Monday, January 25, 2010

Hawkinsville Horse Auction to be Held Sat., Feb. 6

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin has rescheduled the horse auction in Hawkinsville that was postponed in January due to freezing temperatures.

More than 24 rehabilitated horses will be sold to the highest bidder beginning at noon, Saturday, February 6, at the Lawrence L. Bennett Harness Training Facility in Hawkinsville. Prospective buyers will be able to inspect the horses at 10 a.m.

The horses to be auctioned include grade mares, fillies, geldings and one AQHA registered gelding.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the care and rehabilitation of impounded horses. The Department of Agriculture -- which is mandated to care for neglected horses -- receives no state funds to provide this service. The care is funded through donations, volunteer support and the proceeds from periodic auctions.

“These auctions are a win/win for everyone,” says Irvin. “The public is able to purchase a healthy horse, the impounded horse gets a fresh start at a new loving home and our rescue program obtains much needed funding to continue its efforts.”

For photos of horses to be auctioned and for additional information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov or call (404) 656-3713.
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