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☛ San Antonio Stock Show Horse Sale 5-12-15

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION, Uncategorized, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

Knot My Cash, the 2015 San Antonio Select high-selling stallion at $25,000. Pictured from left to right: Dave Schaffner, Sandy Schaffner and George Birck.





May 12, 2015
By Kay Easterwood
Photos by Don Trout

Each year when the third weekend of February rolls around at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo, the atmosphere comes alive with people who have a strong attraction to the western performance-bred horse.  For the past 28 years, this weekend has become home to two of the most highly respected auctions of all-around western performance horses—the San Antonio Select Sale and the San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale.  During this time frame the sale management firm of Segraves and Associates, owned by Dale and Donna Segraves, of Midlothian, Texas, have constantly fine tuned the auctions to meet the ever changing needs of the horse industry and stay abreast of the trends that come and go and drive market conditions.  The quality of service and a friendly attitude toward both sellers and buyers are corner stone elements of the sale management process.


Boom Boom Banjo, the San Antonio Select Sale second high-selling horse, bringing $17,500.

One can take a casual walk down any of the sale stall aisles on sale weekend and readily see this.  Buyers and sellers are conversing with each other, they are going out to dinner together having never seen each other before, they are enthusiastically introducing their families to each other, but one of the most noticeable traits among these people is the fact that they are all smiling.  They are having a good time and that is what it is all about.  Mix that in with an excellent dose of an upswing in market conditions and you have an atmosphere where good things are going to happen.  For nearly three decades now the Segraves management team coupled with that of the Stock Show’s Horse Department team have continued to fine tune on these elements so that the level of professional service is unmatched in the field of selling western performance horses at public auction.  This is why it has come to be widely known in the industry as “The San Antonio Weekend”.


The two horse auctions and the ranch gelding judging are all held each year during one of the nation’s largest winter stock shows, the 66th Annual San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of Texas youth.  It is an event known for its highly respected livestock shows and in 2014 was voted for the tenth straight year the nation’s Number One PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo.  Sellers and buyers in town for the two big horse sales are able to also enjoy the PRCA Rodeo, along with other attractions such as family entertainment, live music, gourmet food eateries, shopping and a very impressive Texas Wildlife Exhibit, just to name a few.  All of these attractions are well within walking distance of the horse sales stall area, Expo Center Arena and Auction Sale facility.  It is quite an impressive and exciting atmosphere that horse sale patrons love and keep coming back to.  As of 2014 and since its inception, the stock show has contributed a total $147.9 million in scholarships and grants toward the education of Texas youth.  In 2014 the annual contribution was $11.8 million alone.


Spanish Attration, the 2015 San Antonio Select Sale third high-selling horse, bringing $15,000,

2015 Select Sale Results:  The weekend began with the San Antonio Select Sale, held on Saturday, Feb. 21.  This is the traditional sale in San Antonio, selling stallions, mares, yearlings, two year olds and working horses with heavy emphasis on cutting, reining, roping and working cow horse pedigrees.  The sale also has the reputation of containing a wide variety of color such as grays, red roans, blue roans, buckskins, blacks and palominos, all of which are highly popular throughout South Texas and Mexico.  This year’s Select Sale included 172 consignments from consignors traveling from seven states.


At the end of the first day, the high-selling horse and high-selling stallion was KNOT MY CASH, a 2008 AQHA palomino stallion, selling for $25,000.  The stallion was sired by Sensation Cash, and out of a daughter of Shining Spark.  The stallion was consigned by George Birck, Round Mountain, Texas / Dave Schaffner, Agent, and purchased by Eduardo Campos Villarreal, Mexico.


The second high-selling horse in the Select Sale was BOOM BOOM BANJO, a 2010 AQHA bay stallion, selling for $17,500.  The stallion was sired by Banjo Whiz, by Topsail Whiz, and out of a daughter of Boomernic.  The stallion was consigned by Dave and Stacy Sehl, Cooper, Texas, and purchased by Becky Warncke (TX).


Snowphisticated Catt was the San Antonio Select Sale 6th high-selling horse, bringing $12,000. Shown are Joe and Holly Heim.

The third high selling horse in the Select Sale was SPANISH ATTRACTION, a 2011 buckskin stallion, selling for $15,000.  The stallion was sired by Playin Attraction; and out of a daughter of Seven S Keota, by Shining Spark.  The stallion was consigned by Jim and Kathleen Hill, H Ranch/Klay Waters, agent, Channing, Texas, and sold to Alvin King, Jr. (TX).


The top ten head in the Select Sale averaged a sale price of $13,740.  The top twenty head sale average was $11,345, and the top fifty head averaged $8,389.  Percentage of completed sales was 82%.  A total of 33 head were purchased by buyers from Mexico.


Klay Waters, selling agent for the third high selling horse in the Select Sale, when asked about the popularity of the San Antonio sales said, “We come here every year to sell our best ones.  The sales are very fortunate to be located in San Antonio, which is not only a great city to visit, but also very accessible to buyers from throughout Texas and Mexico.  The sales have been built to focus on quality stock-type performance horses with lots of color, and that’s what the buyers know they’ll find here every year.  Plus, the volunteers here in the San Antonio area who work tirelessly to help put these sales on have done an incredible job of focusing on hospitality for both U.S. and international guests.  People know they’ll have a great weekend and the opportunity to buy the best horses in San Antonio.”


Peptovisions Sweetie, the Ranch Gelding Champion and high-selling gelding. Pictured (l to r) D.J. & Susan Storey Rubio, Thomas Bray (rider), Liz Bray, Julie & Fred Bray, Chase Ferrell of D&D Texas Outfitters, Kevin Ferrell of D&D, Lew Thompson of Espuela de Plata, Donna & Dale Segraves.

The San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale was held Sunday, February 22nd.  In its twenty-third year, this is one of the first and one of the premier ranch gelding show and sales in the nation, with a reputation of attracting some of the finest working geldings available.  Only geldings are accepted.  The judged competition of the event is held throughout the morning, with the sale immediately following.  During the judged competition, each gelding is given seven minutes to perform a series of required maneuvers commonly found in ranch work.  Spectators often comment about the exciting nature of the fence work and roping, which is meant to challenge even the most experienced ranch horse.  This is due in part to the choice of cattle selected for the event each year—a South Texas style 600-weight straight F-1 tiger striped heifer.  This makes for a challenging competition and a true test of each ranch horse’s ability.


This year’s ranch gelding competition and sale included 74 geldings consigned by consignors from six states.  A total of $15,200.00 in cash prizes and awards were presented to the top placing geldings in the judged competition.  Competition results were as follows:


Bad Freckles, 2015 San Antonio Ranch Gelding reserve Champion and third high-selling ranch gelding. Pictured Wes Housler.

Champion Ranch Gelding.  PEPTOVISIONS SWEETIE, a 2007 red roan gelding, sired by Sweet Lil Pepto; and out of a daughter of Playboys Badge.  The gelding was consigned by Storey Ranch, D.J. and Susan Storey Rubio, Cotulla, Texas, and was trained and ridden by Thomas Bray, Fulshear, Texas.  The gelding scored a 174 out of a possible 200 to earn the Championship.  Awards for winning the championship included a check for $5,000 cash, trophy saddle, champion belt buckle, engraved breast collar, and a monogrammed vest

Reserve Champion Ranch Gelding.  BAD FRECKLES, a 2005 palomino gelding, sired by Bad Peppy Lena, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Cool Freckles, by Colonel Freckles.  The gelding was consigned by Wes Housler, Cloudcroft, New Mexico, and was ridden by Wes Housler.  The gelding scored a 165 out of a possible 200 to earn the Reserve Championship.  Awards for winning the reserve championship included a check for $1,725 cash, an engraved breast collar, reserve champion belt buckle, and a monogrammed vest.

Third Place.  LENAS OLENA STAR, a 2003 sorrel gelding, sired by Lenas Jewel bars; and out of a daughter of Doc O’Lena.  The gelding was consigned by the Fred Bray Ranch, Fulshear, Texas, and ridden by Thomas Bray.

Fourth Place.  MR SAN BO, a 2000 sorrel gelding, sired by Little Bo Badger, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Doc’s Solano, by Doc Bar.  The gelding was consigned by Larry and Beverley Jacobs, Pollok, Texas and ridden by Shawn Holden.

Fifth/ Sixth Place Tie.  HOT WATER SIX, a 2005 gray gelding, sired by Powder River Playboy, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Lucky Bottom Silver.  The gelding was consigned by Cowboy Collection Quarter Horses, Gainesville, Texas, and ridden by Todd Richardson, also of Gainesville.

Fifth/Sixth Place Tie.  ROMEO, a 2003 unregistered buckskin gelding.   The gelding was consigned by Kelsey Mosby, Rising Star, Texas, and ridden by Kelsey Mosby.

Seventh Place.  DELIGHTFULLY SMART, a 2009 sorrel gelding, sired by Very Smart Remedy, by Smart Little Lena; and out of a daughter of Colonel De Boon, by Colonel Freckles.    The gelding was consigned by the Fred Bray Ranch, Fulshear, Texas, and ridden by Thomas Bray.

Eighth Place.  SHINING GOLD DUST, a 2010 palomino gelding, sired by Shiners Lena Doc; and out of a daughter of Pines Fourway Stop, by Great Pine.  The gelding was consigned by Cowboy Collection Quarter Horses, Gainesville, Texas, and ridden by Todd Richardson, also of Gainesville.


Judges for the ranch gelding competition were Chance O’Neal, Guthrie, Texas; and George Chappell of Terrell, Texas.


Fred Bray, owner of two of the top placing eight geldings said, “The continued success of the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale here at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo really shows that horses continue to be an important part of western lifestyle.  There’s just no substitute for a high-quality ranch horse, and people know this is the place to find their next working gelding and competition level performance horse.  My son, Thomas, has competed every year here in this event since its inception and we are extremely glad that San Antonio has become known for the quality of this sale, and to be a part of that living, breathing connection to the western lifestyle.”


Peptovisions Sweetie, the 2015 San Antonio Ranch Gelding high-selling gelding at $18,000. Rider Thomas Bray.

2015 Ranch Gelding Sale Results.  Following the judged competition, the crowd moved to the auction arena, where the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale was dedicated to Mark Colaw, former Chairman of the stock show’s Horse Committee and long time supporter of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo.  Members of Mark Colaw’s family along with numerous close friends were on hand at his side as Colaw received the award presented in the sale ring by Cody Davenport, Vice President of S.A.L.E.  Colaw, a life-time member of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo, became a Director of the stock show in 1996.  His tenure as Chairman of the Horse Committee ran from 1997 through 2005.  During those years as Horse Show Chairman, Colaw was known for his dynamic and innovative leadership style.  He developed strategies and leadership positions that are still in place today.  Perhaps his greatest contributions were in cultivating other volunteers who became leaders in their own right.  Many of these people have gone on to manage areas and hold leadership positions themselves.  Colaw’s path at S.A.L.E. led him to become the first Assistant Vice President in 2005, and in 2011 he was named a Lifetime Assistant Vice President.  His leadership at S.A.L.E. greatly influenced the development of the San Antonio Select Horse Sale and the San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale.


Following the dedication ceremonies the gelding sale was kicked off featuring all of the geldings that had competed in the judged competition earlier that day.  At the end of the day, the top selling gelding was PEPTOVISIONS SWEETIE, a 2007 red roan gelding that had been chosen the Champion Ranch Gelding earlier that day, ridden by Thomas Bray, Fulshear, Texas. He was sired by Sweet Lil Pepto, and out of a daughter of Playboys Badge.  The gelding was consigned by Storey Ranch, D. J. and Susan Storey Rubio, Cotulla, Texas; and purchased by Terry McKinley of Yoakum, Texas, for a bid of $18,000.


Paddys Irish Moon, the 2015 San Antonio Ranch Gelding Sale second high-selling gelding. Pictured Trey Wasserburger.

The second high selling ranch gelding was PADDYS IRISH MOON, a 2008 palomino gelding, sired by Makin Moonshine, by Shining Spark, and out of a daughter of Paddys Irish Whiskey.  The gelding was consigned by Trey and Dayna Wasserburger, Vinita, Oklahoma, and purchased by Pamela Tushak, Vista, California, for $17,200.


The third high selling gelding was a 5-way tie, each selling for $15,000.  These horses were as follows:

  • BAD FRECKLES, a 2005 palomino gelding sired by Bad Peppy Lena, by Peppy San Badger; and out of a daughter of Cool Freckles, by Colonel Freckles.  He was consigned by Wes Housler, Cloudcroft, New Mexico; and was purchased by Lawrence Merritt, Greeley, Colorado, for a final bid of $15,000.


  • ROMEO, a 2003 unregistered buckskin gelding.  He had been consigned by Kelsey Mosby, Rising Star, Texas; and sold to Brian Bichsel, Claude, Texas, for a bid of $15,000.
  • MOON PYE, a 2007 red roan gelding sired by Boonlight Dancer, and out of a daughter of Grays Starlight.  He was consigned by Rod Brents, Aspermont, Texas; and sold to Richard Gingrich, Sinton, Texas, for a final bid of $15,000.
  • SHINING GOLD DUST, a 2010 palomino gelding sired by Shiners Lena Doc, and out of a daughter of Pines Fourway Stop, by Great Pine.  He was consigned by Cowboy Collection Quarter Horses, Gainesville, Texas; and was purchased by Douglas McRae, Kerrville, Texas, for a final bid of $15,000.
  • HA GYPSYS NIC, a 2006 palomino gelding sired by Starlights Gypsy, by Grays Starlight; and out of a daughter of Reminic.  He was consigned by Blake Patillo, St. Elmo, Illinois; and was purchased by Kenneth Taylor, Midland, Texas, for a final bid of $15,000.


The top ten geldings sold averaged $15,070, the top twenty averaged $12,235, with the overall average at $8,719 on 71% completed sales.


The 2015 San Antonio Select & Ranch Gelding Sale featured a packed house.

Dale Segraves has been managing sales like these in San Antonio since 1977.  When asked about the prices this year in San Antonio he said, “We were blessed this year with a really good set of geldings in the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale on Sunday.  It is hard to get a large group of these good geldings consigned because many of the people who own them do not want to sell them.  The high end of the horses in the Saturday sale was equally as nice, and we had what our repeat buyers from Mexico wanted.  San Antonio and the Stock Show offer sale participants so many fun and historic places to visit making for an unforgettable trip.  Over the years of managing these sales we have developed a lot of wonderful relationships with both buyers and sellers that come here every year.  It is very rewarding to see these people come to the event, have a good time, sell their horse, buy a horse, go to the nation’s number one PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo and drive out the gate having experienced a western life style event that ranks at the top of their list.  Another huge contribution to this “people friendly” environment is the long list of Stock Show volunteers and staff that work tirelessly to make it all happen.  That’s what San Antonio is all about. ”


Auctioneers for both sales were Don Green of Roanoke, Alabama, and Steve Friskup of Muleshoe, Texas.  Pedigree announcers were Wade Cunningham, Jay, Oklahoma, and Ty McClary, Valley View, Texas.  Sale management for the two-day event was Segraves and Associates, Dale and Donna Segraves of Midlothian, Texas.  This marked the 28th year for the Segraves firm to manage the event.


Sponsors of the sales were Don Pedro Mexican Food Restaurants of San Antonio for the Select Sale; and Espuela de Plata (formerly H & H Livestock, LLC), Pearsall, Texas; D & D Ranch Outfitters, Seguin, Texas; and Wrangler Jeans  for the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale.


The 2016 edition of the San Antonio Select Sale and the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale will be held next February in conjunction with the 67th Annual San Antonio Livestock Exposition & Rodeo.  Contact Segraves and Associates at (972)775-2880 or for details on the 2016 sales.

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☛ NCHA Super Stakes Sale 4-25-15

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments





By Glory Ann Kurtz
April 25, 2015

Metallic Flo, a black Metallic Cat daughter, was the high-selling horse of the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Sale. Consigned by Alan Chappell, the mare brought a $60,000 final bid. Photo by Glory Ann Kurtz

When horse buyers attended the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Sale, held Saturday, April 18 at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, they were looking for money-earning cutting horses to have fun in a sport they loved.  And they didn’t go home without them.


With 218 horses consigned, 13 were out of the sale and 29 were passed out when the sellers’ reserve bid was more than what the bidders were willing to pay. A total of 105 head passed through the sale ring in the Watt Arena under the hammer of auctioneer Steve Friskup, with 76 changing hands (72 percent), netting $861,900 for a $10,551 average and $9,250 median (half way between the highest- and lowest-selling horse). The sale was produced by Jeremy and Candace Barwick, the owners of Western Bloodstock Ltd.


The high-selling horse of the sale was Metallic Flo, was a 3-year-old black mare sired by the sale’s leading sire Metallic Cat, out of Zacks J Flo by Mr Peponita Flo, consigned by Alan Chappell.  Paid to date in the 2016 NCHA Futurity, the beautiful and talented cutting mare was shown on cattle by trainer T. J. Good and brought a $60,000 final bid.  (No buyers’ names were provided by the sale company)


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Cancan Reyvolution, a gelding by Dual Rey, was the second highest-selling horse at the sale , bringing $40,000, and the highest-selling money earner.The 2007 gelding was consigned by John Pinkston. Photo by Glory Ann Kurtz

However, the largest demand seemed to be for money-earning cutting horses, with 30 of the 75 selling horses being money earners. Those 30 netted $394,900 for a $13,163 average and a $10,750 median. The highest-selling money-earning cutting horse (and second high-seller overall) was Cancan Reyvolution, a 2007 sorrel gelding sired by Dual Rey, the third leading sire of the sale, and out of Cancan Kitty By High Brow Cat, consigned by John and Lica Pinkston, Alice, Texas. Bidding for the gelding ended at $40,000.


Cancan Reyvolution  had $145,837 in lifetime earnings, including a third-place finish in the 2010 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity, and earning the championship of the 2011 NCHA Non-Pro Derby among others. He was in training and shown on cattle by Sean Flynn.


Metallic Bourban, a 2011 red roan gelding by Metallic Cat out of Jitters Brown by Smart Little Lena, consigned by Beau and Ashley Galyean, was the second high-selling money earner, bringing a $25,000 final bid. The NCHA earner of $5,000 was a semifinalist in the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity. Jitters Brown was also the dam of 10 money earners of $267,955, including Whiskeynadirtyglass, a stallion by High Brow Cat, with $184,288 in lifetime earnings. Metallic Bourban was shown on cattle by Galyean.


The third high-selling money-earning horse was Cheetah, a 2010 sorrel daughter of High Brow Cat out of Starlights Liz by Grays Starlight, consigned by Dustin and Deena Adams. Selling for $21,000, the mare was the earner of $2,969 as a finalist in the Cattlemens Non-Pro Classic. Originally trained by Lloyd Cox, he was currently in training and shown by Dustin.


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Nineteen 3-year-olds went through the sale ring, with 15 bringing $163,300 for a $10,887 average and $5,500 median.  Metallic Flo, the highest-selling horse of the sale, was No. 1, bringing $60,000.


The second high-selling 3-year-old was Goin Metallic, sired by Metallic Cat out of Go Little Starlight by Grays Starlight.  Her dam was also the dam of Mississippi Cat (a colt by High Brow Cat), earner of $165,973 and NCHA World Champion Stallion and NCHA Open Reserve World Champion. The mare brought a final bid of  $26,000 for seller Jeremy Barwick, the sale producer from Stephenville, Texas, and was shown on cattle by Beau Galyean.


The third highest-selling 3-year-old was Hot in The Spotlight, a daughter of Spots Hot out of Allisons All Cat by High Brow Cat. Consigned by Jackie Davison, the filly in training with Wes Ashlock, brought a $15,000 final bid.


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This was a case of the cow cutting the colt.
Photo by Glory Ann Kurtz

Eleven broodmares were led through the sale ring with nine of them netting $92,400 and averaging $10,267 for a $7,700 median. The high-selling broodmare was Reys Dreamgirl, a 2006 daughter of Dual Rey out of Peppys Dreamgirl by Peppy San Badger, bred to Third Cutting. Consigned by Kory and Jessica Pounds, the mare brought a final bid of $20,000. With NCHA earnings of $49,853, she was a finalist in the 2009 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity.


The second high-selling broodmare was Hickorys Bunny, a 2000 daughter of Doc’s Hickory out of Bunnys Starlight by Peppy San Badger. Consigned by Jeremy Barwick, the mare had earnings of $33,398 and had produced five offspring that had earned over $86,000. She was in foal to Kit Kat Sugar, a son of High Brow Cat out of Sugar N Dulce by Smart Lil Ricochet, with lifetime earnings of $240,903 and was an NCHA Horse of the Year.

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One of today’s most popular stallions, and the leading money earner sired by all-time leading sire High Brow Cat, Metallic Cat was the leading sire of the sale, with seven offspring bringing $175,000 for a $25,000 average and $22,000 median. He sired the high-selling horse Metallic Flo, selling for $60,000 as well as the third high-selling horse, Goin Metallic, selling for $26,000.  In fact, he sired four of the top six sellers.


The second leading sire was Peptoboonsmal, with three head netting $54,000 for an $18,000 average a $19,000 median. His high-selling offspring was Im A Peptorey, a 2003 mare that brought a final bid of $20,000.


Dual Rey, with eight of his 10 consignments selling for $121,000 and a $15,125 average and an $11,000 median, was the third leading sire. His highest-selling offspring was Cancan Reyvolution, the second high selling horse overall and the leading money-earning horse, bringing $40,000.


Other sires included 4) Peptospoonful (2 averaging $14,850);  5) Smart Little Lena (2 averaging $14,000), 6) High Brow Cat (6 averaging $12,367; 7) Woody Be Tuff (2 embryos averaging $10,250); 8) Spots Hot (2 averaging $10,100);  9) Cats Merada (3 averaging $8,800); 10) Smooth As A Cat (6 averaging $8,417); 11) Dual Pep (3 averaging $8,267); 12) One Time Pepto (2 averaging $7,350; 13) Little Dulce Rey (3 averaging $5,825) and 14) Cats Quixote Jack (2 averaging $5,350).


The next NCHA Sale will be the Summer Spectacular Sale held Aug. 1 in Fort Worth. Nomination deadline is June 30th. It is advertised there will be no pass-out fee at this sale. The NCHA Futurity sales, scheduled for Dec. 7, 9-12, also are advertised with no pass-out fees and the Select Yearling Sale & Gala, will be held Dec. 8 during the NCHA Futurity.

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☛ Benefit Auction for John Hoyt – 4-2-15






April 2, 2015

An undated photo of John Hoyt (right).

An upcoming benefit on-line auction for legendary trainer John Hoyt will include 2015 breedings to two top stallions: One Time Pepto and Gunnatrashya. The online auction of these breedings and other donated items will be handled by Mike and Stephanie Jennings of Professional Horse Services LLC, with all proceeds going to the John Hoyt Foundation Fund. Also, other donations will also be accepted until April 8. Bidding will open on April 10 and close on April 15.


John Hoyt:
John Hoyt is a name known throughout the entire performance horse industry.  He has influenced many of today’s top riders.  Until 2003, John was still actively riding and teaching the professionals of the future.  After a failed knee surgery, he was left with a medical condition called ‘dropped foot’, which resulted in nerve damage and consequently left him unable to ride.


Since then, his health has continually declined leaving him in an economic struggle.  However, at 86, John still attends every major NRHA Competition and is an active resource to many local and national riders.  For those who know John, living in an active horse environment is a key aspect of his wellbeing. At this point, he has a good support system that allows him to live independently and continue to give back to the industry.


John Hoyt (right) and Harold Hudspeth shown in an AQHA photo.

Because of John’s economic struggle, his housing situation is in significant need of our help.  Pete and Tamra Kyle, of the Kyle Ranch, in Whitesboro, TX, have graciously donated the use of a lot already equipped with septic and electricity.


A GoFundMe account was set up for John that has raised more than $40,000 that will provide a modular home and furnishings that will properly accommodate John to help ease the stress and emotional strain that he faces daily.  But we still need your help in funding proper living for John.   To contribute go to


The donations will be used for helping John live out his last years doing what he loves. When the time comes, and John no longer needs this home, the proceeds from the sale of the home and assets will be donated to the John Hoyt Foundation.  This fund will be perpetuated forward for fellow elderly horsemen and horsewoman in the industry.


If you would like to read more about John and his life stories, here are a few articles written over the years.


The stallions:


This is a special opportunity to get breedings to these two great stallions and at the same time help the legendary John Hoyt.


One Time Pepto is the 2014 NRCHA #1 Leading Sire and 2014 #5 Leading NCHA Sire.

One Time Pepto is the earner of $331,097, NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion; Augusta 5/6-Year-Old Open Classic Champion; Abilene Spectacular Open Classic Champion and more.  As a sire, ONE TIME PEPTO is the 2014 NRCHA #1 Leading Sire and 2014 #5 Leading NCHA Sire, siring the earners of more than $8,000,000, including NCHA Futurity Champion, ONE TIME ROYALTY and NRCHA Futurity Champion, TIME FOR THE DIAMOND, plus many more top money earners. One Time Pepto, owned by Matthews Cutting Horses, LLC, stands at Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas for a $8,500 fee. Only a few breedings are left for this great stallion.


Gunnatrashya is the earner of $223,098 and the 2009 NRHA Open Futurity Champion.

Gunnatrashya is the earner of $223,098: 2009 NRHA Open Futurity Champion; 2010 NRHA Open Derby Champion; 2009 Congress Open Futurity Champion and more.  GUNNATRASHYA’s oldest foals were 3-Year- Olds of 2014. From his first foals to show he is the sire of ARC GUNNABEABIGSTAR ($146,437, 2014 NRHA Open Futurity Co-Champion; top 10, 2014 Congress Open Reining Futurity), ARC GUNNA SPARKYA ($62,832: 4th, 2014 NRHA Open Futurity) and numerous other Aged Event Finalists. Gunnatrashya is owned by Arcese Quarter Horses and also stands at Oswood Stallion Station for a $2,750 breeding fee and his book is closed.


Additional Donations:

Donations to the Auction will be accepted until April 8th.  To donate items contact Katie Forest Schroeder by email at or cell 713-202-3951 or Shari D. Darnall on Facebook.  Donors can also contact Mike or Stephanie Jennings at 855-272-3905, email or use the donation entry form at


How to participate in the auction:

The Online catalog is available now from Professional Horse Services, LLC.  Bidding will open on April 10th and close on April 15th.   To participate in the auction go to .  For more information on how the Online Auction Works go to



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☛ Ardmore Sale Averages $6,000 – 4-2-15

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments



Courtesy of Marketplace At Ardmore Sale
April 2, 2015

Pale Face Jose, 1999 sorrel stallion (CD Olena x Joses Dually by Dual Pep) topped the Spring Marketplace Sale selling for $43,000.

The Marketplace at Ardmore’s spring sale saw close to record-breaking averages. “After the first 10 head, I could tell, they definitely came to buy,” says sale manager Susie Reed, “And, sure enough when we settled up, we had the second highest average ever.”


The top 10 head averaged $20,790, the top 20 averaged $15,595 with an overall sale average (83% sold) of $5,995. The sale was held March 28, 2015 at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, OK. The top seller was Pale Face Jose, a 1999 sorrel stallion with LTE of $217,033 and sire of offspring earning in excess of $250,000.


“Dustin Adams consigned Pale Face Jose early on which gave us the opportunity to advertise him nationally in both print and in social media for several months,” said Reed, “He generated lots of interest from day one, and from the number of phone calls I got, I was confident we would get him sold.” Pale Face Jose went to Keith McMahan for $43,000.

Katsup, a 2010 sorrel daughter of High Brow Cat out of Aristo Katz by Smart Aristocrat and earner of $15,520 was the high-selling mare. Consigned by Wayne Czisny (agent), the mare brought $41,000 from Juan Carlos Rojas.

Katzup, a 2010 sorrel daughter of High Brow Cat out of Aristo Katz by Smart Aristocrat and earner of $15,520 was the high-selling mare.

The high selling gelding, Magnums Star (Magnum Chic Dream x Spooks Stylin by Grays Starlight), was consigned by John Amabile and sold to Teresa Kelly for $16,000.

Four consignors took advantage of the “Free Ride” offered for the first time at the March 28 sale. An individual consigning 6 or more head got to sell one horse for free, meaning no catalog fee, no fresh cattle charge and no sales commission were collected on that one horse.

“We always work really hard for the consignors promoting their horses to the best of our ability, and after the sale we enjoyed hearing lots of positive comments with many already talking about what they could bring to the fall sale,” said Reed. “For a sale manager, it just doesn’t get any better than that.”


The next Marketplace at Ardmore Sale will be held Nov. 7, 2015. For more information, contact Susie Reed 580-276-4830, cell 580-490-1103 or visit the website:







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☛ Today’s News 3-23-15




March 23, 2015


NRCHA members Eric and Wendy Dunn, the owners of Smart Boons, have come up with a novel idea and are putting their money where their idea is: $10,000 to be exact, to be added money for the new, exciting Smart Boons Fence Challenge to be held during the NRCHA Stakes at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas to be held March 29-April 4. The Smart Boons Challenge will be held Friday, April 3 at approximately 3 p.m.


The event is open to any horse and any rider and Non Pros must follow all Non-Pro eligibility and rules according to the NRCHA Rule Book.


Each horse and rider combination may enter only one time. This is a non-sanctioned event and will not count toward NRCHA lifetime earnings for horse or rider. The competition will consist of a single run: cow work only – no rein work.


There will be a $300 entry fee, and besides the $10,000 added, $200 of the entry fee will be added back to the purse. Payout will be according to rule 7.2. Entries close Friday, April 3, 2015 at 12 noon. Before March 26, send entries to or fax it to 940-488-1499. After March 26, enter in the show office at the NRCHA Stakes.


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Smart Boons is a 2005 red roan AQHA stallion sired by Peptoboonsmal out of Smart Little Easter by Smart Little Lena, with $192,772 in lifetime earnings. He was trained and shown by NRCHA Million-Dollar rider Corey Cushing and is standing at Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas.




There was an error in a press release I sent out on March 19 regarding the upcoming Marketplace At Ardmore Sale. The article mentioned that Dual R Smokin, owned by J Five Ranch, would be sold along with 12 yearlings sired by him, three mares bred to him and one 4-year-old. There was an error in the flyer that listed Dual R Smokin with the horses selling and he is NOT selling; however, the mares bred to him and his offspring are selling in the sale to be held Saturday, March 28, at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Okla. For more information contact Susie Reed (580) 276-4830 cell: (580) 490-1103 or e-mail her at Go to for a catalog or to view the sale. I’m sorry for the error.




In a previous article, I published some of the statements made by AQHA outgoing president Johnny Trotter. Yesterday I received a copy of his entire speech that will be published in the next Quarter Horse Journal. Following is a copy of that entire speech.

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☛ AQHA Genetic Pool shrinks 1-10–15





By Rick Dennis
Jan. 10, 2015


Recent articles in the American Quarter Horse Journal entitled “The Changing Landscape of Quarter Horse Genetics, Part 1 and Part 2,” really caught my eye because of two reasons: 1) I’m an American Quarter Horse breeder specializing in multiple-event reined cow horses and 2) I’m a Life Member of AQHA.


Part 1′s first paragraph essentially sets the stage for the present state of the breed in that it’s becoming more and more inbred, stating, “Talk to an equine geneticist long enough and you are bound to hear two assertions made about the American Quarter Horse breed that sound like opposites: First, it is one of the most genetically diverse equine breeds in the world and second, it’s becoming increasingly inbred.”


The second and third paragraphs of Part 1 outline the history of the breed and a factor causing this shrinking of genetics, stating: “Beginning in colonial America, the breed began from a diverse genetic base of largely Thoroughbred and Spanish blood that was added to and developed for roughly 200 years, focusing on producing quickness and durability. But fast-forward to the modern era of specialized American Quarter Horse performers, especially at the highest levels, and you find specialization in the horse-breeding herd too: specific groups of individuals used to produce those top performers.


That suggests there are narrowed gene pools in those subgroups and now a genetic study clearly shows it. A research team from the University of Minnesota has published its findings in an issue of the Journal of Heredity, “The American Quarter Horse: Population structure and relationship to the Thoroughbred.” The 2012-2013 study was partially funded by the American Quarter Horse Foundation.


The Sample

The team analyzed six Quarter Horse performance subgroups identified as halter, western pleasure, reining, working cow horse, cutting and racing. The team pulled the top 200 performers for each group in 2009 and 2010, selecting by money-earned for the reining, working cow, cutting and racing groups, and by AQHA points earned for western pleasure and halter.


The team then eliminated half and full siblings, making the sample as diverse as possible. From the remaining horses, the team ran genetic and pedigree analyses on 24 random individuals in each subgroup.


“We genotyped them for about 65,000 genetic markers … and we pulled their five-generation pedigrees so we could compare what both sets of information told us about the relationships between the individuals,” said Dr. Molly McCue


What They Found

“The groups clustered into three genetic groups,” said Dr. McCue. “The racing Quarter Horses stood out on their own genetically, the pleasure and halter horses clustered together and the working cow, cutting and reining horses formed the third group. We were able to prove quite clearly that horses were in a specific genetic cluster depending on what performance group they came from.


“In the pedigree analysis, some groups shared no common sires, such as halter and racing, but other groups did, such as reining and working cow horse. Although popular sires within one group were rarely shared with another group, all the pedigrees reflected the common roots of the Quarter Horse.


“Additionally, pedigree analysis showed that the most common 15 sires across the groups were all direct tail-male descendants of Three Bars (TB), with several of those stallions showing more than one cross to the Thoroughbred in the first four generations.


“Inbreeding” refers to the mating of relatives and results in an “inbred” individual. The amount an individual is “inbred” can be estimated from its pedigree or genetic data.  In a pedigree analysis, determining an individual’s “co-ancestry coefficient” gives an idea of how closely related individuals are on a pedigree page. Two individuals can be highly related without either of them being inbred, but if you breed two individuals with a high co-ancestry coefficient, their offspring will be inbred.


“Diversity quantifies the amount of genetic variation there is in a population. Typically, a highly inbred population has low genetic diversity.


“Using both pedigree and genetic analysis gives a more complete picture of a population’s relatedness, inbreeding and diversity. For example, the average Thoroughbred could very well exhibit a much lower genetic diversity in its genome than the average Quarter Horse, even though the Thoroughbred might show no repeated individuals in its five-generation pedigree.


As a point of reference, and to fully illustrate the long term adverse effects of inbreeding please refer to the following CBS article: “Amish Inbreeding Causes Genetic Mutation and Mental Retardation.”


Click for article on Amish inbreeding>>


“(In this study) the lowest genetic diversity within a sub-population was in the cutting and racing groups. The highest average inbreeding was found in cutting.


“When inbreeding was calculated from the pedigree analysis, the reining group had the lowest average inbreeding when it was calculated with genotype; the pleasure group was the lowest.


“Halter horses, on average, were about 3 percent inbred, although some individuals were as high as almost 27 percent inbred.”


“What’s more, the study found that, due to the contribution of popular sires, relatedness within the groups is on the rise. This increase in relatedness, or co-ancestry, is likely to lead to an increase in the number and extent of inbred individuals,” continued Dr. McCue.


Click to read Part 1>>


Analyzing the Quarter Horse Breeding Rules:

From this study, it’s clear that the present American Quarter Horse breeding rules require scrutiny to determine: 1) their contribution to this shrinking genetic pool and 2) the adverse affect each adopted breeding rule may or may not have on the breed itself.  I wonder if the executives paid six figures at the AQHA and the Executive Committee members, especially the Stud Book and Registration Committee, had any forethought in the ramifications their expansive breeding rule adoptions would have on the Quarter Horse breed and industry over time?


As a private sector Risk Analyst, I’m commonly faced with the task of analyzing practices and concepts to determine either the detriment or usefulness an existing concept or practice has on an organization. In order to shed light on the topic, I examined two specific breeding rules adopted by AQHA: Multiple Embryo Transfer and Frozen Semen. I also examined the impact each adopted breeding rule may have on the breeding populous as well as a correlation of each one’s compliance with AQHA’s Mission Statement.


AQHA Mission Statement


Your Association adheres to the highest standards.


AQHA Mission Statement:


  • To record and preserve the pedigree of the American Quarter Horse while maintaining the integrity of the breed and welfare of its horses.
  • To provide beneficial services for its members which enhance and encourage American Quarter Horse ownership and participation.
  • To develop diverse educational programs, material and curriculum that will position AQHA as the leading resource organization in the equine industry.
  • To generate growth of AQHA membership via the marketing, promotion, advertising and publicity of the American Quarter Horse.
  • To ensure the American Quarter Horse is treated humanely, with dignity, respect and compassion at all times.


Multiple Embryo Transfer

The first analysis and breeding rule comparison involved the Multiple Embryo Rule adoption.  On one hand, the first statement of the AQHA Mission Statement asserts “maintaining the integrity of the breed and the welfare of its horses” but on the other hand, this AQHA breeding rule adoption and Dr. Mc Cue’s study raises challenges to the credibility of this profound statement concerning the integrity of the breed and welfare of its horses under their present approved breeding methods.


Past court testimony of Dr. Glenn Blodgett an AQHA Executive Committee member and in-line future AQHA President brings a challenge to this assertion. Dr. Blodgett’s sworn oath expert witness testimony, during the Kay Floyd V AQHA trial, fully illustrates and verifies this contradiction as well as the dangers and hardships the breeding mares were subjected to during an egg and embryo flush. The hypocrisy is fully realized when Dr. Blodgett, who at the time was the Chairman of the Stud Book & Registration Committee, the group who consider the proposed rules of registration and answer to no other committee, fully exposed these dangers and hardships on a horse while voicing his opposition under sworn oath testimony. However, Dr. Blodgett has been one of the most prolific users of multiple embryo transfer technology since 1985, long before the Kay Floyd v AQHA lawsuit.


Click for Dr. Glenn Blodgett Testimony>>


As a breeder, I have always been opposed to many of the breeding rule adoptions of AQHA, (i.e.) Multiple Embryo Transfer that allows a mare to produce multiple same genetic-type foals in a single breeding season instead of adhering to the “one-mare, one-foal” breeding theory, essentially limiting or maintaining the narrowing of the genetic pool by eliminating or controlling mass production of a single genetic type. By Dr. Blodgett’s testimony, this breeding rule also contradicts AQHA’s own mission statement, “To ensure the American Quarter Horse is treated humanely, with dignity, respect and compassion at all times.”


The magnitude of the mass expansion of a specific genetic line of horses by multiple embryo transfer is realized in past computations resulting from the analysis of seven (7) separate Quarter Horse Racing mares that produced 174 foals during a specified time, averaging 24.85 babies each. Such an expansion of a specific genetic line also has an adverse effect on the breed in that it further narrows the genetic pool, which under normal circumstances reduces the odds of inbreeding. In addition, this breeding technology also contributes to an over population of Quarter Horses.


In Part 2, of the article, Dr. Molly McCue specifically addresses the effect Multiple Embryo Transfer is having on the industry.


Click for Horse Genetics Part 2>>


What It Means

“We are changing the genetic landscape in the Quarter Horse within the top-level performance groups,” stated Dr. McCue. “This study clearly demonstrates that we’re concentrating the genetics within certain lines of Quarter Horses and we’re increasing inbreeding within particular performance groups.


“A horse’s conformation affects his ability to perform certain tasks. Read more about this interesting concept in AQHA’s Form to Function report.


Click for “Form To Function” Report>>


“Longstanding breeding practices likely contribute to that. Habits such as “popular sire syndrome,” which is the tendency for many breeders to breed to a top-performing stallion, or the use of assisted reproductive techniques such as frozen semen and embryo transfers can greatly amplify one individual’s genetic impact. Even the practice of always breeding the ‘best to the best’ can contribute to increased inbreeding in a subpopulation.


“Any time we take a single individual and increase its ability to generate offspring, that is going to decrease the genetic pool that is reproducing.


“Additionally, when you increase inbreeding and reduce diversity, you increase the incidence of undesirable genes making an appearance.


“A good example is the incidence of HERDA (hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia) in cutting horses. It’s very frequent within this subpopulation, which might be the result of decreasing diversity and/or the ‘popular-sire’ effect. A previous study revealed that 28.3 percent of cutting-bred individuals carried the recessive gene for HERDA.”



Frozen Semen

A textbook example of the advantages of the “Frozen Semen” breeding rule, as it relates to a specific classification of horse, can be illustrated by examining the history of an AQHA Quarter Horse Racing member Frank “Scoop” Vessels and his history-making stallion First Down Dash. Mr. Vessels, an avid Quarter Horse Racing breeder, died in a plane crash on Aug. 11, 2010. On Nov. 28, 2010, a press release from the AQHA announced that First Down Dash died on Thanksgiving Day at the Vessels Breeding Farm in California.


Under the old rule, frozen semen could only be available until the end of the year the stallion died in. However, thereafter, the AQHA quietly changed the frozen semen breeding rule to extend a stallion’s frozen semen indefinitely. This extension makes a dead or sterile horse immortal, so-to-speak. Even though he died in 2010, according to the AQHA records, in 2012 he sired 68 foals.


Breeding dead horses from the grave and sterile horses that should be culled, (i.e.) removed from the genetic pool at death or sterility, are still introducing their genetic lines in today’s breeding market. The normal course of a breeding sire is that he is born, lives, reproduces and dies. Afterwards, his progeny carries on the genetic line from generation to generation. By allowing the reintroduction of a dead or sterile horse’s genetics over the years simply means he could be breeding with horses that already carry his line of genetics, further shrinking the genetic pool and possibly causing a concern of inbreeding and disease among the industry.


A more prudent option would be to seek a genetic out-cross instead of an in-cross. A plausible question for the AQHA powers-that-be emanating from the frozen semen breeding rule is: “Why are stallion owners with live horses having to compete for a fair market breeding share against deceased or sterile horses that should have been removed from the breeding roster at death or sterility?” At this stage of the breeding game, wouldn’t it be more responsible for AQHA to design a genetic breeding profile similar to the “Magic Cross” that breeders have used for years to breed performance horses, to minimize or eliminate the in-breeding concept identified by Dr. Molly McCue’s study.


Dissecting the Recent Select Yearling Sale:

For a look at today’s diversity, or lack thereof, in the cutting horse, the 50 horses auctioned off during the NCHA Select Yearling Sale, held Dec. 9 during the NCHA Futurity, were put in a data base. The yearlings were the highest of the six sales, averaging $71,655, carrying a $53,000 median (halfway between the highest- and lowest-selling horse), and the high seller brought a whopping $255,000. This sale was chosen as it represented the best-of-the best of today’s upcoming cutting horses.


Twelve stallions were represented, with every stallion having Three Bars represented on both the top and bottom sides of their pedigrees, mostly through Doc Bar. Of the 47 dams represented, only four didn’t have Three Bars on both sides of their pedigrees. The results were amazing.


Tracking included how many times the sires of the horses selling went back to Three Bars, along with the dams of the horses selling – then those figures were added together to get a total and that total was ranked by the median, which is half-way between the highest and lowest total, with the highest total representing the most Three Bars in the pedigree and the least diversity.


The highest median (meaning the least diversity) went to yearlings sired by Spots Hot, with four going under the gavel (included were horses that sold and horses that didn’t, using their last bid). The median for those four head was 12.5, meaning that the yearlings went back to Three Bars, both on the top and bottom side, 12.5 times. The highest was 13 and the lowest 10. As an individual Spots Hot goes back to Three Bars three times on the sires’s side and three times on his dam’s side, for a total of six.


His sire Chula Dual went back to Three Bars through his sire Dual Pep, out of Miss Dual Doc by Doc’s Remedy by Doc Bar by Lightning Bar by Three Bars. Chula Dual’s dam, Smart Fancy Lena, is sired by Smart Little Lena by Doc O’Lena by Doc Bar. Smart Fancy Lena’s dam, Docs Fancy Peppy, is out of Docs Fancy Pants by Doc Bar.


Spots Hot’s dam, Sweet Shorty Lena went back to Three Bars three times, with her sire Shorty Lena being sired by Doc O’Lena by Doc Bar and her dam, Quixotes R Sugar by Son O Sugar by Sugar Bars by Three Bars and dam Zan Ote by Doc Quixote by Doc Bar.


Next was Metallic Cat, whose offspring went back to Three Bars a median of 11 times with the highest being 11 (4 of them) and the lowest 8.


The individual sale horse with the highest individual score, a 16, was Miss Stylish Katz, selling for $152,000. She was sired by High Brow Cat out of Miss Stylish Pepto by Peptoboonsmal. She went back to Three Bars three times through her sire High Brow Cat and 13 times through her dam. Miss Stylish Pepto went back to Three Bars nine times through her sire One Stylish Pepto and four times through her dam Miss Silver Poppy who was sired by Dualin Gun out of Docs Poppy King.


The highest-selling yearling, Tappin A Cold Brew, bringing $255,000, was sired by Smooth As A Cat out of Tapt Twice by Dual Pep. Smooth As A Cat went back to Three Bars four times through Doc Bar and Tapt Twice also went back to Three Bars four times through Doc Bar for a total of 8. Smooth As A Cat had a median of 8.


Click for Yearling Sale chart>>



With all of this information in mind, wouldn’t it be beneficial for the AQHA and the Quarter Horse Industry to take a step back and rethink and reexamine the impact these two breeding methodologies are having on the American Quarter Horse and its members and adjust accordingly instead of providing breeding rules that may be harmful to the breed and cater to the rich and affluent members of the association? Coincidentally, the rich and affluent are the only ones who can afford such extravagant breeding methods anyway.


In conclusion, I would recommend to AQHA, pursuant to my Risk Analysis of the multiple embryo transfer and frozen semen rules, that these two rules in their present form and use is in direct conflict with AQHA’s Mission Statement and is a direct contributor to the shrinking of American Quarter Horse genetics as stated in Dr. Molly McCue’s study.


Also, who was the officer in charge of Breed Integrity during these rule changes? I believe it was Tom Pereschino, Executive Director of Competition and Breed Integrity, who in the last IRS 990 was shown as receiving a salary of $181,187, which included a $7,873 bonus and is a $25,440 increase from the prior year.


Until Next Time, Keep ‘ Em Between The Bridles!


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