Horse Auction at the Ontario Livestock Exchange
Photo by Ruth Kinzie
On the last Saturday of each month the Waterloo County Horse Sale takes place at the Ontario Livestock Exchange in Waterloo, Ontario. The St. Jacob’s Farmers Market is adjacent to the Livestock Exchange building and is in full swing at the same time. When our children were young, we visited the market each Thursday and would often walk the catwalk above the animal pens where cows and other livestock were ready for auction. We would sit at the back of the auction ring and listen to the auctioneer rattle off prices at an impossibly fast speed. Much of the livestock area is now closed to the public but it is possible to attend the horse auction and watch the buyers, mostly Old Order Mennonites, as they inspect and bid on the animals. Their knowledge and admiration of a good horse is comparable to other men who know the power and design of a sports car. A ring is set up on the parking lot behind the building and the horses are harnessed to a cart or buggy for a test drive. I particularly like watching the young boys who ride the circuit standing in a pony cart. There are other buyers as well and perhaps you would like to bid on a new horse yourself. If not, there is plenty more to see and and do in the area.
Nearby Attractions: St. Jacobs Farmers Market and Outlet Mall, the village of St. Jacobs
Address: 878 Weber St N, RR 1 Waterloo, ON N2J 4G8 (directions)
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