NCHA SELECT YEARLING SALE TOPS 2013 IN NET AND AVERAGE
HIGH SELLER $45,000 OVER LAST YEAR
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 11, 2014
Tappin A Cold Brew, a son of Smooth As A Cat out of Tapt Twice consigned by Waco Bend Ranch, was the high-selling horse of the NCHA Select Yearling Sale, bringing $255,000 from David Taurel, Whitesboro, Texas. Photo by Glory Ann Kurtz
The sale of Tappin A Cold Brew for $255,000 put the icing on the cake of the NCHA Select Yearling Sale, held Tuesday, Dec. 9 in the Will Rogers Complex Round-Up Inn during the NCHA Futurity. The son of Smooth As A Cat out of the great mare Tapt Twice (LTE $823,504) by Dual Pep, was consigned by the Waco Bend Ranch, Ltd., and sold to David Taurel, Whitesboro, Texas.
With only two more horses selling this year, the 2014 sale by far beat last year, with net sales of $3,009,500 ($549,000 better than 2013) in the sellling of 42 of the 50 head in the lineup and $10,142 higher in the average ($71,655 to 2013’s $61,513). The only measurement that didn’t increase was the median, which was down $6,000 from last year’s $59,000 to this year’s $53,000. (median is half way between the highest- and lowest-selling horse). The highest-selling horse was up $45,000 this year, with last year’s high seller, A Smooth Satin Doll, being $210,000.
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The second high-selling horse, Copperish (Metallic Cat x Stylish Play Lena) by Docs Stylish Oak, consigned by Double Dove Ranch, was purchased for $210,000 by Jimmie Miller Smith, Gary, Okla. Photo by Glory Ann Kurtz
The second high-selling horse, Copperish (Metallic Cat x Stylish Play Lena (LTE $289,524) by Docs Stylish Oak, consigned by Double Dove Ranch, was purchased for $210,000 by Jimmie Miller Smith, Gary, Okla. Last year’s second highest-selling horse (Reydirkulous) sold for $157,000.
The third high-selling horse was Cattuccino,bringing $175,000, is a daughter of Metallic Cat out of Cappuccino And Pasta by CD Olena ($155,522), that is a full sister to the stallion Eight Mile, the high-selling horse of the 2-Year-Old Sale held one day earlier, bringing $400,000. Both horses were consigned by Chad Bushaw’s Crown Ranch.
Seven horses in this year’s sale sold for over $100,000.
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LEADING SIRES BY AVERAGE:
With 12 sires being represented in the 50-horse sale, Metallic Cat topped the average, with five offspring netting $557,000 for an $111,400 average. His two top sellers were Copperish and Cattuccino. Prices ranged from the $210,000 down to $52,000.
The second leading sire was Smooth As A Cat, with seven of his offspring going through the sale and five selling, netting $$434,000 and averaging $86,800, including the high-selling horse Tappin A Cold Brew at $255,000, down to $32,000, . Two of his offspring offered did not change hands as their reserve prices indicated by the sellers were not reached.
The third sire in the average was High Brow Cat, with nine of his 10 consignments selling for $778,000 for an $86,444.44 average. His high-seller, bringing $160,000, was Desires Cat Dot Com. The beautiful sorrel filly, consigned by Rocking 5 Ranch, is out of Desire Some Freckles ($205,444) by Freckles Playboy. High Brow Cat’s second high seller was Miss Stylish Katz, out of Miss Stylish Pepto ($224,930) by Peptoboonsmal and consigned by Glenn and Debbie Drake.
High Brow CD was the fourth leading sire with three head netting $196,000 for a $65,333.33 average. His high seller was Staci Stargun, out of Amanda Stargun (LTE $92,573) by Playgun, bringing $120,000. She was consigned by the Sunrise Ranch.
Dual Rey had the most offspring in the sale, with 12 consigned and nine selling for $539,500, averaging $59,944.44, for fifth in the average. His high-selling horse at $135,000 was Hissys Fit, out of Hissy Cat (LTE $314,699) by High Brow Cat, consigned by Jeff and Jennifer Foland.
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LEADING MATERNAL GRANDSIRES BY AVERAGE:
With 20 maternal grandsires represented in the Yearling Sale, Freckles Playboy (deceased, but with frozen semen available) topped the list, with five head netting $399,000 for a $199,500 average. His top selling grandbaby was Desires Cat Dot Com at $160,000 and prices went down to $50,000.
The second leading maternal grandsire was Dual Pep, with two head netting $320,000 and averaging $160,000. His highest-selling grandbaby was Tappin A Cold Brew – while the second grandbaby sold for $65,000.
The third leading maternal grandsire was Docs Stylish Oak, with three grandbabies netting $287,000 and averaging $95,666.67. The highest selling was, Copperish, at $210,000 and from there prices went down to $32,000.
Fourth was Peptoboonsmal, with three head netting $280,000 and averaging $93,333.33. His high-selling grandbaby was Miss Stylish Katz, sired by High Brow Cat out of Miss Stylish Pepto (LTE $224,930), and prices went down to $48,000. One consignment did not reach its reserve.
Playgun was the fifth highest maternal grandsire, with four consignments netting $290,000 for a $72,500 average. The high seller was Staci Stargun at $120,000 and then went down to $45,000.
Nine maternal grandsires only had one grandbaby selling, while one maternal grandsire had none changing hands.
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NCHA 2-YEAR-OLD SALE A BRIGHT SPOT FOR CUTTING
HIGH SELLER BRINGS $400,000
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 8, 2014
Updated Dec. 10, 2014
Eight Mile, the high-selling horse in the NCHA 2-Year-Old Sale. Consigned by Chad and Amy Bradshaw, shown by Hunter Meinzer, the Metallic Cat x Cappuccino and Pasta, was purchased by Daniel and Nancy Burkes, Hibbing, Minn. Photo by Glory Ann Kurtz.
The NCHA 2-Year-Old Sale, held at the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, was actually held indoors in the Watt Arena, but it was a bright day in the cutting industry. With 163 consignments and 154 horses going through the sale ring, 118 sold for $3,974,700 for a $33,684 average. However, 36 were passed out (or RNA – Reserve Not Achieved) for $1,373,650, averaging $38,157. When all was said and done, 76.6 percent of the horses changed hands. The median (halfway between highest- and lowest-selling horse) was $18,750.
The sale easily beat the 2013 2-Year-Old Sale that included 160 consigned horses with 108 selling for a gross of $4,016,050 and a $25,100 average. When the pass outs were factored in, 108 changed hands for $2,537,650 for a $23,497 average and a $13,750 median.
The high-selling horse, No. 1090, Eight Mile, a beautiful sorrel stud colt by Metallic Cat out of Cappuccino And Pasta by CD Olena, brought a whopping $400,000. The buyers were Daniel and Nancy Burkes, Hibbing, Minn. It was also announced that the sale was a record for a 2-year-old at the NCHA Futurity Sales.
Chad Bushaw’s Crown Ranch sold the high-selling colt in the NCHA 2-Year-Old Sale. Chad is shown with his wife Amy. Photo by glory Ann Kurtz
Sold by Chad Bushaw’s Crown Ranch, the beautiful colt was ridden by Hunter Meinzer. Metallic Cat, one of the hottest stallions in the industry, has lifetime earnings of $637,711. Cappuccino And Pasta, has earnings of $155,522 with 13 money and point-earners chalking up $477,041.
Bushaw also had a red roan full sister to Eight Mile, Cattuccino, that was the third high-selling horse in the Yearling sale, bringing $175,000.
Second high-selling horse was Ichis My Choice, a bay filly by Cat Ichi out of My Little Abra by Abrakadabracre consigned by Todd Nelson and shown and trained by Richard Jordan. The filly brought a $300,000 final bid. Cat Ichi has earnings of $306,191 and My Little Abra has $64,220 in earnings.
Third high seller was Mosses Man, a sorrel son of Metallic Cat out of Nurse Moss by Dual Pep, consigned by Double Dove Ranch, Benbrook, Texas and shown by Hayden Upton. It was announced from the podium that the beautiful stallion brought $210,000 from Bobby and Dottie Hill, Glenrose, Texas. Eight breedings that could be transferred were retained by the sellers.
Ichis Choice, consigned by Todd Nelson, Altos, Calif., and shown by Richard Jordan, Parma, Idaho, was purchased by Constance Jaeggi of Switzerland and Weatherford for $300,000. Photo by Glory Ann Kurtz
The above figures and chart below were confirmed on the Western Bloodstock web site. The sale was managed by Jeremy Barwick’s Western Bloodstock. Auctioneers included Don Green, Steve Friskup and Justin Holmberg. Pedigree commentary was by Wade Cunningham, Jayson Jackson, Spence Kidney and Phil Rapp. Tote board and video operations were by Stuart Barringer, Auction Associates.
Upcoming will be a dissection of the sale by sires, maternal grandsires, sellers, etc.
For a copy of the sale catalog and videos and photos of the horses, go to www.westernbloodstock.com and click on 2-Year-Old Futurity Sale.
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BILL RICHARDSON, THE ULTIMATE HORSETRADER, DEAD AT 53
Bill Richardson, the ultimate, lifelong horse trader, died peacefully in his sleep, Tuesday, Dec. 9, at his home in Whitesboro, Texas.
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 5, 2014
Updated Dec. 6, 2014
It is ironic that Bill Richardson, Whitesboro, Texas, the ultimate horsetrader well known in horse circles all over the country, would have to miss the best sales of the year and that were at the top of his list of sales to attend. He was always a familiar face at the NCHA Futurity Sales, which will begin Monday, Dec. 9, only six days following his death. It will feel strange to many to not see him standing behind the podium looking over the horses about to be sold and bidding on those he liked – and could potentially make a profit on!
William Mac “Bill” Richardson was only 53 but he had lived a lifetime doing what he loved most – trading horses. He had had heart surgery several years ago and his heart condition most likely could be attributed to what happened when he died peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 3.
Bill was born April 30, 1961 to Marvin and Rachel (Duckworth) Richardson. At the age of 13 he started the career he loved – horsetrading. Personally, I remember going to the horse sale in Grapevine, Texas, with Bob, towing a horse trailer with a horse or two in it that were for sale. While driving up to the horse sale barn, this young kid would jump on the side of the trailer to look at what we had to sell. If he liked what he saw, he would offer us what he felt the horse was worth. Often we would be satisfied with what he offered and were delighted to not have to sit in the sale ring all night to watch our horses sell. He would ride the horse around and get him working and more often than not, make a profit before the night was over.
He figured out at an early age what most of us never could figure out: How to make money with horses and he built a life around a business he loved. One of the more high profile sales that he managed was the dispersal of the Jim Babcock horses held March 17-18, 2012 at the JL Cow Horse Arena in Whitesboro. He was known worldwide by those in the horse business for buying and selling horses fairly and successfully. He was what I was told was a true horsetrader: one who would buy any horse at the right price that they felt they could make a profit on and Bill was able to make the buyers happy enough that they would come back again. One of his most recent purchases was the high seller at the Billings Livestock Horse Sale.
Bill Richardson (right), shown with Bill and Jann Parker and Darla Hoover, after purchasing the high-selling horse at the recent Billings Livestock sale.
Jann Parker Photo
Everyone knew Bill and many talked about how he helped them, including Rebecca Algar, his neighbor, who expressed on Facebook how much he had helped her. But he not only helped people, he helped horses, taking care of some of those old famous ones that had once been in the spotlight but no one was willing to continue caring for them when they got old and crippled.
Survivors include his daughter Marka Parsons and husband Garrett of Leavenworth, Kansas; mother Rachel Richardson, Royse City, Texas, and Elaine Pinson, Longview, Texas, and a grandson Pate Parsons, Leavenworth, Kan. He was preceded in death by his father Marvin Richardson and several other family members.
A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8 at the Meador Funeral Home in Gainesville, Texas. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at JL Arena (Jared Lesh Cowhorses) in Whitesboro, Texas, where he held weekly horse sales for years. Everyone is invited to attend.
It’s almost as if God knew that many horse lovers would want to say goodbye to Bill. Even though the NCHA Futurity sales are scheduled to start on Monday, Dec. 8, there is no sale Tuesday morning. The Select Yearling Sale & Gala is not until that evening.
Currently a complete dispersal of Bill’s horses and equipment is being put together and will be held at the JL Arena on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. More information will be reported as it is received.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial in his name has been set up at the First State Bank, 801 East California Street, Gainesville, Texas 76240.
CLOSE TO $42.6 MILLION TO CHANGE HANDS BEFORE DEC 13
INCLUDES NCHA, NRHA, NFR, TEAM ROPING AND SALES
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 14, 2014
Corrected 2 p.m. Dec. 14, 2014
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, will be looking for his 12th All-Around Gold buckle at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Photo courtesy PRCA
This time of the year is called “Cowboy Christmas” by rodeo cowboys, as it is “jackpot” time for earnings at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) in Las Vegas. However, it’s also “Cowboy Christmas” time for cutters, reiners, barrel racers and team ropers – as well as for buyers and sellers at the horse sales held during the NRHA and NCHA futurities, with approximately $42.6 million scheduled to be paid out in the next nine days.
Of that total, over $21,877,932 will go to contestants competing in the NCHA World Championship Futurity and Mercuria NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth, Texas, NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City, Okla. and the National Finals Rodeo and the World Series of Team Roping Finals held at the South Point Hotel Casino and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The sales are expected to reach or exceed last year’s $20,769,150.
PRIEFERT WORLD SERIES TEAM ROPING:
It’s no surprise that the largest payout will more than likely come from the Priefert World Series Team Roping Finale held for seven days, Dec. 8-14, at the $30 million expansion project with a newly renovated and enlarged South Point Hotel Casino and Equestrian Center, when hundreds of teams of ropers will compete for close to $9 million. The event is rightfully called “Showdown to Riches” as the team roping total purse is almost as much as only just over $1,000 less than the NFR and NCHA Futurity purses put together.
WRANGLER NATIONAL FINALS RODEO:
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Pro Rodeo Association’s top 15 competitors in each event, totaling 135 contestants, will receive the next largest payout – a whopping $6,375,000, at the Wrangler National Finals (WNFR) held 10 days in December, Dec. 4-13 to be exact, held at the Thomas & Mack arena in Las Vegas, Nev. This year’s record payout is due to a new 10-year contract negotiated with Las Vegas in 2013. Each round will pay six places, ranging from $19,002 for first to $3,085 for sixth place. The average will pay $48,732 for first place, going down to $4,597 for eighth.
The cowboys and cowgirls will compete in seven events including bareback, steer wrestling, team roping-heading, team roping-heeling, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, and barrel racing. Steer Roping is also included in the PRCA year-end standings; however, that event has its own finals, which was recently won by Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, who is on track to win a record 12 All-Around gold buckles at this year’s WNFR, qualifying in both the tie-down roping and team roping heading. The industry’s top cowboy has already won 20 World Champion titles.
Next year the payoff will spike to $8.8 million, with each round paying $26,231 for first, down to $4,231 for sixth and the average will pay $67,269 for first, down to $6,346 for eighth. Also for the first time ever, every Wrangler NFR qualifier will receive a $10,000 qualifying bonus which will not be taken out of his earnings, as has been the case in the years past This means if you make the top 15, you get the 10 grand. This will total up to over $10 million a year for the NFR.
According to the PRCA, over the next 10 years, that’s a minimum payoff to PRCA contestants of $100 million. Making it more exciting for contestants and spectators, both in person and on television, the large payoffs will make it possible to move from 15th to first place over the 10-day course of the NFR. To date, only two cowboys: team roper Allen Bach in 1990 and bull rider Cody Hancock in 2000 have climbed from 15th to first over the 10 days.
CBS Sports Network to air the entire Wrangler National Finals:
CBS Sports Network will air exclusive coverage of the 2014 PRCA National Finals Rodeo, beginning on Thursday, Dec. 4 and continuing through Saturday, Dec. 13 (10 p.m.-1 a.m. ET), featuring more than 30 hours of programming over the 10 days. Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles call the action live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Programming from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo begins with a one-hour preview show on Thursday at 9:00 PM, ET, the 2014 WRANGLER NATIONAL FINALS PREVIEW SHOW.
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
NATIONAL CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FUTURITY:
The National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, touted as the World’s richest cutting, is being held 24 days in December at the Will Rogers Coliseum arena in Fort Worth, Texas. With over 1,200 entries in Open, Non-Pro and Amateur competition, according to NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell, the event is scheduled to pay out $3,840,000. Close to half of the 1,200 entries are competing in the Open Division.
The first two go-rounds of the Open division are finished, with the semifinals scheduled for 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 and the Finals at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13. With the semifinals being a clean-slate go-round, no scores from the go-rounds are carried forward. The Finals is also a clean slate go-round where the big money is split up. The winner is scheduled to win a $200,000 paycheck.
Leading following the two go-rounds, going into the semifinals is Sweet Lil Amanda, sired by High Brow CD out of Amanda Stargun, owned by Chris and Tracy Brengard, Paragould, Ark., and ridden by Matt Miller to a total of 437, scoring a 218.5 in both go-rounds. Second, with a total of 436.5, is split between two horses: Cat N Carn (High Brow Cat x Bobcorn), owned by Dan and Karen Hansen, Weatherford, Texas, ridden by Casey Green and Spookys Catchin Reys (Dual Rey x Spookys Cash), owned by Jeff & Kay Barnes, Wilton, Calif., ridden by Gary Gonsalves. Gonsalves won the first go-round with a 220 riding Reyzin The Cash (Dual Rey x Spookys Cash) owned by the Iron Rose Ranch, Carbondale, Colo.; however, the pair had some tough luck in the second go-round and failed to make the semifinals.
NCHA to charge for webcast of NCHA semifinals and finals:
The event is being telecast daily; however, the NCHA recently put a notice on their web site that there will be a charge to watch the semifinals and finals via the webcast that is in line with purchasing tickets. Unlike the other events (other than the World Series of Team Roping) that are either webcast free or on national television, there was a charge to watch the semis and finals last year also; however, and there was a huge stir among the membership and in the end, the webcast was unwatchable.
Jim Bret Campbell in a recent NCHA web site posting, said that some members are having problems receiving the webcast. He continued saying that the NCHA invested in new equipment and high-speed bandwidth out of the Will Rogers Coliseum so that they could provide a higher quality webcast; however, the trade-off for upgrading quality is that it costs more because of the bandwidth needed to send out a stronger signal. Also, the larger file sizes can be a problem for anyone with dial-up, DSL, satellite or lacking true high-speed Internet. They have received compliments from those who have hard-wired, high-speed access points. However, Campbell said they have also been receiving complaints from those members who did not have sufficient bandwidth to enjoy the upgraded services.
However, from my point of view, a large number of members and cutting horse lovers who would like to see the webcast live in rural areas, where no true high-speed internet is available. There was no mention about any reimbursement for those members who decide to go ahead to pay for the service, and then can’t receive it.
MERCURIA NCHA WORLD FINALS:
Chubby Turner, Weatherford, the earner of over $2.3 million and a member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame, has already won the Mercuria NCHA Open World title riding One Time Choice owned by J Five Horse Ranch Management, owned by Daniel Jaeggi, Geneva, Switzerland. Jaeggi’s daughter, Constance, also won the Non Pro World Championship.
The top 15 in 10 NCHA divisions, Open, Non-Pro, $35,000 Non-Pro, $50,000 Amateur, $2,000 Limited Rider, $15,000 Amateur, $15,000 Novice Rider, $5,000 Novice Rider, $15,000 Novice Horse, Non-Pro rider and $5,000 Novice Horse Non-Pro Rider) are competing in the Watt Arena of the Will Rogers Complex during the NCHA Futurity. Paying out a total of $362,932 to the top 7 or 8 in each division, the event will determine the World Champions in all divisions.
The Open and Non-Pro get paid for four go’s and a non-working finals, with each paying out a total of $193,120. The other classes are paying for two go-rounds and a non-working finals, totaling between $10,860 for the $15,000 Amateur and $2,000 Limited up to $18,378 for the $50,000 Amateur.
With the event beginning held six days, Nov. 28,29 and Dec. 3-6, the World Champion Open and Non-Pro Year-End Champions have already been determined. Chubby Turner, Weatherford, Texas, rode last year’s World Champion horse, One Time Choice (One Time Pepto x Hickory Choice), owned by J Five Horse Ranch Management, owned by Daniel Jaeggi, Geneva, Switzerland, who is the owner of the sponsoring company Mercuria, has already earned enough money at the Finals to become the NCHA’s World Champion. The horse, that so far this year has already won over $100,167, will be inducted into the NCHA Horse Hall of Fame at the 2015 NCHA Convention. The pair won three of the World Series of Cutting events, including the Quarter Horse Congress and Calgary and the Idaho Futurity last year.
Turner, earner of over $2.3 million, was inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame in 2000. He won the NCHA World Champion titles twice, in 2004 on Flickacat and last year, also on One Time Choice. He has also won the NCHA Super Stakes title twice.
The Non-Pro World Champion has also been determined as Constance Jaeggi, 24, the daughter of Daniel Jaeggi, who is currently living in Weatherford but is also from Switzerland, has won enough money at the Finals that she can’t be caught. She has ridden Saguaro Ichi to $105,050 so far for the year. She is the first Non-Pro Champion that is not an American and is also the youngest.
According to the NCHA post on their web site, the Mercuria World Finals webcast will continue to be provided at no charge.
NRHA FUTURITY & ADEQUAN NORTH AMERICAN AFFILIATE CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW:
The world’s best open riders and horses set their aim on qualifying for the nearly $500,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Futurity Finals at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show. The show runs Nov. 28 – Dec. 6 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. with the NRHA Futurity Open finals being featured on the closing day.
With the total purse for this year’s event not yet determined, Christa Morris of the NRHA, said the total purse for 2013 was $2.3 million plus awards. This year should be comparable.
Andrea Fappani was second in the first and second go-rounds of the Level 4 Open Division riding two different horses.
The Open division of the Futurity is broke down into four (4) levels, by money earned. The Open, Level 4 is where the big money, top trainers and top horses show. Following two go-rounds of competition, Martin L. Larcombe rode Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution x Snip O Chex), owned by XCS Ranch LLC to a 224 score, taking home the $1,750 go-round money for the top score. Andrea Fappani, riding Whizzen For Chex, owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC, was second with a 222.5, taking home $1,000 and Jordan Larson riding Electric Snow for Equine Plus, finished third with a 222. Larcombe finished in a tie for 4th in the first go riding Hang Ten And Shine, with a 221.5. Also in fourth were Franco Bertolani riding Chexmaster for Slide Or Die LLC and Jordan Larson riding Electric Cha Ching for Heritage Farms. All received $500.
Bertolani won Round 2 riding Chexmaster (Nu Chex To Cash x Snip O Gun)to a 223, taking home an additional $1,750. Fappani, this time on Pinesail Jac, owned by Raul Leal, tied for second with a 222, earning $875. Also in the tie was Craig Schmersal riding Xtra Electric Meter owned by Eric P Unger. Fourth and $600 went to Wimpy Chic riding by Gabriel B. Diano, owned by Thales Rocha Bordigmon.
The finals of the Open Futurity will be held Wednesday, Dec. 3.
The first go-round of the Non-Pro began on Monday, Dec. 3,with the finals being held Friday, Dec. 5. Leading following the first go of Level 4 is Cade McCutcheon, the son of Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, riding Golden Survivor to a 217 for a $1,250 paycheck, beating out his mother who scored a 215 in a 3-way tie for fourth riding Shootin For the Stars. Mandy tied with her nephew Lindsey K. McCutcheon, riding Wimpy Little Jewel, owned by her father Scott McCutcheon and Christy Brasier riding Her horse Boomers In The Bar. Second in the go was a tie with 215.5 between Sarah Lynn Locker riding Heavy Duty Chex for Hilldale Farm and Kim A. Lansidel riding DNA Code for Karl & Marjorie Ellers.
The finals for the Non-Pro will be Friday, Dec. 5. The entire event, including the Finals, is being webcast free for both the arenas.
There will be six NCHA Sales held Dec. 8-13 and three NRHA Futurity sales held Dec. 5-7.
Don Green will be an auctioneer at both the NCHA and NRHA Futurity Sales.
Photo by Glory Ann Kurtz
With seven sales being held in 2013 with 756 horses, this year Western Bloodstock will be holding six sales, cataloging a total of 754 horses. The sales include the NCHA Futurity 2-year-old Sale, Monday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. in the Watt arena, with 163 horses. (Last year there were 160 head that brought $4,016,050).
Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Round-Up Inn, the Select Yearling Sale & Gala will be held with 50 head of top-bred yearlings. At 5 p.m. will be a dinner with a video tribute to mares, the sale will start at 6 p.m. and Neal McCoy will be in concert starting at 9 p.m. That morning at 10 a.m. a Select Cow Dog Sale demonstration will begin at 10 a.m. in the Watt arena and the sale will be held at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the John Justin Sale Arena, the WB Producers Sale will begin at 12 noon, featuring 56 yearlings, weanlings, mares and stallions. (Last year there were 111 head bringing $611,800).
Thursday, Dec. 11 in the John Justin Sale Arena, the Preferred Breeders Sale Session I will feature a breakfast at 8 a.m. Horsemen for Christ Stallion Service Auction, 9 a.m. followed by the sale, featuring 180 head. (Last year there were 134 head bringing $2,578,900).
Friday, Dec. 12, in the John Justin Sale Arena, the WP Preferred Breeders Sale Session II, will feature an 8 a.m. breakfast, with the sale starting at 9 a.m., selling 170 head. (Last year 134 head brought $2,594,100)
Saturday, Dec. 13, the NCHA Futurity cutting Horse Sale will be held in Watt Arena, starting at 8 a.m. with a breakfast, followed by the sale at 9 a.m., including 135 trained cutting horses and 3-year-olds. (Last year that sale featured 127 head bringing $3,750,100).
The above sale numbers and amounts were taken from the Quarter Horse News Sale Price Guide. The total amount from sales for 2013, with 7 sales in 6 days was $17,076,950 for 756 head for an average of $22,588.56. None of the sales will be webcast.
You can download the horses and/or the catalog at www.westernbloodstock.com and then go to Futurity Sales.
NRHA FUTURITY SALES:
The NRHA sponsors three premier reining sales each year, held during the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North America Affiliate Championship. These sales offer an outstanding group of two-year-old reining prospects, yearlings, stallions, broodmares, and show horses from leading breeders, owners, and trainers.
All sales are managed by the NRHA office with the support and direction from the NRHA Sale Committee. The quality and integrity of the NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales is reflected in the graduates of the previous sales – they have won millions in NRHA earnings since the first 2-year olds sold in 1993.
2014 NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales – December 4-6
Thursday Dec. 4, 2014 – NRHA/Markel Marketplace Sale – 9:00 am
96 horses (91 in 2013)
NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospect Preview – 5:00 pm
Friday Dec.5, 2014 – NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales Dinner – 5:00 pm
NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospect Sale – 6:00 pm
59 horses (68 in 2013)
Saturday Dec. 6, 2014 – NRHA/Markel Select Yearling Sale – 9:00 am
73 horses (48 in 2013)
TOTALS: 228 horses ( 207 total in 2013)
NEW FOR 2014:
- NEW INCENTIVES FOR FUTURITY PROSPECT SALE PARTICIPANTS
- ALL NRHA Sire & Dam offspring are eligible to be consigned to the Futurity Sales.
- NEW Select Yearling Sale ~ ideal for your elite reining yearlings.
- NEW schedule for all Futurity Sales.
- NEW Friday night Sales dinner.
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HIGH SELLER AT ARDMORE SALE BRINGS $30,000
NOVEMBER SALE CLOSE TO SETTING A RECORD
Press release from Marketplace at Ardmore
Nov. 8, 2014
November 1 ushered in the first brisk day of autumn, and set the tone for a fast-paced performance horse sale at Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Okla. Attendees at the Marketplace at Ardmore Sale didn’t have to wait long to see the high seller. Metallic Frost, Hip #4, sold for $30,000. This Metallic Cat yearling stallion out of a Playgun mare was consigned by Giuseppe Quaini and sold to Oswaldo Celis.
Sale Manager Susie Reed said, “We got off to a great start with the Metallic Cat yearling, and we continued to have a good solid sale for the balance of the day. About halfway through, I thought it might be the best sale we’ve ever had, and sure enough, when we settled up at the end of the day, we were only a few dollars shy of setting a record.”
The top 10 head averaged $18,190 and the top 20 averaged $14,400. Eighty-four percent sold for an overall average of $5,726.
The second highest seller and high selling mare was Hip #71. Pet Chula, a 2010 bay mare by Chula Dual and out of Pet Squirrel brought $26,500 for consignor Don Lovette and went to Nick Meagher.
“We have been working really hard to attract show prospects and seasoned show horses because they are in such demand and it’s paid off. The second high seller was an NCHA winner of $40,725 and we had a good many NCHA money earners bring in excess of $10,000,” Reed continued, “We’re always looking for new ways to benefit the consignor to ensure our buyers will have a good set of horses to choose from, and at the spring 2015 sale we are trying something new.”
NEW DEALS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 28 SALE:
The brand new deal for the March 28, 2015 sale will be a “Free Ride.” If an individual consigns six or more head, Reed is offering to sell one for free. All the consignor has to do is designate the specific horse ahead of time, and there is no catalog fee, no fresh cattle charge, or no sales commission collected for that one horse.
The next Marketplace at Ardmore Sale will be held March 28, 2015. For more information, contact Susie Reed 580-276-4830, cell 580-490-1103 or visit the website: www.themarketplaceatardmore.com.
RETURN TO THE REMUDA HITS MILLION DOLLAR SALES MARK
Courtesy of the Return to the Remuda Sale
Oct. 20, 2014
Picks Gun shown being auctioned off to Keith Abney, Whitesboro, Texas, for $17,500.
The Return to the Remuda Sale, held at the historic Four Sixes Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, Oct. 11, reached a new sale milestone – a million-dollar sale day. The annual autumn sale is produced in partnership between the Four Sixes Ranch, Pitchfork Land & Cattle Co., Tongue River Ranch, Beggs Cattle Co.
This year, Circle Bar Ranch also consigned horses to the sale. Three of the ranches are winners of the AQHA Best Remuda Award, which recognizes the foundation that ranch horses laid for the American Quarter Horse. In addition to offering some of the best ranching-bred horses in the industry, the sale also serves as an unofficial reunion for American Quarter Horse enthusiasts. The weekend kicked off at the Pitchfork Land & Cattle Company on October 10 with sale horse demonstrations, an evening meal and live music.
This year’s Return to the Remuda Sale offered 142 quality horses from the Pitchfork Land & Cattle Company, Four Sixes Ranch, Tongue River Ranch, Beggs Cattle Company and Circle Bar Ranch. The one-day sale grossed more than $1,000,000. Aged geldings, coveted for their ranch foundation start and proven work record, averaged $16,283, and 2-year-old geldings averaged $8,393. The combined sale average of all horses sold was $7,730.
Saturday morning began with the ranches supporting the American Quarter Horse Foundation through a benefit auction that featured items such as custom-made his and her buckle sets, spurs, director’s chairs and a knife featuring the Return to the Remuda ranch brands.
The annual Return to the Remuda sale provides the opportunity to purchase horses from legendary ranches that have been refining and perfecting American Quarter Horses for more than a century. These sale horses carry the bloodlines of generations of horses, whose ranch skills, intelligence and athletic ability today still translates to success in the arena or on the ranch.
“We had a great sale with one of the largest crowds on hand in recent years,” said Dr. Glenn Blodgett, Four Sixes Ranch Horse Division Manager. “We had a lot of quality buyers from across the nation and Mexico. The demand for talented ranching-bred horses is evident by the sale reaching the million-dollar mark for the first time.”
Registered bidders came from 24 states and Mexico. A buyer’s incentive was provided by the participating ranches, who collectively donated a custom saddle made by Ken Raye’s Custom Saddlery that was raffled off following the last consignment in the sale. Buyers received an entry into the drawing for each horse that was purchased. Firth Cattle Company of Malad, Idaho, was the lucky winner.
About the Return to the Remuda Sale
The Return to the Remuda Sale is a collaborative effort between four of the most prestigious ranches in the world – Four Sixes Ranch, Beggs Cattle Company, Pitchfork Cattle Company and Tongue River Ranch. The Return to the Remuda Sale features horses of various ages with the top bloodlines in the equine industry. While concentrating on raising horses that can assist with ranch work with traits such as stamina, intelligence, cow sense, athletic ability and correct conformation, these same traits translate to success in arena competitions. For more than a century, these ranches have been dedicated to preserving the working American Quarter Horse lineage, producing top individuals and creating a legacy in the industry.
About the Participating Ranches
Four Sixes Ranch – Guthrie, Texas
1993 AQHA Best Remuda Award Winner www.6666ranch.com
The Four Sixes’ history dates back to 1864 when Captain Samuel “Burk” Burnett founded the ranch. AQHA bestowed the inaugural Legacy Award on the ranch in 1997 to recognize 50 consecutive years of breeding American Quarter Horses. In 1994, the Four Sixes Ranch received the Best Remuda Award for its outstanding band of working cow horses that tend thousands of the ranch’s cattle. The Four Sixes is known for “Horses with a History; Brands with a Background.”
Pitchfork Land & Cattle Company – Guthrie, Texas
1998 AQHA Best Remuda Award Winner www.thepitchforkranch.com
Its heritage and stature position the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company among a handful of great American ranches. The Pitchfork’s operations span around 180,000 acres in two states and more than a century of continuous operation primarily under one family. The Pitchfork stands as a testimony to those who have loved the land and its cattle and to those who have dedicated their lives to making it one of the finest ranches in the world.
Tongue River Ranch – Dumont, Texas
2011 AQHA Best Remuda Award Winner www.tongueriverranch.net
Tongue River Ranch still focuses on many of the traditions that were utilized by the Swenson’s Ranches in 1898. Cowboys still head out for the day on horseback. A day’s work involves way. Tongue River Ranch takes great pride in preserving the land for future generations to come. Continuing tradition and preserving history is a way of life not a job at Tongue River Ranch.
Beggs Cattle Company – Fort Worth, Texas
Today, the Beggs Cattle Company raises commercial cattle and American Quarter Horses. The ranching business is still done the traditional way using horses. Maintaining and preserving the Western heritage earned Beggs Cattle Company the Charles Goodnight Award in 2005, and the ranch was awarded the American Quarter Horse Association’s Legacy Award in 2003. They began raising horses in the early 1900s long before there was an association or registry.
Circle Bar Ranch – Truscott, Texas
The Circle Bar Ranch was founded in 1982 by Jerry Bob and Eugenie Daniel. The ranch is located on 43,000 acres near Truscott, Texas, between the north and south Wichita Rivers in northern Knox County. The ranch is a family operation, and Daniels are both descendants of Texas ranching families.
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