A “much anticipated” equine auction will take place this weekend (Saturday 29 July) at Skipton Auction Mart, when Hillside Cobs will be offering up to 110 breeding mares and youngstock for sale. Husband and wife, Neil and Clare Bland, have been breeding traditional cobs for 14 years and the sale represents the majority of their herd, due to the loss of grazing land.

The Blands will be selling mares with foals at foot. All foals are by one of three “solid and extremely well utilised” Hillside stallions, who are heavy traditional cobs standing at 14hh and over. There will also be several original older foundation mares on offer, and youngstock including yearlings and two-year-olds, including silver dapple, palomino, blanket spotted, buckskin and cremello cobs.

Hillside Silver Princess is billed as the star of the auction. The eyecatching two-year-old silver dapple filly is by Hermits Silver Fortune.

“We were going to keep this very special girl, but have reluctantly decided to include her in our sale,” Neil said. “She has the calmest temperament, has been successfully shown and qualified for next month’s Traditional Gypsy Cob Association’s (TOYS) National Breed Youngstock Championship Show.”

Silver Princess’s dam and her two-month-old foal at foot will also be offered for sale.

All horses will be available to view at Skipton Auction Mart from 6pm onwards on Friday (28 July). The sale is due to start the following day at 11am, with all horses to be sold in guineas and ringside bidding supported by a remote telephone bidding facility.

A detailed sales catalogue is available at www.ccmauctions.com

Lead image of Hillside Silver Princess. Credit: Hillside Cobs

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