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☛ Brunzell court appearance Dec 31 – 9-25-14







By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 25, 2014
Changes happened fast after the El Paso County Sheriff, Terry Maketa, refused to allow *10 surviving horses (six stallions and four mares) and four lamas to go to a humane center, after skeletons of *18 other horses were found dead in a barn in the 5400 block of Burgess Road in Black Forest north of Colorado Springs on Friday, Sept. 19. *(In a previous article, I reported 8 surviving horses and 12 dead horses; however my numbers were corrected by a person on the scene and the figures have since been corrected.)
Sheriff Maketa had made a statement that they “were not able to seize the animals because, while the appearance of the animals was visually disturbing, none of the horses were found to be in immediate danger and none of them had to be euthanized. He continued that he had decided to leave Dual Peppy and the other thin horses in the care of Sherri Brunzell (supervised by the department), who along with her husband Rick Brunzell were the owners of the legendary Quarter Horse stallion, 22-year-old Dual Peppy, through Dual Peppy Partners, as well as the other 27 horses.


When a photo of Dual Peppy was posted on, many recognized Dual Peppy by his GW brand, as he was bred by a legendary horseman Greg Ward, Tulare, Calif., and sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars in 1998 to the Brunzells. He had cutting earnings of over $88,000 and sired offspring winning over $531,000 to date.


KOAA News 5 went to the home of the horses’ owner, Sherri Brunzell. Her husband Rick answered the door. He stressed that he doesn’t own the horses, his wife does. But he helps out with the care of the animals and the barn.


“I’m working the next two to three weeks to get everything cleaned up and get some horses moved out of there and get them sold,” he said. Brunzell admits, leaving the horse remains in the barn is not ideal. “To outsiders it looks a little rough yes,” he said “I left them in there and you know I should have taken them to the dump.”


He said the horses died last winter during the extremely low temperatures from colic, and he and his wife were not in good health to move them.”They’re heavy, they’re thousand pounders,” said Brunzell.

Colic in horses is abdominal pain, it can have many causes and doesn’t always result in death, however it can. It can encompass all forms of gastrointestinal conditions and is usually related to colonic disturbance.
What is colic>>
Click for colic results of functional malnutrition>>


People were rallying outside the Humane Society of Pikes Peak, calling the sheriff’s office so many times that wouldn’t or couldn’t even answer the phone, calling the District Attorney’s office and one lady even created a “Justice For Dual Peppy” fan page that had thousands of likes and hundreds of comments. There was also a petition on Face Book, asking for the maximum penalty for the Brunzells signed by thousands of individuals.


Rick Dennis, who has 44 years experience as a criminal investigator, is a former (16 years) Drug Enforcement Agent with the Federal Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement, an elite Drug Enforcement Division of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous as well as an Agent with the Southeast Louisiana Regional Bureau of Drug Enforcement and writes article for this publication, filed a report with Ward Stutz, the new American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Senior Director of Breed Integrity, Animal Welfare and Education concerning the Dual Peppy incident – as well as Jim Brett Campbell, the new Executive Director of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA). At the conclusion of the AQHA meeting, Rick learned this incident was presently under review and investigation by the AQHA and its staff.
Click for Dennis’ web site>>


The two associations found some influential members who were willing to get a Colorado Judge to hold a hearing, and Monday, Sept. 22, after receiving a court order, the El Paso Sheriff’s office asked the El Paso Pikes Peak Humane Society’s help in seizing the remaining horses – which they did. Sherri Brunzell was issued a citation for Cruelty to Animals, a Class 1 Misdemeanor.


However, I have since learned that depending on state laws, if there are horse deaths, a felony charge could be added to the misdemeanor charge – for each horse that died.


According to, the sheriff’s office would not disclose the location of the surviving horses for safety reasons, saying the equine facility they were taken to is specifically designed for horses involved in law enforcement cases. The horses are free-fed grass and water and their stalls are cleaned on a daily basis. When they arrived at the facility, a veterinarian evaluated each one and recorded height and weight measurements. The numbers will help staff members keep track of how they’re doing but it will also be used as evidence. Anything they do to the horses have to be approved by the Judge and the horses will remain at the facility until a judge determines whether they can be returned to the owner. Brunzell’s first court appearance is set for Dec. 31.


Responding to the delay, the sheriff’s office sent out a statement saying, “The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the citizens we serve that we have a stringent legal process to follow in cases such as this and that by following our established processes, we ensure not just the best chances for a successful prosecution, but the ongoing safety of the animals involved. Poor police work could lead to a dismissal of the case and the further endangerment of the animals.”


Steve Norris, Colorado Springs, Colo., was a sworn Reserve Deputy with the El Paso Sheriffs Office for 14 years and retired about five years ago. He helped to get the mounted unit (of the El Paso Sheriffs Department) started and continues to give support and was on the scene.


“Jim Bret Campbell (the Executive Director of the NCHA), and Ward Stutz called, and I figured I would go help load and look at the horses so I had good information to give them when I called them back.”


“The scene was absolutely horrific,” said Steve. “There were full skeletal bodies all over the small indoor arena where the horses were kept. Dual Peppy did not appear to be foundered. I would have scored him a body score of 1; however, the vet, Dr. Randy Parker scored him a 2.”


Norris continued, “There were bone samples taken from the 18 carcasses and sent to CSU for further testing to see what their body condition was when they died.”

Bones of the Brunzell horses. Norris photo


One of the horse’s hooves. Norris photo



I later was told that the above tests can determine the number of fat cells in the bones and can determine whether or not the horse’s died of starvation or something else. It can also tell the age of the horse.


According to the warrant, Sherri Brunzell told the sheriff’s office that the horses died of colic over the last year and a half. She said the horses were covered with lye and tarps because she did not have the money to have the carcasses removed. She said,  “the horses did not have a regular vet due to the expense and unsatisfactory results so she and her husband, Rick, had been doing the vet care for the last few years.”


My question is if the horses died of colic over the last year and a half, did they call a vet during this period of time as dying of colic is a prolonged, painful death – or just let the horses die. If she called a vet, what vet was it and does she have vet bills to substantiate that.


Answering Sherri’s statement that they didn’t have the money to have a vet care for the horses or have the carcasses removed, a day or so after that statement was made, I received the attached documents showing that Sherri acquired ownership of precious metals and minerals on U.S. public land for about $2 per acre and maintains possession of the claim with a small per-acre fee, typically $5 each year.

Click for Brunzell mining claims>>


I later discovered that veterinarian Randy Parker, who often works with the Sheriff’s Office, had also been the Brunzell’s veterinarian.



BRUNZELL CONSIDERED A SECURITY THREAT? reported that Eli Bremer a former chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party said Brunzell was previously a security threat. She said that Sherri and Rick have spoken before the El Paso County commissioners numerous times and they were confrontational and angry. Rick also gave three different fake names, with one being Juan Valdez, and they were banned from its headquarters in Colorado Springs, saying they “posed a security threat.”  She also said they fly an upside-down American flag outside their home, which was evident in a video posted with the article.


She continued that Sherri Brunzell’s family has influenced Colorado Springs history as her dad, Fred Sproul, developed the Security area and the Sproul family was one of two families who gave land for the Colorado Springs airport.


THE FALLOUT: also reported that the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office has now requested to be involved in the investigation and will provide assistance to the Sheriff’s Office. Also on Sept. 22, it was reported that El Paso county commissioners voted to assume control of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) from the Sheriff’s Office. They voted 4-1 to take responsibility. Commissioner Chairman Dennis Hisey said recent disasters – including last summer’s wildfire in Black Forest – show that while the Sheriff’s Office does well at initially responding, it doesn’t do as well in other areas, such as planning and communication. The county gave responsibility for the OEM to the Sheriff’s Office in 1998.


The commissioners also voted unanimously to put into place a transition committee involving both sides and the change will take place during the first week of December. Hisey said about 12 employees will likely switch from the Sheriff’s Office to the county.



On Sept. 24, the AQHA took action on the Brunzell case, saying that as a result of the above information, they have “automatically denied any and all privileges, including privileges association with registration-related transactions and participation in any AQHA events. AQHA also denied Brunzell access or presence on show grounds of AQHA-approved shows.  In addition they are denying Brunzell any AQHA privileges, the Association’s action in the present case also results in restrictions for AQHA IDs associated with Brunzell, including joint AQHA memberships; spouse and associated joint AQHA memberships; children and associated joint AQHA memberships and AQHA ID numbers consisting of entities in which any of the previously mentioned have an ownership interest.


The association continues to monitor this situation and communicate with authorities in Colorado Springs to gather more information and to offer assistance.

AQHA Suspension of Brunzells>>



A Face Book website had been set up called “Justice for Dual Peppy” and recently they had set up a donation’s site; however they recently released this statement on the site:


“After having consulted the public relations staff of the American Quarter Horse Association regarding the best way to collect donations aimed at helping the Brunzell/Black Forest horses. The consensus with how best to handle the overwhelming issue of people wanting to help is to place all funds in a central, non-profit & reputable organization that would be better suited to handle the funds for dispersal to the horses.


“There have simply been too many donation sites set up with less than clear intentions for us to encourage people giving their hard earned money to any site without having the accountability of an operating nonprofit. Donations will be tax deductible and AQHA pledges their support to monitor the donations and where they will be used.


“So, starting this evening, we request that all donations be sent to the Harmony Equine, Dumb Friends League that we have provided the link to below. Your current donations of $400 will be transferred to their account as well. Thank you for your support, not only for the horses, but your support of our growing cause.”

-Justice For Dual Peppy Team

Click below for Harmony Equine Center info>>


The agency was founded in 1910 and the Dumb Friends League is a national leader in providing humane care to lost and abandoned animals, rescuing sick, injured and abused animals, adopting pets to new homes, helping pets stay in homes and educating pet owners and the public about needs of companion animals.


Also, Barbara Brooks, past president of the NCHA, posted that it is accepting donations for this cause through their existing National Cutting Horse Association Foundation. Be sure to mark your checks sent to either place, “To be designated for Black Forest Rescue Horses.”



Recently Rick Dennis sent a proposal to AQHA’s Ward Stutz to require a $5 added fee to horse registrations with the funds set aside and used for animal abuse cases such as this for feed assistance, legal fees, etc.




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☛ Dual Peppy survives grizzly ordeal 9-22-14








By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 22, 2014
Sept. 24, 2014 updated
It was an end to a horrendous discovery of a 18 dead horses and 10 more neglected, starving horses that brought an international outrage from horse lovers. It happened this evening when a press release from the El Paso Sheriffs Department was reported on that eight remaining horses had been examined by a veterinarian and seized from the property by the Colorado Humane Society, located in Denver, Colo., out of the El Paso County Police Department’s jurisdiction, who had earlier ordered the neglected horses remain in the same facility with those that had died and be cared for by the people who neglected them. The release continued that charges would be filed against those responsible.


Ironically, the horror started just three days prior to the start of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity, one of the industry’s leading sires was discovered in a barn with the skeletal remains of approximately a dozen horses, in the 5400 block of Burgess Road in Black Forest north of Colorado Springs, at approximately 3 p.m. on, Sept. 19.


Dual Peppy, owned by Dual Peppy Partners, consisting of Rick H. and Sherri A. Sproul Brunzell, who reportedly lived with her mother at 6655 Sproul Lane, Colorado Springs, Colo., was one of the 10 lucky ones (6 studs and 4 mares) that were found alive but malnourished with ribs and hipbones protruding.  With no water or feed in sight, the horses were obviously left to starve to death.  It was learned today that a financial firm has sued the partnership for $100,000 of the money they lent them to purchase Dual Peppy.

Dual Peppy ownership records from AQHA>>


Two women, who lived in a home on the same property as the barn, discovered the horses after Denise Pipher’s dog went into the barn and she and her daughter-in-law Diana Ragula followed to retrieve the dog.  A horrific scene and smell of dead and decomposing horses, along with alpacas met them. The women told KOAA News in Colorado Springs, Colo., that Sherri Brunzell, 62, a horse breeder, was boarding the horses there.  Ragula and Pipher said the owners “kept to themselves and denied their requests to help out or visit the horses.” However it wasn’t explained whether the owners were owners of the barn or the horses.

Click for KOAA article>>


The El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the property on Burgess Road on Friday evening, Sept. 19, and investigated the scene.  In a statement published Saturday night, Sept. 20, on, the Sheriff’s department said they were working with the owner of the horses who they said was cooperating with the investigation. They continued that they  “were not able to seize the animals, because while the appearance of the animals was visually disturbing, none of the horses were found to be in immediate danger and none of them had to be euthanized.”


They said that at this time it had not been determined how the horses died. As to why they didn’t have legal rights to take the horses the statement says, “Rest assured, had any of the animals been in immediate jeopardy, they would have been removed from the location.” 


In the hundreds of comments following the article on, one individual posted that the El Paso County Sheriffs Department “has decided to leave Dual Peppy and the other emaciated horses in the care of Sherri Brunzell (supervised by the department),” the owner whose “care” likely caused the death of 12 other animals. The HSPPR (Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region located at 610 Abbott Lane, Colorado Springs, Colo., was not involved or in control.


The Colorado Cruelty to Animals Statutes, Title 18. Criminal Code states: “(1) Abandon means the leaving of an animal without adequate provisions for the animal’s proper care by its owner, the person responsible for the animal’s care or custody, or any other person having possession of such animal.” Mistreatment means every act or omission that causes or unreasonably permits the continuation of unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering and Neglect means failure to provide food, water, protection from the elements, or other care generally considered to be normal, usual and accepted for an animal’s health and well-being consistent with the species, breed and type of animal.”


On Sept. 22, published an article stating that they had gone to the owners’ home, with Rick answering the door and stating he didn’t own the horses, his wife did, but he helps with their care. He said the horses died last winter during the extremely low temperatures from colic and he and his wife were not in good health to move them. As for the horses still alive, Brunzell said they were in good condition and have fresh food and water. “My wife met with her vet there yesterday and they know those horses well.” However, Brunzell also said they were having trouble with one particular horse that was thin, Dual Peppy.

Click for article with Rick Brunzell statement>>


I decided to call the El Paso County Sheriff (Colorado Springs is in El Paso County) to find out what was going on so I looked him up on Google. To my surprise, dozens of articles sprung up and I soon realized that Sheriff Terry Maketa was already in a lot of trouble with the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation who were already investigating him on Federal and state criminal charges.


They were probing his office due to allegations made by the El Paso County commissioners, as well as former employees of Sheriff Maketa, for budget improprieties, sexual impropriety, discrimination, creating a hostile work environment, violating the civil rights of those who work for the Sheriff’s office, using intimidation to keep quiet about his misdeeds and removing almost all oversight of the Sheriff’s budget. The commissioners had asked him to resign and residents launched a recall campaign; however, his term ends in January. He has refuted all allegations. However, it’s interesting to note that the married Sheriff’s staff consists of all females: the undersheriff, the head of training for dispatchers and the controller.
Click for complaints filed against Sheriff>>


Another irony of this case may be that the Sheriff’s non-action regarding dead and starving horses could be his demise. This morning, Rick Dennis filed a report with Wade Stutz, AQHA Senior Director of Breed Integrity, Animal Welfare and Education concerning the Dual Peppy incident. At the conclusion of the meeting, Rick learned this incident is presently under review and investigation by the AQHA and its staff. There are also a couple of petitions on Facebook: one asking for the maximum penalty for the Brunzells, which needs 5,000 signatures and as of tonight have close to 3,700. If you are interested in signing the petition, click here:


Dual Peppy:

An emaciated Dual Peppy

Several individuals posting comments following the newspaper articles recognized Dual Peppy as one of the horses still alive from a photo of the emaciated horse and the famous GW,  Greg Ward’s  brand. There were also several offers to come and get him and care for him.


The 1992 stallion was bred, raised and shown by famed reined cow horse trainer and showman Greg Ward, Tulare, Calif., and his wife Laura.  Greg has since died of cancer shortly after winning his last NRHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in 1998 riding Reminics Pep.


Dual Peppy, sired by one of the performance horse industry’s leading sires Peppy San Badger, was out of the great mare Miss Dual Doc by Doc’s Remedy. He was shown in cutting, reined cow horse and reining competition.


On Jan. 30, 1998, horseman Pete Bowling orchestrated the sale of the great stallion for over $600,000 to the Brunzells. In 1998 he had won the Open Senior cutting at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress and was the 5 & 6-year-old Classic Open Champion with a 225 score. In 1998, 1999 and 2001, he qualified for the Sr. Cutting at the AQHA World Show and in 1999 he earned his American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Register of Merit (ROM) in Performance with 24.5 Open Performance points. He earned over $88,400 in NCHA earnings, and earned his NCHA Certificate of Ability (COA) and Bronze Award as well as being honored by the NRCHA with his Superior Cow Horse Award.


Dual Peppy in his “hay day”

But his greatest success is as a sire. He has sired 315 foals, with 120 of them being performers. During 2014, 51 of those foals are still performing.

Click for AQHA Sire Summary of Dual Peppy>>


The Wards test bred him as a 2-year-old and in 1995 he had one foal: Dual Train, a mare out of Nics Train by Reminic, with the bottom side going back to King Fritz. The filly went on to become the high money-earning horse sired by Dual Peppy and competing in three events: cow horse, reining and cutting.



Dual Train and Reminics Pep were the last two horses trained by Greg Ward and were shown at the 1998 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nev. Dual Train won the Paso Robles Futurity while being shown in the non-pro division by Greg Ward’s daughter, Wendy Ward Lorenco and the pair went on to be non-pro finalists at the 1998 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.


Rick Dennis made arrangements to buy the mare in 1998 but couldn’t complete the sale until after the 1998 Snaffle Bit Futurity in order for Greg to show one last time with his son John and daughter Wendy, which was Greg’s wishes and Rick’s concession.


In January 1999 the sale was completed and Rick and Dual Train went into training at the Ward Ranch in Tulare, Calif., and they continued to show and train from the Ward Ranch for the next three years, winning thousands of dollars in maturities, derbies and qualified and competed in the 2000 AQHA World Show in cow horse  and later shown by Rick in the Bosal, Two-Rein and Bridle. He showed the mare at stock shows in reining, cutting and cow horse, earning championships and money in each category. They later returned to Rick’s ranch in Louisana where the pair continued to show and win.


Dual Train is the dam of “Johnny,” the reined cow horse that Clayton Edsall rode to win the cutting division of last year’s NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, and was on his way to win the whole event when in the finals, the cow tripped the horse on the fence and both the horse and rider took a tumble. A friend jumped into the arena, caught the horse and finished the pattern and still received a check in the finals.


The high money-earning offspring of Dual Peppy, showing in just two events, was Dualin For Me, a 1997 stallion out of Me O Lena by Doc O’Lena, who earned over $81,000 in NRCHA competition and just over $33,000 in NRHA reining competition for a total of over $114,000. The stallion reportedly later sold for $250,000 to Arcese Quarter Horses.


According to AQHA records, Dual Peppy sired 315 foals with an astounding 120 (38%) performing. Currently 51 are performing. His largest book was in 2001, the year he had 43 foals, followed by 39 foals in 1996 ad 38 in 2002. In 2003, Dual Peppy had 32 foals but then they dropped to 18, 13, 8,7,3,2 in 2004 through 2009, when he had only two foals.

Click for AQHA records of performing offspring of Dual Peppy>>


Other brothers of Dual Peppy include the great sire Dual Pep, who reportedly sold as a yearling for $100,000-plus to Bobby Pidgeon; Dually Pep, selling to Pete Bowling for $450,000 and Mr Dual Pep, selling for $4 million to Sheila Head. (the above prices are not official as private sales are not documented, but they are well-known in the industry).


After reading the comments following the articles, I have sent Sheriff Maketa a Freedom of Information request, inquiring if there had been any past complaints about the Brunzells and their horses. I have never covered an event that changed by the hour for three days and I’m sure by tomorrow there will be more news to report. As soon as I receive more news, I will be publishing it – all the while hoping it will be good news – especially for Dual Peppy!!!







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☛ Triangle Sales purchased by Jim Ware 9-22-14


Triangle Sales Begins New Chapter

Upcoming October Fall Sale will run as scheduled

Press Release from Triangle sales
Sept. 22, 2014

Jim Ware and Cindy Bowling

After more than three and a half decades as the equine auction spot for all-around performance horses representing almost every discipline, Triangle Sales Company is under new ownership. The sales company that was created by Cindy Bowling and her late husband, John, in 1979 has been sold to Jim Ware, who is a former partner of Western Bloodstock. Ware learned the auction business from his family while growing up in northeastern Louisiana and has been active in the equine industry his entire life.

After celebrating a milestone birthday, Bowling, who is an avid scuba diver and reining horse competitor, made the decision to sell the company.

“I would never sell my company to someone that I didn’t think was going to go on and make it better, promote it, do better things and keep the name,” Bowling said. “I think Jim is honest and fair, and I think he’ll make me proud. His goal is to make it bigger than it is now and better like it used to be back in the glory days.”

“It’s been in business for 36 years, and you don’t do something for 36 years without doing something right,” Ware stated. “They’ve done a good job, and it’s in a great location that is convenient to a lot of different parts of the United States. It’s a lot more than just an auction to a lot of people. It’s kind of like family to a lot of folks.

“I’ve always had a big admiration for Triangle Sales,” Ware added. “It brings people from all over the world and not just for one particular discipline but many. I enjoy that. I like selling more than one type of horse.”

Ware takes management of Triangle Sales on October 8th, immediately following the upcoming Fall Sale and is planning some changes and improvements to the January 16-18, 2015 sale.

Shorter sale days are planned, and Triangle will offer “click to bid” Internet purchasing options through Superior Productions. Buyers will have peace of mind through free and immediate fall-of-hammer insurance that will be in effect for 24 hours. While the sale will still be held at Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma, it will move to a different building so that horses will be able to be worked live on cattle while being sold. Pre-sale barrel and rope horse demonstrations will be more formal to allow potential buyers to evaluate auction horses. Big screen TVs will be installed to enhance the sale experience, and Visa and MasterCard will be accepted for payment.

“I’ve sold thousands and thousands of cutting horses,” Ware said. “I have learned that there are a lot of great horses that may not be the flavor of the month at one sale but they may be a big attraction at Triangle for multiple disciplines. We’re always going to put a special emphasis on cutting horses because I know that’s the nucleus of performance horses, but expect a great variety of horses at the sales.”

“I have some employees that have been here since we started,” Bowling said. “The sale-day staff is a very cohesive group. They are more like family because we’ve all been doing this so long together. It is my hope that it continues to have that family atmosphere.

“It’s also that way with the customers – the consignors and buyers,” Bowling said. “Many of them have been coming here year after year. We had people that got married here, and one couple named their child Shawnee. The same familiar faces have been here a long, long time, and my goal is that it continues to have that honest reputation and family atmosphere, and I think Jim will do that. That’s very important to me. I have faith and trust in him that he will do this.”

Ware will add some well-known names to the Triangle staff.

“We’ve assembled a great team to sell the horses,” Ware said.

The auctioneers for upcoming sales will be equine sale veterans Steve Friskup and Don Green. Ware will offer his pedigree analysis along with Triangle mainstay, Ron Berndt and Wade Cunningham.

Other additions that Ware plans to make include adding a special session for AQHA Ranching Heritage breeders and a special Barrel Racing and Speed horse session.

“A lot of people that are raising the versatility ranch-type horse don’t have their own sale or access to what they really need so we’re going to try to make that a really great venue for each of those people,” Ware said. “They will be special guests and have their own session at every sale.”  Ware added, “My involvement with racing Quarter Horses has really opened my eyes to the need for a market for barrel prospects throughout the calendar year.  We intend to fill that void at Triangle.”

Bowling will stay on with Triangle Sales through April and then plans to devote her time to diving, reining, visiting family and volunteering with the Kairos Prison Ministry.

“I’m going to do everything in my power to make the transition as easy as possible and to make it a success,” Bowling said. “It’s my goal to make sure that Jim’s very successful in the future. Triangle has been here 36 years and there’s no reason it can’t be here another 36 years. I believe we are the oldest and largest.”

For more information about upcoming sale dates, visit or

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☛ NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales 9-15-14






By Glory Ann Kurtz from NRCHA release
Sept. 15, 2014
Thirteen horses from the historic Ward Ranch cow horse-breeding program have been consigned to the Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, scheduled for Oct. 2-4 during the annual NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, held in Reno, Nev., Monday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 4.


According to Dar Hanson, the Ward Ranch manager who also serves on the NRCHA Sale committee, eleven of the Ward Ranch horses are in the Classic Yearling & Broodmare Sale, which is the first sale of the three and scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, with 168 consignments. According to the current catalog (see below), a total of 334 consignments will come through the sale ring over the three days.


The other three sales included the Performance Horse Sale, with 38 consignments, held Friday, Oct. 3 at approximately 11 a.m. It will be followed by the 63-consignment 2-Year-Old Select Sale. The final sale, the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale, featuring 65 consignments, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4. The sales are presented by Markel Insurance and managed by Parnell Dickinson.


“When you’re looking at the quality of horses, and the value for the dollar, the Classic Sale is one of the best opportunities all weekend, said sale manager Jake Parnell. “It is a very worthwhile place to shop. There have been a lot of ‘steals’ out of that sale.”


In most cases, the only difference between Select Sale yearlings and Classic Sale yearlings are the accomplishments of their dams. As for broodmares, Classic Sale consignments offer equal pedigree power as the Select mares, but may have less on their performance or produce resume.


“Horses in the Classic sale are every bit as good. A lot of those Classic yearlings have a grand-dam that made six figures, but maybe their mother was hurt and couldn’t be shown, or she didn’t win as much,” Parnell said. “There are also opportunities to get good broodmares that didn’t qualify for the Select sale. There are exceptional bloodlines in the Classic sale, but the mares may not have the performance or the production record to qualify for the Select.


“The Classic sale is a great place to buy horses,” he continued. “A lot of yearlings in that sale have dams that might be one futurity season away from being in the Select Sale category, because they might have only one foal of show age and haven’t built that produce record yet.”


According to Hanson, his goal is to place horses where they have the best opportunity to bring their maximum value.


“The Classic sale is a great place to buy horses,” Hanson said. “A lot of yearlings in that sale have dams that might be one futurity season away from being in the Select Sale category, because they might have only one foal of show age and haven’t built that produce record yet.”


Buyers should also keep in mind that all yearlings, whether purchased through the Classic Sale or the Select Sale, are eligible for the Yearling Incentive purse. The horses must be enrolled at the sale, and the fee may be paid either by the buyer or the consignor. The Futurity Sale incentives will be described in more detail in another installment of our series.


For further information contact the sale company at or call Jake Parnell at 916-662-1298 if you have any questions.


Sale catalogs are online now! Click links below to view:

Click for Classic Yearling & Broodmare Sale>>

Click for Performance Horse & 2-Year-Old Sale>>

Click for Select Yearling & Broodmare Sale>>
























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☛ Marketplace At Ardmore Sale 9-11-14






Sept. 11, 2014
With the next Marketplace at Ardmore sale, held in Ardmore, Okla.,  Nov. 1, 2014, consignments opened on Aug. 1. With a catalog fee of only $250 and a fresh cattle charge of $50, there will be no “no-sale” fees and an 8% commission.


The sale is advertised as a “solid show horse market where all cutters work as they sell.”


Sale manager Susie Reed recently announced that “in addition to fresh cattle in our live demo while selling, a flag is now available in the practice pen.”


For further information go to or contact Susie Reed at or call 580-276-4830, cell 580-490-1103 or fax: 580-276-4281.

Click for consignment form>>

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☛ Segraves Sales at Stock Shows 9-11-14






Sept. 11, 2014
Segraves  & Associates Sale Company is celebrating its 38th year in the sale business this year and as they have done for years, the sale company will be holding horse sales during February 2015 during the annual Fort Worth Livestock Show & Rodeo and the annual San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo.


The 59th Annual Select Breeders Quarter Horse Sale will be held Feb. 7, 2015, held during the 119th Fort Worth Livestock Show & Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas. The sale will include performance horses for cutting, working cow horse, reining, roping barrel racing and ranch horses.


Two sales and a Ranch Gelding Stakes will be held during the 66th Annual San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 21-22, 2015.  The San Antonio Select Horse Sale will be held Feb. 21, 2015 and will include a range of performance horses for any event and the highest selection of color found anywhere. A live preview demonstration of sale horses will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday.


On Feb. 22, 2015, the San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale will be held. The judged competition of all geldings selling will begin a 7 a.m. with the sale following the competition at approximately 3 p.m.


Segraves & Associates is a full-time management and marketing company specializing in the production of auction sales and shows for Quarter Horses, Paint Horses and other breeds. The company s owned and operated by Dale and Donna Segraves and has been in the equine marketing business since 1977. The company provides full, turn-key service to its customers, whether that be for the buyer or the seller.


For more information, last year’s sale results and consignment forms, go to their web site at or call them at 972-775-2880.

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