Madonna Inn Quarter Horses, located in San Luis Obispo, California, held their Pick & Shovel Production Sale on June 5. The sale, held during the USTRC Madonna Inn Championship Roping, featured horses of various disciplines and ages. The owners of Madonna Inn Quarter Horses, Cathie and Rowly Twisselman, offered everything from yearlings to finished horses, along with a handful of broodmares and foals. Thirty-nine years of breeding Quarter horses produced this bunch of versatile, all-around horses of quality pedigree and performance potential. A few outside consignors brought experienced horses as well as a few great prospects. A total of 67 well-bred horses were being offered to the buying public.
The top 5 high selling horses were all geldings, and older ones at that. The highest selling horse, Mr. Amzi Good, brought $12,000. This 10 year old grey gelding with Zippo Pat Bars, Sonny Go Lucky, Poco Pine, and Mr. Sure Smooth breeding, was a finished #1 heading horse who had won lots of money at USTRC ropings and also rodeos. Following in his tracks, bringing $11,200, was Bacardi Rocks, a 12 year old sorrel gelding. By Rum Squall, a son of Peppy San Badger, he was his owner’s main heeling horse for 8 years.
In third place, bringing $10,500, was Fritzs Playboy, an 18 year old black gelding. A grandson of Fritz Command, he was Karen Twisselman’s number 1 heading horse. Due to the fact that her Limo business has kept her from roping as much as she wanted to, she was offering him for sale.
Fourth place went to Buzzard’s Bar Boy, who brought $10,000. An 8 year old sorrel gelding, he was a heading horse who’s owner had won lot’s of money on him. He was very broke with a good handle on him.
Rounding out the top 5 was Will B Chick, a 14 year old sorrel gelding. This speedy heading horse has the blood of Three Chicks and Top Moon on his sire’s side and is out of a thoroughbred mare who’s a granddaughter of Gallant Man (TB). The average price of these 5 geldings was $10,200.
With the help of the students of the Cal Poly Quarter Horse Enterprise, 65 of the 67 horses brought into the ring sold, for a grand total of $201,100. With a sale rate of 97 percent, the average price per horse was $3,094.
There are buyers out there looking for older, more experienced horses, as this sale proves.