10th Annual Historic Deadwood Horse Sale
“Featuring an Elite Selection of Performance & Ranch Raised Horses”
Date: May 5, 2013
Overall sale – $6,300
Top 5 – $13,550
Top 10 – $11,375
The Seven Down Arena was again the place for the annual historic Deadwood Horse Sale. Jay and Melinda Mattson have been the hosts for this annual sale since its inception. The Mattsons consign several of their top horses, plus they welcome outstanding horses from others who can bring the quality horses that it takes to make this sale strong.
Here you will find a wide selection of horses, ranging from weekend trail horses, working ranch horses, to pro-level rodeo horses. There are also nice prospects that need some additional work. There were barrel and pole horses, and this year they offered some fresh roping cattle too. What a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Prospective bidders got several chances to view the horses and watch them showcase their talents prior to their entrance into the sale ring. Previews were held on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday morning, prior to the auction. The Deadwood sale has a reputation for providing some of the best performance horses, and they are steeped in the western heritage of Deadwood, SD.
There were buyers from six states; South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Nebraska, Colorado and also from Canada.
The top selling horse, at $16,500, was consigned by Jay and Melinda Mattson. He was lot 6 and named Sugars Doc Knotty. This 14-year-old sorrel gelding was by Refined Sugar, back to Sugar Bars. He’s a finished PRCA head horse, as he put Jay Mattson in second place on the Badlands Circuit. He had lots of speed and could also work as a heel horse.
Lot 45, Key Light, was another Head Horse. He was consigned by Northwest Land & Livestock of Cody, WY, and sold to Mike Lahti, Burlington, ND, for $13,750. This 14-year-old bay gelding was a seasoned head horse with a great attitude, and a perfect gentleman to be around.
Harris MV Ranch, Gillette, WY, at $13,500, was the final bidder on lot 2. His name was Yeller and he was brought to the sale by Red Lemmel, Faith, SD. This pretty 8-year-old palomino gelding could be used at either end – as a header or heeler.
JB Lord, Sturgis, SD, brought a popular horse to the sale in lot 8. SI Foolish Mister “Ben” is a 12-year-old bay gelding and he sold for $13,500 to Brett Saville, Ruso, ND. Here is a solid head horse that was still gentle, fun to ride, and good around the ranch. He was sired by SI Olena, and out of a daughter of Spud Bebo’s Tuff Order.
This proved to be a very good sale, and it’s always a pleasure to work with the Mattson family.
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