As you probably can tell, this blog has changed a bit. Not only the name, but the style and topics will be a bit different.
I last posted in September, 2012. I stopped writing for a while to focus on other things, and because I was a bit burned out on writing. I still kept up with the auctions and will post some of the past ones, but I wanted a bit more variety in what I write about. I’ll be adding some thoughts, tips on selling your horse for the best possible price, and keeping you up on what the market is doing.
I do want to let people know that I am an appraiser, not an auctioneer. I don’t put on auctions nor can I provide you with catalogs on the various auctions I write about. I just write about the auctions, because I love auctions. Any auctions. Antiques, cattle, horse, whatever. Horse auctions, though, are my specialty, because I spend a lot of time at them.
So those of you have followed me, I hope that the new format will please. I’ll do my very best to keep you educated, informed, and possibly even amused.
Barrel Racing Ramona Rodeo (Photo credit: Bill Gracey)
The Lazy JS Ranch 53rd annual production sale was held August 17, 2012, at the Bowman Auction Market in Bowman, North Dakota. The ranch, and their guest consignors, offered 66 performance-bred horses for sale. The weanlings, along with a few started horses, all found new homes.
The high selling horse was JTs Driftin Guy, a 2009 bay gelding, who sold for $3,000. He was sired by JT Wise Guy, a son of Frenchmans Guy (Top 10 All-Time Leading Barrel Sire, siring earners of $1,745,458.) His dam, LH Driftin Freckles, is a daughter of Gay Bar Freckles. He had been started and was ready for a job.
The 66 horses netted $38,800, with an average price of $588. The Top 7 sellers (3 horses sold for the same price of $1,300) totaled $11,900, for an average of $1,700.
The ranch was recognized this past year by the AQHA with the Ranching Heritage Breeder designation.
Blacksranch Quarter horses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Lapke Quarter Horses 14th annual Production Sale was held on August 11, 2012, at the livestock auction in Dunlap, Iowa. Besides selling the weanlings, the Lapke’s were also dispersing their broodmare band but were retaining their World Champion stallions and the families personal riding horses. The weanlings were sired by Lena Gallo, Fuel N Shine, Genuine Doc O Lena, Smart Steps (a black son of Wimpys Little Step), and the broodmares were exposed to these stallions.
The high selling horse was Roosters Pauline, a 2006 bay mare, who brought $12,000. She was sired by Gallo Del Cielo (“Rooster”), a sire of National Reining Horse Association earners of $469,719 and National Cutting Horse Association earners of $262,945. Her dam, Okie Paul Hickory, is a daughter of Okie Paul Quixote, an NRHA Futurity Champion, NRHA World Champion, NRHA Super Stakes Champion, and an NRHA All-Time Leading Sire. She was exposed to AQHA Jr. Working Cowhorse World Champion Fuel N Shine for 2013.
All 88 horses sold, netting $216,600, with a sale average of $2,450. The Top 5 sellers brought $40,900, for an average of $8,180.
The Fort Ranch 35th annual production sale was held on June 23, 2012, at the Fort Ranch Sale Arena in Promontory, Utah. Sixty-three well-bred ranch raised foals were offered to the buying public. They carried the bloodlines of Smart Little Lena, High Brow Cat, Mr. San Peppy, Freckles Playboy, Dual Pep, Peptoboonsmal, and other solid cow horse lines. All were sold, and were to be picked up on September 8th.
The high selling foal was a buckskin filly who sold for $2900. She was sired by Little Pistol Badge, by Young Gun, a proven sire of cutting and reined cow horses. Her dam, Tessy Hickory Prom, is a daughter of Hickory Dickory Doc.
The 63 foals netted $69,250, for a sale average of $1,099. The Top 5 selling youngsters brought $11,300, with an average of $2,260.
Dancing with Cows – NCHA Futurity (Photo credit: Jeffrey K. Edwards)
The 3rd annual Full House Elite Performance Stock Horse Sale was held June 6 at the Weston County Fairgrounds in New Castle, Wyoming. Sixty-six broke ranch horses (including 4 high-quality 2 year olds) were presented for sale, with all but 1 selling.
The high selling horse was A Peppy San Badger, a 2005 sorrel gelding, who brought $15,500. His sire, Annies Little Pepper, is a son of the great AQHA Hall of Fame sire Peppy San Badger. His dam, Si Olena Baker, is a daughter of Si Olena who was the 1998 World Senior Cutting Champion and earned NCHA earnings of $97,000. A Peppy San Badger has been to ranch rodeos, has been roped off, and can work a cow.
The sixty-five horses that sold netted $466,650, with an average sale price of $7,179 and a sale percentage of 98%. The Top 5 sellers brought $95,000, for an average of $13,571.
Tell-tale tan areas and an absence of rich red tones in the coat indicate that this horse may be a lighter shade of seal brown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Diamond-McNabb Ranch Horse Sale took place June 2, 2012, in the indoor arena at the Powderhorn Ranch in Douglas, Wyoming. Ninety performance-bred prospects, a mixture of geldings and mares, were offered. All ninety, from young started prospects to seasoned ranch hands, were sold.
The high selling horse was Spoonful of Gin, a 2005 chestnut AQHA gelding, who sold for $35,000. His sire is Hes A Peptospoonful, National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) money earner of $72,412. His dam is Jo Sue Gin, who’s sire Tanquery Gin was a NCHA money earner of $15,199 and whose offspring have won over $2,089,410.
The ninety horses netted $976,100, with an average sale price of $10,846. The Top 5 sellers brought $132,000, for an average of $26,400.
A Buttermilk Buckskin Horse. Photo by Ron Miller, Horse owned by Mary Miller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The 2012 Old Fort Days Futurity Horse Sale was held Wednesday, May 23 during the Old Fort Days Futurity in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Thirty-eight performance-bred horses, from broodmares in foal to solid ranch and rodeo horses, were consigned to be sold. Twenty-one of the 38 were sold.
The high selling horse was CE Poker Face, a 2009 black AQHA gelding, who brought $21,500. His sire is High on Corona SI-93 (Speed Index) winner of $15,430 and a leading barrel sire. His dam is CE Black Opal by Dash For Perks SI-93, a leading race sire and an all-time leading barrel sire. CE Poker Face has been hauled and exhibitioned.
The 21 horses netted $94,150, with a sale average of $4,483 and a sale percentage of 55%. The Top 5 sellers brought $53,100, for an average of $10,620.