The High Selling Horses of 2012

Across the board, horse sales reported their sales were up over the past year. A lot of great broke horses crossed the auction block, as buyers took advantage of some great stock. Here is a rundown of the top selling horses, which made the sale ring in 2012.



$33,000 – Billings February Special Catalog Sale – The February 24-25, sales top selling horse was Peptos Cuttin Girl (by Peptoboonsmal), a 2006 AQHA bay roan mare. The horse was consigned by Joe Bishop, of Steamboat Springs, CO and purchased by Claudia Lummis, Cheyenne, WY. Red Deer, Alberta’s Pekisko Ranch, Ltd, had 19 horses in the sale including Lil Pepto Pistol (Sweet Lil Pepto). The a 2005 AQHA stallion sold for $23,000. The top 100 horses averaged at $6,697, versus $5,797 last year. BLS also mentions a record price of $3,000 for a loose horse.



$10,500 – Calgary Bull Sale and Horse Sale  – The high seller for the March 5th sale, was WLC Real Summer Girl, a 2006 bay mare consigned by the White Lake Colony of Nobelford, AB, and purchased by Don Leahy of Douro, Ontario. A total of 15 horses sold with a sale average of $6,787. The total gross was $101,800. Last year’s sale sold 16 horses, with a sale average of $6,497.


$6,000 – Billings Spring Special Sale – During the March 24-25 sale the high seller was Lazers Arrow Lad, a 2005 AQHA Buckskin consigned by Bill Johnson, of Big Sandy, MT. There were a total of 827 head of horses with only 28 no sales. The top 100 sold for $3,007.


$8,100 – Northlands Performance Horse Sale – Edmonton’s March 31, sale listed 18 horses sold with the top five averaging at $6,340. The top selling horse was a 2006 sorrel gelding Billy Bob Merada, by Meradas Money Talks, out of a Peppy San Badger mare. The six year-old heeling horse was consigned by Ty Patten of Buck Lake, Alberta and purchased by Kevin Marcink of Stauffer, Alberta. The total sale average was $3,472. Final sales for the day were $69,450.


$6,500 – Horseman’s Reunion Horse Sale – During the Horseman’s Reunion training event in Paso Robles, California, the horse sale took place April 7th. There were 39, two and three year-old horses listed and two horses tied with the top winning bids. One was a bay gelding ridden by Joe Wolter and a buckskin mare started by Pat Parelli. The sale average was $2,500.

$11,500 – Lakeland College Ranch Horse Sale – The April 14 sale had 40 listed along with 5 Black Angus bulls, raised by Lakeland College. High selling horse was GR High Brow, a 2001 gelding by High Brow Hickory. He was consigned by Dennis Dube from Cold Lake and sold to Bill Pocock, of Minburn, AB. Sale average on horses was $3944.


$20,000 – Prairie Quarter Horse Breeders Sale  – The third annual sale took place April 20-21, at the Prairieland Park Ag Centre, in Saskatoon, SK. At this sale put on by the Prairie Horse Breeders Group, the high seller was LL Double Player, a 2008 brown gelding by Smart Little Player. The horse was consigned by Justabouta Ranch of Saskatoon, Sask. The sale average was $2248 up from last year’s average of $1807.


$15,000 – “Real” Ranch Horse Invitational Sale – Montana Ranch Horse Association sanctioned their Real Ranch Horse Invitational Sale at Bridger, MT., April 20-21. The top five ranch horses averaged at $14,200, the top ten averaged $12,275, and all ranch horses sold averaged $6,712. Two top sellers at this year’s sale both brought $15,000. The first high seller was an 8-year-old bay roan gelding, Ive Been Charmed, was consigned by Rex Russell of Laramie, Wyo., and purchased by Jennifer Svoboda of Sargent, Neb. The second horse was an eight year-old bay gelding, Mr Sunny Jay, consigned by Don Selle of Baker, Mont.



$11,500 – Western Horse Sales Unlimited – Saskatoon, Sask. catalogued 233 horses for the sale May 4-5. The top seller was lot 117, Baileys Dually a 2002 sorrel gelding consigned by Sydney Pedersen, Milestone SK and purchased by Lost River Ranches, Manyberries, AB. The top five average $9500 and the overall sale average was $2950. Horses at the sale sold to BC, AB, SK, MB, QC, the maritimes, North Dakota, and Minnesota.



$9,000 – NaturEner Ranch Horse Sale – Medicine Hat, AB, hosted the July 27th horse sale, in conjunction with the annual Ranch Horse competition and Stampede. The high sellers were lots five and 15; Shorty Quixote (by Shorty Lena x Got Pep bred mare), an 2005 bay gelding (who also won the competition for a $4000 paycheck), consigned by Tee Hunter and sold to Dwayne Kesler; Playboy Whiskey (by Mr Play Holly, out of a Doc Tom Tucker bred mare) an 2007 grey gelding (who was second in the competition), consigned by Matt Robertson and sold to Al Golemare. High selling prospect was a 2009 grey gelding, Brighten M Freckles (by Audacious Playgun, out of a Bar Hemp bred mare), consigned also by Tee Hunter and sold to Ted Allison for $4000. The ranch horse average was $6345 and prospects averaged at $3000.



$3,000 – 35th Annual Shamrock Quarter Horse Breeders Production Sale – The annual sale took place in August 6th, in Shamrock, SK. The high was seller Steelin The Chex, a 2008, grey mare consigned by Val Tacholsky, from Medicine Hat, AB and was purchased by Rhys Coward, of Hodgeville, SK. The high selling two-year-old was Cedarlea Boon Dox, which sold for $1900; the horse was consigned by Kylie Deobald, of Hodgeville, SK, and sold to Dave and Susan Ellliot, from Maple Creek, SK. The high selling foal was Cedarlea Closin Shine, a red roan filly, which brought in $1200; the horse was consigned by Bre Deobald, of Calgary, AB, and was purchased by Glen and Sue Mills, of Kaneston, SK.


$4,000 – Sinclair’s Flying S Ranch 5th Annual Production Sale – The fifth annual sale took place August 11th, at Spruce Lake, SK. Lot number five Misleading You On, a 2009 AQHA palomino mare (sired by Master Montoya, out of the mare Ten Sans Pines), was the sale topper. Foals averaged $1230 and the high selling foal brought in $2200. Riding horses averaged $2900, and broodmares sold in the range of $900.



$5000 – Rocking W Horse Sales 26th Annual Fall Horse Sale – The September 1st, horse sale sold 145 horses, at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, MB. The high seller was lot number 27, Glams Peppy Cat (a 2009 AQHA sorrel mare out of a daughter of Pretty Bay Cat). The horse was consigned by Kruger Quarter Horses of Maynard, MN, and sold to Jan Merchant, of Alliance, AB. The top 20 sale average was $3000 and the top 10 foals averaged at $925.

$1,900 – Ace of Clubs Horse Sale  – The annual production sale took place September 6th, at Thorsby, AB. The high seller was lot number 8, a unnamed cremello filly (sired by Im Chex Image, out of the dam RR Maximum Chic), and purchased by Joe Fedoruich, of Dawson Creek, BC. The second high seller was lot number four, an unnamed buckskin colt (sired by Cw Major Blackburn, out of the mare Th Lady Chex) which was purchased for $1000, by Shane Pollitt, of Eckville, AB. The sale sold a total of 34 weanlings from the Ace of Clubs Quarter Horses’ program, which averaged for $535.


$8,700 – Ranch Country Horse Sale  – The annual horse sale was hosted on September 8th, at the Agricultural Grounds, in Maple Creek, SK. The high seller was lot number 67, Major Bucks N Pesos, a 2008 sorrel gelding consigned by Glen Walker, of Rosetown SK, and was purchased by Brian Jurke, of Lloydminster, SK. The top selling foal was lot number nine, a sorrel tovero stallion, offered for sale by Roger and Lou Parsonage and purchased by Mike Shapley, of Acadia Valley, AB, for $2050. There were 30 colts in the sale that averaged $652 and there were a total of 25 saddle horses that sold for $4058.


$9,300 – Cypress Hills 36th Annual Production Sale  – The 36th annual sale took place September 15th, at the Drill Hall, in Maple Creek, SK. Topping the sale was a six-year-old sorrel, W Bar Clover (Dry Doc Freedom, Definitely Major), gelding consigned by Brad Osadczuk, of Jenner, AB, and purchased by Ivan Lambert of Valleyview, AB. The sale average of 43 head sold in total with an average of $8100 on the top five broke horses and $6865 on the top 10 consignments.

$19,000 – The Western Horse Sale  – The 17th annual horse took place September 28th, at the Westerner Exhibition Grounds, at Red Deer, AB. A total of 66 horses were presented in the sale ring, including 49 cutting, performance and breeding stock horses. The top seller was lot number 55, Catty Jewel, a twelve-year-old AQHA mare (sired by High Brow Cat), consigned by Diel and Jessica Hiner of North Powder, Oregon, and was purchased by David Lindsey of Mount Vernon, Washington, for $19,000. The top ten sale average was $9,740, with an overall average of $4,265.41 (up from the 2011 sale average of$3,543.52).

$27,000 – Jud Little Ranch Production Sale – The Sept. 29th sale took place online at and at the Jud Little Ranch at Springer, OK. The top seller was lot number 21 Rockemsockemcash, a 2009 sorrel AQHA mare by Bugemforcash out of Willys Rockin (Jet N Rocket). There were 52 horses sold. The top five averaged $22,240.


$17,500 – Wild Deuce’s Working Mountain Horse Select Sale – The eighth annual sale was held September 30th, near Kingman, AB. The high seller was lot number nine, a 2005 AQHA buckskin gelding named Edge (by JE Skippers Gold out of the dam Lynn Betawar, by Zeek the Streak), consigned by Johnnie Gillis of Gillis Quarter Horses and purchased by John Anderson and Kelly Hirsch of Calgary, AB. The average selling price of the nine horses sold, went for an all-time high of $10,411.


$14,000 – Prairie Quarter Horse Breeders Select Fall Sale – The Oct. 28th sale was held at the Ag. Centre at Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK. The high seller was, lot number 7 Dolly D Day, sired by Smart Zanolena (by Smart Chic Olena) and out of an own daughter of Shining Spark. This horse was consigned by Wanda Cormack, of Pickardville, AB and was purchased by Lana Wutzke, of Vanscoy, SK. The overall average price was $1862 on 49 head sold and the average of the top five horses was $ 6780.


$5,000 – Bloodstock Sale – Farmfair International in Edmonton, AB, hosted the Thursday Nov. 8th horse sale. Top seller was ER Kolas Expectation (by EF Pepi Kola, out of the dam ER Nevada Showgirl) a 2009 sorrel gelding, which was consigned by Edey Ranches of Langview, AB and purchased by Lawrence Clegg of Crooked Creek, AB. The sale average was 2,990 on 14 horses. love their own little playhouse getaway? These teepees offer the \’fort\’ experience anywhere you want them to play. Made of 100% cotton, duck cloth (canvas-type) fabric. Available in black and white reiner, brown and cream longhorn and pink with a black buffalo. So cute and so western! With poles $199.99.

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