Black Forest Shire and Gypsy Horses Dispersal

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Saturday, May 23rd, Black Forest Shires & Gypsy Horses of Platteville, Colorado, held their dispersal sale. A serious group of bidders were there to try to obtain some of the finest imported and U.S. bred Gypsy, Shire and Drum horses. For those of you who haven’t heard of Drum horses, they are defined as a colored Shire.

The sale started out with the Gypsy horse mares and foals. A couple of mares had foaled before the sale, and a few more looked like they were likely to follow. The farm was allowing mares very close to their due dates and the mares that foaled the chance to remain on the farm until they and their foals were strong enough to travel. A Drum horse mare, Pippen, who foaled 12 hours before the sale, was “no saled” due to the fact that her foal was weak and they felt it would not be fair to run her through the sale.

The centerpiece of the farm, Babydoll, a 1998 Gypsy mare imported in 2002, inspired some spirited bidding that made her the sales highest selling horse. The final bid of $60,000 saw her heading back to the U.K. Their premier breeding stallion, LK’s Legacy, a 2003 stallion imported in 2004 and an own son of the famous stallion Lion King, was the second highest seller at $46,000. Sixty-three Gypsy horses went through the sale for a total of $903,850 with the average sale price being $14,347.

Monarch, brought in with with his teammate and 1/2 brother Rebel, was the highest seller of the Drum horses, bringing in $21,500. He also has the distinction of being the offspring of  two Breyer model horses (Galway Warrior and Gladwin Lucky Grey Lady, aka “Gracie”). The four Drum horses sold totaled $61,500, with an average sale price of $15,375.

The yearling colt Greyson, a son of Gracie, was the highest seller of the Shires. He brought $10,000, with the five remaining Shires bringing the total sales to $37,850, for an average sale price of $6,308.

The imported bowtop wagon did not sell, but two colorful, imported Gypsy drays and a two-wheeled Gypsy flat cart (also known as a Bradford Cart) did sell, with the Bradford Cart bringing $24,000. An imported set of Gypsy harness sold for $2,400.

Black Forest ended up selling 73 horses for an impressive total of  $1,003,200, bringing a median price of $14,000 per horse. I know that the sellers were sad to see their horses go, but they can also be proud knowing that the new owners can establish themselves in the Gypsy horse industry with the very best of stock.


Gypsy Vanner and Drum Horse Dispersal


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Tomorrow I’m going to check out the sale horses of  Black Forest Shires & Gypsy Horses. They will be dispersing their herd of Gypsy Vanners, Drum Horses, and Shires. May 22 is the preview date, with the horses selling on May 23. All sexes will be selling, with some of the mares being in foal. Most are black & white, but there a few chestnut & white, blue roan & white, a bay & white, and a beautiful palomino stallion.

Many of the horses were imported from the U.K., including their famous “Babydoll”, who will be included in the sale. Also selling are the Shires “Barval April May” the 2005 National Grand Champion Mare, and “Gladwin Lucky Grey Lady” (aka “Gracie”) a great show mare, broodmare, and who was immortalized as a Breyer Horse model in 2003.

Also selling is an elegant imported, authentic Bowtop Wagon, an imported original Gypsy Dray, and imported Gypsy harness.

National Western Stock Show Sale Results

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The year was ushered in with Denver’s National Western Stock Show ‘s ” Mile High Select Quarter and Paint Horse Sale”. Held on January 10, the Paint sale saw 20 head of Paint horses sell for a total of $44,450. The high selling Paint was Dirty Rockin Blonde, who brought $5,600. The average Paint sale price was $2,222.50 per head.

The Quarter horse sale  had 51 head of Quarter horses sell for a total price of $240,700. The high selling Quarter Horse was Boonwalk, who brought in $30,500. The average Quarter horse sale price was $4,719.61 per head. Not too bad a start for 2009.

Pitzer Ranch Spring Sale

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On Saturday, April 25, the Pitzer Ranch, home of the legendary Quarter Horse sire Two Eyed Jack, held their annual spring sale. The ranch and guest consigners had 312 horses listed in the catalog. The highest selling horse, a 2002 palomino stallion named Show Me A Song Joes, brought $45, 000. He was also the highest selling stallion. A total of 25 breeding age stallions sold, with an average sale price of $9,692.

The highest selling mare was Eyes Stardust, a 2005 buckskin broodmare paid up in the Incentive Fund and bred to a son of Watch Dusty Buck for her first foal. She brought $11,000.  A total of 39 broodmares, some with foals at side, went through the sale bringing an average of $1,858.

Thirty-eight talented and trustworthy saddle broke mares brought an average of $2,949. The highest seller, Jacks Prairie Watch, was a solid heading and heeling horse who was shown in pleasure as a 2 and 3 year old.  This fancy 2002 buckskin mare brought $10,000.

Tried and true broke geldings 4 and older brought a respectable average of $6,050. The high selling gelding Eyes A Watchin, a beautiful 2003 buckskin gelding, had been started team roping. He brought $21,000.

Thirty nine started 2 and 3 year olds brought an average of $1,470. Two Eyed Red Pearl, a 2007 palomino mare and daughter of Two Eyed Red Buck, was the highest seller, bringing $3,800.

Twenty three yearling mares, geldings, and stallions went through the sale averaging $812. The highest selling yearling, a 2008 palomino yearling stallion named HL Rhett Bucks Gold, was a halter futurity money earner and brought $1,550.

Even though this was a Quarter Horse sale, the younger crowd was not forgotten. Three cute, dependable ponies were sold. Flower, a 2000 buckskin mare, ridden by a 5 year old for goats in Junior Rodeo, brought $3,100, beating out Cisco, a 2003 bay tobiano gelding who sold for $3,000, and Penguin, a 2000 black overo gelding who brought $1,200, for the honor of being top selling pony.

In total, 265 horses sold for $1,133,325, with the median sale price being $4,277.

Premiere Miniature Horse Sale

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On Friday, April 24, a miniature horse sale was held in Shipshewana, Indiana.  The highest selling horse was #10, Lucky Four Rebels Gallantry, a 1999 33.75 inch sorrel stallion by Sid’s Rebel out of  Hidden Meadows Heaven Sent, who sold for $5,250. He was World Futurity Champion and World Top 10 in 2001, and registered in both the AMHA and AMHR. The highest selling mare was lot # 50, Tall Pine Echos Party Girl, a 31.5 inch buckskin mare by Little Kings Buck Echo out of Star K Calamity Jane.  Sold as a 3-in-1 package with a filly at side and bred back to Little Kings Ballistic Bukaroo, she brought $3000. She also was both AMHA and AMHR registered. Four geldings went through the sale, the highest selling being a pair of grey unregistered driving geldings bringing a price of $350 each.

The top ten selling horses averaged $2,465. A total of 64 horses were sold, with an overall average sale price of $795.

Hello world!

Just a note about myself and this blog. I’m the owner of McCarron Equine Appraisals and the co-owner of Emcee Farm.  I raise Paint and Quarter Horses. I’ve been in the equine business over 32 years, so I know a little bit about horses. I will be commenting on the equine market, letting you know about various sales, and even talking about my own horses and our activities. So saddle up and let’s see where this trail leads.