Lazy JS Ranch 51st Annual Production Sale


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The Lazy JS Ranch held their 51st annual production sale on August 20th in Bowman, North Dakota. This sale marked a milestone for the ranch. After 50 years of continuous registration, the Lazy JS has been awarded the prestigious Legacy Award by the AQHA. The horses offered by the ranch and their guest consignors were bred for quality, disposition, and athleticism, and were sure to grow into good using horses.

The high selling horse was Sleepys Silverdollar, a 2004 gray gelding, who brought $4,400. By Sleepy Orphan King out of Silverazzo, he had done a lot of ranch work as well as a lot of heading and heeling.

At the end of the day, all 55 horses found new homes. They grossed $32,950 with a sale average of $599. The Top 6 horses (3 brought $1100 each) totaled $13,700 and averaged $2,283. The 2 highest selling horses were both riders, again proving the fact that the buyers out there are looking for broke horses.

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Blue Valentine Driftwood Connection Production Sale

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The 1st Annual Production Sale of the Blue Valentine Driftwood Connection was held August 14 at Navarro County Expo Center in Corsicana, Texas. The Blue Valentine Driftwood Connection is a group of 10 ranches with planned breeding programs using the blood of Blue Valentine and Driftwood to produce an athletic and colorful group of horses. Ninety-seven horses from these ranches, many started under saddle, were at the Expo Center ready to go to new homes.

The highest selling horse of the sale was Funny B Blue Heart, a 2005 blue roan mare, who brought $11,000. Sold as a 3-in-1 package with her 2010 blue roan filly, she was bred back to the same blue roan stallion stallion, Leo Hancock Hayes Jr., for 2011 foal.

All 97 of the horses there that day sold. They grossed $150,800 with an average price of $1,555. The Top 5 horses totaled $29,800, averaging $5,960.

With such a colorful, well bred, and well built group of horses offered for sale this year, next year’s sale will be something to look forward to.

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American Hunter Pony Classic

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The American Hunter Pony Classic took place on August 10th at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Held in conjunction with the USEF National Pony Hunter Finals, the sale offered 93 ponies. From Small to Large, with some qualified for the Pony Finals, there was a pony for every sized rider.

The high selling pony was Blue Note, a 2003 bay crossbred Welsh gelding, who topped the sale at $44,000. By Blue Rain, he was the Large Children’s Pony Hunter winner at the 2010 Winter Equestrian Festival and 2009 Vermont Summer Celebration.

Ninety-two ponies sold, grossing $948,100. The sale average was $10,305 and the sale percent was 99%. The Top 5 selling ponies brought $204,000 for an average of $40,800.

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Summer Celebration 8

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The “Largest Live Arabian Horse Auction in the World”, the 8th annual Summer Celebration, was held at the Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, Tennessee on August 7th. One hundred and fourteen horses showed up for the sale which was divided into 3 different sessions: the ‘Two Year Old’, the ‘Preferred’, and the ‘General’.

The ‘Two Year Old’ session saw 25 horses go through the ring. The 21 head that sold grossed $101,200, averaging $4,819. The high selling 2 year old, who was also the sale’s highest seller, was GSF Exclusive. The bay mare, by multi-National Champion English Pleasure Stallion, Afires Heir and out of the¬† National Top Ten English Pleasure Futurity Mare Noble Empress (by National Champion Park Horse IXL Noble Express), brought $19,500.

Fifty-three ‘Preferred’ horses followed the 2 year olds. Forty-one horses sold, totaling $128,400. They averaged $3,132. The high selling ‘Preferred’ horse was Eminent Sensation, a 2000 bay Half-Arabian/National Show Horse gelding. By Eminese Supreme out of Foxy Sensation, the 10-year-old gelding brought $15,000. He had done well in the show ring having won 2 Reserve Championships at Region 14 in 2009 in the Amateur English division.

The ‘General’ session closed the sale. Thirty-six horses were offered, with 27 of them selling. The ‘General’ session grossed $31,200 with an average of $1,156. The session’s high seller was Sultans Express IHF. The 2006 black-bay Half-Arabian, by National Champion Park Horse IXL Noble Express out of Sultan’s Taken By Storm, brought $3,500. He had 30 days under saddle.

Eighty-nine horses sold for a total of $260,800 with an average of $2,930 and a sales percentage of 78%. The sale’s Top 5 horses brought $85,200 for an average of $17,040.

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