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☛ Hi-seller at Ardmore brings $30,000 8-8-14

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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.”


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:

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☛ Return to Remuda Sale hits $1 million 10-20-14

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION | 0 comments



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
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
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
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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☛ NRCHA Futurity Sales 10-8-14




184 (86%) SELL FOR $2,268,500 NET, $12,329 AVERAGE


By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 8, 2014
After 215 horses had passed through the two sale rings held on three days during the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, 184 (86% of those offered) changed hands, netting $2,268,500 for a $12,329 average. There were only 31 (14%) that were buy-backs. The results showed the popularity of a legendary event: the reined cow horse, as well as two sires: One Time Pepto and Metallic Cat.


The sale with the highest average of $18,835 was the Select 2-Year-Old Sale held Oct. 3 in the Main Arena of the of the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, held Sept. 22-Oct. 4 at the Reno Livestock Events Center, Reno, Nev . Fifty-eight 2-year-olds were offered, with 48 netting $904,100 for an average of $18,835.  Ten horses were buy-backs. The second high-selling horse of the sales, Stylish Metallic, came from the 2-year-old sale, bringing a final bid of $99,000.


The Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale, held Oct. 4 in the Main Arena, held the second high average of $16,644, with 52 head netting $865,500. There were only six buy-backs. The high-selling horse of all the sales, Miss Peptoleno, sold during that sale bringing a $102,000 final bid.


The Performance Horse Sale, following the Select 2-Year-Old Sale, held Oct. 4 in the Main Arena, featured 34 consignments, with 22 changing hands for a net of $203,800 and a $9,264 average. The high-selling horse Kick Up The Lights, a 2010 bay gelding with NCHA earnings of $20,418, was consigned by John Prudden. Bringing $24,500, the son of CD Lights out of Kickback Nic by Nic It In The Bud was purchased by Kristen York of York Performance Horses.


Mosa This Cats Black, a 2007 black mare with earnings of $16,666, consigned by Mark Broechek was the second high-selling horse in the Performance Horse Sale, bringing $24,000.  The daughter of WR This Cats Smart out of Travali Miss Mosa by Travalena was purchased by Nathan McAdams. Three other horses brought a final bid of $20,000.


The first sale of the four was the Classic Yearling/Broodmare Sale, held Oct. 2 in the Pavilion, with 65 head going through the ring. A total of 62 netted $295,100 for a $4,760 average. The high-selling horse, bringing $17,000 from Richard Hughes, was a 2013 sorrel/solid AQHA/APHA-registered filly consigned by the Juan Ranch. She is sired by Smart Spook out of Shirley Ima Gunner by Colonels Smokingun (better known as Gunner).


The second high seller, at $15,000, was Bunnies Dutchess, a 2009 sorrel mare by CD Olena out of A Short Bunny bred to Metallic Cat. Consigned by the San Juan Ranch, the mare sold to Susan and Richard Carlson.



Miss Peptoleno, a yearling sorrel daughter of the leading sire of NRCHA money earners One Time Pepto, is out of the great mare Staraleno by Grays Starlight. Consigned by the Circle Y Ranch to the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale, the mare was purchased by Merle Fulton of Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches L.P. for $102,000. One Time Pepto, with $331,097 in lifetime earnings, was the NCHA Open Super Stakes Champion, Augusta and Abilene Spectacular Open Classics, PCCHA 4-Year-Old Open Stakes Reserve Champion and NRCHA’s 2013 No. 1 Leading Sire and NCHA’s fifth leading sire, with offspring earning over $6,850,000.


In fact, the eight top-selling horses of the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale were yearlings. The second high seller was a “name pending” red roan colt also sired by One Time Pepto out of Smooth Autumn Mate by Smooth As A Cat. Consigned by Todd Bergen Performance Horses, the colt brought $65,000 from G2 Performance Horses.  Smooth Autumn Mate is the earner of $69,664 and this is her first foal.


The third high-selling yearling was SJR Tachitas Cata, a bay roan filly by Metallic Cat out of Tachitas Hickory by Doc’s Hickory. Consigned by San Juan Ranch, the filly was purchased for $60,000 by Jeff Matthews as agent for Tom Field.


Bringing $40,000 was Metallic Train, a red roan daughter of Metallic Cat out of Sparking Train by Shining Spark. Consigned by Gardiner Quarter Horses, the filly was purchased by Beverly Vaughn of Triangle Bar V Ranch. Sparking Train has earnings $112,274 and 213 AQHA points and is the dam of three performers.


The highest-selling broodmare, Precious Lil Pearl, came from the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale with a $23,000 price tag. The 2002 bay daughter of Travelena by Doc O’Lena out of Docs Precious Pepy by Peppy San Badger, and the earner of $110,744 is bred to Cats Full Moon. Precious Lil Pearl, consigned by Sprig Haven Farms and purchased by Mike Lyons, is the dam of five offspring, all too young to perform.




The high-selling 2-year-old was Stylish Metallic, a red roan colt by the hot sire Metallic Cat out of Stylish Luv by Docs Stylish Oak. He was consigned by Davis Bros. Performance Horses to the Select 2-Year-Old Sale and purchased by Ron Ralls/Kay Rankin Williams for $99,000.  Metallic Cat has earnings of $637,711 and was the NCHA Horse of the Year, NCHA Futurity Champion, NCHA Open Super Stakes Reserve Champion, Breeders Invitational Open Derby Champion, etc. He was the 2013 NCHA Leading sire with only one crop showing. Stylish Luv had $25,567 in lifetime earnings and is the dam of two money earners: This Cats Stylish ($17,437) and Quejanaisinstyle, $15,775.


The third high-selling horse overall and the second high-selling horse in the Select 2-Year-Old Sale, at $78,000 was Starlight Kat, a sorrel colt by Cat T Masterson out of Sugar O Starlight by Grays Starlight. Consigned by Cayley Wilson, agent for Fred Wein, the colt was purchased by Loren Macy of Redtail Ranch. Cat T Masterson, a 2001 son of High Brow Cat, has close to $200,200 in lifetime earnings while Sugar O Starlight has earnings of $69,477 and is the dam of six money earners, including Bet He Be A Starlite by Bet On Me 498, with $18,561 in earnings.


The third high-selling horse also came from the Select 2-Year-Old Sale with DB Strickly Business, a blue roan colt by Smooth As A Cat out of Moms Stylish Scoot by Smart Lil Scoot bringing a final bid of $69,000 from Dom Coniceli of Kinda Silly Farm. In training with Justin Lawrence, the colt was consigned by Justin and Kelcie Lawrence.


Bringing $50,000 was SJR Bearly Nuf Cats, a sorrel gelding by Smooth As A Cat out of Bearly Nuf Cash by Miss N Cash, consigned by Smoky Pritchett. Deb Jackson of Jackson Tubb, purchased the gelding.

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


Triangle Sales Begins New Chapter

Upcoming October Fall Sale will run as scheduled

Press Release from Triangle sales
Sept. 22, 2014

Jim Ware and Cindy Bowling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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☛ NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales 9-15-14






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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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☛ Marketplace At Ardmore Sale 9-11-14






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


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


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


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

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