Saddle up and head for the Saline County Fairgrounds on Nov. 19. The Arkansas Department of Correction Agriculture Division will host its first horse auction.
The public will have the opportunity to bid on approximately 60 retired horses, colts, mules and jacks from the ADC’s working herd, which numbers more than 450.
These horses – some of whose lineage can be traced to the legendary sire Joe Hancock – are perfect for pleasure and trail riding. Hancock was a big, stout and tough quarter horse who became a match racing sensation in Texas and Oklahoma. He lived from 1923 to 1943 and sired 15 foal crops that produced 155 registered foals.
ADC has crossed quarter horses with draft horses through the years to develop the current working herd. Crossing the two has made a better line of horses for the prison system and most are not high spirited.
Those interested in bidding on the animals may view and ride them from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Saline County Fairgrounds. They may be viewed from 8 a.m. to noon and the sale will begin at 1 p.m. on Nov. 19.
These horses are an example of ADC’s working herd.