Billings Livestock’s "Summer Special Catalog Sale"
Date: June 28-29, 2008
Location: Billings, MT
Averages: Top 10 – $7,200; Top 20 – $5,932; Top 100 – $3,468
Good geldings aplenty, the finished, fit, and fancy kind led the charge at Billings Livestock’s “Summer Special Catalog Sale” June 28-29.
A jumbo selection of 993 head of horses, 430 plus buyers, and 35 roping steers headed to the Big Sky for the two-day summer supersale – and, hear the news – in all divisions, all classes, sale averages held steady or beat the final figures from one year ago.
Top ten averaged $7,200, compared to $7,025 in 2007; top 20 brought $5,932, compared to $5,832; and the top 100 averaged $3,402 against $3,468 one year ago.
Pass outs or no-sales were cut in half over 2007 figures with 64 head of the 993 horses “no-saled” by the consignor compared with 144 of 874 last year.
For the second straight month and the third sale this year, a barrel horse has claimed the number one selling position of the weekend at Billings Livestock.
Wearing the signature black color stamped by his $3 million dollar sire “Dash For Perks” Hip 183 “Pistol Pete Perks” was out of a 1-D daughter of Jet’s Pay Day and came hauled and winning at jackpots and rodeos.
Offered by Kylan Campbell of Harrison, AR, the quality gelding brought $11,000 and sold to Jeff Link of Billings, MT.
Buckskins ruled supreme as a special session of buckskins crowned the June event with the top selling buckskin bringing $8,000 and the top five wearing the butterscotch tint averaging $6,740.
At the top of the buckskin list, Hip 45 “Pistol” – a nine-year-old grade gelding offered by Bruce Nelson of Pine Bluffs, WY, came honest, gentle, parade broke, ranch ridden, and attractive – and sold to Michelle Porter of Colburn, CO for $8,000.
Well attended previews included a “Team Penning” competition on Friday afternoon, and on Saturday a full saddle and ride horse exhibition bonused by team sorting, cutting, and rope horse previews.
One owner and another pretty buckskin, Hip 89 “Biebers Shiner” – a 2001 AQHA Gelding sired by Great Jab O Lena and out of a daughter of Doc’s Oak, was raised and offered by Leroy Beiber of Leola, SD.
Broke, strong built, and sensible, the gelding brought $5,900 and sold to Charles Jerviss of Oak View, CA.
A steady summer loose horse market prevailed as the top five prospects averaged $1,540 against$1,350 one year ago; top ten averaged $1,347 vs. $1,142 in ’07; Top 20 brought $1,115 compared to $946; top 50 came in at $828 against $704; and the top 100 averaged $643 compared to $563 last year.
It’s a good one with a big line-up and Billings Livestock’s next sale event is the “Mid-Summer Catalog Sale” featuring cutting and cowbred horses July 26-27.
To consign or request a catalog, contact Bill and Jann Parker, Horse Sale Managers, at 406-245-4151 or see it all at http://www.billingslivestock.com.