2011 Congress Super Sale

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October signals the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, and one of the highlights is the Congress Super Sale. Held at the Ohio Exposition Center in Columbus, Ohio on the 22nd this year, the Super Sale features the cream of many Quarter Horse breeders’ programs. Of the 187 well-bred horses that went through the ring, 163 of them sold.

The highest selling horse was Hez Plum Poison, a 2010 bay stallion, who sold for $49,500. His sire is Diesel Only, a Congress Open Junior Western Pleasure Champion, who earned 38.5 Western Pleasure points and $14,033. His dam is Quiet Impulsions, a daughter of World Champion and Congress Champion stallion, Impulsions. Hez Plum Poison has 6.5 Halter points and was named 2011 All-American Quarter Horse Congress Longe Line Champion.

The 163 head grossed $955,350, with an average sale price of $5,865 and a sale percentage of 87%. The Top 5 sellers brought $133,200, for an average of $26,640.

While the average sale price was down from last year, much of this is due to last year’s high selling horse, Huntin For Chocolate, who sold for $300,000.

The 87% sold is an increase from last year’s 80%, as is the total number of horses that sold (163 compared to 148 last year).


Slate River Ranch Production Sale

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The Slate River Ranch Production sale was held October 14th at the ranch in Weatherford, Texas. The ranch has been honored by the NCHA in 2008, and again in 2010, with the distinction of both the Top Owner and Top Breeder titles in the same year.  The sale featured a select group of 2-year olds, 3-year olds, and proven show horses, all with exceptional pedigrees. Every one of the 36 horses offered was sold.

The high selling horse was a 2005 sorrel gelding named Smooth Asa Zee, who sold at a record setting price of $230,000, the highest price ever paid for a cutting horse gelding at auction. He was sired by Smooth As A Cat, earner of $501,874, 2005 NCHA Horse of the Year, and an NCHA Hall of Fame Horse. Smooth As A Cat is the 2010 NCHA #3 Leading Sire, siring earners of over $5,000,000. Smooth Asa Zee’s dam,  Zee Dualy by Dual Pep, has earned $228,410 and is the dam of 4 money earners with earnings of $317,598. Smooth Asa Zee has earned $254,688, and in 2011 was the NCHA Super Stakes Senior Non-Pro Classic Champion and NCHA Senior Non-Pro Classic/Challenge Reserve Champion.

The 36 horses sold for a total of $630,000, with an average sale price of $17,522. The Top 5 sellers brought $460,000, for an average of $42,000.

2011 International POA Sale Summary


The 2011 International POA Sale saw 129 ponies sold over it’s 2-day run. Five ponies were withdrawn and 49 ponies were not sold. The sale percentage for the entire sale was 72%, not a bad number.

The overall high selling pony was sold on the first day of the sale. Dutch Liberty, selling for $5,650, edged out day 2’s high seller Docs Awesome Impact, who brought $5,600. The overall Top 5 selling ponies sold for $25,950, for an average of $5,190.

The 129 sold ponies netted $138,050, with an average sale price of $1,070.

2011 International POA Sale – Day 2

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Day 2 (October 8th) of the International POA sale started off at 8:30 am featuring lots #101 to #183. With 4 horses out, 79 head of ponies went through the ring. Out of this number, 56 ponies were sold to new homes.

The high selling honors today went to Docs Awesome Impact, a 2007 chestnut mare with frosted hindquarters, who sold for $5,600. Sired by Docs Sudden Impact (POA) and out of the mare Docs So Special (POA), Docs Awesome Impact was shown heavily in Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, and Trail as a two-year-old. She was Reserve High-Point Two-Year-Old at the 2009 International show and Reserve International Futurity Western Pleasure Two-Year-Old Champion.

The 56 head that sold netted $66,800, with an average sale price of $1,193 and a sale percentage of 71%. The Top 5 sellers brought $22,800, for an average of $4,560.

2011 International POA Sale – Day 1

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The 2011 International POA Sale was held Friday, October 7th, and Saturday, October 8th, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. For those of you not familiar with the POA (Pony Of the Americas), think of them as youth-sized Appaloosas. Standing between 46 and 56 inches, the ponies have the coloring and charistics of the Appaloosa horse. These colorful little charmers are a wonderful pony for youth, being very good natured and athletic, making them a perfect all-around pony.

On Friday, 99 POAs of all ages, from weanlings to proven show horses, were led through the sale ring. Of these 99 head, 73 were marked “sold”, with 26 head being “no-saled”.

The highest selling pony on Friday was Dutch Liberty, a 2008 blanketed chestnut mare, who brought $5,650. Her sire is RY Major Equity, a POA son of the AQHA stallion Invested Equity (AQHA Register Of Merits in Western Pleasure, Western Riding, and Trail), and her dam is Josie, a daughter of the POA stallion Docs Bigtime Dude. “Libby” has been started in showmanship, and has been shown in open shows by a 10-year-old.

The 73 head that sold netted $71,250, for an average sale price of $976 and a sale percentage of 74%. The Top 5 sellers brought $20,150, for an average of $4,030.

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