2012 Historic Deadwood Horse Sale
A nice crowd of very serious buyers gathered for the 9th annual Historic Deadwood Horse Sale. The location was the Seven Down Indoor Arena near Spearfish, SD. Jay and Melinda Mattson have produced this sale for the past nine years, and it has proven itself as an excellent place to shop for ranch horses, weekend trail horses, along with proven pro-level horses. This was an offering for a wide variety of buyers – from some very elite top proven rodeo competitors to some very well-bred young riding prospects.
This sale offers two different previews, over two days, to ensure that potential buyers can find a horse that will meet their needs. Many horses have come through this sale and went on to be successful at several different levels.
The good thing about the Mattson family is that they use their horses daily, and they encourage the rest of the consignors to represent their horses honestly and fairly to the public.
Top-selling horse of the day was Lot 10, consigned by Jade Lyon, Meadow, SD. He sold to Jeff Schaefer, Des Lacs, ND, for $13,750. This horse was “Robert,” and he was a grade palomino gelding that was nine years old. Jade had won money on him in calf roping, and this horse presented himself well at the preview. You should hear more from this horse.
Kelly Eggl, Minot, ND, consigned Lot 3, which sold for $11,000 to Marv Pullam, Riverton, WY. He was “Sonny’s Regal Quest” by Sonny LL Straw back to Sonny Dee Bar. He was a very gentle 15-year-old sorrel head horse that was very quick. He had been won on at PRCA rodeos.
Don Kirkland, Blythewood, SC, purchased Lot 68 from Shawn Hochhalter for $10,750. His name was “Bubba,” a seven-year-old gray grade gelding that was sold as a ranch horse. He had been used on the ranch for gathering, checking, and moving cows, and was as pretty as they come.
Lot 77, “Bueno Cajun,” a nine-year-old registered palomino gelding consigned by Claudia Martinson, Gillette, WY, sold for $9,500 to LL Livestock, Saratoga, WY. This very gentle ranch gelding had had reining training and had been ridden by riders of all ages.
This proved to be a very good sale, and it’s always a pleasure to work with the Mattson family.