The Arkansas Department of Correction Agriculture Division will host its second public horse auction on September 15 at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton. The public will have the opportunity to bid on more than 30 retired horses from ADC’s working herd, which numbers about 450. These horses – some of whose lineage can be traced to the legendary sire Joe Hancock – are perfect for pleasure and trail riding, said Shea Wilson, an ADC spokesperson.
“ADC has crossed quarter horses with draft horses through the years to develop the current working herd,” Wilson said. “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 Sept. 14 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 Sept. 15.