Coming Up in January

A few more hours and then the new year begins! Out with the old and in with the new! I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that this year brings you nothing but good. The same can be said for the horse market. After a pretty gloomy downturn, here’s hoping that the market has stabilized and will start making a comeback.

Despite seasonal slow-down in the sales over the winter, we still have results from past sales to post. We’ll start out with 2 Sport Horse sales and finish up with the National Cutting Horse Association‘s 5 day Futurity Sales. Each day’s sessions will be written up separately to do justice to this awesome sale.

January 2010 postings:

  • Virginia Hunter & Sport Horse Fall Sale
  • Stargate Sport Horses
  • NCHA Mid-Futurity Sale Sessions 1 & 2
  • NCHA Futurity Sale of 2-Year-Olds by Selected Sires
  • Preferred Breeders Sale – Session 1
  • Preferred Breeders Sale – Session 2
  • Western Bloodstock Invitational Yearling Sale
  • Select Seasoned Cutting Horse Sale

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2009 Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale

Heritage Place held its Fall Mixed Sale on October 23 and 24 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Paints and Appaloosas were offered, with sessions for each breed and a special yearling session. Six sessions in all were offered, with the Paints and Appaloosas being sold together.

Session 1 was the Quarter Horse mixed sale. Twenty-six horses were withdrawn and 305 were sent through the sale ring. With 1 horse not bid upon, 271 were sold for a total of $1,443,950 and an average price of $5,328. Thirty-three horses were repurchased for $199,200, averaging $6,036. The 304 total transactions brought $1,643,150 with a median price of $5,405.

Top selling horse of this session and the highest selling horse in the sale was First Prize Timber, a 2006 brown colt, who brought $60,000. By Oak Tree Special out of the Dash For Cash mare First Prize Dash, he had a Speed Index of 102 with 3 wins, 3 2nds, 1 3rd, and earnings of $55,928.

Session 2 was the Quarter Horse Yearling sale. Nine horses were withdrawn and 60 went through the ring. Fifty-four horses were sold for $365,300 and an average price of $6,765. Six were repurchased for $30,600, averaging $5,100. The 60 transactions totaled $395,900 for a median price of $6,598.

The high selling horse of this session was Emperor Valeran, a 2008 brown colt, who brought $27,500. By Heza Fast Dash out of Sheeza Lil Val, he is eligible for the All American, Rainbow & Ruidoso Futurities, the AQHA Racing Challenge, the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, and the Golden State Million Futurity.

Session 3 was the combined APHA & ApHC Yearling sale. Only 1 horse was withdrawn, leaving 15 to sell. Eleven sold for a total of $44,100 and an average price of $4,009. Four were repurchased for $6,100, averaging $1,525. The 15 transactions totaled $50,200 for a median price of $3,347.

This sessions high seller was Gone Postal, a 2008 solid sorrel Paint filly, who brought $15,000. She is by Hawkinson  (AQHA Champion) out of the APHA mare By Gone (Champion 3-Year-Old and Champion 3-Year-Old Filly), a daughter of the great Paint racing stallion Treasured.

Session 4 was the APHA & ApHC mixed sale. Three horses were withdrawn and 18 horses went through the ring. Sixteen horses sold for a total of $25,150 and an average price of $1,572. Two horses were repurchased for $16,000, averaging $8,000. The eighteen transactions totaled $41,150 for a median price of $2,286.

The high seller of this session was Spank Me Hard, a 2007 sorrel tobiano filly, who brought $4,300. By Fly Jess Fly out of  Easy Teaser, she had 1 win and 1 3rd in 5 starts earning $10,544.

Session 5 was the Thoroughbred Yearling sale. Twenty-five horse went through the ring with 22 selling for $28,450 and an average price of 1,293. Three were repurchased for $3,050, averaging $1,017. The 25 transactions totaled $31,500 for a median price of $1,260.

High selling horse of this session was an unnamed chestnut colt who brought $5,000. By Golden Missile, a son of A.P. Indy, out of the Charismatic daughter Holiday Fun, he is nominated to the Oklahoma Classics.

The final session was the Thoroughbred Mixed sale. Two horses were withdrawn leaving 70 to go through the ring. Fifty-seven horses sold for $76,100 and an average of $1,335. Thirteen were repurchased for $21,700, averaging $1,669. The 70 transactions totaled $97,800 for a median price of $1,397.

The highest seller was Pali Princess, a 1999 dark bay/brown mare, who brought $17,500. By Fortunate Prospect out of Groovin’ Boogie, she was bred to Tactical Cat (TB) and sold with a 2010 breeding to the Diamond G Ranch’s stallion of the buyer’s choice.

Four hundred thirty-one horses were sold in all 6 sessions for a total of $1,983,050 and an average of  $4,601. Sixty-one repurchases totaled $276,650, averaging $4,535. The 492 transactions amounted to $2,259,700 with a median price of $4,593.

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2009 World Championship Show Sale

The AQHA‘s premier sale, the two-day World Championship Show Sale, was held November 14th & 15th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Some of the best bred performance, halter and working horses were assembled here. Champions, mares bred to champions, and future champions were presented to the buying public. Some had just been shown at the World Championship Show and came with new show placings and points.

The sale was broken down into 3 different sessions. Sessions 1 & 2 were held on November 14th and Session 3 on November 15th. Session 1 featured working horses, cow horses and roping horses. Session 2 was halter horses. Session 3 featured Western Pleasure, English and All-Around horses.

The top seller of the Working and Cow Horse session was Genuine As Diamonds, a 1992 palomino stallion, who brought $14,500. A full brother to the great Shining Spark, he had 119 AQHA points and earnings of $4,005. A Congress Open Heeling Champion and an AQHA High Point Heeling Champion, he has sired 256 foals, with 14 performers.

The top seller of the Performance session was Dunit On The Range, a 2008 red roan colt, who brought $41,500. By the stallion Openrange, he was shown only once at the Ontario Breeders Futurity and ended up the unanimous winner in the longe line and yearling colts.

The Halter session and over-all top seller was Rock Starlet, a 2004 sorrel mare, who brought $50,500. A supplement addition, she was by Hear the Cheers out of the mare Miss Coolightful. Fitted up and in impeccable condition, she had a certain “look at me” air that definitely caught your attention.

Only 83 of the 364 horses did not sell. The 281 that did totaled $1,492,300, giving the sale a 77% sale percentage. The average price was $5,311. The top 5 sellers totaled $213,000, for an average of $42,600. The increases in the average price and gross sales indicates that stability is returning to the market following the decreases in all segments of the horse industry. Let’s hope that 2010 will bring a stronger market and a healthier industry.

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Tradition 13

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The Tradition 13 Arabian Horse Sale was held November 14th at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio. One hundred and thirty Arabians of all ages showed up at the sale. From weanlings to finished show horses, the buyer could find something to suit their taste.

The sale began with the “Preferred Session” horses, followed by the horses of the “General Session”. Nouve O Riche, a 1996 bay Half Arabian gelding selling in the “Preferred Session”, topped the sale at $17,000. A multi-National Champion by Night of Roses out of the *Enoss mare O Katie, this beautiful 16.1hh  horse not only rode but could also be driven. As for the other Top 5 sellers, they also came out of the “Preferred Session”.

Of the 130 horses that went through the ring, 96 were sold for a total of $255,150 and a sale percentage of 74%. The average price was $2,658. The Top 5 horses brought a total of $61,500, for an average of $12,300.

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2009 World Appaloosa Sale


People were seeing spots on October 28th at the 2009 World Appaloosa Sale in Fort Worth, Texas. The sale offered world class quality in 3 different categories: the Yearling Incentive Sale, the Broodmare Incentive Sale, and the Select Sale. Yearlings purchased in the Yearling sale will be eligible to participate in the 2010 World Sale Incentive 2-Year Old Futurity classes. ApHC registered foals of the bred mares offered in the Broodmare sale will be eligible as 2-year olds to compete in the Incentive Futurity classes. The Select Sale offered top quality performance and breeding horses.

The highest selling horse (that sold and was not a consignor repurchase) was Classical Pizzazz, a 2008 yearling stallion who brought $13,500. This handsome colorful colt, a son of the quarter horse stallion Invest In My Pizzazz, was World-qualified to show in Yearling Stallions and Most Colorful at Halter.

Ninety-three horses were offered with 62 changing hands and 31 consignor repurchases. The total, excluding buy-backs, was $125,425 for a sale percentage of 66%. The average was $2,023, with the Top 5 horses that sold averaging $6,340.

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4 Ropin Ranch 4th Annual Team Roping Horse Sale

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Quality over quantity was the theme of  4 Ropin Ranch’s 4th Annual Team Roping Horse Sale. Forty-five handpicked geldings were offered and each one was a winner. All broke to death and gentle, they were as nice a batch of horses as you could find.

The high seller of the sale was Jailhouse Rock, a 1996 chestnut tobiano, who brought $31,000. A registered Pinto, this little guy was only 13 hands tall but was big enough for an adult. Not just a cute pony, but an accomplished heel horse, he has been hauled everywhere and has won thousands of dollars. He won numerous awards at jr. rodeos running barrels and poles and a has a show record record with over 120 PtHA points. He definitely proved that big things come in small packages.

The average price was $12,849. The top 5 horses average $24,600. Due to the soft economy, the prices were lower than last year. Still, a good horse will always find a buyer.

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Poker Bar Ranch Horse Sale

There was a lot of eye-candy on 4 legs being sold October 24th when the Poker Bar Ranch held their sale in Yale, Oklahoma. So much gold! Not surprising since the ranch stands 2 palomino stallions, WR Shining Pavo, a grandson of Shining Spark and Six Chicks Bar, a grandson of Sonny Dee Bar. For those looking for rope, rodeo, reining, ranching, barrels and all around athletes, this was the place to be.

One hundred and two performance-bred horses were sent through the sale ring. Poker Bar horses are well known in the performance arena, the world of rodeo, and futurities. This selection of sale horses didn’t disappoint. With 14 broodmares (some with foals), 16 yearlings, 51 riding 2, 3, and 4 year olds, and 21 5 through 10 year old rope and started rope prospects, there was something for everyone.

NobleBoonBugLilDiper, a 2001 sorrel gelding, was the top selling horse, bringing $5,900. By a grandson of Big Step out of a granddaughter of Mr. Bar None, he had been headed and heeled on and hauled to ropings. He was easy to ride, and the fact that he had a lot of chrome didn’t hurt either.

The 102 horses that sold (3 horses were out) averaged $1,148. The top 5 sellers, all solid riders aged 7-10, averaged $5,040. In a better economy these horses would bring more, so those who bought got a good deal.

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