October 2008 Big Rock, IL
Despite chilly weather and strong winds, Cottonwood Farm had a nice crowd for its recent reduction sale.
There was very little demand for the broodmares, as 34 were sold for an average of $4,005. That average would have been even lower, except that the top selling mare, Winbak Pam, the dam of Btwnyurheartnmine, brought $25,000. By comparison the weanlings sold much stronger, as 49 weanlings averaged $8,126. The top-selling colt was Gotta Let It Go, at $37,000, and the top-selling filly, Yougottalottanerve, also sold for $37,000.
At this point, Cottonwood Farm is clearly headed in a new direction, according to Terry Hunt.
“As our plans become clearer, I will try to keep the public informed,” Hunt said. “In an effort to clear up any rumors, we do still own Cole Muffler and he is still here in our stallion barn. If we are able to come up with a workable plan we hope to continue his career right here at Cottonwood Farm, but there are major hurdles to clear in order for us to make that happen.
“We are looking into a number of options for the future, including to operate as a stallion station and boarding farm. We are currently considering offers from stallion owners to stand outside studs at Cottonwood Farm, beginning in 2009, and we are looking at providing customized boarding and breeding services for mare owners who might not have enough time or adequate facilities to provide proper care.
“In previous years we could only accept a very limited number of yearlings to prep for fall sales, but having sold our own weanlings at the reduction sale we may be able to take on a much larger agent consignment for next year.
“Our stallion Art's Conquest is consigned to the upcoming Harrisburg sale, as are 18 of our very best broodmares. All but one of them is in foal to Cole Muffler for a 2009 foal. After that sale we will have a better understanding of what is and what is not possible for us to try to tackle going forward.
“Over the course of our past twenty four years we have made dear friends, enjoyed great horses and shared terrific memories. No matter what our future holds in store we have been blessed. On behalf of everyone at Cottonwood Farm, we would like to thank everyone who has touched our lives over the years.”