If you need a wickedly good reason to write off a trip to Texas, (yes, as breeders we\’re allowed to do this!), you may want to consider the final two weeks of October. For beginning October 14, what\’s sure to be three of the most discussed sales of 2010, are set to begin.
Beginning this trio is the Buffalo Ranch dispersal on Oct. 14 (demonstration, Oct. 13), at the ranch near Fort Worth. Seventy-two horses are on the auction block, with many of these offspring of Buffalo Ranch\’s two signature stallions, Hydrive Cat and TR Dual Rey.
Next on the agenda for performance horse sale hounds would be Babcock Ranch, near Valley View, Texas, on October 15. While it\’s billed as an annual production sale on their website, it\’s more of a partial dispersal, as the sale will actually run through approximately 100 head comprised of not only yearlings and two-year-olds, but three-year-olds, finished show horses, broodmares and three stallions including 23-year-old Trashadeous (Be Aech Enterprise x Miss White Trash x Mr Gun Smoke), 15-year-old Captain Nice (Smart Chic Olena x Dry Tang x Dry Doc), and 25-year-old Lucky Little Lena (Smart Little Lena x Chexy Lady x King Fritz).
According to the Quarter Horse News post on the sale, owner Jim Babcock is of the belief the performance horse world is on the comeback trail and is quoted:
“When the public slowed down breeding, we continued to breed, realizing that there would be a shortage in the market of these young horses. 2008 and 2009 were very tough, now we’ve actually had a very good year in 2010 with a great response on our young horses. People have been totally impressed with the number of 2-year-olds and the quality that we have here.”
The final sale stop is Waggoner Ranch, where the current all-time leading sire of cutting horses, High Brow Cat, resides. And, where it appears every equine but High Brow Cat, and a few other select stallions, are on the block. For instance, the stallion Pretty Boy Cat, is selling. Incidentally, the Waggoners are the NCHA\’s leading cutting horse breeder for 2009. According to Western Bloodstock, this sale is by court order, and includes 220 horses selling with no reserves. The sale will be held at the DLR Stallion Station, Weatherford, Texas, on October 30, with demonstrations on the 29th.
Am I reading your mind? You would like me to head down and report on these sales for you?
Gotcha. Loud and clear. It will take a bit of personal time, but if it will keep you happy and subscribed to Screen Doors & Saddles, I\’ll do it, alright!