Neat is Sold to Canada

Jac Daniels Neat

Kevin and Cindy Smith of Carberry, Manitoba recently announced their purchase of the AQHA stallion Jac Daniels Neat. The 1990 dun will stand at their Silverado Colt Company facility.

Jac Daniels Neat is sired by Hall Of Fame Sire Hollywood Jac 86 and out of NRHA money earner, Lady Bee Great, who is sired by Hall Of Fame Sire, Great Pine.

Kevin said they have high aspirations for “Neat” and referenced the famous story of Sally Brown, who partnered up with Richard Greenberg on Hollywood Jac 86, naming the syndicate the “Jac Pac.”

“Ironically, we live only hours away to the north where the Hollywood Jac 86 breeding story began in Minnesota,” he noted.

Jac Daniels Neat, at 20-years-old will stand to a select group of mares, including the Smith’s stellar broodmare band that includes two own daughters of Topsail Whiz.

Currently, in 2010 Jac Daniels Neat sits at #69 in the NRHA All-Time Leading Sire’s List with earners of more than $250,000 in NRHA events, and another $45,000 in NRCHA and NCHA events. “That just shows the versatility of his offspring,” said Smith. “We hope to carry on the great tradition of the Hollywood Jac 86 line with Neat, and the dream that prior owner Roxanne Peters from Auburn, Washington, had started.”

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AQHA Data Reveals Breeding Trends


~ Heraclitus, early Greek philosopher

Photo by Cowgirl Creations

If you need to know where the modern western horse industry is headed, there is no more fitting marker, yardstick or demographic cruncher to give allegiance to than the American Quarter Horse Association. If you don’t believe me, take a moment and reflect upon the trends and changes that have come our way in the past 30 years. The influx of youth into the industry through the show circuits in the 70’s and 80s, the advent of baby boomers and their specific needs through the late 80s and into the next decade, followed by the surge of recreational riding in the 90’s, as that generation retired their show gear.

While the baby boomer generation drove most of these movements, the AQHA serviced those needs. Consider the AQHA Youth World Show, the Select Show and the association’s wildly popular Horseback Riding Program. The AQHA has nurtured every demographic trend which has found its way into the horse industry over the past four decades. It’s foreseen most of them.

Which is why, when the AQHA releases data, those of us who are invested in the western horse industry, tend to pay attention. At the 2010 AQHA Convention in Kissimee, Florida, the AQHA shared with its members, for the first time ever, stallion breeding numbers. That made me sit up. As I looked through the report, the data revealed some interesting trends to come.

Trent Taylor, AQHA treasurer and executive director of operations, noted the 30 years of registration data the AQHA reviewed showed a classic Economics 101 supply-demand curve.

Interpreting these trends also becomes somewhat of a history lesson, as Taylor pointed out that the supply-demand inclines and declines can be directly attributed to the repeal of the favorable equine tax law in the 1980s; oil prices that hit highs in 1981 and 2007, and lows in 1988, 1994 and 1998; stock market record highs from the late 199s to 2007; and the closing of horse slaughter plants in 2007.

“There are also other factors that affected the supply and demand of our horses,” Taylor added, “including implementation of the AQHA Incentive Fund and the Racing Challenge, alliances formed with other equine organizations, pari-mutuel wagering, and registration rule changes such as embryo transfers, the use of cooled and frozen semen, the registration of multiple embryo foals and the repeal of the white rule.”

Taylor also believes that the trends point out that members of the industry must uphold quality selective breeding standards.

“There are opportunities to the thoughtful breeder who can look to the future,” Taylor added. “We must accept the changing world we are all living in. And yes, we face many challenges as an industry, but there are also many opportunities for the organization and the individual that is willing to invest in a horse that has brought us to this point and will take us into the future.”

“This is the first time we have reported our stallion breeding numbers in this nature,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. “Historically, we have reported registrations completed during the year. That includes weanlings to 4-year-olds. To gain a different perspective and look for trends, we looked at the number of registered foals by foaling year in hope of giving our members more information to make decisions.”

“Our purpose in doing this is to provide as much information as possible, in a timely manner, so our members can make knowledgeable breeding decisions based on accurate statistics,” Treadway added. “After reviewing these reports, breeders have the opportunity to analyze future markets for prospective foals with more information than they have previously had available.”

Here are some of the slides from the presentation:

In early 2008, when it was obvious that the United States economy was beginning to tank, business owners began taking a good, hard look at their numbers. AQHA was no different. The AQHA Executive Committee, along with the AQHA Investment Oversight Committee and members of the AQHA staff looked at past American Quarter Horse industry trends, hoping those examples would help them predict when the economy might start climbing back out of the hole it fell into.

In 2009, AQHA’s completed registrations for American Quarter Horses of any age totaled 112,005.

To view the entire Powerpoint presentation, go to

To view the 2009 AQHA Annual Report with more statistical data, visit You can also find the 2008 and 2007 Annual Reports at the link.

Top seller barrel stallion comes to Canada

Brought to Billings, Montana by Tod DeJong, Tracy, IA the good mule sold to Mitch Svangstu, Noonan, ND, for $5,000.

The noise was all about the working boys – the strong, solid kind that deliver day in and day out – and – professional, service oriented horses and mules enjoyed a big weekend at Billings Livestock Commission‘s “Spring Special Catalog Sale” March 27-28.

Held each and every March, the “Trail, Outfitting, Guide, and Guest” horse feature also offered an excellent set of riding, driving, and pack mules.

Horses and mules sold from coast to coast – California to Massachusetts , Texas to Alaska, with a weekend total of 760 head offered including 74 cataloged mules.

It goes in the BLS record books – an iron-clad market was verified by a record low pass out rate as only 31 head were were passed out or “no-saled” by the consignor – that calculates to a 96% overall sale percentage. .

A gentle, attractive, top-notch trail mule that had been started heading topped the mule charts with a $5,000 price tag, and Hip 409 “Roy” was good to catch, load, saddle, and shoe.

Mules came in all colors, kinds, and areas of expertise, with the top five mule average at $3,300 and the top ten at $2,620.

In the horse division, stallions continue to shine as Hip 158 “Lazy Wind,” a 2003 AQHA sorrel stallion by the Triple Crown winner Special Effort and out of the Easy Jet daughter By All Means Easy, brought $10,700. Offered by Bucky Derflinger, Mud Butte, SD, the big, pretty stallion sold to Keith Pomeroy, Armstrong, BC.

Steady as she goes, the market was solid from the first horse to the last, with buyers seeking out the dependable, honest, gentle on their mind kind, where the top five averaged $5,850, top ten at $4,905, top 20 brought $4,097, top 50 came in at $3,293, and the top 100 averaged $2,730.

Double gentle and rides the same everyday, Hip 17 “Black Jack” a 2004 Grade black gelding offered by RMO Horses, Heber, UT brought $4,400 and went home with Bob and GayAnn Masolo,Townsend, MT.

Wildnerness Adventures, Powell, WY brought a stand-out assortment of mules and horses that had been used in their pack trips, dude rides, and hunting camps and included Hip 66 “Bones” a 2003 Grade Gray Quarter Draft gelding.

The gentle, trail and cowhorse sold to Mark Dunsley, Couer D’Alene, ID for $4,400.

Ray and Marjorie Beecher, Grass Range, MT offered a partial dispersion of their time-honored program including daughters of their famous sire “Gumbo Roany”.

Loose horses made a definite jump in value at the March sale where the top prospect commanded $2,500.

On the loose, he top five averaged $1,920 compared to $1,210 in 2009, the top ten averaged $1632 versus $1,022 last year; The top 20 brought $1,330 compared to $826 with the top 50 at $974 compared to $585; and the top 100 averaged $795 versus $435 one year ago.

Sue Wallis, Recluse, WY addressed the Sunday Sale crowd and updated the audience on the latest processing legislation. For more information

Billings Livestock’s next sale event is set for April 24 – 25 and will feature the 12th annual “Rope Horse Special” catalog sale and regular monthly horse sale.

Lots of cattle, lots of opportunities to watch the rope horses, including a jackpot team roping open only to sale horses set for Friday, April 23 in the BLS arena.

PRCA World Champion Team Roper, Bobby Harris, will be on-site Friday, 12 noon, prior to the jackpot, for an informal, free roping seminar which will touch on scoring, horse position, facing, stopping, and roping basics.

Rope horses will show again in previews on Saturday and Sunday.

All classes of horses will sell including mares, stallions, finished horses, prospects, and young stock.

Cattle will also be available to show the cutting horses and calf horses.

Catalog closing date is April 5, with a supplement printed for later entries.

Gunner is an NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire

National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame stallion, “Gunner” (Colonels Smoking Gun), is unofficially the eighth NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire. His offspring have quickly racked up earnings moving him from the list of 18 Million Dollar Sires up to the Two Million Dollar achievement in just three years. Money earners at the 2010 NRHA European Futurity (Pretty Miss Smokegun and Gunspinner) and at the Cactus Reining Classic (Gunners Special Nite) helped bring his unofficial total progeny earnings to $2,000,453.

Gunner, bred by Eric Storey, is the top earning offspring of the Colonel Freckles’ son Colonelfourfreckle. The 1993 stallion is out of Katie Gun who has produced NRHA earners of more than $405,000. Gunner was the 1996 NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion ridden by Clint Haverty. At the time, Paul and Pam Rohus/Double PR Ranch owned Gunner. Five years later, he won the USEF National Reining Championship with Bryant Pace aboard for owner Debra Sloan. The stallion earned nearly $175,000 in his career and was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2003. McQuay Stables Inc.’s (Tim and Colleen McQuay) currently own and stand the stallion in Tioga, Texas.

Gunner’s top performers include: Gunners Special Nite ($163,100: two-time NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalist, NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion, NRHA Futurity Level 3 Open Champion, NRBC Level 4 Open finalist and AQHA World Show Junior Reining finalist); Gunnatrashya ($157,390: NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion and All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Champion), The Great Guntini ($130,590: finalist in NRHA Futurity Open Level 4, NRBC Open Level 4 and NRHA Derby Open Level 4); Snow Gun ($122,090: NRHA Futurity Open Level 4 third place, WEG Team Silver Medalist, and NRBC Level 4 Open finalist); Sorcerers Apprentice ($90,540: AQHA World Champion Senior Reining; and finalist in NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open, Reining By The Bay Level 4 Open and NRBC Level 4 Open).

NRHA will recognize Gunner for this spectacular achievement during the 2010 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show in November. He also will be recognized during the National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the governing body of the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit