This page serves only to network the horses currently available in the Camelot Auction feedlot. The administrators and contributors to this page offer no guarantee as to the soundness, temperament or suitability of the horses listed. Descriptions are based on statements and observations offered during the sale process
These horses are located at Camelot Auction House, 43 Brickyard Road, Cranbury, NJ. Proprietor is Frank: (609) 448-5225. CAMELOT ANSWERS THEIR PHONE BETWEEN 8 A.M - ABOUT 4:3O P.M. -- BUSINESS HOURS. BEFORE OR AFTER THAT YOU WILL GET THE MACHINE. To ensure you get your horse, if you leave a message, call again during business hours to confirm that they got the message, and wrote your ph. number, down correctly so that you actually get the horse. . .
TO PURCHASE ONE OF THESE HORSES, YOU MUST CALL CAMELOT! NOT HHER. PLEASE NOTE THAT HHER IS NO LONGER THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF INFORMATION OR RESCUE-CONTACT REGARDING THESE HORSES.
HELPING HEARTS WILL RETURN CALLS between 9 a.m. & 9 p.m. If you wish to leave a message, do it during those times. PLEASE DO NOT CALL BEFORE 8 A.M, OR AFTER 9 P.M., UNLESS OF COURSE THERE IS AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY THAT INCLUDES MAYHEM, DESTRUCTION, ARTERIAL BLEEDING OR SOME OTHER EMERGENCY THAT I MAY FIND OF INTEREST. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURTESIES IN THIS REGARD. ***
If you wish to purchase one of these horses, please contact the Proprietor, Frank Carper directly, at the phone number listed above. He will take a credit card over the telephone. The prices listed are the prices the Proprietor paid. To calculate the price YOU will pay - - Add $50 (proprietor's profit) to the sale price, Plus 7% NJ State Sales Tax if you are not a non-profit, Plus $55 for the Coggins and Health Cert.
If you have questions regarding the process, please check out the dedicated website created and maintained by Ali Schroeder on behalf of these horses. It includes a FAQ page, lists of transporters, Isolation-Care facilities (formerly referred to as Quarantine providers). The inclusion of transporters and Isolation Care providers does not guarantee or warantee expressed, implied or statutory any services advertised or listed on this site or sites linked to this site. There is also a list of rescues that regularly work to purchase horses from the Camelot Feed Lot. Their inclusion on this site is in no way to be taken as an endorsement for any group. Every potential donor or Patron must conduct their own due diligence. -- http://www.nj-feedlot-horse-rescue.com/ .
In an attempt to assist some of these horses homes before they ship, I list them here. The horses are the property of Camelot Auction House -- any interested parties will be dealing with Frank Carper, the proprietor. Helping Hearts is in NO WAY "vetting" prospective buyers NOR placing these horses with Adoption Contracts. My hope is to help these animals avoid an excruciating death and find themselves back in positions where they can be loved and be productive for someone, rather than being the 'cast-offs' they've become, thru no fault of their own.
IF YOU CALL OR GO TO LOOK AT THE HORSES, be polite to the proprietor. We want to keep the lines of communication open. He did NOT put these horses in their predicaments, their irresponsible owners did, he's cleaning up their messes. He's a business man, if you purchase a horse from the Feed Lot, you will be paying meat price - he will get that price whether he gets it from you or via the slaughter pipeline. Also, do not call just to "kick tires" or ask random questions - - call only if you are serious about pulling one of these horses to safety.
If you purchase a Feed Lot Horse -- Please plan your Isolation/quarantine accordingly - check this website for info:
~The photos and info will also be posted and update on the Camelot Horse Weekly page on Facebook as well as Alex Brown Racing Forum
These 7 feedlot & 1 house horses are located at Camelot Auction House, 43 Brickyard Road, Cranbury, NJ. Proprietor is Frank: (609) 448-5225. CAMELOT ANSWERS THEIR PHONE BETWEEN 8 A.M - ABOUT 4:3O P.M. --BUSINESS HOURS. BEFORE OR AFTER THAT YOU WILL GET THE MACHINE. To ensure you get your horse, if you leave a message, call again during business hours to confirm that they got the message, and wrote your ph. number, down correctly so that you actually get the horse.
471 - 8 years old. Molly mule. 14h. $725. Rode bareback at w/t, said to drive. Nervous in pen but seemed quiet and gentle, did nothing wrong. May be a bit green.
*Total w/fees and tax $913
**New notes: After further evaluation from her original run-through, Camelot felt that this pretty girl would benefit from some extra handling before heading to a new home, so they took her off the available list. She is now easy to catch and takes a rider comfortably. In Sarah K.'s words, "She really was totally unlike the way she was described before and she gained weight and looks gorgeous too. I would love to have a cool mule like that some day!" Great project mule
#637 - 7 yr old Leopard Appy mare 14 hd $325.00, quiet in the pen, didn't mind her front feet being picked up. Rode thru the ring at a walk, seemed green but did nothing wrong
Total Cost With Fees: $473.00
#704 -14.3 hh 11 yo mare , chestnut with 3 socks, quiet in pen enjoyed being touched very friendly picked up feet, ridden through western walk and trot quietly , seemed bothered by the bit and was mouthy , tosses head a bit $650 Total Cost With Fees: $830.50
763 - 30" Dark Bay Mini Mare, 2 years old, $250.00, was quiet in the pen, did not like being touched on her hindquarters, led through the ring w/t quietly
*Note: Sarah K. said the back end appears to have some sort of deformity that looked like it is from birth - moved a bit oddly but evenly. Pasture pet only.
771 - 15.2hh Palomino Reg* Tenn Walking Horse Gelding, foaled in 2007, $700.00, friendly in the pen, ridden through western walk/gait, forward moving, note with him stated that he is fearless on the trails, crosses water, swims, easy to live with, and not for a beginner as he likes to go. Experienced rider.
*Some discrepancy between our notes on registration and what Camelot has. If it is important, please check with Camelot.
**We are trying to confirm I.d. on this horse. If it is the same horse, he goes best in a tiedown per the person who thinks she knows him and needs an experienced rider.
773 - 15.2hh Palomiono Gelding, 12-13 years old, $725.00, sweet and friendly in the pen, ridden through western w/t/c, neck reins, spins, has some power and speed, not for a beginner
775 - 13hh Haffie Mare, 11 years old, $400.00, quiet and approachable in the pen, she sustained an eye injury at the sale tonight that was examined by the vet, stout and very attractive, ridden through western quietly w/t/c, very well behaved while ridden even with the earlier injury.
HOUSE HORSE 774 - 15.3hh Chestnut / Red Dun Reg QH Mare, foaled in 2003, $950.00, quiet and friendly in the pen, has a dorsal stripe, ridden through western w/t, neck reins, nervous but well behaved, said to work cows and be well broke
OK, this has been eating at me for quite a while. Everyone is fully aware that the rescues have been quite successful for the past 10 months, ensuring that no horse is left behind in the Camelot Feed Lot. That includes the folks who consign their horses to the sale. I'm sure they believe that either way, be it private sale or the Feed Lot, their horses will be safe, "The rescues will take care of him".
This has occurred to the point of sending sick and injured horses thru the sale, with the idea that a rescue will get him/her and nurse the animal back to health. Well, in a couple instances rescues pulled injured/compromised/ill horses and due to the depth of the medical conditions, had them euthanized. In one case, we were then harassed endlessly by the previous owner and his friends for making that decision -- totally, utterly ridiculous, but it happened. In another case, the horse died of his illness before he could be pulled; in other cases, horses have been purchased out of the Kill Pen, only to die at their new homes -- either from the illness they were consigned with OR from an illness they caught while going thru the auction system -- viral pneumonia has been deadly on several occasions -- the animals contract it because the stress of going thru the sale weakens their system.
Additionally, it's a fact that the MAJORITY of the private buyers that purchase outright during the auction are other dealers. . . every week, at least half of the horses that get purchased outright during the sale, often more than half, are bought by dealers. Those horses are destined to run thru other auctions, often MULTIPLE auctions, with the final result that they STILL wind up on a truck headed for a slaughter plant in Mexico or Canada. OR they are returned to Camelot in 3-4 weeks if they're not 'flipped' quickly enough as dealers need to keep moving their 'inventory'. Their value doesn't go UP as they travel that circuit, it often goes down, and they are in danger of injury or illness thru the whole ordeal which could seal their fate --- sold straight to a meat buyer.
Finally, owners/consignors need to keep in mind that the rescues have no control over who purchases a horse once the horse IS in the #10/Feed Lot -- remember that Camelot Sales is a public business. We call 3 to 4 times daily to see what horses are still waiting and what horses have been sold. Anyone and everyone can contact Camelot to purchase a horse out of #10 -- anyone. Many, many are sold and we have no idea where they went. That is why, several months ago, HHER/LibertyEquine/OHAAT/BriteFutures stopped referring to the no-longer-available horses as SAFE and started to mark them as SOLD instead. My guesstimate is that 80% of the #10 horses truly wind up "SAFE" w/rescues or private rescuers, the rest, we just don't know. . .
Soooo, all of the horse owners out there who choose to consign their horses, feeling confident that they will be 'saved' regardless, don't be so confident. I've seen a lot since I've begun cataloging the horses . . . and I'm certainly not. In fact, it just gets more and more discouraging.
I work for the US Trotting Association, breed registry for Standard bred horses. We have recently developed a policy of transferring any horse, past, present or future, in the custody of a 501c3 rescue or adoption group, to that group for free. The $33 fee will be waived. We will also convert the horse's registration to "pleasure" which provides a measure of protection that the horse will never be raced or their progeny registered.
This is totally voluntary, but if you'd like to transfer the horse, we will do it for free. You must have the papers, signed by all past owners, to send in with the transfer document. If you don't have the papers, but would like to try to get them, go ahead and send the transfer documents anyway and we will try to help.
What to do right now - if you want to transfer a horse retroactively or transfer a horse that is currently with you, let me know your group's name and address and we will send you out a packet with information on how to accomplish this.
Many thanks for the work you do with "our" horses and all horses. Please help spread the word by cross posting this message or forwarding to anyone you think might be interested.
Most folks think of rescue as "SAVING" in capital letters: Removing an animal from a bad situation and giving them a new life. We do that as best we can. Most of our rescues go on to live full, useful, loving lives with their new families/owners. But sometimes, 'saving' is not 'capital letters', but small letters. Those are the individuals who wind up being too ill to recover; or due to age/maintenance issues spend their remaining time on earth with us as permanent residents, OR those we take in specifically to ease their pain and suffering. Whatever time they have left, we make sure they are loved and cared for. And we ensure them a peaceful end in a loving setting, rather than enduring a horrific trip to a horrific ending in compromised physical condition. Help us to ease the journeys of these needy horses - - it's the final act of dignity and respect.
Donations to our euthanasia fund may be sent to Helping Hearts Equine Rescue, PO Box 342, Perrineville, NJ 08535 or visit their website at http://www.freewebs.com/hher/ to make an online donation.Please specify if you are donating toward this fund vs. our general care funds.