Hutchings Performance Horses Silver Buckle Horse Sale

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Great using horses and future prospects were the order of the day at the Hutchings Performance Horses Silver Buckle Horse Sale held August 22. Stallions, broodmares, performance horses and young stock were all offered for the discriminating buyer.

A grandson of the legendary “Rooster” (Gallo Del Cielo) was the sale topper. Mr. Tyree Cielo, a 2005 bay stallion by Mr. Gallo Del Cielo out of the Mr. Baron Red daughter Reds Fancy Tyree, brought $14,500.

The top 6 sellers (2 tied for 5th place) brought a total of $51,000 with an average price of $8,500.

A total of 118 horses went through the ring with only 4 “no sales”. The average sale price was 1,555.

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5th Annual Eclipse Quarter Horse Yearling Sale

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Top seller at the Eclipse Select Yearling Sale held Saturday, August 8 at the sale pavilion at Lone Star Park, was a Feature Mr. Jess filly, This Girls Back.

Selling for $27,700, This Girls Back, out of the First Down Dash mare Runninbac, is a half-sister to stakes winner Backin, the dam of Grade 3 winner Totally Done Back.

In all, a total of 78 horses were sold for $654,400 and an average price of $8,390.

“From the three yearling sales so far this year over averages took less of a hit than others. With the unemployment rate down, more homes being sold and the stock market on an upswing, hopefully we’re going to see an upward trend soon,” Kay Helzer, Eclipse sales business manager, said following the auction.

Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Yearling Sale

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Two Medaglia d’Oro fillies were the sale toppers on
day 2 of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale of selected yearlings. The top seller, a filly out of the mare Ting A Folie, brought $425,000, while the 2nd filly, out of the Gilded Time mare Peridot, brought $370,000.

Medaglia d’Oro, whose first crop includes 2009 Oaks and Preakness Stakes winner Rachel Alexandra, was the leading sire with 7 yearlings reported as sold for an average of $242,142.

“We sold good horses today, and the good horses did bring a lot of money,” Fasig-Tipton Chairman Walt Robertson said. “Unfortunately, there’s not a market for every horse, but if it was a nice horse, it brought plenty.”

Over the course of the 2-day sale, 268 horses sold for $20,828,000. The top 5 sellers averaged $366,000, while the overall average was $77,716.

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Heritage Place 7 Arabian Sale

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The Heritage Place 7 Arabian Sale was held Saturday, August 8, in Oklahoma City. Two hundred and fifty-two Arabians, Half-Arabians, and horses bred to Arabians from some of the top farms and stables around the country were there to be sold.

Lot number 4, Apollo Dreamin, topped the sale at $41,000. A 2007 grey mare, she is the daughter of AA Apollo Bey out of Fieldofdreams BMB.

The top 5 horses brought a total of $122,000 with an average price of $24,400.

Of the 252 horses sent through the ring, there were 18 no sales and 31 horses that did not receive an opening bid of $500. Two hundred and three horses sold for a total $635,765 with an average price of $3,132.

The sale had an 81% sale rate, a far cry from the other Arabian sale that I covered.

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Schvaneveldt Yearling Sale

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Blaine Schvaneveldt, a name synonymous with the Quarter Horse racing industry, held his 2nd annual Schvanveldt Yearling Sale on August 4th in Pomona, California.

An unnamed colt by First Down Dash topped the sale, bringing $100,000. The colt was a full brother to stakes winner Docs First Card who won the 1997 San Juan Capistrano Handicap and was second in the 1996 Kindergarten Futurity (G2) and Governors Cup Futurity (RG1), before going to produce champion Secret Card and Kindergarten Futurity (G1) winner Twin Spires.

The top 5 sellers averaged $66,800. Eighty three horses sold for $902,000, with the average price of $10,867.

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NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale

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The NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale (held at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, August 1) bolstered confidence in the cutting horse industry with a strong sale that saw many new buyers and some categories that topped those of the 2008 sale.

The top seller, at $81,000, was Peppers Stylish Cat, a 5-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of Stylish Pepper, a daughter of Doc’s Stylish Oak. She had been in training with Matt Gaines.

The top 5 average was $61,200, which was down from 2008.

Net sales on 190 head averaged $10,225 compared to 2008, when 204 head averaged $10,814. In addition, the percentage of RNA’s (Reserve Not Attained) from net sales was 12% compared to 18% in 2008.

The Slate River Production Sale, a special sale within the NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, averaged $11,663 on 32 head, all of which sold.

The Slate River top selling consignment was the 1995 stallion Playdox, who sold for $52,000. Sired by Freckles Playboy out of Dox Come Back, Playdox was a senior sire at Slate River Ranch

“Eighty-eight percent of horses passing through the sale ring actually sold. It doesn’t get much better than that in a consignment sale,” said Jim Ware of Western Bloodstock, the sale’s production company.

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Lapke Quarter Horses 10th Production Sale

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For those looking for a performance horse prospect or a well-bred producing broodmare, Dunlap, Iowa was the place to be on Sunday, August 2. Lapke Quarter Horses held their 10th Production and Near Dispersal Sale. One of the performance industry’s premier breeding programs, they stand such stallions as Lena Gallo – winner of the 2008 FEI World Reining Championships Individual Gold Medal, Fuel N Shine – 2008 AQHA Jr. Working Cow Horse World Champion, and Genuine Doc O Lena – an AQHA Superior Heeling and Calf Roping horse and son of Genuine Doc. Their offspring and mares bred to them were offered, as well as 4 stallions, including Peptos Playboy- an own son of Peptoboonsmal, and Rooster Jr.- a son of Gallo Del Cielo (“Rooster”). They were cutting back on their herd due to family commitments, but are going to stay involved in the performance horse industry on a smaller scale.

It was no surprise that the 2 highest selling horses were the stallions Peptos Playboy and Rooster Jr. Peptos Playboy, a 2000 red roan who has an AQHA ROM in Reining and Working Cow Horse, sold for $28,000. Rooster Jr., a 2004 bay by Gallo Del Cielo out of a Docs Tivito daughter, brought $12,000. The top 5 had an average price of $13,890.

A total of 172 horses were sold, with $2,307 being the average price. The bottom of the market seems to be behind us now. I believe that the “production sale season” will reflect that fact and show a marked improvement in prices.

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