Dave Hammond


My name is Dave Hammond; for more detailed information regarding my qualifications, please look at the Curriculum Vitae page. But first, let me tell you how I got to where I am today. After attending UC Davis, I began training horses and serving as an agent for private treaty horse sales. Eventually, I became an auctioneer, auction manager, appraiser, and expert witness.


As a horse trainer, I trained and showed cutting horses for over thirty years.  Running my own business in California, Oklahoma or Texas, I trained, bought, and sold horses for a diverse clientele. I have been an agent for a horse that sold for as much as one million dollars and I have been an agent for a horse that just needed a good home.


In addition to domestic sales, I have experience with international transactions, as I have both imported horses from Australia to the United States and exported horses from the United States to Italy.


Growing up, I had always been interested in becoming an auctioneer, and after getting involved with horses, one thing led to another and I started auctioneering at a few horse sales. This led to managing horse auctions.  My company Dave Hammond Auctions managed the biggest performance horse auction on the West Coast for over 20 years, the National Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity Sales taking their gross sales from $89,000 to $3.3 million dollars.  In addition, we managed the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Horse Sales, The Northwest Cutting Horse Associations Horse Sales and the Western States Horse Expo Sale.  I have been an auctioneer for horse sales in California, Oklahoma, Texas, Nevada and Australia. Additionally, I was an auctioneer at dealer-only automobile car auctions for seven years and at various equipment sales across the West Coast.


Due to my considerable experience with training, buying, and selling horses, I have been asked to appraise horses and livestock and to be an expert witness. I have been deposed in court and testified as an expert witness multiple times. Over the last 20 years I have appraised horses, mules, donkeys, zebras, domestic and exotic cattle and horse equipment such as blankets, saddles and bridles. I have done appraisals for IRS tax audits, divorces, dissolution of partnerships, trusts, donations, and estates.


In 2007, I acquired an ownership interest in two businesses Skyline Silversmiths and Stray Dog Saddles.


In 2018, I completed and passed the USPAP Personal Property Appraisal course, the American Society of Equine Appraisers 35-hour course Principles of Valuation, and the 70-hour course Advanced Principles of Valuation. With the addition of over 1200 hours of previous appraisal work, I am currently classified as a Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Equine Appraisers.  I am also a member or the American Society of Agricultural Appraisers, International Society of Livestock Appraisers and the American Society of Farm Equipment Appraisers


At present, I am retired from training horses and from working in the auction business. I am currently concentrating on working as an appraiser, consultant and expert witness.


All the best,


Dave Hammond



Serving the public by producing qualified and ethical appraisers who are recognized authorities in the horse appraisal field.



American Society of Agricultural Appraisers

Senior Appraiser - American Society of Equine Appraisers

Member - American Society of Agricultural Appraisers

Member - International Society of Livestock Appraisers

Member - American Society of Farm Equipment Appraisers