Living The Legacy II Sale

On Saturday, June 20, Dan Adcock’s Lazy 71 Ranch Legacy Sale was held in Lenapah, Oklahoma. The ranch headquarters is the former “Lowry Ranch” that produced world champion ropers including Fred Lowry and Shoat Webster, along with some great horses.

One hundred and ten horses, genetically stacked for generations to meet the standards of ranch horses, were offered. They were bred to cover the country, stay sound, and remain focused on cattle.

The high selling horse was Surprise Me Twice, a 1999 chestnut gelding. Offered as “cowy, good to rope and sort on”, he brought $7,200. The top 5 horses, consisting of 4 geldings and 1 stallion, averaged $5,760.

The 110 horses sold for a total of $211,450, with the average price being $1,922.

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Diamond-McNabb Ranch Horse Sale


On Saturday, June 6, the first annual Diamond-McNabb Ranch Horse Sale was held in Casper, Wyoming. Seventy-five ranch raised geldings, ranging in age from 3 to 14 years old, were offered to the public by Diamond Ranches and Ken McNabb. Fifty of the horses were offered by Diamond-McNabb, with the other 25 offered by ranch families personally invited by McNabb to consign.

For those of you who are not familiar with Ken McNabb, he’s a nationally known clinician and the host of the RFD TV’s show, “Discovering the Horseman Within”. The 50 horses offered by Diamond-McNabb were all McNabb trained horses. The bloodlines offered at the sale were some of the best, such as Peppy San Badger, Topsail Cody, Freckles Playboy, and the list goes on and on. These were hardy, ranch raised working horses capable of doing anything asked of them.

The crowd was there to buy. Out of the 78 horses listed, 67 of the horses sold, going to new homes all over the country. The highest selling horse was Buttermilk, a 2003 grade buckskin gelding, bringing $15,000. A big (16.1 hands), stout horse, this gelding had looks and personality. Of all Ken’s personal horses, he admits Buttermilk is his favorite.

The top 5 horses brought in $60,950 for an average price of $12,190. The sale total was $384,850, with the average price per head being $5,744. Ranch geldings are always a good buy, and the fact that they were trained by a well-known trainer didn’t hurt either.

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Rocky Mountain Mule Days Sale

There were long-ears aplenty in Eagle, Colorado, for the Rocky Mountain Mule Days & Auction held the 12th through the 14th of June. Friday, the 12th, featured the Extreme Mule Challenge, a Packing Seminar held by the Colorado Outfitters Association, and a rodeo. On Saturday a presentation and preview of mules was held before the auction. Although consignments were down from previous years, the quality of the mules offered for sale was high.

Gaited mules, paint mules, appaloosa mules, contest mules, roping mules, hunting mules, packing mules, just about any kind of mule could be found to fit any taste. Their abilities ranged from green-broke to kid-safe, “you can put your granny on”, well- broke mules.

The highest selling mule was Izzy, a 5 year old sorrel mare mule. She had a great deal of experience under saddle, having been used for trail riding, hog hunting, and penning cattle at the stock yard. This gentle, athletic lady brought a sale price of $5,300.

The top 5 mules averaged $4,400. All were well broke, high mileage mules that were rock-solid under saddle.

Even though numbers were down, 42 mules went through the sale ring, with only 7 being “no saled”. The 35 mules that sold brought a total of $77,025, making the average price per head $2,201. Even in a tough economy, a good quality, well trained mule will always be able to find a new home.

A Stormy Southeast Spring Sale

On April 11, the 2009 Southeast Spring Sale was held at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, one day after a catagory EF-4 tornado passed only a half mile from the coliseum.

The tornado passed during the PAS Cutting Series show. The power went out as the tornado passed, leaving as quickly as it had come. The coliseum’s generator system came on and the show resumed within a half hour. Power was not restored until the Southeastern Spring Sale was nearly over early Saturday evening.

The sale began with the Preferred Session. One hundred twenty-two horses went through the sale ring, with a total of 79 of them going to new homes. The Preferred Session grossed $259,175, with average price per head being $3,281.

After the Preferred Session came the General Session. Seventeen horses were brought through the ring, with only 7 being sold. The average price for the General Session was $1,629, with this session grossing $11,400.

The high selling horse was Jans Oh K, a 2006 sorrel AQHA mare. A daughter of Oh Cay Quixote (earner of $152,616 in NCHA and cutting earnings) and nominated to the AQHA Incentive Fund, she brought $27,000.

Fifty horses were sold as they worked cattle. The average price for those working cattle was $5,900.

One hundred twenty-nine horses passed throught the sale ring, with the 86 that were sold bringing a gross sales total of $270,575 (up 24 percent). The average price per horse was $3,146 (up 7 percent).

“There was a lot working against us, the tornado and the fact the sale was on Easter weekend,” said Mike Jennings of Professional Auction Services, Inc. He continued, “There has been a lot of bidding activity at all of our sales this year with prices down 15 to 20 percent. This jump in prices is encouraging.”

For information on another of their sales this year, you can check out my post on the Virginia Hunter & Sport Horse Spring Sale.

Madonna Inn Quarter Horses Pick & Shovel Production Sale


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.

National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes Sale

Despite an economy in trouble, results of the 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Sale were encouraging, according to Jim Ware of Western Bloodstock, the company that produces all official NCHA sales.

“It was a good sale,” said Ben Emerson, also of Western Bloodstock. “The attendance was great, the averages were good, and there were fewer pass outs than in previous sales. Overall, it was very encouraging for the cutting industry.”

The Super Stakes Sale, held at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, had 187 head of horses pass through the sale ring. Out of that number, 155 head sold, with 32 head not meeting their reserve price. The average sale price was $11,004 per head, with the top five averaging $76,800 and the top 10, $56,500.

Remedy For Sweets, a 1995 sorrel daughter of Grays Starlight, was the sale’s high seller, bringing $100,000. Besides having NCHA earnings of $191,485, she is also the dam of 4 NCHA Money Earners with official NCHA earnings of $43,496.

Highest selling stallion was Hickory’s Indian Pep, who brought $41,000. A 1994 chestnut, he’s an own son of Doc’s Hickory and has NCHA earnings of $131,647.

The high selling gelding was Spooky Lil Cat, a son of High Brow Cat (sire of 855 NCHA Money Earners with official NCHA earnings of $32,954,841), who brought $30,000. A 2004 sorrel, he already has NCHA earnings of $71,385.

It was definitely “Ladies Day” at the sale with 9 of the top 10 high selling horses being mares.

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Virginia Hunter & Sport Horse Spring Sale

A warmblood sport horse shown over fences.

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A capacity crowd showed up at the Virginia Hunter & Sport Horse Spring SaleĀ on March 21, 2009. Held in Leesburg, Virginia, at it’s new location, Morven Park Equestrian Center, the sale saw 90 horses sell for a total of $176,725. The over-all average price was $1,964.

The sale started with the pony session. Forty-two ponies were sent through the ring, with 33 being sold for a total of $46,025, a median price of $1,395 per pony. The high selling pony Krimpet, a crossbred Welsh 2005 palomino gelding shown by children at the local shows, brought $5,500.

Following the pony session, the premiere session saw 13 horses sold for a total of $59,000, averaging out to $4,538 per horse. Horatio, a 17:2 grey 2004 Irish Draught Gelding, brought the highest price, $15,800.

The horse session followed. Out of 70 horses passing throught the ring, 44 were sold for $71,700, a median price of $1630. A 2000 bay Warmblood-cross gelding named Majic was the high seller, going for $6,500

“People are spending less money on everything these days and the horse market is not immune to that”, said Tim Jennings of Professional Auction Services, Inc. “What we did see is bidders on every horse and buyers for most of them, particularly the good horses.”

Jennings continued, “There were people at the sale that were surprised at the lower prices. They haven’t made the connection that the current deep recession has a huge impact on the horse and pony markets. We have to listen to what the market tells us these animals are worth. As sellers we can’t dictate that, the buyers determine the market.”

“This is a periodic adjustment in a livestock market that is based on supply exceeding demand and demand being depressed by economic conditions,” said Jennings. “I have seen three of these adjustments since 1978 and the first two were followed by periods of strong growth. I expect the same this time.” Jennings added that there are active buyers for horses at all levels now. Prices may be down but the buyers are out there.