The Arkansas Department of Correction Agriculture Division will host its 7th Annual Horse Auction on March 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. The public will have the opportunity to bid on 34 retired horses from its working herd. The auction will be held at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton, Arkansas. Those interested in bidding on the animals may view and ride them from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on March 9, 2018. On the day of the sale, animals will not be ridden. They will only be viewed. On Saturday, March 10th, the gates will open at 9:00 a.m., with the auction starting at 1 p.m.
ADC’s horse program utilizes department staff and inmate trainers to breed and train horses in support of the department’s security mission. Horses begin their training at age two (2) and begin their active service at age (4). Horses are utilized mostly by officers supervising field utility squads, regional maintenance squads, and manhunts.
The Department’s primary purpose for this auction is to ensure that its horses are able to retire with dignity after years of faithful service to the state’s prison system.
See more photos and information about the auction horses at https://ssl-adc.ark.org/images/uploads/2018_Horse_Sale_Catalog.pdf