National Clydesdale auction comes to Lake St. Louis

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LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – This is a big weekend for Sierra Covell and her eight-year-old Clydesdale, Stallion.

“We breed him and show him,” Covell says. “He rides and drives. We like all of our stallions to have a job other than breeding. It puts a better mind on them.”

If you’re of the mind to get yourself one of these majestic horses, you don’t need a lucky horseshoe, but you will need a big wallet.

“If you want a pet, or one to ride, or one to drive,” says Cathy Behn, executive director for Clydesdale Breeders of the United States. “If you want one to go right in the showroom, it’s a perfect fit because there’s a Clydesdale for everybody.”

Friday and Saturday at the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis, these horses will be on display at the national Clydesdale sale. This is the 30th anniversary and the world’s biggest Clydesdale sale. Around 150 will be sold at Saturday’s auction, which is free and open to the public.

“They’re very big horses, but they’re very docile and kind,” says Behn. “They’re beautiful to the eye. There’s just nothing that isn’t to love about a Clydesdale horse.”

If you have about $5,000 you might get you one.

But don’t forget the bridles and bits, show carts and wagons, and everything else you’ll need for the Robert Wadlow of working horses. And remember, a Clydesdale can weigh up to a ton and eat 40 pounds of hay a day, so you’ll spend $2,000 to $3,000 just to feed one.

“That’s all I’ve ever done is work with Clydesdales,” says Jim Poole, owner of JFP Equine Owner & Clydesdale Enthusiast. “I worked for AB for 25 years. I managed the Clydesdale operations for 25 years.”

Last year, Poole sold a Clydesdale named mark at auction for a record $60,000.

“He was just a quick learner,” says Poole. “He was one of the most interesting nicest horses that I’ve ever worked with.”

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