2012 BHSS First Interstate Bank Horse Sale results
February 2, 2012
Long established as a strong marketplace for the performance horse, the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo Horse Sale once again broke all previous records. Now into its 54th year, the sale was held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Jan. 27-28. A screening process produced a strong offering of 160 head over the two-day sale.
Following a preview each morning at the James Kjerstad Event Center at the Central States Fairgrounds, the 2012 First Interstate Bank Horse Sale was presented in the Crystalyx BioBarrel Show Ring in Rushmore Hall. The sale corporate sponsors included First Interstate Bank; Ravelette Publications, Inc.; Cattle Business Weekly; and Larry Larson Photography, Inc. Auctioneer Lynn Weishaar, Reva, SD, and announcer John E. Johnson from Piedmont, SD, rolled through the two-day sale that broke yet another record – an overall average of $5,521.93.
For the second year in a row, a son of Leading Sire Nic It In The Bud was the high selling consignment at the BHSS sale. Sired by Reminic and out of Genuine Redbud by Genuine Doc, the 1997 bay stallion Nic It In The Bud has Lifetime Earnings of $148,765 (NRCHA, NRHA, NCHA) with offspring earnings now nearing $1 million.
Topping the 2012 sale after active bidding was Nic It Rey, a 2009 sorrel gelding out of the Dual Rey daughter Miss Solano Rey. Consigned by Cowan Select Horses, LLC from Havre, MT, the 14.3-hand prospect left the ring at the Saturday sale on a bid of $21,000 from Annette Baumeister, Piedmont, SD.
Also consigned to the Saturday sale was the 2004 buckskin gelding Shine N Reno, consigned by Levi Grimes from Kadoka, SD. Sired by Smart Shiner by Shining Spark, he is out of the mare Cowboys Prescription, an own daughter of Diggers Rest by Peppy San Badger. With Doc’s Prescription also on the bottom side, he was promoted as “broke, broke, broke” and as a finished bridle horse with $3,200-plus in NRCHA earnings. Harold Hagen from Crosby, ND had the final bid on this 14.3-hand finished arena performer at $18,750.
Another sale highlight was on the Friday sale offering – Gun A Play A Little, consigned by Tom and Sonya Coolahan from Hermosa, SD. The 2006 bay gelding, sired by PG Golden Gun by Playgun and out of a Smart Little Lena/Doc’s Sug mare, captured the Reserve Championship earlier in the day in the Ranch Horse Select competition. The finished ranch and arena performer with lifetime earnings of $5,000-plus, caught the eye of Josh Leddy, Virgil, SD, and commanded a bid of $18,000.
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Fifteen of the regions leading American Quarter Horse sires were once again showcased on Stallion Row the first weekend of the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) – presented in the sale ring prior to each sale. Offered again in 2012 was the “People’s Choice Award” for the best stall and stallion presentation during the event. Sponsored by Larry Larson Photography, Inc., from Rapid City, SD, the BHSS People’s Choice Award was presented to Nu N Shiney, owned by Bud Fay, Gillette, WY. Sale coverage was provided through Alan and Cindy Taylor of http://www.horseauctions.com with coverage of the two-day sale and the ongoing live Web casts from the Event Center for the daily activities over the two weeks of BHSS events offered there.
The first 16 consignments in the 2012 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo Horse Sale catalog competed for the Championship of the Ranch Horse Select competition. Now in its fourth year, the event was held on the morning of Jan. 27 during the preview of sale consignments.
Sponsored by Lynn and Connie Weishaar, the 2012 Ranch Horse Select Championship was awarded to Pony Expresso, a 2001 bay roan gelding. Owned by Dawn Newland from Belle Fourche, SD, he was sired by their ranch sire Lucky Joe Lynx, a son of Doc’s Lynx and out of a Colonel Freckles/Doc’s Prescription mare.
Consigned by Tom and Sonya Coolahan, Hermosa, SD, Gun A Play A Little won the Reserve Championship with the award being sponsored by John E. Johnson. The 2006 bay gelding is sired by a son of Playgun and out of a Smart Little Lena/Doc’s Sug mare. The Ranch Horse Select consignments commanded a solid average of $8,750 through the Friday auction.