Billings Livestock Commission’s ‘Mid-Summer Special Catalog’
Professional grade geldings were the stars of the show and oh, how they shined at Billings Livestock Commission’s “Mid-Summer Special Catalog” Sale July 23-24.
Buyers held their feet to the gas on the geldings as 381 head of cataloged horses were offered – 285 of them geldings – and the top two sale horses, both geldings – brought $12,000 a piece.
Offering a big selection of horses – 780 in all – every kind, color, and class, all in one place, and all in one weekend, buyers from New York state to California headed to the Big Sky for a weekend chalk-full of horses, ponies, and mules.
Leading the pack were two geldings offered by the Double K Ranch, McCook, NE, and included Hip 31 “Sonnys Fine Chex,” a 2003 AQHA palomino by Chexs Gold Fritz and out of a Sonny Dee Bar mare, and Hip 83 “Quarter Osage,” a 2005 AQHA Blue Roan x Last Canal and out of a Blue Boy Hancock bred dam.
Both geldings came gentle, ranch ridden, and handsome, with Hip 31 purchased by Mike Chipko, Topanga, CA, and Hip 83 heading north with Grant Little and Rayel Robinson, Thorsby, Alberta, Canada.
The top five horses averaged $10,680.
Just call them “made-to-order” Hips 173/173X “Duke and Daisy” a six- and seven-year-old gray pony team, were broke to ride and drive and had been in parades, grand entries, sleigh rides, and been all over town.
Shown and offered by Kelly Horses, Midway, UT, the unique pair – complete with their special sized harness – sold to Drew and Judy Hutchinson, Alladin, WY.
In the cutting session, Zeph Schultz, Coalville, UT, offered an extra nice mare, Hip 145 “Lil Miss Missfit,” a 2008 AQHA Bay by Pepto Taz and out of Miss Cuttin Wood.
Pretty, ready-to-show and flashy on a cow, the mare showed extremely well in the previews and sold for $8,400 to Belinda Zundel, Portage, UT.
BLS is proud to be “Pony Central” offering ponies of all sizes and levels including Hip 109, “Peanut,” a 2003 Grade Sorrel gelding offered by Shelly Brodkorb, Virgil, SD.
The pint-sized fellow brought $1,100 and sold to Elvera Neuhardt, Miles City, MT.
Good mules like good horses get attention and Hip 432, “John,” a 2005 Dun John Mule offered by Clancy and Ida McNabb, Cody, WY, was gentle, stayed gentle, ranch ridden, and would pack and drive, too.
Marvin Freid, Bismarck, ND, bought the hard-to-find-kind for $7,400.
Strong summertime sale averages include the top ten at $9,230; top 20 brought $7,737; top 50 averaged $5,622, with the top 100 coming in at $4,102.
Loose horses gained some speed over June prices, and in the prospect division the top five averaged $1,375, top ten at $1,230, top 20 at $1,040, top 50 at $517, and the top 100 averaged $456.
Billings Livestock’s next sale event includes the annual “August Catalog Sale,” and “Montana Miniature and Pony Sale,” on Aug. 27-28.
UBRC barrel race with $300 added – open to all barrel racers – will kick off the weekend’s activities on Friday afternoon Aug. 26 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 http://www.billingslivestock.com.
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