 Clydesdales were sold at the sale, which featured mares, geldings and stallions from throughout the US and Canada.
Mark stands stand at more than 18 hands and weighs nearly 2000 pounds.
He was entered in the sale by JFP Equine of Waterloo, Illinois. Mark’s buyer resides in Tallahassee, Florida.
“Mark is a special horse,” JFP Equine owner Jim Poole said.
“Hundreds of Clydesdales have passed through my stables throughout my career and very few, if any, have possessed the total package of size, color, structure and temperament that he does.”
Jim Poole founded JFP Equine, a draft horse breeding and consultation company, in 2011. Before founding JFP Equine, Poole was a manager of clydesdale operations for the Anheuser-Busch brewery for 25 years.
Clydesdale Breeders of the USA secretary Cathy Behn said: “We are truly excited about the continued popularity and growth that our breed continues to experience.”
The breed society was incorporated in 1879. Its purpose is to collect, revise, preserve, and publish the history and pedigrees of purebred Clydesdale horses. It is also responsible for all registrations and the transfer of ownership of all eligible horses within the US.
The association sponsors national and regional horse shows, awarding special recognition to exhibitors of top quality US bred stallions, mares, and geldings, in addition to the usual hitch and halter classes.