First Day of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales

(courtesy of: Professional Auction Services, Inc.)

Huge Increases at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales Reno Nevada – September 29, 2011

The first session of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales is in the books with significant increases. The NRCHA Classic Yearling & Broodmare Sale featured 61 entries, up from 32 entries in the same session in 2010. The session average increased 24% to $3,728 while total sales increased 130% to $193,850. Completed Sales were 93%.

“These increases are encouraging” said Mike Jennings, President of Professional Auction Services, Inc. “They are in line with the increases we’ve seen in all of our auctions since the first of July.”

The Session’s high selling horse at $13,500 was Hip No. 34, TF Docs Lucky Linda (AQHA) 99 b.m. (Doc’s Hickory x My Lucky Linda/Peppy San) who earned $14,560 and has produced the earners of $430. She sold with a colt by WR THIS CATS SMART and with 2012 re-breed.

The Sales continue on September 30 with the NRCHA Select Yearling & Broodmare Sale.

Hetletved Quarter Horses’ 14th Annual Production Sale & the Missouri River Breaks Performance & Ranch Horse Sale

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The Hetletved Quarter Horses’ 14th Annual Production Sale  & the Missouri River Breaks Performance & Ranch Horse Sale were held in Bismark, North Dakota, at LH Equine Center. The 2 sales were hosted by the Hetletved family, who own Hetletved Quarter Horse Ranch, and LH Equine Center, owned by their son Lee and his wife, Penny.

The HQH production sale was held first. Thirty-eight foals were offered, with all of them selling. The high selling foal was a buckskin colt that brought $2,000. He was sired by High Driftin Hancock out of the High Rolling Roany daughter, Roan Machero.

The 38 head totaled $24,400, with an average price of $643. The Top 6 sellers brought $7,100, for an average of $1,183.

The Seventh Annual Missouri River Breaks Performance & Ranch Horse Sale was held after the production sale. Seventy-three horses, including a team of Haflingers, were offered for sale. The horses ranged from started to well-broke kids’ horses, and were trained in a variety of disciplines.

The high selling horse was Blackburn Tivio Gal, a 2001 buckskin mare, who sold for $5,900. By Sly Star Tivio and out of the mare Wakopa Ferns Gal, “Fancy” was a gentle, well broke horse, suitable for anyone. She had 30 days of heeling and breakaway roping training by PRCA & Badlands Circuit Champion Paul Griesman and 30 days of breakaway roping with Jackie Shau. She was currently being ridden by the owner’s 80 year old grandfather.

The 62 horses that sold totaled $147,450. The average price was $2,378 and the sale percentage was 85%. The Top 5 sellers brought $26,900, for an average of $5,380.

Between the 2 sales, 100 horses sold. The combined total was $171,850, with an average price of $1,719 and a sale percentage of 90%. As in last year’s sale, the horses bringing the highest prices were the well-broke riders.

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Willow Creek Quarter Horses 4th Production Sale

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The Willow Creek production sale was held August 21, at the Knox County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, Nebraska. The foals offered were by DR Shining Spark, Dakota Drift, Ali Frost and Oakwood Frost. A The ranch made the decision to offer their nuclear group of replacement fillies as broke 3 & 4 year old futurity and performance prospects, rather than broodmares. An exceptionally nice group of 3 & 4 year old WC Colonel Chexwood fillies were included, probably some of the last of his offspring that the ranch will sell. The sale featured 71 horses, with 70 of them selling.

The high selling horse was a 2008 buckskin mare, WC Chexwood Penny, that sold for $10,000. Her sire was WC Colonel Chexwood, a son of AQHA Performance Champion Tuf N Busy. Her dam, Penny Joe Jackie, is the dam of World Show Qualifier an Performance ROM (Register of Merit) Honey Bar Drifter. She is a beautiful buckskin color and was well started under saddle.

The 70 head sold totaled $131,350. The average price was $1,876, and the sale percentage was 99%. The Top 5 sellers brought $38,800, for an average of $7,760.

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Lazy JS Ranch 52 Annual Quarter Horse Production Sale

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The Lazy JS Ranch production sale was held August 19, in Bowman, North Dakota. The Lazy JS earned the Legacy Award last fall, given out by the American Quarter Horse Association to recognize producers who have continuously registered Quarter Horse foals for 50 years. The ranch, along with 4 guest consignors, offered 60 athletic, ranch raised youngsters. Included in the group were 3 Paints, for a little different color. Fifty-six head were sold, with 4 no-sales.

The high selling horse was not a Quarter Horse, but a Paint. “Slim” was a 2005 sorrel tobiano gelding, and brought $4,500. He had worked on the ranch, dragged calves, packed elk, and been roped off, both heading and heeling. He had been registered with the American Paint Horse Association, and the papers had just been sent back by sale time.

The 56 head that sold totaled $26,100. The average sale price was $466, and the sale percentage was 93%. The Top 6 sellers (2 sold for the same price) brought $11,600, for an average of $1,933.

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Lapke Quarter Horses 13th Annual Production Sale

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The Lapke Quarter Horses 13th annual production sale was held at the Dunlap Livestock Auction in Dunlap, Iowa. Sixty-six performance bred weanlings and broodmares were offered for sale. The foals carried the bloodlines of the Lapke stallions: Lena Gallo, a son of Gallo Del Cielo (Rooster); Fuel N Shine, a son of Shining Spark; and Smart Steps, a son of Wimpys Little Step. The broodmares were exposed to Genuine Doc O Lena, Lena Gallo, Fuel N Shine, and Smart Steps, for 2012 foals. All 66 horses sold.

The high selling horse was Jennie Oak, a 1998 sorrel mare, who brought $7,000. Her sire is the great Docs Oak, who’s in the National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame, has NCHA lifetime earnings of $70,997.95, and is the sire of earners of over 7.7 million dollars. Her dam is Lynx Centerfold, an own daughter of Docs Lynx, who is an Equistat top 15 all time leading cutting horse sire of earners of $5,844,427. She has been exposed to Lena Gallo for a 2012 foal.

The 66 head totaled $119,450, with an average price of $1,810. The Top 5 sellers brought $27,800, for an average of $5,560.

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Blue Valentine Driftwood Connection 2nd Annual Production Sale

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The Blue Valentine Driftwood Connection 2nd Annual Production Sale was held August 13, at the Navarro County Expo Center in Corsicana, Texas. The Connection is eight ranches collectively offering horses from planned breeding programs with proven genetics. Of various ages and carrying the blood of Blue Valentine and Driftwood, these quarter horses were as colorful, athletic, and good-minded a group as you could wish for. All 86 head went to new homes.

The high selling horse was a 2008 blue roan stallion, Raiders Blue Man, that sold for $7,700. By JE Leo Valentine out of Blue Buck Valentine, he has 9 crosses to Blue Valentine, and is a proven breeder. He had size, bone, and the mind and ability to do any job. He was in training with Jody Cunningham.

The 86 head totaled $122,075, for an average price of $1,419. The Top 5 Sellers brought $27,600, for an average of $5,520.

Those that are looking for color, beauty, brains and ability should plan to attend next year’s sale.

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American Hunter Pony Classic

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The American Hunter Pony Classic sale was held in conjunction with the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) National Championship Pony Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The sale, held after the day’s classes on August 9th, featured 69 ponies. Many of these ponies were champions and ribbon winners in hand and under saddle. Sixty-six ponies sold that day.

The high selling pony was Misty Blue Paris, a 1999 chestnut crossbred Welsh mare, that sold for $47,000. By Penrhyn Sporting Chance out of Blue Meany In Paris, Misty Blue Paris was the 2008 USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) Zone 2 Hunter Finals Grand Overall Pony Hunter Champion, and was 4th in the 2009 Pony Finals Regular Small Pony Hunter. She also qualified for the 2011 Pony Finals.

The 66 head totaled $653,700, with an average price of $9,905 and a sale percentage of 96%. The Top 5 sellers brought $189,200, for an average of $37, 840.

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