The event is vast in terms of its reach, he says, with this year's consignments coming in from as far as Hawaii and Canada, as well as throughout the U.S. More than 500 attended this year's sale, he estimates.
"Our sale is pretty popular with the industry, and those people work very close with use in presenting this event," he says. "Our reputation with excellent consigners helps create a confidence in our buyers. That trust is vital to us."
Of horses sold this year, half were two- and three-year-olds provided by consignors last fall to begin their training by select students in the equine program.
"We're very careful who we pick for the training," says Carpenter. "We need to make sure our trainers will be determined to fulfill their roles through the sale. It can be very busy as the sale gets closer, and students will be called on to work long periods of time."
While it is the students who benefit most from the sale, Carpenter is quick to compliment consignors for their role. "Dedicated partners have helped us grow this into a notable sales event," he says.
In this year's event, the high selling young horse was a two-year-old from Burnett Ranches. Their Gunpowder Pick was sold for $10,000.
The top selling older horse was a nine-year-old gelding, Peptoplay, from Cowan Select Horses, bringing $13,000.
The average price paid this year was $2,995 for young horses, $4,274 for older selections.