NATIONAL NEWS AND NEWS FROM SALES, NRHA, NCHA AND RODEO
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Jan. 19, 2014
BUDGET BLOCKS REVIVAL OF HORSE-MEAT INDUSTRY
According to an AP article, Congress’s new spending measures will effectively ban horse-meat process as it prohibits the Agriculture Department from funding inspectors for horse-slaughtering plants. The provision was originally passed in June and included in the mammoth budget measure. For more information:
HAVARD SALES is currently accepting consignments for their East Texas Spring Spectacular Sale scheduled for March 7-8 in Lufkin, Texas. Catalog deadline is Feb. 1. Consignment forms and sale highlights are posted at: www.HavardSales.com.
SEGRAVES & ASSOCIATES TO HOLD SALES DURING TWO TEXAS STOCK SHOWS
Segraves & Associates will hold The Select Breeders Quarter Horse Sale on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at the John Justin Arena, Fort Worth, Texas, during the 118th Annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo at the Will Rogers complex in Fort Worth. The sale annually has record-setting attendance. The company, with 37 years experience, offers affordable fees, maximizing consignor’s return and an enjoyable experience.
Segraves & Associates are also offering two big sales the third weekend in February during the 65th Annual San Antonio Livestock Exposition.
Saturday Feb. 15, Segraves & Associates will hold the San Antonio Select Sale in the Auction Center in the AT&T Center at 11 a.m. The sale demonstration and gelding competition will be held in the Events Center arena. The High-selling horse last year was Chics Lotta Cash, consigned by W. Marvin Rush, Texas, and purchased y John Bailey, also from Texas, bringing $24,500. The top five averaged $18,600; the top 10 averaged $14,220, the top 20 averaged $10,853 and the top 50 percent averaged $5,138.
On Sunday, Feb. 16, the San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale will be held with the competition starting at 7 a.m., followed by the Sale. There will be judged competition with an estimated purse of $11,400, including awards. A performance Demonstration featuring Select Sale & Ranch Gelding sale horses will be held Friday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m.
Last year’s Ranch Gelding Champion, Travelen Hickory, was ridden by Todd Richardson and consigned by Cowboy Collection Quarter Horses. The high-selling gelding, consigned by Meyer Horse Co., of Louisiana, was Dusters Peppy Boy, bringing $30,000 from buyer Lee Fogleman Jr. The top five horses averaged $18,500; the top 10 averaged $15,920, top 20 averaged $13,065 and the overall average was $9,145.from Louisiana.
For further information contact Segraves & Associates at 972-775-2880 or e-mail: Mail@ddsegraves.com.
NRCHA OFFERS INTRODUCTORY EVENTS
In an effort to build relationships with other clubs and organizations, the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Board of Directors has given the green light to a new Introductory Event that will be included in the NRCHA approval category in 2014. The events are designed for non-NRCHA affiliated groups with no previous history offering NRCHA classes. Money won will be counted as NRCHA earnings for horses and riders but the Introductory Events will not offer points toward Regional or National awards or NRCHA Celebration of Champions qualification.
An organization that wants to offer an Introductory Event would pay a reduced $50 show approval fee that is refunded if results are returned to the NRCHA within two weeks after the event. There are no added-money requirements and the only required classes are Open Bridle, Non-Pro Bridle, Youth Bridle, Non-Pro Limited and Youth Limited. A carded NRCHA judge must be used and all exhibitors and owners must be current NRCHA members. The $8 NRCHA fee per run does apply. For further information call 940-488-1500 or e-mail at email@example.com.
AARON RANCH TO SPONSOR NRCHA CLASSES
Newcomers to the reined cow horse industry, Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas, will expand its new role as title sponsor of the Derby for 4- and 5-year-old cow horses at the 2014 NRCHA Celebration of Champions to be held Feb. 14-22 in Fort Worth. The event, previously known as the Celebration of Champions Derby, has been renamed the Aaron Ranch Cow Horse Classic.
Aaron Ranch made a big impression in the reined cow horse industry as the owner of the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Champion last year, with trainer Jay McLaughlin riding their 2010 roan stallion Blind Sided (Peptoboonsmal x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark). The Aaron Ranch’s stallion roster includes A Shiner Named Sioux,, Leo Hancock Hayes, Jasons Peptolena, Funny B Blue Muchaman, Stone Blue Valentine, Duals Blue Boon, Rojo Goose and Dry Fork Roan.
Aaron Ranch is offering a wide-ranging incentive program totaling more than $500,000 for its horses that go on to perform in various competitive venues, including the NRCHA, the AQHA, NCHA and the U.S. Team Roping Association and more. For more information, go to www.AaronRanch.com.
QUAIL DOBBS FORMER RODEO CLOWN DIES
Quail Dobbs, 72, a rodeo clown for 35 years, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, at his home in Coahoma, located in West Texas, from Parkinson’s disease and other health issues. He retired as a clown at the end of 1998 and became a justice of the peace in Howard County, located in West Texas. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2002 and was also a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.
YEARLINGS AND 2-YEAR-OLDS TOP NCHA FUTURITY SALES
HIGH SELLER IS A YEARLING, BRINGING $210,000
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 30, 2013 – Fort Worth, Texas
Auctioneer Don Green (right) shown with Western Bloodstock’s new owner Jeremy Barwick, Stephenville, Texas. Kurtz Photo
The seven sales held Dec. 9-14, during six days in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity at the Will Rogers complex in Fort worth, Texas, seems to have “broke the bank.” According to a press release by the new owners of the Western Bloodstock Sale company, Jeremy and Candace Barwick, Stephenville, Texas, the “2013 NCHA Futurity Sales averaged $21,323, just $437 shy of the all-time record of $21,370 set in 2006. Net sales for the 618 lots that sold was $13,177,650; 82 percent of the 811 lots offered were sold.”
My figures for the linked charts I have linked to from this article, were derived from the prices posted on their web site following the sales. They were very close – only $8,000 difference from their press release, which could have resulted from a variety of reasons.
The sales were highlighted by the new Select Yearling Sale, which was advertised as a black-tie affair with prospective buyers being served dinner by candlelight with a video presentation honoring the dams of each yearling. Fifty head of top-bred yearlings were invited to sell, with stiff requirements, making it the best sale of the final week of the NCHA Futurity. Forty-one of the 50 consignments (82 percent) were announced as being sold for over $2.5 million, averaging $61,134 for a $58,000 median. (median is halfway between the highest- and lowest-selling horse).
The sales topped last year’s sales by over $4,400 in the average ($21,345 in 2013 compared to $16,907 in 2012) and close to $929,000 in the Net (obtained by taking out horses that did not sell (RNA – Reserve Not Achieved) – $13,169,650 in 2013 compared to $12,240,850 in 2012.
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The most expensive horse sold during the week came from The Select Yearling Sale, with A Smooth Satin Doll, sired by Smooth As A Cat out of Autumn Boon, consigned by Tommy Manion and purchased by Lynn Leedy, Aubrey, Texas, for $210,000.
Smoothee Lou, another Smooth As A Cat daughter out of Louella Again by Dual Pep, was the second highest selling yearling filly at $157,000, also selling during the Select Sale. She was purchased by Wade Miller Smith, Geary, Okla., from the Oxbow Ranch for $157,000. Smith also purchased the high-selling yearling stallion, Denvers Purdy by Metallic Cat for $150,000 from Tejas Trading Company at the Select Yearling Sale.
Two horses vied for the second high-selling horse of the entire week. Metalllic Little Cat, a 2-year-old red roan filly selling in the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale held Monday, Dec. 9. The daughter of the industry’s hottest young stallion Metallic Cat, was out of Seca Rey Lena, a Dual Rey daughter. Consigned by Hayden Upton, the filly brought a final bid of $190,000.
Zee Dually, a daughter of Dual Pep consigned by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot brought $190,000 tying Metallic Little Cat as the second high-selling horse of the week. She sold with three embryos. Photo by Kurtz.
Also bringing $190,000 was Zee Dually, a 1999 daughter of Dual Pep out of Jae Bar Pamela by Doc’s Jack Sprat. With earnings of $228,410, she has produced four money earners totaling $564,000, including Smooth Asa Zee by Smooth As A Cat, $437,313, that took Mary Jo Milner to the 2013 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship. Consigned by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot, the mare was offered with three embryos: two by Smooth As A Cat and one by Hydrive Cat.
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The Seasoned Cutting Horse Sale, held the final day of the Futurity, brought in the most revenue: $2,931,100 and averaged a whopping $28,736 for a $21,000 median. The highest-selling cutting horse was Kittyswood, a 4-year-old mare by Woody Be Tuff out of Kitty Oak by Kit Dual, bringing a final bid of $125,000. Consigned by Robert Ballard, the mare had earnings of $85,406, splitting fifth in the 2012 NCHA Open Futurity and being a finalist in the 2013 NCHA Open Derby.
Bringing $110,000 in the Seasoned Cutting Horse Sale was Moms Stilish Cat, a 2007 soorrel stallion by High Brow Cat out of Moms Stylish Pepto by Peptoboonsmal, with earnings of $196,019. Consigned by Taylor Carbo, the stallion was the 2011 NCHA Open Super Stakes Co-Reserve Champion.
Nine head (43 percent) of the top 21 horses selling during the sales came from the Seasoned Cutting Horse Sale.
YEARLINGS MAKE UP 50 PERCENT OF HORSES THAT SOLD:
The big news of the sales were the 433 yearlings and 2-year-olds that sold during the week, making up a majority of the 617 horses that sold during the week – a whopping 70 percent!
The 309 yearlings that changed owners netted $6,250,100, making up 47 percent of the $13,169,650 brought in by all the sale horses. Five yearlings, all selling at the Select Yearling Sale, topped the $100,000 mark. Besides A Smooth Satin Doll ($210,000), Smoothee Lou ($157,000) and Denvers Purdy ($150,000), previously mentioned, Chrome Catillac, a red roan colt by Metallic Cat out of Tootsie Rey by Dual Rey, consigned by Cannon Quarter Horses, brought $130,000 and Crimson Bet, a red roan colt by Metallic Cat out of Bet Yer Blue Boons by Freckles Playboy, consigned by the Oxbow Ranch, sold for $100,000.
The highest-selling yearling that sold outside of the Select Yearling Sale was Cats N Reys, a sorrel daughter of High Brow Cat out of Rose Rey by Dual Rey, consigned by Walton’s Rocking W Ranch and purchased at the Preferred Breeders Sale, Session 2 on Friday, Dec. 13, for $62,000.
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LEADING SIRES OF YEARLINGS:
The leading sire of yearlings was High Brow Cat, with 13 netting $556,000 for a $42,769 average and $45,000 median. Cats N Reys at $62,000 was his most costly offspring, while That’s a Rare Cat, a sorrel colt out of That Smarts by Smart Little Lena, consigned by Darren Blanton, brought $61,000 at the Select Yearling Sale and Cats Lil Secret, a sorrel filly out of I Know A Secret by Freckles Playboy, consigned by Matthews Cutting Horses, also commanded a $60,000 final bid.
The second leading sire of yearlings was Metallic Cat, with 32 netting $1,328,200 for a $41,506 average and $32,500 median. The third leading sire in the average was Spots Hot, with five offspring netting $160,000 for a $32,000 average and $16,000 median. He sired Spots Super, a sorrel daughter of Highbrow Supercat (NCHA Open Futurity Champion) by High Brow Cat, that was consigned by Paul W. Dean and purchased for $70,000 as well as Hot Nu Kitty, out of Special Nu Kitty by High Brow Cat, consigned by Wrigley Ranches and selling for $60,000. Both sold during the Select Yearling Sale.
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LEADING MATERNAL GRANDSIRES OF YEARLINGS:
Due to the $150,000 sale of Denvers Purdy, Smart Aristocrat was the highest averaging Maternal Grandsire of Yearlings, with three averaging $75,333 for a $43,000 median. The list included 21 maternal grandsires with 3 or more offspring selling, ranked by the average.
Second was Dual Pep, the maternal grandisre of the highest-selling yearling A Smooth Satin Doll at $210,000, as well as Smoothee Lou at $157,000 – both sired by Smooth As A Cat. Smooth Runnin Dually out of Bueno Chex Dually and also sired by Smooth As A Cat, sold during the Select Yearling sale by Hill Ranches, for $82,000.
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LEADING SIRES OF 2-YEAR-OLDS:
High Brow Cat again topped the list, being the leading sire of 2-year-olds, with four netting $213,000, averaging $53,250 for a $38,000 median. His list of four included the third high-selling 2-year-old, Paradox Cat, out of Thimblerey by Dual Rey, consigned by Hayden Upton, bringing $127,000 followed by Cat Man Do, out of Imirage by Dual Rey, consigned by Tate and Laura Bennett and selling for $63,000. All four of his offspring sold in the 2-Year-Old Sale.
Metallic Cat came in second with 18 head netting $784,400, averaging $43,578 for a $29,000 median. One Time Pepto came in third with 10 head netting $294,000 for a $29,400 average and $27,250 median. His highest-selling 2-year-old was Ziggy Rey, a red roan filly out of Farra Rey by Dual Rey consigned by J. J. and Tiffany Manion and bringing $55,000.
Dual Smart Rey, the sire of this year’s NCHA Futurity Champion, was fourth on the list with three head bringing $87,000 for a $29,000 average and $33,000 median – and they all sold before Dual Smart Kitty and Clay Johnson won this year’s NCHA Open Futurity.
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LEADING MATERNAL GRANDSIRES OF 2-YEAR-OLDS:
Dual Rey leads the list of Maternal Grandsires of 2-year-olds, with nine netting $569,000, averaging $63,222 for a $50,000 median. He is the maternal grandsire of the high-selling 2-year-old, Metallic Little Cat, bringing $190,000; Paradox Cat, the third-high-selling 2-year-old at $127,000; Cat Moon Do, the eighth high selling 2-year-old at $63,000; Ziggy Rey the10th high-selling 2-year-old at $55,000 and Smooth Sophie Rey, 15th high-selling 2-year-old at $50,000.
Dual Rey’s sire, Dual Pep, is the second leading Maternal Grandsire, with 11 netting $357,000 for a $32,455 average and $23,000 median. His list of maternal grandbabies include Kwacker Jack, sired by Metallic Cat, the sixth high-selling 2-year-old at $70,000; Dualin Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat, the 7th high selling 2-year-old at $65,000 and Twice As Smoothe, also sired by Smooth As A Cat, the 11th high-selling 2-year-old. One Cartty Cupid, by One Time Pepto out of ARC Catty Dual, also brought a Final bid of $40,000l
High Brow Cat was the third leading maternal grandsire of 2-year-olds with 16 netting $388,450 for a $24,278 average and $14,999 median. He was followed by Playgun with three maternal grandbabies bringing $58,000 for a $19,333 average and $15,000 median.
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THE WRAP UP:
Even though Barwick, in an article in Parker County Magazine said his goal for his Select Yearling sale was a $75,000, the $61,134 actual average was more than some people felt could be reached, and his $30,000 average overall goal wasn’t quite reached, but $21,345 was pretty healthy in today’s economy.
This year’s NCHA Futurity sales included a HERDA Policy which said that Western Bloodstock Ltd. “Will make available HERDA test results provided by the seller on the catalog page of the individual horse and/or by announcement from the auction block.” However, it does not interpret or endorse any test result and make no covenant or warranty as to the accuracy thereof. The AQHA accepts HERDA test results from the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California-Davis. Once the testing of a horse is complete, the AQHA can record the results on the original certificate of registration for a horse. That change was a long time coming!
Radiographs were required for the Select Yearling Sale; however, owners of weanlings, yearlings, 2-year-olds and trained cutting horses in all other sale sessions were encouraged, but not required, to provide digital radiographs for the sale repository. The only complaints I heard about that were that they could have been taken several months prior to the sale and there were no dates on the radiographs when they were taken.
I also received several requests that the sale company again publish buyers’ names, which was discontinued several years ago. I know the horse traders don’t like it, but I think the rest of the horse industry appreciates knowing who the buyers are. And it’s not like it isn’t public information, for as soon as they send the transfers into the AQHA, anyone can look up the new owner for $1.
FLOYD MOORE, OWNER OF DELTA FLYER, TO HAVE DISPERSAL SALE NOV. 19
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 14, 2013
In 1984, Floyd Moore of the 6J Paint horse Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, purchased Delta Flyer, a 2-year-old Paint stallion that would go on to win the 1986 NCHA Super Stakes, becoming the first Paint horse to ever win a major NCHA Limited Age event. That was his introduction into the horse business. However, almost 30 years later, at age 79, Moore says it’s time for him to sell.
“I have never enjoyed anything in my life as I have these good horses and the people whom we have met from all over the world. I’ve just had a ball. But I’ve worked long days and short nights. I’ll be 80 on my next birthday and I decided it was my time to pull up a little bit and smell the roses,” said Moore in an article in his sale catalog.
The sale, featuring 170-head of horses, is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. at the Walker County Fairgrounds, Huntsville, Texas, is produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., Weatherford, Texas.
In 1987, Delta Flyer placed in four more major aged events and retired at stud with NCHA career earnings of $211,359. The stallion, sired by Peppy San Badger out of Delta, the only Paint mare ever named to the NCHA Hall of Fame, had been purchased for $80,000 from country music star Lynn Anderson for $80,000.
In 1985, Moore purchased Delta Flyer’s 22-year-old dam in foal to Doc O’Lena for $50,000, who would earn 145 points in seven events an become the only APHA World Champion to sire a two-time APHA World Champion in reining – Gay Bar Olena. He also bred the Doc O’Lena Paint stallion Delta Getsya There. Those three stallions resulting in Moore continuing a very successful breeding program based on 20 Nu Bar daughters purchased from Bob Waltrip and eight mares purchased from J. W McFarlane and Helen Groves.
Owning some of the best performance Paint horses, Floyd and Maryann Moore sold horses to owners in South America, Central America, Europe and Canada, as well s the USA. They earned championships in nearly every performance discipline, including cutting, reining, calf roping, heading, steer stopping, working cow horse and barrel racing.
“I just hope that everybody that comes to the sale and buys these horses can enjoy them 10 percent as much as I’ve enjoyed raising them,” said Moore.
Moore Sale Catalog
MARKETPLACE AT ARDMORE SEES STRONG DEMAND FOR SHOW HORSES
Ardmore, Okla. – Nov. 8, 2013
The Marketplace at Ardmore, a consignment auction for performance horses, held its fall sale on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Okla.
Sale manager Susie Reed said, “We saw some real positive trends. With 210 head cataloged, we felt like we had the numbers to draw a good crowd and we did. We saw geldings that would usually bring between $1,600 and $2,500 sell for $4,000 and $5,000. Our goal has been to attract more show horses and they made up the majority of the high sellers. All in all, we had a great sale with the top 10 averaging $13,720.”
The top 20 head averaged $11,392 and included the high-selling mare, Wil She Spoon (Hes A Peptospoonful x Shes His Wil by Peppys Lil Wil), a 2009 red roan selling for $21,500. She was consigned by Amber Czisny and purchased by Don and McSherry Weber.
Gary and Lydia Hartsell consigned the high-selling gelding PG Maximillan (Playgun x Miss Special Quixote by Especial), an NCHA earner of $19,062 . This 2008 model brought $15,000 and went to Sara and Jared Lesh.
The high-selling yearling by One Time Pepto was consigned by Sunrise Ranch and sold for $16,500.
The next Marketplace at Ardmore Sale will be held March 29, 2014. For more information, contact Susie Reed 580-276-4830, cell 580-490-1103 or visit the website: www.themarketplaceatardmore.com.
D. R. HORTON’S STRAWN VALLEY RANCH SALE A HIT
SMART N METALLIC BRINGS TOP PRICE OF $120,000
Cats Lookin Smart was the second high-selling horse at $100,000 and purchased by Erin Russell, Fort Worth, Texas. She is shown ridden by Ronnie Rice in the NCHA Open Super Stakes.
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Updated Sept. 30, 2013
D. R. HORTON’S STRAWN VALLEY RANCH SALE A HIT
SMART N METALLIC BRINGS TOP PRICE OF $120,000
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 30, 2013 (revised)
Don Horton, the founder and chairman of D. R. Horton Homes, the nation’s largest homebuilder, came up the hard way, using lots of common sense, experience, opportunity and financial savvy. He used the same approach when he entered the cutting horse industry. And it worked!
In his sale catalog, Horton credits much of Strawn Valley Ranch’s success over the years to an outstanding team of people he had at the ranch, but that and his unique financial savvy explains his successful breeding program. However, he explained in the sale catalog how he has been especially busy for the past five years, being on the road a minimum of 200 days out of the year, building homes in 28 states and 80 different markets within those states. That is obviously one of the reasons for his complete dispersal of the quality horses he has bred.
When Horton’s Strawn Valley Ranch held that dispersal on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Silverado on the Brazos in Weatherford, Texas, the sale results revealed the wise decisions made by Horton. The best was to purchase The Smart Look, a 1986 daughter of Smart Little Lena out of Dox Royal Smoke by Freckles Playboy. The mare had been a successful cutting horse, having earned $48,723 in major limited aged events; however, her true value was discovered as the years went by as she quickly climbed up the ranks to No. 1 of All-Time Leading Producers, with 28 foals and offspring currently earning $1.473 million. The sale featured 17 sons and daughters of The Smart Look. In fact, only seven of the 40 horses that sold in the sale DIDN’T have a pedigree that included That Smart Look.
Horton purchased The Smart Look in 2001 as a 13-year-old mare in foal to Dual Rey from non-pro competitor George Stout. The result of that breeding was Smart Dual Rey, a now 11-year old leading sire, with earnings topping $330,436 and a resume including the championship of the NCHA Open Super Stakes ridden by Phil Rapp. He was retired from competition due to an injury near the end of his 5-year-old season; however, as a sire, he has offspring that have earned over $800,000 and is currently a top freshman sire. Dual Smart Rey is the only one of his horses that Horton did not include in the sale.
The high-selling horse, bringing a $120,000 final bid, was Smart N Metallic, a 2-year-old red roan stallion sired by Metallic Cat, the hottest young stallion in the market, out of The Smart Look. In training with Phil Rapp, the stallion was purchased by Dr. Jeff Neidhart, 45, Farmington, N.M. a hematologist/oncologist who also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and operates a martial arts school.
“Phil has been working my newly acquired horse since spring,” said Neidhart following the sale. When he was asked why he decided to purchase the stallion, he said, “I was able to watch the stallion work cows several times this past week. The 2-year-old trainer said he works cows like a 3-year-old. He’s impressive working cattle. I am happy with ‘Romeo’ (Smart N Metallic’s nickname) and believe he will be a champion. I will give him every opportunity to see his full potential.”
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Neidhart is a newcomer in the cutting horse business; however he has caught on fast, buying horses with the most popular of pedigrees. And he hasn’t flinched over buying clones of some of the industry’s greatest horses, including Royal Blue Boon Two, one of two clones of the industry’s top all-time leading broodmare Royal Blue Boon … or cloning horses himself through Dr. Gregg Veneklassen, Canyon, Texas, a Plaintiff in a lawsuit against the AQHA regarding the registration of clones and their offspring. (With the lawsuit over and a 10-member jury and federal judge finding AQHA had violated two federal and two state antitrust laws, the registration of clones and their offspring is not a sure thing, as the AQHA has announced they are going to appeal the jury and judge’s decision.)
When the sale was complete, 40 head of horses had sold for $1,085,200 for a $27,130 average and $10,000 median (halfway between the highest- and lowest-selling horse). However, The 25-year-old The Smart Look sold for $85,000, with a Metallic Cat filly at her side, to Julie Wrigley. Her cloned identical twin sister, a 2009 mare, brought $97,000 for a total of $182,000. Also 17 offspring of That Smart Look brought a whopping $749,700 for a $44,100 average. Adding the money paid for The Smart Look, her clone Smart Look Classic and the 17 offspring of The Smart Look, totaled $931,700 with a $49,037 average. The remaining 21 horses selling brought $153,500 for a $7,310 average. The top 10 sellers averaged $72,900 and included three yearlings and a weanling.
The second high-selling horse, purchased by Erin Russell, Fort Worth, Texas, for $100,000, was Cats Lookin Smart, a 4-year-old daughter of High Brow Cat out of The Smart Look, with NCHA earnings of $8,021. In training with Ronnie Rice, the mare was a semifinalist in the 2013 NCHA Open Super Stakes. She is a full sister to NCHA Open Futurity Champion, One Smart Lookin Cat, with earnings of $226,000 and to NCHA Open Finals champion and leading sire WR This Cats Smart, earner of $236,000.
Clones may or may not be eligible for AQHA registration in the future; however, that didn’t stop Smart Look Classic (C) the 4-year-old clone of The Smart Look from bringing a final sale price of $97,000, the third highest, from Bobby and Dottie Hill, Glen Rose, Texas. She sold with two embryos: one by Metallic Cat and the other by Dual Rey. According to Western Bloodstock officials, the amount was the highest ever paid at auction for a cloned horse.
Reyl Smart Deal, a full brother to Strawn Valley Ranch’s Dual Smart Rey, was the high-selling yearling at $72,000. He was purchased by Gary Rosenbach, owner of Rose Valley Ranch, Vail, Colo. The high-selling yearling filly, at $70,000 was SVR Shesgotthatlook, by Metallic Cat out of The Smart Look, purchased by Gene Power, LLC. The other two top-selling yearling fillies were also daughters of The Smart Look. Lookn Smooth N Sassy, by Smooth As A Cat, sold for $60,000 to Tommy Manion, Aubrey, Texas and Sheza Smart Pepto, by Peptoboonsmal, brought $50,000 from Rusty Simpson.
Something new in the sale industry: The sale company Western Bloodstock had HERDA tests taken on all horses going through the sale. Simply go to their website and click on the Strawn Valley Sale, then click on HERDA results and the results of the HERDA tests on all horses in the sale are listed. That is definitely a step forward toward transparency in the horse sale industry.
(The above article was revised on Sept. 30 as additional buyers were posted in the Western Bloodstock press release on their web site and the original sale results posted by them had an error in one horse’s sale price.)
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TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER CONGRESS SUPER SALE
WORLD’S LARGEST SINGLE BREED SHOW TO BE HELD OCT. 8-27
Sept. 16, 2013
Today is the last day you can enter your horse in the Congress Super Sale to be held Oct. 20 in Columbus, Ohio.
The Ohio Quarter Horse Association will be holding the world’s largest single-breed show, the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, on Oct. 8-27, which also will include the Congress Super Sale, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Lausche Building. Demonstrations will be held north of the Lausch Building on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12 noon.
The cost to enter the sale is $550 with commission being 9 percent of the final sale price. If the horse does not sell, the cost will be 5 percent of the final bid. No sale commission will exceed $750 plus the entry fee.
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The sale, managed by Professional Horse Services, LLC, PO Box 404, Round Hill, VA 20142, is advertised “as the place to purchase some of the best quality AQHA horses in the industry. The Congress Super Sale began as part of the very first All American Quarter Horse congress in 1967 and has been a staple of the show ever since.
“Every year, nearly 200 horses are sold, providing buyers with the opportunity to bid on younr show prospects, seasoned show horses, broodmares and stallions. Many horses sold at the Congress Super ale have gone on to become Congress and World Champions.”
You can call or fax them at 855-272-3905 or email them at info@ProHorseServices.com.
Cutting events will be held Oct. 4-12 and will include NCHA Open and Non-Pro Cutting Futurity, Derby and Classic as well as all of the regular classes and Mercuria Open and Non-Pro classes.
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