I wasn’t able to attend the Spring 2014 Mt. Hope Draft Horse Sale, but I think I’ll be making plans to attend their next draft horse sale based on the exciting reviews of their new sale barn. The new building is 240 feet long and roughly 120 feet wide, providing much more room for consigners to present their horses.
In the past, the horses were sold in a small building. It was impossible to find a seat in the old sale barn — in fact, I think they might have all been reserved — and there wasn’t even room to stand and watch the sale. If you wanted to see a specific horse sell or have a chance to bid on a horse yourself, you had to literally crowd or push your way through masses of people to make it inside to place your bid.
The crowded sale barn didn’t take away from the fun of the sale. There was always plenty to do and watch outside of the sale barn, but the new building was a much-needed improvement to the grounds.
Social media has been filled with photos and comments from sale attendees so I decided to use Facebook to poll my friends and see what they thought of the new facility.
“The new building is great,” said Darlena Chettle of Columbiana County. “It is warm and light. It has very nice bathrooms.”
Emily Cullison Riedel of Medina County had this to say, “There is a lot of room to be inside. I’m not sure there is enough seating, but I’m not sure that is possible at this sale — especially when it is cold out. It is heated, so people pack into the stands. I was there at the start of the pony sale on Tuesday evening, and the people were filing in fast. Not everyone was seated, but I’m not sure if there was not room, or if they just wanted to watch a little and keep moving. They do sell reserved seats for people ahead of time in the office.”
Missy Wade, of Bedford, Va., who provided the photos included with this blog had this to say to her Facebook friends, “Okay, for folks coming up to the Mid-Ohio Draft Horse Sale, all I can say is you will be amazed at their new building. So, so very nice.”
In general, it seems like the improvements to the auction grounds should draw an even larger crowd to future sales. I’ll know that I’ll be tempted to attend more sales in the future when I know there is a bigger facility available that makes it easier to actually watch the sale.
For a list of events at the Mt. Hope Auction, visit http://www.mthopeauction.com/.