Whether you need a horse and buggy to take you to church, round up cattle or drive Santa through the streets, finding the right one is essential.
For the past decade, Morris Yoder has brought buyers and sellers together from across the country for his two-day, semiannual auction - the Yoder Auction. From horses to buggies to antique tractors, the auction brings in more than 400 people each day to bid on ropes, saddles and carriages.
"It’s been really good," Morris said. "We’ve got a lot of absentee bids."
Morris brings in agricultural gear and wagons from Ohio, Missouri and Nebraska. People from across the country bid on the items. Others show up in Pretty Prairie.
Eugene and Judy Seibert have 15 draft horses and four wagons on their family farm in Macksville. They brought their horse Bill and a two-person wagon to the event, hoping to sell both.
"We’ve driven the big guy (Santa) in the Christmas parade in Hutchinson," Eugene Seibert said. "All our horses like to think they’re lap dogs. They’re very kind and very intelligent."
Like the Seiberts, Howard Myers of Overbrook rents carriage rides for weddings and special events. He said he usually finds a nice carriage at this auction.
Some use horses and wagons to round up cattle. Cameron Schultz and his brother-in-law Landon Petersen, of Bentley, use wagons on their ranch.
"We came to look at the small wagons and small horses," Schultz said. "We use them, but we also enjoy playing with them."
Others use wagons for decoration. For Bill LaPlant of Colorado, it’s all about the looks of the wagon. He brings wagons back to Colorado and sells them. He said this was one of the main auctions where he can find authentic wagons. Confident he was going to find a good one, he made the trip with his trailer.
"It’s all about the looks," LaPlant said. "Large property owners like them for yard art."
Paul Smith of Carmen, Oklahoma, came to the auction looking for a few good horses, but was not sure he would find them. He left his trailer at home, knowing he could come back if he found the right animal.
Some people use horses and buggies as everyday vehicles. Melissa Troyer of Hutchinson drove a friend’s buggy to the event. She frequently drives a horse and buggy and was happy to transport a vehicle to the auction and help out a friend who wants to sell his pony and buggy.
All those who came to the auction looking to buy and sell buggies and carriages, said they enjoy the vehicle. Dan Weltmer of Plainville, near Hays, fixes up carriages, came to this auction last year.
"It’s just a hobby of mine," he said. "I love to watch the buggies and horses."