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Sale in the Swamp - General Information

2020 Sale Catalog

Online Auction Portal

Auction Opens:  5/9/2020
Auction Closes:  5/16/2020

2020 Sale in the Swamp will be held online in partnership with Affinity Auction Group.

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Buyer Resources

Thank You simply does not seem to fully express how much we appreciate everyone who is involved in and supports the University of Florida Equine Sciences Program!

Dear Friends and Supporters,
I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your participation in this year’s Sale In the Swamp. We are grateful for all of you that bid and took the time to look at our offerings and visit with us about the horses. For those of you that are taking something home, we hope you enjoy the handiwork of a number of students that worked with these horses, from conception, through training, and to the final sale.
To our stallion supporters and friends in the industry, we are fully aware that we could not have our breeding program without your guidance and support, and we are humbly grateful.
To the students in the 2019/20 Horse Psychology & Training class, I regret that you did not get to finish your project due to Covid, but the quality of the time you spent with your horses was evident and they are a reflection of your passion and dedication to starting colts and giving them a good foundation.
A big-time Thanks to the Corona Colt Crew that came in at the end and helped these young horses further their education and be ready for the sale.
Chad and Angela Johnson and Affinity Auction Group, you guys are amazing!
The 2020 sale was a great success during a difficult time. We are extraordinarily proud of our students and proud of our horses!
Finally, Thanks to you parents who entrust us with your kids. They are a blessing that we take very seriously, and we recognize the future of the horse industry is in excellent hands.

Joel McQuagge

  • Contact Us

    Horse Information & Visitations


    Angela Chandler

    Office:  (352) 376-0562

    Horse Teaching Unit

    1934 SW 63rd Ave

    Gainesville, FL  32608

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  • Pre-Sale Visits in light of COVID-19

    S.O.P. to accommodate visitors to view 2020 Sale in The Swamp horses

    Potential bidders and/or their veterinarians may wish to visually evaluate or perform pre-purchase examinations on the 2020 S.I.S. offering. These guidelines are provided to offer protection from Covid-19 for the public and IFAS employees.

    • Interested individuals may schedule an appointment by calling the HTU Farm Manager Angela Chandler at 334-740-2628
    • Appointments will be scheduled 1 at a time
    • Visitors will park in a designated spot at the north end of the covered arena and will proceed to the marked Farrier Teaching area.
    • Visitors will be met by Miss Chandler and escorted to the arena or the round pens
    • There will be no direct contact between staff and visitors and CDC guidelines will be enforced

    Location and Address:

    University of Florida
    Horse Teaching Unit
    1934 SW 63rd Ave
    Gainesville, FL  32608

  • Medical Disclosures

    May be requested if available.

  • Sale Results - Previous Years

    Sale in the Swamp Sale Statistics

    Sale YearNumber Horses SoldSale AverageSale Range
    201515$2,550$1,600 - $4,050
    201614$3,450$1,900 - $8,400
    201716$3,525$1,850 - $8,100
    201814$4,020$2,000 - $5,750
    201914$4,770$1,800 - $7,600
  • About Sale in the Swamp

    The University of Florida Equine Program produces its annual 2 year old performance horse sale each spring.  A capstone project that brings together years of hard work for many of our students, donors, alumni, and staff that demonstrates our programs commitment to education and production.  Many of our graduating seniors have had the opportunity to follow these young horses through the various courses offered as part of the Equine Sciences Program.  Our young horses are handled rountinely through our practicum courses such as...

    • Breeding
    • Foaling
    • Weanling Handling
    • and Psychology and Training

    The program breeds, trains, and sells 16 - 20 head each year in this sale.  Our students are involved each step of the way with the sale proceeds returning to the program helping us achieve an outstanding teaching, research, and extension program.

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  • Pre-Show Season / Private Treaty Sales

    Horses produced by the UF Equine Program have a significant presence and success in AQHA shows across the country.  The program recognizes the benefits of getting well-bred horses into the hands of trainers and private individual’s committed to showing our off spring. 

    Potential buyers are welcome to visit us to preview our foals and weanlings throughout the year.  Generally, horses offered for sale prior to Sale in the Swamp are selected based on the popularity of particular sires and mares, whether the sale of that off spring is beneficial to both the buyer and the UF Horse Program, and whether the program can meet its teaching/research demands for the upcoming year.

    Buyers contemplating purchasing a younger horse out the program for this purpose can expect an asking price in line with current industry prices.  All horses must be sold according to State of Florida and university rules and guidelines.  Potential offers must be made before September 1 of the yearling year.

    Individuals interested in scheduling a visit may contact Nick Carden at 352-622-7084 or