2014 Land Of Lincoln Performance Horse Sale

This sale Is one of my favorites because it is in my neck of the woods. It was held on Saturday, March 15, at the Heart of Illinois Arena in Peoria. The preview was from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, with the sale starting at 2:30.

The weather was pretty decent for March, and there were a fair number of people attending.They had a large screen tv set up so that as each performance horse came into the arena, the video of it taken at the preview could be seen by the buyers. Whether running barrels, working cattle, or even bulldogging, the horse’s talent was on display as the horse went through the ring.

The high selling horse was Romeos Gone Wild, a 2012 AQHA bay roan gelding, who brought $5300. He was sired by Wild Haired Cat, an NCHA money earner, who is a son of HIgh Brow Cat. His dam is Juliet 104, who is a daughter of Bet On Me 498, a Reserve World Champion, NCHA money earner, and World Show Qualifier. He was broke, colorful, and ready to go in any direction the buyer chose.

Out of the 48 horses that showed up, 32 were sold and 16 were no-saled, a 67% sale percentage. They brought a total of $71,825, with an average sale price of $2,245. The top 6 (because 2 sold for the same price of $4000) sold for a total of $26,150, with $4,358 being the average price.

On the whole it was a pretty good sale, especially for the time of year. The quality of horses that showed up was excellent and some of the horses that sold should probably have brought more.

I even got in on the action and brought home a 2013 solid palomino APHA filly by an AQHA stallion, WLZ King Fritz Olena, and out of a solid APHA mare, Gold N Money. She was brought o a breeder’s certificate, and hasn’t gotten a name yet. This is what she looks like:


She’s fully shed out now, and when she gets a name, I’ll post a more recent picture.



As you probably can tell, this blog has changed a bit. Not only the name, but the style and topics will be a bit different.

I last posted in September, 2012. I stopped writing for a while to focus on other things, and because I was a bit burned out on writing. I still kept up with the auctions and will post some of the past ones, but I wanted a bit more variety in what I write about. I’ll be adding some thoughts, tips on selling your horse for the best possible price, and keeping you up on what the market is doing.

I do want to let people know that I am an appraiser, not an auctioneer. I don’t put on auctions nor can I provide you with catalogs on the various auctions I write about. I just write about the auctions, because I love auctions. Any auctions. Antiques, cattle, horse, whatever. Horse auctions, though, are my specialty, because I spend a lot of time at them.

So those of you have followed me, I hope that the new format will please. I’ll do my very best to keep you educated, informed, and possibly even amused.

Lazy JS Ranch Quarter Horse Production Sale

Barrel Racing Ramona Rodeo

Barrel Racing Ramona Rodeo (Photo credit: Bill Gracey)

The Lazy JS Ranch 53rd annual production sale was held August 17, 2012, at the Bowman Auction Market in Bowman, North Dakota. The ranch, and their guest consignors, offered 66 performance-bred horses for sale. The weanlings, along with a few started horses, all found new homes.

The high selling horse was JTs Driftin Guy, a 2009 bay gelding, who sold for $3,000. He was sired by JT Wise Guy, a son of Frenchmans Guy  (Top 10 All-Time Leading Barrel Sire, siring earners of $1,745,458.) His dam, LH Driftin Freckles, is a daughter of Gay Bar Freckles. He had been started and was ready for a job.

The 66 horses netted $38,800, with an average price of $588. The Top 7 sellers (3 horses sold for the same price of $1,300) totaled $11,900, for an average of $1,700.

The ranch was recognized this past year by the AQHA with the Ranching Heritage Breeder designation.

Lapke Quarter Horses 14th Production Sale

Blacksranch Quarter horses

Blacksranch Quarter horses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lapke Quarter Horses 14th annual Production Sale was held on August 11, 2012, at the livestock auction in Dunlap, Iowa. Besides selling the weanlings, the Lapke’s were also dispersing their broodmare band but were retaining their World Champion stallions and the families personal riding horses. The weanlings were sired by Lena Gallo, Fuel N Shine, Genuine Doc O Lena, Smart Steps (a black son of Wimpys Little Step), and the broodmares were exposed to these stallions.

The high selling horse was Roosters Pauline, a 2006 bay mare, who brought $12,000. She was sired by Gallo Del Cielo (“Rooster”), a sire of National Reining Horse Association earners of $469,719 and National Cutting Horse Association earners of $262,945. Her dam, Okie Paul Hickory, is a daughter of Okie Paul Quixote, an NRHA Futurity Champion, NRHA World Champion, NRHA Super Stakes Champion, and an NRHA All-Time Leading Sire. She was exposed to AQHA Jr. Working Cowhorse World Champion Fuel N Shine for 2013.

All 88 horses sold, netting $216,600, with a sale average of $2,450. The Top 5 sellers brought $40,900, for an average of $8,180.

Fort Ranch 35th Annual Sale

The Fort Ranch  35th annual production sale was held on June 23, 2012, at the Fort Ranch Sale Arena in Promontory, Utah. Sixty-three well-bred ranch raised foals were offered to the buying public. They carried the bloodlines of Smart Little Lena, High Brow Cat, Mr. San Peppy, Freckles Playboy, Dual Pep, Peptoboonsmal, and other solid cow horse lines. All were sold, and were to be picked up on September 8th.

The high selling foal was a buckskin filly who sold for $2900. She was sired by Little Pistol Badge, by Young Gun, a proven sire of cutting and reined cow horses. Her dam, Tessy Hickory Prom, is a daughter of Hickory Dickory Doc.

The 63 foals netted $69,250, for a sale average of $1,099. The Top 5 selling youngsters brought $11,300, with an average of $2,260.

Full House Elite Performance Stock Horse Sale

Dancing with Cows - NCHA Futurity

Dancing with Cows – NCHA Futurity (Photo credit: Jeffrey K. Edwards)

The 3rd annual Full House Elite Performance Stock Horse Sale was held June 6 at the Weston County Fairgrounds in New Castle, Wyoming. Sixty-six broke ranch horses (including 4 high-quality 2 year olds) were presented for sale, with all but 1 selling.

The high selling horse was A Peppy San Badger, a 2005 sorrel gelding, who brought $15,500. His sire, Annies Little Pepper, is a son of the great AQHA Hall of Fame sire Peppy San Badger. His dam, Si Olena Baker, is a daughter of Si Olena who was the 1998 World Senior Cutting Champion and earned NCHA earnings of $97,000. A Peppy San Badger has been to ranch rodeos, has been roped off, and can work a cow.

The sixty-five horses that sold netted $466,650, with an average sale price of $7,179 and a sale percentage of 98%. The Top 5 sellers brought $95,000, for an average of $13,571.

2012 Diamond-McNabb Ranch Horse Sale

Tell-tale tan areas and an absence of rich red...

Tell-tale tan areas and an absence of rich red tones in the coat indicate that this horse may be a lighter shade of seal brown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Diamond-McNabb Ranch Horse Sale took place June 2, 2012, in the indoor arena at the Powderhorn Ranch in Douglas, Wyoming.  Ninety performance-bred prospects,  a mixture of geldings and mares, were offered. All ninety, from young started prospects to seasoned ranch hands, were sold.

The high selling horse was Spoonful of Gin, a 2005 chestnut AQHA gelding, who sold for $35,000. His sire is Hes A Peptospoonful, National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) money earner of $72,412. His dam is Jo Sue Gin, who’s sire Tanquery Gin was a NCHA money earner of $15,199 and whose offspring have won over $2,089,410.

The ninety horses netted $976,100, with an average sale price of $10,846. The Top 5 sellers brought $132,000, for an average of $26,400.