By Kim Lemmon
The Mid-America Draft Horse Sale held at Gordyville U.S.A. Auction Center in Gifford, Ill., is the place to be if you own and show draft horses in America. This sale, commonly referred to as Gordyville by most draft horse folks, is the premier halter and hitch draft horse sale in the nation.
In February of each year, draft horse enthusiasts from throughout the United States travel hundreds of miles, often with their trailers in tow, to make sure they don’t miss this yearly sale that includes some of the best draft horses the industry has to offer. This year’s sale was held Feb. 19 -22, 2013. Ohioans, of both the equine and human variety, weren’t in short supply.
Of the 432 sale horses listed in the 2013 sale catalog, approximately 80 horses representing just more than 50 consignors all made the trip from Ohio to participate in the sale. Even one of the four auctioneers running the sale was from Ohio. Steven Andrews represented the Buckeye State as an auctioneer. These figures do not include the spectators and possible buyers from Ohio that also travelled to Gordyville in search of their next show horse.
Scenes from the preview day of the sale are shown below.