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.
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.
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.
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.