Wide World of Horses


A better market for a better horse continues as buyers seek out the finished product – the ready-to-ride kind with a solid education in their chosen field.

Numbers for the big summer sale weekend in Billings included at grand total of 864 head of horses, 424 registered buyers with 238 actually purchasing, and 110 individuals buying two or more.

The July sale event featured cutters and cowhorses, and the top twenty sellers list swelled with sons and daughters of Shiners Lena Doc, Smart Little Lena, Nitro Dual Doc, Smooth As A Cat, CD O’lena, Peptoboonsmal and packed an average sale price of $9,782 on the top 20.

Consigned by the AQHA’s All-Time Leading breeder of performance horses, Carol Rose Quarter Horses, Gainesville, TX and shown by the NRCHA’s number three ranked rider, Jay McLaughlin, Hip 157 “Shiners Hot Lips” an 08 AQHA sorrel filly by Shiners Lena Doc and out of Tarizana earned top sale honors with a final bid of $23,500.

Selling to Bud Faye, Gillette, WY the filly had it all – currently in training for NRCHA events and nominated to the AQHA Incentive Fund, she came eligible for the NRHA, NRBC, and NRCHA Stallion Stakes in addition to having a 2009 NRCHA Top 15 Leading Producing dam – “Tarizana”.

Black Rock Ranch, Harrison, ID offered a nice set of horses including Hip 121 Vaca Rey a 2001 AQHA Sorrel Stallion by Smart Little Lena and out of the famous mare Autumn Boon – she’s produced over $1 Million in earners including IM Countin Checks, Wild Thing DNA, and Boon A Little.

Call him stunning, the pretty stallion sold to the home of the oldest Quarter Horse Production Sale in the World – the Raymond Sutton Ranch,Gettysburg, SD, recipient of the AQHA Legacy Award – in 2010, this celebrated ranch registered their 2,280th foal.

Hip 164 “Busy Cactus” a 2003 AQHA Bay Gelding raised, ridden, and offered by Tyler and Jamie Morgan, Prosser WA, came as a ready-to-haul head horse, seen ranch use, as well as ran barrels.

Sired by Tuf N Busy, the rock-solid-gelding brought $13,500.

Way nice and user friendly, Hips 420 & 420X Joe and Clark a team of black geldings, had been used in parades, weddings, pulled plows, discs, and feed wagons.

Offered by Clancy and Ida McNabb, Cody, WY the horses and harness brought $7,000 and sold to Sid Stromme, Manhattan, MT.

Sale averages truly reflect the quality of the entire two day sale event as the top five brought $14,900, top ten at $12,225, top 20 $9,782, top 50 averaged $6,714, and the top 100 head averaged $4,643.

Loose horses flat got with it and saw a bump in price as the top five averaged $1,630, top 10 brought $1,357, to 20 $1,125, top 50 $778, and the top 100 averaged $586.

Billings Livestock’s next sale event includes the annual “August Catalog Sale”, and “Montana Miniature and Pony Sale” August 28-29.

UBRC barrel race with $300 added – open to all barrel racers – will kick off the weekend’s activities on Friday afternoon August 27 in the BLS Arena.

Sale horses are encouraged to compete and enter with a $100 bonus awarded to the sale horse clocking the fastest time.

To enter, consign or request a catalog, contact Bill or Jann Parker, BLS Horse Sale Managers at 406-245-4151 or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com.


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