Montana Ranch Horse Sale

Lot 25 "Im A Bama Gangster" consigned by Toby and Amy Vineyard of Arvada, Wyoming and purchased by Gary Funk of Frazer, Montana for $25,000

Lot 25 “Im A Bama Gangster” consigned by Toby and Amy Vineyard of Arvada, Wyoming and purchased by Gary Funk of Frazer, Montana for $25,000.

The ninth annual “REAL” Ranch Horse Invitational Sale was held April 18th at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, west of Billings, Montana. The sure enough ranch horses brought and previewed fresh by the people who make their living on them, drew a large and enthusiastic crowd, and produced an ever increasing sale average.

The top five ranch horses sold averaged $21,800; top ten $18,425; top twenty $14,387 and all ranch horses sold averaged $9,455.

There were two high selling horses.

First, was Lot 25 “Im A Bama Gangster” a 6-year-old AQHA sorrel gelding consigned by Toby and Amy Vineyard of Arvada, Wyoming and purchased by Gary Funk of Frazer, Montana for $25,000.

#2) caption:  Lot 45 " Cats Black Coyote" consigned by Roen Ranch of Musselshell, Montana sold for $25,000, and went to a ranch at Dillon, Montana.

#2) caption:  Lot 45 ” Cats Black Coyote” consigned by Roen Ranch of Musselshell, Montana sold for $25,000, and went to a ranch at Dillon, Montana.

The other high seller was Lot 45 “Cats Black Coyote” an 11-year-old AQHA black gelding consigned by Roen Ranch of Musselshell, Montana. He also heard the hammer fall at $25,000 and went to a ranch at Dillon, Montana.

Third high selling was Lot 27 “Cellphone” an 11-year-old grade black Quarter Horse/Draft gelding consigned by Jason Ward of Dillon, Montana. He left the ring at $21,000 and went to southern Wyoming.

Fourth high selling (tie) was Lot 51 “Severes Flounder” a 9 year-old AQHA bay gelding consigned by Lazy J 3 QH’s of Melstone, Montana and purchased by Matt Brown of Lodge Grass, Montana for $19,000.

Fourth high selling (tie) was Lot 56 “Cheyenne Point” a 6 year-old APHA bay tobiano gelding consigned by John Wollenburg of Red Lodge, Montana and purchased by Joe Poteat of Livingston, Montana for $19,000.

Nine head of young ranch horses (less experienced) also sold, with the top five averaging $6,800 and all of them averaging $5,628.

High selling (tie) young horse was Lot 18 “Smiths Blue Hancock” a 5 year-old AQHA bay roan gelding, consigned by John Wollenburg of Red Lodge, Montana and purchased by Ken Overcast of Havre, Montana for $8,000.

Other high selling (tie) young horse was Lot 60 “Hookem Up Bartender” a 4 year-old AQHA red roan gelding consigned by Froelich Ranch of Selfridge, North Dakota and purchased by Nicole Norwood and Jason Fales of Cody, Wyoming for $8,000.

This year there were also unstarted 2 year-olds offered for sale.  The high seller was Lot 63 “Blue Light Jethro” an AQHA gray gelding consigned by Ashley QH’s of Forsyth, Montana and also purchased by Nicole Norwood and Jason Fales for $5,000.  All four head of 2 year-olds averaged $3,815.

With buyers from far and wide, the horses stayed close to home going to North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

Next year’s sale dates are April 15 and 16, 2016.  The catalog is already full and the horses are hard at work on the ranch and in the hills.  For more information, call 406-670-3400 or go to www.realranchhorses.com.

July/August Sneak Peek

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JULYcover2014Our cover. Brought together by our own Dainya Sapergia, art direction by Kendra Roberts and featuring Niki Flundra and her fabulous trick horse, Ace. This talented duo will be performing at this year’s edition of the Calgary Stampede and succinctly represented on the cover, our feature piece on the Greatest Show on Earth.

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Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography

Within the Calgary Stampede feature, regular contributor Ted Stovin of Everything Cowboy takes a critical look at the rise of stand-alone rodeos such as the Calgary Stampede and the American.

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Photo by Deanna Kristensen Photography

Still within the genre, Deanna Kristensen’s interview with with this issue’s chosen maverick, produced some candid thoughts from one of the most influential rodeo producers of all time, Winston Bruce.

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Photo by Jenn Webster

Owner of the Rona store in Black Diamond, Alberta and shelter expert, Robbie McKay offers exclusive inside tips on building one.

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Photo by Ingrid Schulz

Dr. Mike Scott, of Moore Equine, helps us decipher the real story behind stem cell therapy.

Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography.

Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography

Deanna Kristensen tackles the controversy behind this year’s government-driven cull of Alberta’s wild horses.

spwilljamesOne of our favourite photographers, and a true western folk herself, Mary Williams Hyde illustrates our Getaways guide to the Will James Round Up Ranch Rodeo in Hardin, Montana, with her spectacular photographs of the event.

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Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography

They say she’s an old cowboy soul in a young body. Extreme cowboy competitor, Obbie Schlom tells us about her favourite gear in this issue’s edition of Freeze Frame.

Photo by Rod Honig.

Photo by Rod Honig

Vaquero aficionado, Rod Honig takes us through a historical tour of the origin of the spur. 

spscarfslideThese nifty scarf slides by Tom Balding are just one of seven new pieces of western gear featured in our regular Magnificent Seven western product profiles.

Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography.

Photo by Dainya Sapergia Western Lifestyle Photography

Cutting horse trainer Dustin Gonnet continues our cerebral tour through the year of a cutting horse prospect with this issue’s discussion of keeping the minds of his three-year-olds in futurity training fresh and sharp for the aged event season just around the corner.

spkirstyKirsty White discloses her own, personal favourite barrel bloodlines in our Bloodline Buzz column.

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Photo by Krista Kay Photography

A Texas-inspired recipe for rib rubs.

Amanda Brumley talks about the success of executing the runaway success of such shows as Reining By The Bay, a full recap of show scenes from the late spring, a horse called Red Hot Jade who’s taking the cow horse world by storm – just a few more hot items in the issue.

Photo by Krista Kay Photography.

Photo by Krista Kay Photography

You might think of enjoying our Wild West cocktail of the month, the Bakon Vodka Caesar, as you peruse it.