Equine Events at Farmfair International

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Photo courtesy of Northlands.

 

 Blog by TJ NASH

Starting November 7, 2016, Farmfair International will be hosting several different equine events. Men, women and horses from all across Canada will be competing to showcase tomorrow’s champions! Exciting raw talent will take part in the Canadian National Team Roping and Northlands Barrel Racing futurities, as well as the new Rodeo Future Champions event.

In the futurities, four and five-year-old horses will work with their trainers to compete in the first or second year of their competitive lives.

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Photo courtesy of Northlands.

Team Roping is based on the methods ranchers have used for doctoring cattle for thousands of years. Two competitors will race the clock to catch and stop a steer. In everyday life, once the steer is caught a rancher would then be able to safely medicate the animal or treat any of its injuries or ailments.

Barrel Racing is the fastest event in rodeo. It began when horse trainers started showcasing their abilities by having the animals complete a set clover leaf pattern at a fast pace. Like any great challenge this event has grown over the decades to become the event that we now know.

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And children take the stage at our Rodeo Future Champions event! Young rodeo athletes will come together November 12 to earn champion titles in seven different events. The 96 talented young athletes will range in age from 5 to 14!

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Photo courtesy of Northlands.

For those looking to purchase top-of-the-line equine athletes, Farmfair International will also be hosting their Bloodstock Sale (five-year-olds and under), as well as their Ranch Horse Sale.

Guests to Farmfair International will also have the chance to attend many different seminars at their Horse Wellness Expo throughout the week. Here everyone will enjoy the opportunity to learn and see how to take care of our beloved animals!

We can’t wait to see you at Farmfair International, where you can cheer on tomorrow’s rodeo athletes—equine and human!

For more information, please visit:
http://farmfairinternational.com/heritage-ranch-rodeo/

The Western Horse Sale Results

PHOTOS BY CHERYL SMYTHE

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Shes Kitty Mirage, consigned by Don Hudson, was the high seller at the 2015 Western Horse Sale, going for $15,000 to 2M2 Land & Cattle.

A highlight of the 2015 Canadian Supreme, this year’s edition of the Western Horse Sale took place on October 2 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta. Organized by Perlich Bros. Auction Market Ltd. of Lethbridge, AB, buyers were in for a treat with a lineup of “top selected cutting, reining and barrel prospects, broodmares and well-broke ranch horses” on the auction block.

Lot 13, High Sign Coy, consigned by Edward Turco and sold for $8,000.

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Lot 19, Hollys Lil Cat, consigned by Equistar Enterprises Ltd. and sold for $10,500.

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Lot 26, Shesa Hydrive, consigned by Equistar Enterprises Ltd. and sold for $8,600.

The 2015 high seller was Lot #15, Shes Kitty Mirage, consigned by Don Hudson. This horse was purchased by 2M2 Land & Cattle for $15,000.

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Lot 27, Tweakend High, consigned by Edward Turco and sold for $9,600.

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Lot 30, Ote Quixote Gun, consigned by Lauren Hall and sold for $10,000.

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Lot 32, Smart Scootin Rio, consigned by Equistar Enterprises Ltd. and sold for $10,000.

The full list of sale results is below.

Horses Name Lot Number Consignor Price
I AM SONITAS LAST 1 COMPASS PERFORMANCE HORSES SCRATCH
CAUGHTMEACAT 2 LOUISE  ALLCHURCH $3,100
CHAUTAUQUA CD 3 DAVE  FREELAND $2,100
XREYED 4 DARCY  GEHERMAN $3,500
BET SHESA PLAYBOY 5 EQUISTAR ENTERPRISES LTD. N/A
NORTHERN KETCH CAT 6 LOUISE  ALLCHURCH $6,000
MOLLY N TIME 7 DONNA L. WILLIAMS $7,200
NORTHERN DIESEL CAT 8 LANNY  CHERNIPESKI $2,700
LENAS  NIGHTMARE 9 ROBERT  HAWKINS N/A
HOLLYCATWHOSTHAT 10 LANNY  CHERNIPESKI $5,500
RS VALENTINE MIST 11 RAFTER 7 QUARTER HORSES N/A
STARS FROM SEVEN 12 BRAD BLACKMORE $6,200
HIGH SIGN COY 13 EDWARD TURCO $8,000
NORTHERN  GUNS 14 LANNY  CHERNIPESKI $7,500
SHES KITTY MIRAGE 15 DON HUDSON $15,000
FILOS NEVERY 16 DOUG  REINHARDT SCRATCH
LIGHTS OUT MATE 17 COMPASS PERFORMANCE HORSES $1,200
HALCAT 18 DEAN NESS $5,200
HOLLYS LIL CAT 19 EQUISTAR ENTERPRISES LTD. $10,500
CHROME KATT 20 RON BIRD & FRAN KORNFELD SCRATCH
SMART ASNIC 21 KELVIN & SHELLEY CLARK $4,000
RAGS TO RICHES CAT 22 DONNA L. WILLIAMS $7,600
MISS ATTA CAT 23 LANNY  CHERNIPESKI $2,000
WOODS BLUE HANCOCK 24 RAFTER 7 QUARTER HORSES $4,200
HEZA SNEAKY CAT 25 LAUREN HALL $7,500
SHESA HYDRIVE 26 EQUISTAR ENTERPRISES LTD. $8,600
TWEAKEND  HIGH 27 EDWARD TURCO $9,600
BLONDE AND BOON 28 COMPASS PERFORMANCE HORSES $1,000
NORTHERN  LEAGUE 29 LANNY  CHERNIPESKI $2,900
OTE QUIXOTE GUN 30 LAUREN HALL $10,000
JACKS PEPPERED PETE 31 TED & JOLAYNE EVANS $2,500
SMART SCOOTIN RIO 32 EQUISTAR ENTERPRISES LTD. $10,000
MS NICTO BOONSMAL 33 KELVIN & SHELLEY CLARK N/A
LENAS BLACK 34 ROBERT  HAWKINS N/A
MISSIN NITAS 35 MICHAEL BELOF $7,500
CR DOC MAR 36 ADAIR & SUSAN MCDONALD $6,000
CATCH A SHINING STAR 37 LOUISE  ALLCHURCH $900
JUICED UP SALLY 38 LISA SLASYNSKI $1,400
PAPARAZZI RED 39 DWIGHT & KATHI FISHER $4,200
CHIC IN THE BOONLIGHT 40 DWIGHT & KATHI FISHER $3,900

 

A Sale to Remember

STORY & PHOTOS BY LARRY LARSON

EXPLOSIVE TALENT, a 2013 Buckskin Mare consigned by Copper Spring Ranch and sired by their ranch stallion Prime Talent SI 107, was the HIGH SELLING CONSIGNMENT at the 2015 Myers Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale on August 22nd in Bozeman, Montana.  After active bidding, she commanded a record $100,000 final bid from the Cok Family from Montana.

EXPLOSIVE TALENT, a 2013 Buckskin Mare consigned by Copper Spring Ranch and sired by their ranch stallion Prime Talent SI 107, was the HIGH SELLING CONSIGNMENT at the 2015 Myers Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale on August 22nd in Bozeman, Montana. After active bidding, she commanded a record $100,000 final bid from the Cok Family from Montana.

One word – STELLAR. The decision to offer a sale merging two of the Nation’s leading Quarter Horse Performance and Breeding Operations has proven to be the right one. Myers Performance Horses, long established as the Nation’s leading 2-Year-Old Prospect Program and home to $9 Million Leading Sire Frenchmans Guy, joined forces with the Copper Spring Ranch for their 2015 Performance Horse Sale. The auction was held on Saturday, August 22 at the spacious CSR Indoor Performance Arena near Bozeman, Montana, offering 59 head including a majority of well-started arena prospects. The performance horse market is huge and records were definitely broken. The 54 head changing hands cashed in approximately $1.5 Million for an overall average of $27,306 selling to 18 states and Canada.

The pace was fast and the shavings were flying during the 2015 Myer Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale.  Bill Myers is shown demonstrating one of their consignments during the sale on August 22nd.

The pace was fast and the shavings were flying during the 2015 Myer Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale. Bill Myers is shown demonstrating one of their consignments during the sale on August 22nd.

Myers Performance Horses, owned by Bill and Deb Myers along with their sons Chad, Billy, Brandon and Brady from near St. Onge, South Dakota, stand the still vibrant 28-year-old Leading Sire Frenchmans Guy, along with A Smooth Guy and Cowboys Cartel SI 93. They have recently introduced their Junior Sires Ima Special Kindaguy and This Guyz A Keeper, both promising young sons of Frenchmans Guy. Two and 3-year-old Arena Prospects and yearling stallion prospects sired by the 3 senior sires and World Speed AA were included in their 2015 sale offering.

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Copper Spring Ranch, a state-of-the-art facility designed for the breeding and training activities they offer, is owned by Klein and Karen Gilhousen. Managers Brian and Lisa Anderson oversee the daily ranch operation and Dr. Chris Ray operates his Equine Services at the updated veterinary clinic located right on the ranch. They stand the proven producer Prime Talent SI 107 – a Multiple Stakes Winner and race sire of nearly $1.5 Million in earnings with numerous AAAT racehorses.

Sired by Leading Sire Dash Ta Fame SI 113 and out of Betta Takemeserious by Frenchmans Guy, the 2013 Bay Gelding TAKE ME TA FAME was the second high seller for the Copper Spring Ranch at $48,000.  New owners are the Hatch Family from Florida.

Sired by Leading Sire Dash Ta Fame SI 113 and out of Betta Takemeserious by Frenchmans Guy, the 2013 Bay Gelding TAKE ME TA FAME was the second high seller for the Copper Spring Ranch at $48,000. New owners are the Hatch Family from Florida.

Topping the 2015 Myers Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale was a 2013 Buckskin Mare sired by the CSR stallion Prime Talent. Explosive Talent, paid in full to the Future Fortunes and WPRA Pro Elite Stallion Incentive programs, left the ring on a record-breaking bid of $100,000 from the Cok Family from Montana. The eye catching mare is out of the CSR broodmare Blondies Dy Na Mite – a daughter of Dealing An Ace SI 96 out of an Oklahoma Fuel SI 108 daughter. The CSR second high-seller was Take Me Ta Fame, a 2013 Bay Gelding by Leading Sire Dash Ta Fame SI 113 and out of Betta Takemeserious. His dam is by Frenchmans Guy and a full sister to BFA World Champion Futurity Champion Guys Cash Perks. He found a home in Florida on a bid of $48,000 from the Hatch Family. The CSR consignments sired by Prime Talent had an overall sale average of $21,036.

GUYZ SMOOTH AMBER, sired by A Smooth Guy and out of the proven producer Amber Holland SI 88 by Holland Ease SI 109, was the HIGH SELLING MYERS RANCH CONSIGNMENT.  The 2013 Bay Mare left the ring on a final bid of $56,000 from repeat buyer Harry LaToush from Kansas.

GUYZ SMOOTH AMBER, sired by A Smooth Guy and out of the proven producer Amber Holland SI 88 by Holland Ease SI 109, was the HIGH SELLING MYERS RANCH CONSIGNMENT. The 2013 Bay Mare left the ring on a final bid of $56,000 from repeat buyer Harry LaToush from Kansas.

Topping the Myers Ranch consignments was a daughter of A Smooth Guy – a futurity and slot race champion sire. He was the 2013 Future Fortunes Champion Juvenile Sire at the BFA World Championship and the 2015 Future Fortunes Champion Freshman Sire at the Old Fort Days in Arkansas. Guyz Smooth Amber, a 2013 Bay Mare, is out of their perennial producer Amber Holland SI 88 by Holland Ease SI 109. The ¾ sister to Guys Amberetto, already proving herself in the early 2015 futurities, caught the eye of repeat buyer Harry LaToush from Kansas and a final bid of $56,000. The A Smooth Guy consignments averaged a strong $35,700 with many going into the training programs of the Nation’s leading barrel racing trainers.

FLITS FRENCH BLONDIE, out of a daughter of Fire Water Flit SI 86 and sired by Frenchmans Guy, was consigned by the Myers Ranch and caught the eye of the Plundel’s from Iowa.  She also left the ring at $49,000.

FLITS FRENCH BLONDIE, out of a daughter of Fire Water Flit SI 86 and sired by Frenchmans Guy, was consigned by the Myers Ranch and caught the eye of the Plundel’s from Iowa. She also left the ring at $49,000.

 

GUYS GIRLS SHAKEM UP, a 2013 Gray Mare consigned by the Myers Ranch, was sired by Frenchmans Guy and out of a daughter of Royal Shake Em SI 104.  She sold on a bid of $49,000 from the Hill Family from Texas.

GUYS GIRLS SHAKEM UP, a 2013 Gray Mare consigned by the Myers Ranch, was sired by Frenchmans Guy and out of a daughter of Royal Shake Em SI 104. She sold on a bid of $49,000 from the Hill Family from Texas.

The Frenchmans Guy consignments broke all records with an amazing $41,714 average and two 2-Year-Old daughters left the ring on bids of $49,000. Flits French Blondie, out of the mare Two Bit Flit, an own daughter of Fire Water Flit SI 86, found a new home with the Plundel’s from Iowa. Out of the Myers Ranch broodmare No Shake For Deb by Royal Shake Em SI 104, the gray mare Guys Girls Shakem Up drew considerable attention and is now in Texas with the Hill Family. Both prospects are enrolled in the Future Fortunes program.

Sired by the Myers Ranch stallion Cowboys Cartel SI 93, COWGIRLS LUV COWBOYS commanded a bid of $54,000.  Out of an own daughter of Paddys Irish Whiskey, the 2013 Bay Mare now calls the Province of Alberta home with the Howes Family.

Sired by the Myers Ranch stallion Cowboys Cartel SI 93, COWGIRLS LUV COWBOYS commanded a bid of $54,000. Out of an own daughter of Paddys Irish Whiskey, the 2013 Bay Mare now calls Alberta home with the Howes Family.

Their ranch sire Cowboys Cartel SI 93 is a son of World Champion Producer Corona Cartel SI 97 and out of Multiple World Champion Race Mare Dashing Folly SI 108. His consignments commanded an impressive average of $30,250 and his top seller was Cowgirls Luv Cowboys, a 2013 Bay Mare out of Paddys Irish O Lena by Paddys Irish Whiskey. Her bid of $54,000 from the Howes Family takes her to a new home in Alberta.

Bill Myers, St. Onge, SD, is shown during opening remarks along with Auctioneer Lynn Weishaar, Announcer John E. Johnson, CSR Manager Brian Anderson and CSR Owner Karen Gilhousen.

Bill Myers, St. Onge, SD, is shown during opening remarks along with Auctioneer Lynn Weishaar, Announcer John E. Johnson, CSR Manager Brian Anderson and CSR Owner Karen Gilhousen.

Auctioneer for the 2015 sale was Lynn Weishaar, Reva, South Dakota, and Announcer was John E. Johnson from Piedmont, South Dakota. Clerking, video and live Internet coverage of the sale was handled by Frontier Stockyards, Miles City, Montana.

The 2015 Myers Ranch/Copper Spring Ranch Performance Horse Sale took a large combined staff to keep things running smoothly.  The Myers Ranch Staff (in blue) is shown in the auction block and the Copper Spring Ranch Staff (in red) are pictured below in the sale ring following the record setting sale at the CSR Indoor Performance Arena in Bozeman, Montana on August 22nd.

The  Sale took a large combined staff to keep things running smoothly. The Myers Ranch Staff (in blue) is shown in the auction block and the Copper Spring Ranch Staff (in red) are pictured below in the sale ring following the record setting sale at the CSR Indoor Performance Arena in Bozeman, Montana.

AVERAGES

Overall sale averages:

Myers Ranch (28 Sold): $30,946

Copper Spring Ranch: $22,720 (Prime Talent SI 107, $21,036 Average)

Myers Ranch Stallions:

  • Frenchmens Guy: Two-Year-Olds sold, $41,714 Average
  • A Smooth Guy: Two-Year-Olds sold, $35,700 Average
  • Cowboys Cartel: Two-Year-Olds sold, $30,250 Average

Cypress Hills Horse Sale

BY DONNA BEIERBACH

They say records were made to be broke. That was truly the case in the sale ring on Saturday, September 20th, at the 38th Annual Cypress Hills Registered Horse Breeders Production Sale. The longest running horse sale in Canada drew in a good sized crowd of horse enthusiasts from British Columbia to Manitoba to watch a solid lineup of horses sell. A nice, sunny day made the perfect setting for the preview of the riding horses at the rodeo arena in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan that morning. The sale was underway in the Drill Hall by 12:30, and by mid-afternoon a total of 50 horses had sold.

The over-all sale average on those 50 head was $5,404 each. Average price on 27 weanlings sold was $1,962. One yearling was sold for $8,000. Twenty one riding horses averaged a price of $9,919 a piece and the top ten average on broke horses was $13,735. The top 5 horses averaged $18,050 each.

Solid, dependable kind of horses seem to be in high demand as well as young stock coming from proven bloodlines. There were interested parties bidding on the phone from Quebec, North Dakota, Wyoming and points in between.

The former high selling broke horse record was held by Dean Mackie from 2008 when his then 8-year-old gelding brought $14,500. There was a tie this year for the High Selling Broke horse title.

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Lot 49, DC RED WRANGLER a 7-year-old sorrel gelding consigned by Lonesum D Ranch sold for $20,000 to Darlene Kreps of Bonnyville, Alberta. “Keeper” as he was affectionately called by the Dyck family, was a money winner in ranch horse shows and had a really nice handle on him, being shown straight up in the bridle on sale day.

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Lot 45, registered with the American Quarter Horse Association simply as “Paystreak” was a nicely started 2-yea- old. The sizey bay gelding was sired by Ninety Nine Goldmine and consigned by William and Donna Beierbach. He also brought $20,000, selling to Erica Brost of Irvine. The buyers of the high selling broke horses received embroidered blankets donated by Murray Chevrolet Buick GMC Maple Creek and the Cypress Hills Registered Horse Breeders Association.

Reserve High selling broke horse was Lot 17, DC Bluejays Pride, known as “Stonewall”. The 6-year-old grey gelding also came from the Lonesum D Ranch. A real crowd pleaser, shown by Tamara Dyck on sale day, Stonewall laid down on command, rode bridleless and was a definite eye catcher. He indeed caught the eye of Joyce Petry of Bonnyville, Alberta fetching a final bid of $18,000.

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The high selling foal, and also a new record, Lot # 40, HIGH ON A MINE was a fancy black stud colt out of Rena High Dasher and sired by Ninety Nine Goldmine. The stud colt brought a final bid of $7,000 from Chloe Crossley of Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Reserve high selling foal (tie) Lot 5 and Lot 28 also brought final bids of $5000, both were sired by Ninety Nine Goldmine. Chloe will receive an embroidered horse blanket donated by Cypress Motors Ford, Maple Creek for being the winning bidder on the High Selling colt.

The volume buyer for the day was Wilson Ranch of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, purchasing a total of four head.

 

Ranch Country Sale Results

The 2014 Ranch Country Horse Sale, the 10th annual, was a cool but fun day. Held September 13th in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, the preview ran at 9:30 a.m. with the sale starting at 1:00 p.m. Fifty-six horses sold.
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The high selling weanling was a bay Quarter Horse stallion owned by Roger and Lou Parsonage. He was by Chex My Magic and out of the dam Frosty Royal Girl, by Hesa Texan Royal. This sharp colt sold for $3,200 to Amos Abrahamson of Diamond J Horse Training.
The runner up high selling weanling was a bay roan Paint Horse stallion by Sonoitas Playgun and out of the Paint Horse mare, Red Woman. He was owned by Jess and Tanya Parsonage and sold to Kaitlyn Keslick of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, for $2,600.
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Amos Abrahamson sold the high selling saddle horse, a three-year-old grandson of Playgun and Pepinics Master, MTR Billysgotagun. This big, good looking colt sold to Dale Weiss of Elkwater, Alberta for $7,500.
Jess and Tanya Parsonage sold the runner up high selling saddle horse, a four-year-old bay roan Quarter Horse mare, by Sonoitas Playgun and out of Red Woman. She sold to Elkwater Colony for $7,250. The weanlings averaged $830, and the top five saddle horses average $6,770.
Thanks to the Maple Creek Multiple 4-H Club for running the concession, and all the volunteers, consignors, bidders and buyers for making this a successful sale! See you next year!

REAL Ranch Horse Invitational Sale

A very active and enthusiastic crowd of buyers met April 19 at the Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch, west of Billings, Montana, for the annual REAL Ranch Horse Invitational Sale.  Interest in guaranteed-to-be-authentic ranch-ridden horses just keeps increasing – as evidence, this eight annual REAL Sale continued to enjoy an ever-increasing average. The top five horses sold averaged $16,500; top ten $13,600; top twenty $11,000; and all ranch horses sold averaged $8,650. Additionally, a few young (and less experienced) ranch horses sold.  The top five young horses averaged $6,750; all the young ranch horses sold averaged $4,650. New to the sale this year was the exhibit and sale of a stock dog, consigned by Chris Hatch of Lovell, WY.  Diamond B Ranch of Maui, HI placed the winning bid at $1,450.

Montana Ranch Horse Association members Josh Bilbrey, far right, and Jake Hahn, third from right, present scholarships to Kristen Cerroni (at left) and Bailey Remmich.

Montana Ranch Horse Association members Josh Bilbrey, far right, and Jake Hahn, third from right, present scholarships to Kristen Cerroni (at left) and Bailey Remmich.

Also new to the sale this year was the presentation of two $750 “Wanting to Make a Horse Hand” scholarships.  Offered on behalf of the governing body of the sale, the Montana Ranch Horse Association, these scholarships are available to students pursuing equine studies.  Winning the 2014 scholarship competition open to high school seniors was Kristen Cerroni of Lovell, WY.  Winning the scholarship competition open to second-, third-, or fourth-year students was Bailey Remmich of Hinsdale, MT. Top selling horse results are as follows:

Ethan Hall holds the high-selling horse consigned by Josh Bilbrey (at right) and purchased for $27,000.

Ethan Hall holds the high-selling horse consigned by Josh Bilbrey (at right) and purchased for $27,000.

High-selling horse:  Lot 54 “Rawhide Tari Bonkers,” a 5-year-old AQHA sorrel gelding consigned by Josh Bilbrey of Bozeman, MT and purchased by Ethan Hall of Mandaree, ND for $27,000. Second high-selling horse:  Lot 10 “Rawhide Rooster Te,” a 7-year-old AQHA buckskin gelding consigned by Blaine Humble of Faith, SD and purchased by Ethan Hall for $16,000. Third high-selling horse:  Lot 11 “Ace,” an 11-year-old grade red roan gelding consigned by Quinn Larsen of Shell, WY and purchased by Dawn Calderwood of Billings for $15,000. Fourth high-selling horse:  Lot 56 “Rawhide Stylish Dude,” a 7-year-old AQHA gray gelding consigned by Nate & TJ Wald of Lodge Grass, MT and purchased by Diamond B Ranch of Maui, HI for $13,000. Fifth high-selling horse (tie):  Lot 16 “Rawhide Zip Tip,” a 4-year-old AQHA sorrel gelding also sold by Josh Bilbrey and purchased by Diamond B ranch for $11,500. Fifth high-selling horse (tie):  Lot 76 “Captain Jack,” an 8-year-old grade buckskin gelding consigned by Jared Gill of Lysite, WY and purchased by Ethan Hall for $11,500.  The top selling young ranch horse:  Lot 43 “FQHR Swivel Watch,” a 5-year-old AQHA bay roan gelding consigned by Charles Hall of Red Lodge, MT and purchased by Randy Stoner of Kilgore, NE for $7,500. Second high-selling young ranch horse:  Lot 58 “Gumbo Sugar Nic,” a 5-year-old AQHA bay roan gelding consigned by Matt Noyes of Big Horn, MT and also purchased by Randy Stoner, for $7,000. The final sale tally showed that horses sold to California; Colorado; Hawaii; Montana; North Dakota; Nebraska; Wyoming; and Alberta, CA.  Volume buyers included Diamond B Ranch of Maui, HI; Park Range Ranch of Walden, CO; Ethan Hall of Mandaree, ND; Michael Hooks of Red Lodge, MT; Taylor Brown (LO Bar Ranch) of Sand Springs, MT; and Randy Stoner of Kilgore, NE. Each year at the REAL Ranch Horse Invitational Sale a benefit colt is sold with 100% of the purchase price going to Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch.  This year the benefit colt, a 2-year-old AQHA red roan gelding, came from Froelich Quarter Horses of Selfridge, ND. The colt was purchased by Robert Model (Mooncrest Ranch) of Cody, WY for $2,400. Dates for next year’s sale are April 17-18, 2015, and next year’s catalog is already filled with horses that are making lots of tracks this branding season.

5th Annual Prairie Quarter Horse Breeders Sale

Overall average price: $2649.00
Top 5 horses averaged: $5410.00
Top 10 horses averaged: $4795.00
Average price of 4 yrs & older: $3730.00
Average of 3 year olds: $2650.00
Average price of 2 year olds: $3011.50
Average price of yearlings: $1678.00

The 5th Annual Prairie Quarter Horse Breeders Sale, was held at Prairieland Park on Saturday, April 19th, 2014. A strong set of well-bred horses were consigned by people from all across the prairie provinces. This year the sale had over 200 registered bidders coming from all over the Prairies.

Dan Skeels and Ron Anderson kept the bids coming and the ring men: Joe Farris, Dennis Ericson and Greg Frick did a fine job of taking bids. The office was handled by T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd. Equine Insurance was offered by Stockman’s Insurance and Dr. Sylvia Carley ensured that all sale horses were ready to be sold.

Once again, K & K Livestock Co. of Calgary, Alta presented a beautiful custom head stall and a bottle of champagne to the purchaser of the high selling horse.

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The High seller of the PQHB Sale was lot#32 Showdown Farrah, a sorrel mare consigned by Ken Layng of Minitonas, Man.

The High seller was lot#32 Showdown Farrah, a sorrel mare consigned by Ken Layng of Minitonas, Man. Leonard Malinowski of Yorkton, Sk. purchased this fine looking mare for his daughter for the sum of $7800.00.

Showdown Farrah is sired by Whisper In Scotch from the Haight Ranch and out of a daughter of Showdown Zee.

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Lot#30 WKK Lil Bar King x Smart Lil Marmoset was the Reserve High Selling Horse, as well as the High Selling Two Yr Old at the PQHB Sale.

Lot#30 WKK Lil Bar King x Smart Lil Marmoset, from Wayne & Kim Knaap’s string of exceptional prospects was the Reserve High Selling Horse, as well as the High Selling Two Yr Old. This handsome & athletic gelding trained & ridden by Amos Abrahamson of Maple Creek, Sk sold for $5500.00. Ron Smathers of Sonningdale, Sk. was the victorious bidder.

Brian & Vicki Braun of Beechy, Sk. consigned a beautiful jet black, “chromed up” athletic and cowy gelding, Lot #27 Royal Shiney Blue, sired by Royal Blue Quixote and out of a granddaughter of both Shining Spark and Smart Chic Olena. When the bidding ended at $4800.00, Brian McPhee of Hanley, Sask. was the new owner. Royal Shiney Blue was the Reserve High Selling Two Yr Old.

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The High Selling Three Yr old was a gray gelding, WKK Blue Berry x Smart Lil Marmost.

Another fine consignment from Wayne & Kim Knaap’s ranch at Maple Creek, Sk. and bringing the handsome price tag of $4500.00 was Lot # 13. Jim Rickwood of Biggar, Sk. was the winning bidder of this High Selling Three Yr old gray gelding, WKK Blue Berry x Smart Lil Marmost.

Lot #9. SDP Zacks Telewood , sired by Lenas Telesis X Doc Olena and out of a granddaughter of both Doc Tari and Freckles Playboy was another superb consignment. This awesome and talented cutting mare was offered for sale by her owners, Gerry & Sherry Moyen, of Zenon Park, Sk. and purchased by Dave Manning of Metiskow, Alta. for the price tag of $4500.00.

Dale & Carol Haight, Hanley, Sk. consigned a daughter of Royal Account – Lot # 28 Charging Tulip, out of a granddaughter of both Doc’s Lynx and Showdown Zee. When the bidding was over, Lauren Tam of Saskatoon, Sk. was the triumphant bidder, purchasing this nice bay filly for $3400.00 – the Reserve High Selling Three Yr Old.

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The Hi Selling Yearling – Lot #43 Cats Smart Andy, was purchased for $3900.00 at the PQHB Sale.

Lester & Kate Pryce of Okla, Sk. consigned some very nice horses sired by their stallion, Little Oakie Cat X High Brow Cat. They consigned the Hi Selling Yearling – Lot #43 Cats Smart Andy, a fine bay stallion out of a daughter of WR This Cats Smart, that was purchased by Les Jack of Rocanville, Sk for $3900.00

Kate & Lester Pryce also had the pleasure of consigning the Reserve High Selling Yearling – Lot#20 A Cat In The Henhouse. This well bred brown filly X Little Oakie Cat and out of a daughter of “Rooster” Gallo Del Cielo sold for $3300.00. After lively bidding, Mandy Quam of Grenfell, Sk. was the proud new owner of the filly.

Lot #19 Profits Julianne, sired by Profit Power out of a daughter of Showdown Zee and consigned by Dale Clearwater, Hanley, Sk. was another exciting offering at the 2014 sale. Lora Kampen of Rostern, Sk was the thrilled purchaser of this mare for $4200.00. Dale had placed 2nd in the barrel futurity on the mare at the 1st PQHB Barrel Futurity, the night before.

Lot #52 WKK Little Molly x Smart Lil Marmost, offered by Wayne & Kim Knaap, Maple Creek, Sk. was another wonderful consignment. This 2012 gray filly was a real eye-catcher and full of action under the capable hands of Amos Abrahamson of Maple Creek, Sk. Dave Manning of Metiskow, Alta. was the successful purchaser at $4100.00

A fancy palomino mare, Lot # 21 Cruzin On Q Chex x Shiners Q Chex – consigned by Lyle & Cathy Ludwig of Craven, Sk. was also a highlight of the sale. This mare was purchased by Sandhill’s Stables of Saskatoon, Sk. for $3900.00.

Lot# 64 MJ Colonel Tanquery, a 2009 good looking brown gelding, consigned by Gerry Stanley of Biggar, Sk. was another excellent offering. This gelding sold for $3800.00 to Frank Gerich of Delisle, Sk.

Don & Rhonda Allen of Turtleford, Sask. sold a superior brown 2009 gelding, Lot # 15, We Wuz Shocked x Butzie Boon Bar WF X Mr Roan Freckles for $3500.00. He was purchased by Alyssa Ouimette of Stony Beach, Sk.

There were many additional, very talented and stunning horses offered for sale at the 2014 PQHB sale that were purchased by some very thrilled people. We are hopeful that many of them will return to compete in the annual Prairie Futurity.

The PQHB would like to thank all of our dedicated consignors for another outstanding bunch of horses for the PQHB Sale. They would also like to thank all of the buyers. They know they can feel confident in the horses they purchased. It pays to ride a PQHB Horse!

2015 Calgary Stampede Poster Artwork Unveiled

Dr. Gordon Atkins, chair, Chuckwagon committee, left, and Bill Gray, vice-chair, Calgary Stampede Board, unveil Stavrowsky's original artwork for the 2015 Calgary Stampede poster. The piece will be auctioned off during the Western Art Auction on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Dr. Gordon Atkins, chair, Chuckwagon committee, left, and Bill Gray, vice-chair, Calgary Stampede Board, unveil Stavrowsky’s original artwork for the 2015 Calgary Stampede poster. The piece will be auctioned off during the Western Art Auction on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

The 2015 Calgary Stampede poster artwork, created by artist Oleg Stavrowsky, was revealed at the annual Canvas Auction taking place on Thursday, March 20. The annual auction of chuckwagon tarps used for business advertising, proved to be a suitable venue for the chuckwagon-themed painting. The artwork pays homage to the chuckwagon drivers and horses that have been an integral part of the Stampede for the past 91 years.

“This year, I wanted the insert some action into the poster — and nothing speaks of action more than the chuckwagon races,” says Calgary Stampede Vice-Chairman of the board, Bill Gray.

“The chuckwagon races have been a part of the Stampede since 1923 and are one of the most exciting events during the 10-day Stampede. To capture this iconic event, I chose an artist who has a particular talent for bringing his subjects to life.”

Gray commissioned Stavrowsky to create the piece himself, as it is the official duty of the incoming president to choose a potential artist, and Gray will become Calgary Stampede president and chairman of the board in May 2015.

Stavrowsky’s original artwork depicts the thundering chuckwagon races of the Calgary Stampede. The stunning detail in the piece was achieved through Stavrowsky’s three-part process. Initial pencil sketches were completed then he built a wooden “scale model” of wagons for an accurate reference for the painting the figures and horses in the piece are painted from life, real life and real people.

In August of 2013, Stavrowsky was one of the first artists to become a member of the Russell Skull Society of Artists, a new elite group of contemporary western skills.

“Being granted the opportunity to create the artwork for the 2015 Calgary Stampede poster was an honour,” says Stavrowsky. “Western art is my passion; there are so many aspects of western heritage that I could capture. I chose to paint the chuckwagon to represent the spirit and action of the Calgary Stampede.”

The Calgary Stampede has been creating posters for more than 100 years. Although they have now become a collector’s piece, they were originally used as the primary form of promotion for the event.

The 2015 original artwork will be on display at the Western Oasis until it is sold during the Western Art Auction on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in the Palomino Room, BMO Centre. Tickets for the auction can be purchased from the Western Art Sales Desk located in the Western Oasis, BMO Centre.

Billings Sale Report for February 21-23

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Sired by Equi-stats Number One Junior Sire of Barrel Horses, Brian and Lisa Fulton’s “A Streak Of Fling”, Hip 325 “JF Streak In Creek” a 2008 AQHA Gray Gelding was offered by Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland, IA and shown by Riley Hanson. Purchased by Paul Jelde, Sidney, MT the special gelding brought $25,000.

From distinctive prospects to arena ready campaigners, childproof ponies to stand-out stallions, Billings Livestock’s “February Special Catalog Sale” February 21-23 swelled with blue chip livestock. A lot of good horses – all in one spot, all offered for sale, and all given the opportunity to preview, the three-day sale weekend hosted 702 individual buyers, 692 head of horses, and sent 622 horses to new homes from California to South Carolina, and north to two Canadian provinces. All previous sale average highs were shattered with this set of horses as the top five averaged a smoking $31,000 – a full $10,000 more than in 2013 – and $300 better than the previous record set in 2007 of $30,700 on the top five.

Billings Livestock

He’s good as it gets, and Hip 360 “Heza Diamond Spark” a 2005 AQHA Palomino Stallion by Diamond J Star and out of an AQHA World Champion daughter of Shining Spark earned the high seller crown at Billings Livestock’s “February Special Catalog Sale” February 21-22. With $78,238 in NRCHA earnings, the handsome stallion was offered by Dr. Michael Garver, Great Falls , MT , shown by Justin Warneke, Great Falls , MT and purchased by Elise Thomson, High River , Alberta for $45,000.

A super horse dressed in yellow, Hip 360 “Heza Diamond Spark” a 2005 AQHA Palomino stallion by Diamond J Star was truly a show stopper.

With $78,238 in NRCHA earnings and 38.5 AQHA points, the proven performer came with a long list of accomplishments and on Friday, previewed flawlessly with Justin Warneke.

Out of an AQHA World Champion mare by Shining Spark, “Sheza Shinette”, his mother had also earned $54,415 in NRCHA money.

Offered by Dr. Michael Garver, Great Falls, MT, the big-time stallion sold to Elyse Thomson, High River Alberta for $45,000.

Reserve sale honors went to Hip 309 “Red Dirt Roadie” a 2009 AQHA Red Roan Stallion by Jackson Land and Livestock’s NCHA Futurity Champion, Peptoboonsmal.

Stunningly handsome, the pink roan stallion showed perfectly in the preview by consignor Logan Ginkens, Anthon, IA.

With $21,323 in earnings and accomplishments that included the Congress Open Futurity Championship crown, he was out of Smart Lil Addition by Smart Aristocrat, a $42,572 money earner in her own right and producer of such horses as Cats Hitman and Missing Addition. Purchased by Don Allen, Turtle Ford, Sask, the ready-to-roll stallion brought $30,000.

Rope horses had their day as an impressive set of rope horses came to Billings, Montana. Leader of the pack and the weekend’s top selling gelding was Hip 347 “Gold Dry Doc Two” a 2006 AQHA Buckskin x Grays Golden Doc offered by Turner Performance Horses, Helena, MT and shown by Chad and Paje Turner.

Hauled and won on, tried and true, the finished head and heel horse had also been shown in ranch horse competitions. The hard-to-find, solid gelding brought $28,500 and sold to Scott Bradoc, Marmarth, ND.

He’d won $95,119 and Hip 390 “Smoothe Bye Design” a 2007 AQHA Sorrel Stallion by Smooth As A Cat and out of Absolutely Stunning – a $107,000 money earning daughter of Smart Little Lena – was the “business”. Consigned by Allan Chappell, Purcell, OK, the heavily credentialed stallion brought $26,500 and sold to Open Spear Ranch, Melville, MT.

Onto the barrel horses where pedigree and performance combined in Hip 325 “JF Streak In Creek” a 2008 AQHA Gray Gelding by Brian and Lisa Fulton’s barrel horse sire “A Streak Of Fling”. Offered by Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland, IA and shown by Riley Hanson, the mighty fine gelding ran a good barrel pattern, was built for the long haul, and stayed gentle. Purchased by Paul Jelde, Sidney, MT the special gelding brought $25,000.

The record setting sale averages include the top five at $31,000; Top ten at $24,750; Top 20 brought $19,325; top 50 averaged $12,832; with the top 100 horses at $9,062.

Geldings alone saw a $21,900 average on the top five and a $14,025 average on the top 20.

On the loose the top five averaged $1,850; Top ten at $1,460; Top 20 brought $1,097; Top 50 at $766; and the top 100 averaged $561.

Billings Livestock’s next sale event will be the “Spring Special Catalog Sale” March 22-23 and will feature the annual “Outfitters, Guest, Dude Ranch and Trail Horse” offering in addition to a special session of “Roans Only”. All classes of horses will sell, in addition to a big selection of mules. An indoor preview of the barrel horses, cutters, saddle horses, and rope horses is scheduled for Friday, March 21 at 3 p.m.

For more information, to consign or request a catalog, contact Bill and Jann Parker, Billings Livestock Commission Horse Sales at 406-245-4151 or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com.