2012 PRQHBA Sale and Futurity
Date: Sept. 2, 2012
Location: Broadus, MT Fairgrounds
Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar
Pedigrees: John Johnson
Weanling – Avg. $730
Yearling – Avg. $1,125
Brood Mares and Riding horses – Avg. $3,730
The Powder River Quarter Horse Breeders Invitational sale was held on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, with 83 head of high-quality, registered horses in the sale offering. The PRQHBA sale is one of the longest running association sales in the country and the futurity competition showed evidence of the top quality that these breeders are putting into their horses.
The high selling horse of the sale was Playgirl Smokey Jo, a 1995 Sorrel AQHA mare who is a daughter of Freckles Playboy consigned by Ada Osteen. The mare sold to Jean Wagner for $12,000. Another highlight of the sale was MCR Jessies Best, a 2005 AQHA grey gelding consigned by Rod and Corrine Schaffer. This sharp gelding was riding nice and had some work in the roping box. He sold for $8,900 to Duane Stelflug. The high selling yearling of the sale was Shield Five Boony consigned by Shield Five Quarter Horses. This nice yearling sold to Jim Hahn for $2,000.
Always the highlight of the sale are the weanlings that are eligible to come back in 2013 and compete for $10,000 in futurity prize money. The top selling weanling this year was from Bar M Quarter Horses – a chestnut filly sired by Karla McDonald’s standout sire Coolest Sensation. Aleena McDonald bought this nice filly for $2,700.
Prices were strong throughout the sale with a very strong market for riding horses. Volume buyer was Michelle Lewis of Roundup, MT.
Three Mile Quarter Horses donated a 2-year-old filly to be auctioned off with proceeds from the auction going to the Broadus Volunteer Fire Department. Between the rollover auction and the sale of the horse, $4,600 was raised for the fire department organization. This will be added on top of the $28,000 raised by Powder River Cattle Drives at the “Burnt Down Ho’ Down” held in conjunction with the PRQHBA events.
The PRQHBA Futurity was filled with strong competition this year. Starting the weekend off was the 2- and 3-Year-Old Futurity combining a halter class, rail class, reining, and cattle work competition. There were 12 competitors. Winning this competition was exhibitor Gene Kukowski riding Highly Vibrant, a 3-year-old gelding purchased from Nicole Wheeler and Sylvia Landa as a weanling. Gene handily won the Western Pleasure, Reining, and Cattle Work competitions to secure his first place win.
The next event on Saturday was the mature versatility competition. This event combines points from halter, western pleasure, reining, trail, cow work, heading, heeling, barrels, and poles. It was a tight competition but Don Selle riding CDS Plastic Playgun came out on the top. The breeder of Don’s horse was Borderview Ranch. There were 14 participants in the event which made for some lively and tough competition.
Winning the yearling gelding futurity was Marcy Davis showing a bay yearling purchased from Nancy Hirsch. Marcy took home a futurity check for $1,500. Aleena McDonald from Miles City, MT, won the youth gelding futurity showing a gelding sired by Martys Moringstar and purchased from Davis Quarter Horses.
Karla McDonald won the yearling filly futurity and her daughter Aleena McDonald won the youth filly competition showing a yearling filly sired by Effort To The Max and purchased from Bar JT Quarter Horses. Karla also took home a check for $1,500. These yearling futurities pay out $5,000 each through six places.
Also offered this year were showmanship awards. Kyra King and Jagger Hoffman were the recipients of the showmanship awards that are sponsored by Lynn Weishaar.
A special thank you to all PRQHBA award sponsors and advertisers. Without the support of the great community of Broadus, MT, as well as surrounding advertisers from Miles City, MT; Belle Fourche, SD; Hulett, WY; Gillette, WY; and Sheridan, WY, this sale would not be possible.