Rocky Mountain Breeders Association plans annual sale and show |

Rocky Mountain Breeders Association plans annual sale and show

The Rocky Mountain Breeders Association (RMBA) is holding its 10th annual production sale, horse show and ranch horse competition on Aug. 27 and 28 at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion in Deer Lodge, MT.

The sale features 72 performance-bred animals in the catalog lineup that include broke horses, brood mares, yearlings and weanlings that are registered with the AQHA, APHA and ApHC associations. Under the sale guidelines, horses need to be bred and raised by members of the association.

In conjunction with the two-day event, the horse show and ranch horse competition is scheduled for both August 27 and 28.

“There’s a good lineup of animals with 19 described as ‘using horses’ that traditionally get ridden in the sale ring,” said first vice president Ron Burns. “In addition, we still will have some of the other ones that just are called ‘broke horses’ that will also get ridden in the sale ring.”

“It’s a production sale and not a horse trader sale,” Burns noted. “Every horse in the sale has to be raised by the ranch selling it except for the ones described as ‘ride horses’ and they need to be in their possession for one year before they can be sold at the sale.”

The ranch horse competition, which starts at 8 a.m. on Aug. 27, is part of the series held by the association throughout the year. The Sale Classic Division has classes for two-year-olds, three-to-five year olds and for six-year-olds and older. In this division, all horses, including foals carried by bred mares at the time of sale, need to have been sold through the RMBA’s production sales.

In addition, there is a RMBA Ranch Horse category, a RMBA Stallion Stakes and an Open Ranch Horse event during the two days. There will also be a jackpot herd roping class and a halter/trail division.

Burns said the objective of the association is to develop, promote and market quality stock and performance horses.

“We also strive to educate our members and the public through clinics and seminars, in an atmosphere where individuals can learn, have fun, develop relationships and encourage each other,” he said.

Throughout the year, RMBA hosts a variety of events, including seminars, clinics, stallion service auction, futurities, horse shows, ranch horse competitions and the annual production sale.

Susan Ostler of Drummond, MT is RMBA president and Michele McGuigan of Plains, MT, is the second vice president. The secretary/treasurer is Gail Morris of Ulm, MT, and Maggie Beck of Deer Lodge, MT is the director-at-large.

For additional information, contact Morris at 406-866-3434 or visit

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