Billings Livestock’s "Cow Country Classic Catalog Sale"
June 15, 2009
Geldings owned it from start to finish as the annual “Best of the Remuda” ranch horse competition showcased an outstanding set of using horses at Billings Livestock’s “Cow Country Classic Catalog Sale” May 23-24.
The top two selling horses – both ranch geldings – brought $10,500 and $10,000 respectively, the top five geldings averaged $8,150.
A mix of spring in Big Sky Country and the passage of Montana’s House Bill 418 contributed to the increase in horse numbers over past months as 842 head came to town for the Memorial Day weekend sale.
Final sales figures include 92.7 percent completed sales – 62 “no sales” – 362 offered loose, all complimented by 400 plus registered buyers.
Billings Livestock was proud to host consignments from the 2007 AQHA Remuda of the Year award winner “S Ranches” – John R. Scott and Sons, Billings, MT and Miles, TX.
He’d never left the ranch he was born on, wore the famous “S” on his left hip, and was every inch a working ranch horse and Hip 193 “Little Irish Whiskey” – a 2002 AQHA Sorrel gelding by Paddys Irish Whiskey and out of the Smart Little Lena daughter Smart Little Gaylena, brought $10,000.
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Shown capably by Caleb Scott in Friday afternoon’s ranch horse competition, the gentle natured, total cowhorse sold to Turnbull Livestock of Billings, MT.
Way nice and already packing a substantial ranch resume, Hip 154 “Pic Your Dual” – an 05 AQHA Chestnut gelding by Mister Dual Pep, was out of a daughter of Dual Doc, second dam by Sugar Vandy.
Branded on, trail ridden, and gentle, too – the extra-broke four-year-old was owned and shown by Tom Buckingham of Bruneau, ID.
Earning third in the competition, the showy gelding brought $7,250 and sold to Kent Kingsbury of Orchard, CO.
Good barrel horses continue to be the business with the top two bringing $8,250 and $7,000.
Hip 56 “PJS Royal King Tivio” a 97 AQHA Brown gelding offered by Cathy Frei of Halliday, ND was a ready-to-haul 1-D barrel horse.
The strong, money-earning gelding by a son of Jessie Tivio “Sweet Sandy Tivio” brought $8,250 and sold to Bob and Tammy Musfelt of Lusk, WY.
Good weather and a good market combined to make fireworks in the BLS loose horse department where the top 50 on the loose averaged a whopping $914 per head.
It’s all about quality – even in the loose division where the top five averaged $1,850 compared to $1,620 one year ago; Top 10 brought $1,602 versus $1,430 in 2008 and $1,405 in 2007; Top 20 came in at $1,303 compared to $1,221 last year and $1,230 two years ago, and the top 100 averaged $637 versus $687 in 2008.
They came to get them as is, where is, and how is at BLS where the top loose horse of the day brought $2,300, followed by $2,200, and $1,700.
Tallying up the entire sale event, strong sale averages include the top five at $8,750; Top ten averaged $7,720; Top 20 brought $6,472; Top 50 averaged $4,714; and the top 100 brought $3,502.
Billings Livestock’s “Summer Special Catalog Sale” is set for June 27-28 and will feature “Team Penning/Sorting” horses in addition to a special session of “Buckskins.”
All classes and types of horses will sell, from prospects, mares, stallions, to finished horses.
Cattle will be available to show the penning, sorting, and cutting horses in addition to rope horses beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.
To consign or request a catalog, contact Bill and Jann Parker, Billings Livestock Horse Sale Managers, at 406-245-4151 or see it all at http://www.billingslivestock.com.