Horses round up new homes

A court-ordered sale of nearly 100 horses from an Armstrong farm drew a capacity crowd to Spallumcheen’s Valley Auction Saturday

The horses all have new, good homes.

A court-ordered sale of nearly 100 horses from an Armstrong farm drew a capacity crowd to Spallumcheen’s Valley Auction Saturday afternoon.

Vehicles could be seen parked along the old Highway 97A past the Tolko mill south of Valley Auction near the mill’s effluent and fire ponds.

The horses garnered plenty of attention after they were part of an investigation by the B.C. SPCA in December in which more than a dozen horses were seized from the farm after they were found to be malnourished.

“It was phenomenal,” said Valley Auction’s Peter Raffan of Saturday’s sale which drew one of, if not, the largest crowds in Valley Auction’s 51-year history.

“Absolutely all of the horses sold. They have all been re-homed to good homes.”

The average sale price of the horses was approximately $1,100.

There had been concerns expressed by individuals on social media that the horses were going to be sold to slaughter houses.

Not true, said Raffan.

“Not one single horse went to a processing plant,” he said.