SALE REPORT NOVEMBER 26, 2016
Unique & Talented
Quite the collection of horses packed the November 26 sale offering at Billings Livestock Commission’s “Holiday Special Catalog Sale”.
Highlighted by the second annual $1,000 added money "R CUSTOMERS ROCK" barrel race and team roping held Friday just prior to the sale preview.
The "Customer Appreciation" event was open to all customers who had done business at BLS Horse Sales over the past 19 years.
The event hosted 53 barrel racers with Becky Fuson earning the 1D Championship and $354.
The team roping showcased 116 teams with Sam Pickett, Crow Agency, MT and Alfred Armajo, Lodge Grass, MT roping three in 19.97 and winning $620/man.
The top five selling horses included a Gypsy Vanner, a barrel horse, a rope horse, two fancy prospects, and averaged $10,260.
A one-day total of 531 head of horses came to Billings with 25 no sales or pass outs.
A one-of-a-kind guy claimed top sale honors with a $14,500 selling price, and Hip 159 “Turbo” a 2011 Grade Gypsy Vanner Gelding offered by West Fork Ranch, Sheffield, IA came gentle, kind, and safe.
Shown in the previews, the special fellow was extremely broke, rode double, triple, came traffic broke and sensible and sold to Kristy Manschein, Oakdale, CA.
Take a one-horse trailer to the rodeo and load Hip 140 and you came mounted and headed to the pay window on “Fame Flash” a 2002 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Mr Fancy Fame x Dash Ta Fame offered by Megan Burbridge, Elmwood, UT.
A competitive 1D/2D barrel horse, the striking gelding also ran 20 second poles, had cashed checks in the breakaway roping and on the head side, and stood 15.2 hands and weighed 1,200.
Truly talented and with solid manners, the gelding brought $11,000 and sold to Ryan Scott, Rock Springs, WY.
Nice, nice and ready to go your direction, Hip 74 “Good Cookin” a 2011 AQHA Chestnut Gelding x Cookin Merada x Meradas Money Talks and out of a daughter of Haidas Little Pep was fancy colored and fancy riding.
Gentle, shown at versatility shows, used as a turn back horse, and started roping the hot heels, the well-rounded gelding sold to Castle Mountain Ranch, Inc., White Sulphur Springs, MT for $9,500.
Finished head and heel horse, shown in the pre-sale preview, and ready to load and go, Hip 83 “Silvertone Bar Three” a 2009 AQHA Sorrel Gelding offered by Bernadette Zervas, Congress, AZ had also been shown in versatility competitions.
The gelding brought $9,300 and sold to Troy and Kelli Tavegie, New Castle, WY.
They had owned her for seven years, won thousands both heading and heeling, ranched on her, ridden in the mountains, and Hip 144 “Peppys Lil Catt” a 2008 AQHA Brown Mare by Sophisticated Catt and out of Precious Lil Pappy was the business.
Offered by Scott Hulme, Downey, ID the good mare was purchased by Scott Peterson, Belle Fourche, SD for $7,000.
Adam Noll, Louisburg, KS consigned Hip 85 “Donald” a 2009 Grade Sorrel John Mule that came gentle, ridden in rough terrain, stood 15.3, and wouldn’t quit when the days got long.
The big, gentle giant brought $4,300.
Complete sale averages include the top 5 at $10,260; top ten at $8,185; top 20 at $6,492; top 50 brought $4,469; and the top 100 averaged $3,146.
Loose horses saw an active market pushed by the riding prospects as the top five loose averaged $2,220; top ten at $1,815; Top 20 brought $1,380; top 50 at $936; and the top 100 averaged $687.
Get set for one big day of horses, tack, and more horses on Saturday, January 28 as Billings Livestock kicks off the New Year with the “Winter Special Catalog Horse Sale” and annual “Cabin Fever Tack Sale” offering used and collectible tack.
See it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT OCTOBER 29, 2016
On A High Note
Keen, colored, and educated, the demand for solid geldings continued at Billings Livestock Commission’s “Fall Special Catalog Sale” and regular monthly horse sale October 29.
The one-day sale saw 778 head of horses offered with horses originating from 16 states and Canada and selling across the map to 20 states and Canada.
The top selling horse came straight off a day’s work and Hip 58 “Cochise“ a 2008 Grade Black and White Paint Gelding was gentle, safe, and kind.
Used for every job on the ranch, the fancy fellow was offered by McNabb Livestock, Cody, Wy and sold for $27,000 to Catharine Peterson, Lexington, KY.
Billings Livestock was proud to offer seven head from the program of NFR Qualifier Dean Tuftin, DT Horses, Bend, OR, home of “Shiners Lena Chex” by Shining Spark, sire of AQHA World Champions including the 2015 World Champion Junior Tie Down Roping horse and 2015 World Champion Junior Heeling horse.
Reserve sale honors at $10,000 to Hip 76 “DT Home Run Homerun” a 2012 AQHA Bay gelding x Lena Docs Diamond x Shiners Lena Doc raised, trained, and offered by DT Horses.
Purchased by Roger Kleeman, Billings, MT the big, solid, gelding showed outstanding in the rope horse preview on the head side, and came gentle and handsome.
Another young gelding that showed big time stuff in the roping preview, Hip 111 “MDP Baxtons Seeker” a 2010 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Mr Bueno Seeker x Poco Bueno 2 was offered by Kevin and Ashlee Jaeger, Newell, SD and shown both heading and heeling by Paul Griemsman.
The stand-up gelding brought $7,500 and sold to Shawn Jenkins, McCook, NE.
A very nice two-year-old stud colt, Hip 195 “Money Is My Choice” a 2014 AQHA Bay Roan Colt x Laredos Lynx x Laredo Blue was offered by West Fork Ranch, Sheffield, IA and purchased by Jimmy Beaty, Okeechobee, FL.
Flashy, fancy, and athletic, the special two-year-old brought $7,500.
Offered by the ranch that raised her, Hip 134 “Boons French Streak” a 2013 Red Roan Mare x French Streaktovegas x A Streak Of Fling was consigned by Jody Smith, Miles City, MT.
Well started, the barrel horse prospect brought $7,300.
Overall sale averages include the top five at $11,860, top ten at $9,270, Top 20 at $7,152, top 50 brought $4,966, and top 100 averaged $3,624.
Riding prospects dominated the loose offering where a new record was set in the loose division as the top horse of the day brought $4,600 - no speech, no rider, no guarantees.
Loose market saw top five average $2,720, top ten at $2,265, top 20 at $1,832, top 50 brought $1,297, and the top 100 averaged $967.
Billings Livestock's next sale event is set for November 26 and will include an indoor preview of cutters, ride horses, and rope horses on Friday, November 25 at the HorsePalace Arena.
As part of the Holiday Sale weekend, a $1,000 added money barrel racing and $1,000 added money team roping exclusively for Billings Livestock customers “R Customers Rock” will kick off Friday’s events.
For more information, to consign or request a catalog, contact Billings Livestock Commission Horse Sales at 406-855-1947 or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT SEPTEMBER 24 & 25, 2016
Billings Livestock’s “Cow Country Classic Catalog Sale” September 23-25 welcomed a stellar selection of horses where “Rope Horses” took center stage and the top five averaged $20,000.
Head, heel, or breakaway, the rope horses previewed Friday afternoon in Billings Livestock’s sale horse jackpot hosted by the HorsePalace Arena where 129 teams put on a show - it was two complete go-arounds and a top 12 finals - and one big-time in Billings, Montana.
Produced by Wrangler Team Roping Championship’s Dennis Tryan, the professional display of rope horses blasted off the three-day, 82nd anniversary celebration at Billings Livestock including the grand opening of a new, 36 stall horse barn.
“Rope Horses” claimed 14 positions in the BLS Top Twenty Sellers listing - bearing an average ticket price of $13,160, and overall 82 rope horses averaged $5,881.
A weekend total of 765 head of horses were offered with good horses catching good demand where the top 100 horses averaged $7,144.
Young and talented, Hip 255 “Gunner Echo” a 2010 AQHA Gray Gelding x Mr Play Holly x Playgun and out of a Major Bonanza bred dam took home top sale honors with a $24,000 sale price.
Offered by “Get R Done Horse Training” Barrhead, Alberta, shown by Trey Gallais and earning a third place average check in the jackpot, the gelding was previewed heading, heeling, tie-down, and breakaway roping.
Kind and willing, the deluxe gelding sold to Shane Johnson, New Town, ND.
He showed outstanding in the barrel racing demonstration, and Hip 147 “Bully At The Bar” a 2010 AQHA Bay Roan Gelding x Platinum Bully x Bully Bullion earned reserve sale honors with a $20,000 sale price.
Consigned by Schmitt Horse Ranch, and shown by Riley Schmitt, the gelding ran 1D/2D times, came extremely broke, started on the hot heels, and paid into Future Fortunes,
Pitzer Ranch, Ericson, NE purchased the quality gelding.
Turner Performance Horses, East Helena, MT offered Hip 231 “Jae Bar Smart Mister” a 2004 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Smart Little Mister and out of a daughter of Doc’s Jack Sprat that had been hauled and won on heeling.
He won sixth in the average, came gentle, seasoned, and safe - brought $19,000 and sold to James Sandy, Claresholm, Alberta.
Solid, solid, solid - from top to bottom - the top five horses averaged $20,000 with the top ten at $16,970 top 20 averaged $13,375, top 50 brought $9,682 and the top 100 averaged $7,144.
Again, the younger, plainer, less experienced horses continue to see lessened demand while the better, overall quality individuals continue to see increased demand.
Loose horses rocked it as the top processing horse brought 58 cents and the prospects shined with the top five averaging $1,850, top ten at $1,695; top 20 at $1,405, top 50 at $1,055, and top 100 averaging $867.
Billings Livestock’s “Fall Special Catalog Sale” is set for October 28-29 offering an indoor, climate and ground controlled preview for the barrel horses, cutters, saddle and ride horses, calf horses, and team roping horses set for 3 p.m. on Friday, October 28 at the HorsePalace Arena.
For more information, to consign or request a catalog, contact Jann Parker, BLS Horse Sale Manager at 406-855-1947 or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT AUGUST 27, 2016
Run, Baby, Run
Performance horses - with a push on barrel and speed bred horses - flavored Billings Livestock’s “August Special Catalog Sale” and regular monthly horse sale August 27.
All in one day, all in one place, Billings saw 600 head of horses with the top five averaging $10,960.
Friday night’s UBRC “It’s All About You” approved barrel race kicked it all off with 78 runs including nine sale horses.
At the top of the high seller’s list was Hip 18 “Moon” a 2010 Grade Paint Gelding offered by Jerry White, Timber Lake, SD and shown by eight-year-old cowboy Gavin White.
He stayed gentle, had lived on the same ranch his entire life, was a true family horse that had been ranched on, ridden in parades, and trail ridden.
Solid and tolerant, the good gelding brought $16,000 and sold to Larry and Vickie Hanft, Dayton, WY.
He had it all going on – color, pedigree, disposition, and talent – and Hip 74 “Crown Shake Em” a 2009 AQHA Buckskin Gelding x CrownRoyal Frenchman x Frenchman’s Guy and out of a daughter of Royal Shake Em came consigned by Kurt Knudson, Iowa Falls, IA.
Ridden in the barrel race and shown in the previews by Riley Schmitt, the extra-nice gelding had been hauled and stayed quiet.
Kristopher Molle, Chauvin, Alberta, purchased the gelding for $11,000.
Quarter and half drafts continue a big presence as three made the top 20 list with an average sale price of $5,200.
Sired by the Fulton Ranch Sire, “CS Flashlight”, Hip 150 “BS Royal Jewel Flash” a 2009 AQHA Gray Gelding was out of a Streakin Six bred dam and was offered by Julie Voigt, Buelah, ND.
Big, strong, and attractive, the well-bred, balanced gelding brought $11,000.
Jess Koubek, Thedford, NE consigned Hip 8 “Pecos Orphan Riviera” a 2005 AQHA Chestnut Gelding x Pines Poco Eagle that came ranch ridden and was finished on the heel side.
Gentle and broke, the gelding brought $5,400 and sold to Rob Vigoren, Laverkin, UT.
With all classes offered, 80 horses brought between $4,650 and $1,600.
Loose horses had a runaway as the top processing horse brought 58 cents and the prospects continue to see strong demand.
On the loose, 25 head brought $1,000 or better, with the top loose horse selling for $2,700.
Top five on the loose averaged $2,130, top ten at $1,795; Top 20 brought $1,493; top 50 at $1,147 and the top 100 averaged $918.
Overall sale averages include the top five at $10,960; top ten at $8,625; Top 20 at $6,842; top 50 brought $4,817; and the top 100 averaged $3,471.
Billings Livestock’s annual “Cow Country Classic” catalog sale is next on the BLS Sale agenda September 23-25
The big, fall sale event will headline “Rope Horses” with a team roping jackpot for sale horses only at 1 p.m. Friday, September 23.
All classes of horses will sell including mares, stallions, finished horses, prospects, and young stock. Cattle will be available to show the cutting horses, calf horses, and rope horses. Catalog deadline is September 5, with a supplement printed for later entries.
See it all at www.billingslivestock.com or contact Jann Parker, BLS Horse Sale Managers at 406-855-1947.
SALE REPORT JULY 23, 2016
Summer’s Power Rides
A better market for a better horse was the trend at Billings Livestock’s “Mid-Summer Special Catalog Sale” July 23.
The one day sale event featured cutters and cowhorses and offered sons and daughters of Metallic Cat, WR This Cats Smart, Zack T Wood, Smart Little Lena, Dual R Smokin, and Rockin W.
Numbers for the big summer weekend in Billings included 525 head of horses, 301 individual registered buyers with 147 actually purchasing, and 39 no sales.
Handy and handsome, Hip 118 “Wild Card Cat” a 2011 AQHA Chestnut Stallion
Sired by NCHA Open Futurity Champion, NCHA Horse of the Year, and sire of over $8 million - Metallic Cat - and out of Sanjos Lil Angel a $47,400 money-earning daughter of San Jo Lena earned top sale honors with an $18,000 sale price.
Bred by the San Juan Ranch and offered by Mike Lyons, Polson, MT , the well mannered gentleman sold to Kent Blough, Wilsall, MT.
She’d earned $11,900, came novice eligible, gentle, and perfect for the Amateur or non-pro rider, and Hip 64 “Catilda” a 2008 AQHA Sorrel Mare by WR This Cats Smart and out of Peppy Madonna x Peppy San Badger earned runnerup sale honors with a $15,700 bid.
Owned and shown by Kathryn Terrell, Scottsdale, AZ the quality mare sold to Julio Arellano, Wellington, FL.
An all-around nice gelding that had been shown in Stock Horse competitions, Hip 207 “Shorthanded Outfit” a 2007 AQHA Sorrel Gelding by Solid Sugarbar by Colonel Freckles and out of a Tee Cross bred dam was gentle, attractive, and had been used in all aspects of ranch work.
Offered by JC Performance Horses, Kuna, ID, the kind, willing gelding brought $9,700 and sold to Paul Schultes, Howes, SD.
Hip 68 “RW Dots” a 2014 AQHA Palomino Gelding by Rockin W and out of Daisy Dots x Quejanaisalena was one special two-year-old.
Loaded with personality, the kind, gentle fellow showed on cattle in the preview, was offered by West Fork Ranch, Sheffield, IA and sold to Bert Bilby, Chadron, NE for $7,000.
A horse for every price-point, 80 horses brought between $2,200 and $5,500.
Complete sale averages include the top five at $12,780; Top ten at $10,775; top 20 average $8,727; Top 50 brought $6,113, and the top 100 averaged $4,405.
Loose horses continue to see a strong market where the top end of the processing horses brought 50 cents and the riding prospects continue to shine as 24 head brought $1,000 or better.
Top loose horse sold for $3,000, pushing the top 5 average to $2,320, top 10 at $1,980; Top 20 at $1,572; Top 50 at $1,122, and top 100 averaged $847.
Billings Livestock’s next sale event includes the annual “August Catalog Sale August 27.
UBRC barrel race with $300 added - open to all barrel racers - will kick off the weekend’s activities on Friday afternoon August 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 Jann Parker, BLS Horse Sale Manager at 406-855-1947or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT JUNE 25, 2016
The Barrel Racing Biz
Ready to roll arena horses and better quality prospects shined at Billings Livestock’s June 25 “Summer Special Catalog Sale”.
Top five horses averaged $12,060 and included two hauled and won on barrel horses, a rock solid head horse, and two fancy prospects.
A one-day total of 681 head of horses were offered with 301 buyers registered and 159 purchasing horses.
To the top of the high sellers listing she went and Hip 151 “Cash N Streak” a 2005 AQHA Sorrel Mare by a Streak of Fling and out of Cash N Dash by Texas High Dasher had been hauled extensively to college rodeos for the past four seasons and showed well in the preview.
Offered by Judy Simonson, Loring, MT, shown by Buckshot Nelson, the mare had seen extensive ranch use, had been hauled as a hazing horse, brought $15,000 and sold to Jeff Poppe, LaGrande, OR.
Same solid trip every time, Hip 176 “Play With Colonels” a 2007 AQHA Bay Gelding x Playguns Little Lena by Playgun was the real deal head horse.
Score, run, rate, face, steer after steer - he was the business offered by Tyson Frank, Queen Creek, AZ and purchased by Vanek Cattle Service, Silesia, MT for $13,750.
Candi Zion, Winifred, MT consigned Hip 67 “Sadies T Bird” a 2008 AQHA Dun Mare by Sadies Frosty Drift and out of Estrapde by On A High.
Coming with 2D barrel futurity earnings, the mare had been used on the ranch, ridden on the Rocky Mountain Front, came started on poles, brought $12,700 and sold to Joe Murray, Oakdale, CA.
Shown in the Friday team sorting competition, Hip 55 “Smarty Roayl Buck” a 2007 AQHA Red Roan Gelding sired by Poco Royal Smart and out of a Mr. Roan Hancock bred dam was owned by J & A Horse Ranch, Preston, MN.
The full-made, fancy gelding sold to Dennis Stevens, Red Lodge, MT for $10,750.
With 80 head bringing between $2,400 and $5,200, a something for everyone horse market prevailed at Billings Livestock.
The top ten averaged $9,625, top 20 at $7,617, top 50 brought $5,557, and the top 100 averaged $4,186.
Led by the riding prospects, the loose horse market was smoking hot where the top horse on the loose brought $2,900, followed by two head at $2,300, $2,250, and $2,200.
As a result, loose averages climbed to some of the highest in BLS history where the top five averaged $2,390, top ten at $2,155, top 20 averaged $1,820, top 50 at $1,326, and the top 100 averaged $1,023.
Already a solid lineup of first-class horses, the annual “Mid-Summer” Catalog Sale – featuring cutting and cowbred horses is next on the BLS agenda July 23.
All classes of horses will sell, including finished horses and prospects for ranch, roping, arena, cutting, or recreation. Designed to allow the sellers an opportunity to showcase their consignments and at the same time, giving the buyer an honest, professional opportunity to assess the horses, Friday’s special preview of cutting horses on cattle will begin at 5 p.m. in the BLS Arena. Saturday’s preview begins at 8:30 a.m. with another look at the cutters on cattle, followed by the saddle and ride horse demonstrations, with calf horses and team roping horses showing at 11 a.m. Catalog Sale Time is 12 Noon. Loose horses sell at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. 500 plus horses are expected.
Billings Livestock is a federally licensed and bonded facility and offers all classes and kinds of horses. For more information, contact Jann Parker, BLS Sale Manager at 406-855-1947. www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT MAY 28, 2016
Geldings Go Big-Time
Bonused by the “Best of the Remuda” Ranch Horse competition, Billings Livestock’s “Cow Country Classic Catalog Sale” May 28 showcased the talents of the consignments and saw an active market fueled by better-end geldings.
19 of the top 20 selling horses were geldings with an average sale price of $9,920.
A super set of 34 using horses competed in the judged ranch horse competition on Friday afternoon where Hips 178 “Number One Spot” offered by Turner Performance Horses, East Helena, MT and shown by Chad Turner and Hip 171 “Cajun Spoonful” offered by Parker Horse Company, Billings, MT and shown by Chelsea Brown split Championship honors.
Hip 178 “Number One Spot” a 2009 AQHA Red Dun gelding sired by the NCHA Open Futurity Champion, Spots Hot, and out of a daughter of Doc N Willy, was the complete package - fancy, gentle, capably rope either end, or cut a cow - he did it all with style and finesse.
The gelding topped the day’s offering with a $20,000 price tag, selling to Roger Kleeman, Billings, MT.
Hip 171 “Cajun Spoonful” a 2010 AQHA Red Roan gelding sired by Hes A Peptospoonful and out of a $94,900 money earning daughter of Lenas Jewels Bars was also gentle, fancy, and showed outstanding.
The extra-nice gelding brought $12,000.
He had a lot to talk about and Hip 80 “Fancy Colt 44” a 2009 AQHA Sorrel Gelding by Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) and out of Freckles Fancy Que x Freckes Fancy Twist came complete with NRHA earnings and a gentle disposition.
Willing to please, the sharp dressed, talented young gelding was offered by Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland, IA, earned fifth spot in the Ranch Horse Competition, and sold to Michael Bennett, Tennessee Colony, TX for $17,000.
Lyle Mitchell, Arvada, WY offered Hip 144 “Mr Pepsmoke Money” a 2004 AQHQA Gray Gelding sired by Mr Pepsmoke and out of a Jays Blue Bar bred dam.
Tried and true, the gentle-everyday kinda guy had seen many, many ranch miles, came in fourth in the competition, brought $7,500, and sold to Battle Ax Ranch, Cowley, WY.
Bred to be the special guy he was, Hip 123 “My Guns Dun It” a 2013 AQHA Palomino gelding sired by NRHA Hall of Fame and $6 Million dollar sire, Hollywood Dun It, and out of Red Berry Guns by Colonels Smoking Gun.
With a ranching resume already, the attractive, gentle three-year-old was offered by Greg Goggins, Shepherd, MT and sold to Weller Ranch, Kadoka, SD for $13,000.
Quarter-Drafts continue their popularity at Billings as Hip 152 “Silverado” a 2010 grade gray gelding consigned and shown by Jeff and Christina Tift, Banner, WY brought $7,000.
The one-day sale offered 571 head of horses with 23 no sales and a top five average of $15,650, top ten at $12,565, top 20 averaged $9,920, top 50 at $7,178 and the top 100 averaged $5,270.
Loose horses keep a push on the market as the top end of the processing horses brought 50 to 55 cents and the riding prospects ran wild - top loose horse brought $2,700 and 27 head brought $1,000 or better.
Loose averages rock with the top five at $2,500, top ten at $2,235, top 20 averaged $1,821, top 50 at $1,245, and the top 100 averaged $924.
The “Summer Special Catalog Sale” is next on the BLS sale schedule set for June 25 and will feature “Team Sorting” horses. All classes and types of horses will sell including rope horses, cutters, reiners, prospects, mares, stallions, and finished arena and using horses.
BLS will host a team sorting, Friday, June 24 with one horse in each team being a sale horse.
Cattle will be available to show the cutting horses and rope horses beginning at 8.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Ride horse previews included.
See it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT APRIL 23, 2016
A class collection of rope horses - 90 in all - came jackpot and rodeo ready for Billings Livestock Commission’s 18th annual “Rope Horse Special and April Special Catalog Sale” April 23.
A packed pre-sale team roping jackpot held Friday afternoon at the Horse Palace Arena welcomed 147 teams in a 2 go round with top 12 finals format roping to showcase the sale horses.
Rope horses brought from $2,500 to $25,500 depending on talent, condition, and disposition.
With three separate opportunities to preview, the rope horses had it going on. The top ten rope horses averaged - every one of them entered in the jackpot - a nice $17,550.
A pair of fancy gray geldings claimed the 2016 Spring Rope Horse Sale Championship posting a 21.24 on three head.
Hip 60 “Fan Of A Colonel” a 2007 AQHA Gray Gelding by Bar Four Colonel consigned by Mosquito Creek Performance Horses, Nanton, Alberta and headed on by Trey Gallais and on the heel side, Hip 73 “Charlsies Cat” a 2005 AQHA Gray Gelding by Playgun and out of a daughter of High Brow Cat piloted by Jace Crabb, Mangum, OK. The pair of geldings brought $7,500 and $25,500 respectively.
Finished arena horses and deluxe prospects rang the bell as the top five selling horses - a trail horse, three rope horses, and a barrel horse - averaged $22,100.
Straight to the top he went and Hip 20 “Little Horn” a 2006 Grade Bay Draft-Cross gelding was as unique as he was big.
The one-of-a-kind guy stood 16 hands and came solid broke, ridden by all ages, and was a finished trail and ranch horse offered by Jeff and Christina Tift, Banner, WY.
Purchased by Michael Snyder, Colorado Springs, CO the gentle giant brought $29,000.
Head or heel, Hip 78 “WC Dakota Driftn Rey” a 2009 AQHA Bay Gelding x Dakota Drift offered by Scott Peterson, Belle Fourche, SD and shown by John Peterson, was the rope horse business.
Winning third spot in the jackpot on the head side, the real deal gelding had been to the Wrangler Finals, National Little Britches Finals, and could be ridden by anyone from seven to 70.
Even tempered and gentle, the gelding brought $18,000 and sold to Terry Brown, Graham, WA.
Jason Schafer, Broadus, MT brought a handsome and talented tie-down calf horse to Billings and Hip 200 “Texas Black Veil” a 2010 AQHA Black Gelding x Royal Texas Jasy was out of a Haidas Little Pep daughter.
He showed it all in the previews, and the gelding with the big future brought $17,500 and sold to Chip Sisco, Greenough, MT.
Hip 112 “Smartys Foxy Man” a 2006 AQHA Dun Gelding by Smart Little Scoot and out of a Justa Swinging Peppy daughter came with AQHA points in ranch sorting, $2,700 in NCHA earnings, and was a finished head and heel horse.
Consigned and shown by Jason Hershberger, Litchfield Park, AZ the talented gelding sold to Pete Kyle, Amarillo, TX for $16,000.
Barrel horses shined including Hip 150 “Flings Cashin Whiskey” a 2011 AQHA Gray Gelding x A Streak of Fling and out of a daughter of Paddys Irish Whiskey offered by Theresa Walter Sorlie, Billings, MT.
The outstanding prospect came with a solid foundation, a big-time pedigree, and had been in good hands. He brought $19,500 and sold to Cindi Butler, Boulder, WY.
Janet Erickson, Helena, MT offered a gelding that she had bred, raised, trained, and hauled, and Hip 104 “Ole Niblefoot” a 2007 AQHA Brown Gelding x Smart San Colonel had made many trips to the pay window.
Handy, pleasant, and athletic, the willing gelding brought $13,000 and sold to Jason Crane, Montpelier, ID.
With a one-day total of 555 head of horses the complete sale averages show the top five at $22,100; top ten at $19,350; Top 20 brought $16,375; Top 50 at $11,031, and the top 100 averaged $7,430.
In the loose horse division the market has remained strong with the better processing horses holding the 50 cent market.
Riding prospects pushed the loose market where 29 head brought $1,000 or better with no speech, no rider and as is, where is.
The top five averaged $2,270, top ten at $1,942; top 20 brought $1648; top 50 at $1,179; and the top 100 averaged $864.
Billings Livestock’s next sale event is set for May 28 and will feature the annual “Cow Country Classic” catalog sale in addition to the “Best of the Remuda” Ranch Gelding competition.
Featured in May will be Ranch geldings along with kid’s ponies and horses.
Ranch Horse competition is set for 3 p.m. Friday, May 27 in the BLS Arena.
Cattle will be available both days to preview the rope horses and cutting horses.
For more information, to consign or request a catalog, contact Bill and Jann Parker, BLS Horse Sale Managers at 406.855.1947 or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT MARCH 26, 2016
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Mega mules, trail, pack, and hunting horses - a sportsman’s selection of the tried and true kind - filled Billings Livestock’s “Spring Special Catalog Sale” March 26.
A one-day total of 529 head were offered which included six teams, 69 mules, and over 40 draft or draft cross bred consignments.
The top five included a team, a draft cross mare, a grade rope horse, two AQHA geldings, and averaged $9,080.
Mules made magic with the top two selling mules bringing $4,500 each.
Big, strong, and gentle-by-nature, drafts of all kinds, full, half, and quarter - brought from $800 to $8,200, with the top five averaging a rippin‘ $6,300.
The well matched team of Hips 155 and 155 X “Bonnie and Clyde” a pair of three and four-year-old grade, black, shire mares offered by Chris Weese, Farson, WY had been used to feed cows and horses, sleigh rides, and were started right. The attractive, gentle team brought $8,200 and sold to Herb Napier, Forsyth, MT.
Hip 137 “Snippy” a 2008 Grade Percheron Cross Mare consigned by Guy and Kay Small, Pompeys Pillar, MT came gentle, ranch and trail ridden, and fancy broke to ride. The flashy, well mannered mare brought $7,900.
He rode as good as he looked, and Hip 173 “Peppys PG Sundust” a 2010 AQHA Gray Gelding by Peppys Gay x Peponita and out of a daughter of Playgun earned top sale honors for March. Offered by Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland, IA, the better broke gelding came with reined cow horse training and had been hauled to weekend cuttings. Grapevine Ranch, Inc, Billings, MT purchased the special gelding for $10,700.
Two mules brought a final bid of $4,500 each, and included Hip 189 “Willy” a ten-year-old Grade John Mule offered by Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland, IA and Hip 230 “Bobbie” and eight-year-old John Mule consigned by Clay Trollinger, Ten Sleep, WY.Both mules were well broke and gentle.
The loose horse market raged on where an incredible propect market set new records - 35 horses brought over $1,000 on the loose, no rider, no speech, no guarantee, pushing the the top five average to $2,960, top ten averaged $2,530, top 20 brought $2,036, top 50 at $1,408, and the top 100 brought $1,035.
Inclusive of all divisions - catalog horses, loose, and open consignment - complete sale averages show the top five at $9,080; top 10 at $7,710; Top 20 brought $6,345; Top 50 at $4,852; and the top 100 averaged $3,905.
Billings Livestock’s next sale event is set for April 22-23 and will feature the 18th annual “Rope Horse Special” catalog sale,
Show ‘em and shop ‘em, lots of cattle, lots of opportunities to watch the rope horses, including the professionally produced sale horse jackpot team roping set for Friday, April 22.
In addition, Billings Livestock welcomes 3X PRCA World Champion Tee Woolman for a complimentary roping seminar just prior to the jackpot.
See it all at www.billingslivestock.com or contact Bill and Jann Parker, BLS Horse Sale Managers at 406-245-4151.
SALE REPORT FEBRUARY 27-28-29, 2016
STARS OF THE GAME
Billings Livestock’s big, three day sale weekend, February 26-27-28 saw a compilation of some of the best performance horses, ranch horses, and prospects, ever assembled in Billings , Montana .
From the first horse to the last, the sale dazzled with a quality offering in all disciplines, as over 800 individual buyers registered to purchase a weekend total of 872 horses.
Welcomed by sunshine, blue skies, and 60 degrees and bonused by a full day of indoor, climate and ground controlled performance previews, the sale horses had opportunity to showcase their skills.
The rippin’ set of horses set new sale records for BLS that included the top five average at $28,800, top ten brought $24,370, top 20 at $19,605; top 50 at $14,049; and top 100 averaged $10,480.
Top sale honors to Hip 310 “Same Low Price” a 2008 AQHA Gray gelding x Mr Fancy Fame by Dash Ta Fame offered by Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland , IA.
The hauled and won on 1D/2D barrel horses was also a finished head horse, came broke, quiet, and gentle, and sold to repeat customers, Timothy and Tya Kraus, Ranier, WA for $34,000.
Reserve sale honors with a $32,000 sale price to Hip 347 “Famous Yellow Rose” a 2011 AQHA Palomino mare by Dash Ta Fame offered by Jessie Domann, Gainesville , TX .
Purchased by Charles Decher, Gelwein , IA , the BFA money earner was also a top 50 finalist at Fort Smith , extremely broke and solid on the pattern, and was legged up and ready to run.
Justin and Ashley Michels, Cannon Falls, MN offered Hips 348 “Wimpys Just Smoking” a 2012 AQHA Sorrel Stallion x Wimpys Little Step and out of a daughter of Grays Starlight and Hip 242 “Make It A Bud” a 2009 AQHA Palomino Gelding x Nic It In The Bud with $9,872 NRHA.
The pair of finished reiners brought $27,000 and $26,000 respectively.
Rope horses had their time to shine with the top two rope horses bringing $22,500 and $19,000 and included Hip 290 “Rawhide Roo Star” a 2011 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Roo Star offered by Parker Horse Company, Billings, MT and purchased by Casey Patterson, Clovis, CA and Hip 350 “Lyle” a 2005 Grade Sorrel Gelding consigned by Billy Brown, Joliet, MT and purchased by brian Okelberry, Goshen, UT.
Loose horses saw a fantastic market as well, where the top loose horse of the day commanded $3,600 and the top five averaged $2,440, top ten at $2,040, top 20 at $1,735, top 50 brought $1,312, and top 100 averaged $991.
Billings Livestock‘s “Spring Special Catalog Sale” March 26 offers one big day of horses and mules and features the annual “Outfitters, Guest, Dude Ranch and Trail Horse” offering in addition to a special session of “Roans Only”. All classes of horses will sell, in addition to a big selection of mules.
An indoor preview of the mules, barrel horses, cutters, saddle horses, and rope horses is scheduled for Friday, March 25 at 3 p.m.
SALE REPORT JANUARY 23, 2016
The 2016 Billings Livestock horse sale season officially kicked off January 23 as BLS Horse Sales welcomed 378 head to the annual “Winter Special Catalog Sale” and “Cabin Fever Tack Sale”.
Big, blue, and gentle, Hip 69 “Cruzin Dude Blue” a 2005 AQHA Blue Roan Gelding sired by Blue Dude Coulee and out of Coys Pretty Benear x King Coys Bonanza earned top sale honors with a $11,000 bid.
Offered by Quarter Circle 4R Ranch Horses, Cody, WY the solid ranch gelding stood 16 hands and weighed 1200 lbs, saddled up quiet every time, and was good to rope and doctor on.
The unique gelding sold to Dyke Kalanick, Fort Benton, MT.
Working cowboy Joe Fox, Hysham, MT consigned Hip 71 “Ronan” a 2009 Grade Sorrel Gelding that had seen lots and lots of ranch miles.
Ridden by Joe for two years on the Froze To Death Grazing District, the gentle, honest gelding had made plenty of big circles, brought $7,000 and sold to Mooncrest Ranch, Cody, WY.
A pair of buckskin’s, both consigned by Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland, IA, claimed spots two and three where Hip 94 “Gingers Best Hank” a 2007 AQHA Gelding sired by Walkers Dora Jo x Tyrees Walker and out of Ms Libber Dee x Mr Baron Bell earned runnerup sale honors with a $7, 800 sale price and Hip 102 “MGBrockDocSkipaZana” a 2008 AQHA Gelding sired by Dry Docs Hilltop x Mr Forty Dry and out of a Blackburn bred mare brought $7,500.
Sale averages remained strong as the top five averaged $7,460, top ten at $6,380, Top 20 brought $5,235, Top 50 at $3,672, and the top 100 - and that caught eight loose horses in the compiliation - averaged $2,631.
The loose prospects were super strong where the top horse brought $2,150, and pushed the top five average to $1,800, top ten at $1,547, top 20 brought $1,238, top 50 at $875, and the top 100 averaged $680.
Processing horses continue to hold their ground with the best horses bringing 45-50 cents/lb.
Billings Livestock’s “February Catalog Sale” will feature an expanded three-day sale format February 26-27-28 with a complete performance preview of all catalog horses beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday at the HorsePalace Arena.
In addition, the American Quarter Horse Association’s member services will be on site at BLS to personally assist with transfers, issues, and registrations.
See it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT NOVEMBER 28, 2015
Good ‘N Gentle
Tried and true geldings made the market at Billings Livestock’s “Holiday Special Catalog Sale” November 28.
Billings Livestock’s final sale of 2015 hosted 428 head of horses.
The day’s top sale horse was offered by Brian McCarty, Sheridan, WY and Hip 13 “Sonny Fleetline” a 2006 AQHA Red Roan Gelding by Bold Sonny Dee had drug hundreds of calves to the fire and had been used for every aspect of ranch work.
The attractive gelding showed outstanding in the roping preview, came gentle and stayed that way, had been ridden in the mountains and sold to Ed Brainard, Belgrade, MT for $14,000.
Reserve sale honors went to Hip 87 “Tecs Chex” a 2008 AQHA Bay Gelding x ER Hot Chex x Nu Chex To Cash offered by J & Horse Ranch, Preston, MN.
With NRHA earnings, the handsome gelding came extremely broke, started on the heelomatic, patterned on the barrels, and was ready to go any direction.
Jason Furnival, Casper, WY purchased the quality gelding for $10,700.
Talented and cute, Hip 85 “Mo Mo Cat” a 2013 AQHA Sorrel Stallion by Hydrive Cat and out of a daughter of Smart Chic Olena was consigned and shown on cattle by Scott Hulme, Arimo, ID.
Ranch ridden, the well bred cutting and cowhorse prospect brought $9,000 and sold to Lori Crowell, Big Timber, MT
Nice, nice and drove the best, Hips 79 and 79X “Snuff and Tuff” a seven and eight year old team of draft cross blue roan geldings that had been used to disc the arena, drag meadows, in addition to being broke to ride and pack.
Driven all over Billings Livestock, the team was consigned and shown by Jeff and Christina Tift, Banner, WY and brought $9,000 selling to Rockin J Ranch, Philipsburg, MT.
Rock solid from beginning to end, the top five averaged $10,240, top ten at $8,525, top 20 borught $6.657; top 50 averaged $4,409, and the top 100 came in at $3,115.
Loose horses were again driven by the prospects as the top five averaged $1,575, top ten at $1,347, top 20 at $1,151, top 50 averaged $869, and the top 100 brought $683.
Get set for one big day of horses, tack, and more horses on Saturday, January 23 as Billings Livestock kicks off the New Year with the “Winter Special Catalog Horse Sale” and annual “Cabin Fever Tack Sale” offering used and collectible tack.
See it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT OCTOBER 24, 2015
An Upward Trend
Strong demand continued for accredited performance horses and top-shelf ranch geldings at Billings Livestock Commission’s “Fall Special Catalog Sale” October 24.
With a one-day total of 611 head of horses, the top twenty averaged $7,740 and included four grade geldings and a listing of registered horses sired by industry leaders including Smooth As A Cat, Thomas E Hughes, Woodbridge, and Frenchman’s Guy.
Hip 29 “Red Neck” a 2007 Grade Red Roan gelding offered by McNabb Livestock, Cody, WY earned top sale honors with a final sale price of $20,000.
Quiet, kind, and gentle, the attractive gentleman had been ranch raised and ridden, had seen miles of trailing of cattle, used in horsemanship clinics and sold to Janet Lange, Wentzville, MO,.
Sired by NCHA Horse of The Year “Smooth As A Cat” and totally on her game, Hip 137 “Cats Missin Jewel” a 2008 AQHA Sorrel Mare was out of the $89,000 money earning mare My Jewels Missin by Lenas Jewels Bars.
Offered by Tania Ugrin-Capabianca, Red Bluff, CA, and shown in the cutting previews by Will Nuttall, the solid, flashy, ready-to-go-show mare sold to Sheana Rambauer, Hamilton, MT for $17,200.
Hip 211 “Frank Dun It” a 2007 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Freeway Frank and out of a Hollywood Dun It mare, came with a solid resume that included NRHA earnings, Ranch Pleasure accolades, and gave the Iowa State Cowgirl her winning competition run.
Owned by the Westfork Ranch, Sheffield, IA, the special gelding brought $11,000.
Originally bred by Carol Rose and sold at Billings Livestock as a weanling, Hip 164 “Soula Hula” a 2009 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Soula Jule Star and out of a Genuine Doc daughter, was offered by Dave Collins, Melstone, MT.
As pretty as they come and ridden miles upon miles of big, Montana ranch country, the superstar ranch hand brought $10,500.
North Country Quarter Horses, Fred, Linda, and Grace Finke, Big Sandy, MT consigned 21 head of weanlings from their program with Hip 184 “LF Top Dog” a 2015 AQHA Gray Stallion x Kay Cross Cajun x Frenchmans Guy and out of a Dash For Perks dam topping the offering with a final bid of $3,600.
The quality set of weanlings averaged $1,400.
Overall sale averages include the top five at $13,860, top ten brought $10,520, top 20 at $7,740, top 50 at $5,236, and the top 100 averaged $3,836.
Loose horses felt the seasonal shift as supply beat demand, however, prospects continued their hot streak as the top five loose averaged $2,300; top ten at $1,920; top 20 brought $1,608; top 50 at $1,126; and the top 100 averaged $762.
Billings Livestock's next sale event is set for November 28 and will include an indoor preview of cutters, ride horses, and rope horses on Friday, November 27 at the HorsePalace Arena.
As part of the Holiday Sale weekend, a $2,000 added money barrel racing and $2,000 added money team roping exclusively for Billings Livestock customers “R Customers Rock” will kick off Friday’s events.
For more information, to consign or request a catalog, contact Billings Livestock Commission Horse Sales at 406-855-1947or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT SEPTEMBER 25, 26 & 27, 2015
With 21 horses bringing $10,000 or better, Billings Livestock’s “Cow Country Classic Catalog Sale” September 25-27 set new records and offered a “one-stop” shop for performance horses, prospects, and good geldings.
The feature was “Rope Horses” and the sale stats include a weekend total of 892 head of horses, 77 pass outs or no sales, 453 registered buyers with 267 actually purchasing horses, 114 buying two or more head, and horses selling to 23 states and four Canadian provinces.
The top five averaged $18,300 and included three standout rope horses, a gelding by Colonels Smoking Gun, and a seasoned cutting horse mare by High Brow Hickory.
BLS was proud to welcome PRCA World Champion Team Roper, Tee Woolman, Llano, TX who conducted a well attended, informative, roping seminar prior to the sale horse jackpot Friday afternoon at the HorsePalace arena.
The professional roping jackpot followed and saw 129 teams compete in a two-go-around and finals format where Hip 257 “Bueno Azure Te Rebel” consigned by Michael and Dana Smith, Raymond, Alberta and ridden by Jason Thorstenson on the head side, paired with Hip 268 “Snikle Fritz Peppy” offered by Siggins Horse Co., Coolidge, AZ and ridden by Lane Siggins on the heel side, laid down three steers in 22.75, took home first place paychecks, Gordy Alderson Trophy Bits, and Ropes from Rocky Mountain Rope Co. The horses brought $4,200 and $6,700 respectively.
There was a horse for every budget and skill level, and good horses saw good demand as the top 100 horses averaged $7,613, and the 12 rope horses representing the top six in the jackpot, averaged $5,664.
Stamped with quality, Hip 175 “One Gun Shiner” a 2009 AQHA Palomino Gelding x Colonels Smoking Gun and out of a daughter of Shining Spark took home top sale honors with a $25,000 sale price.
Offered by Westfork Ranch, Sheffield, IA, the NRHA money earner was kind, honest, and seasoned, had been shown right up to sale day, and was purchased by Brianne Hawks, Norco, CA.
Bringing $20,000, reserve sale honors to Hip 173 “Dry Golden Gun” a 2006 AQHA Buckskin Gelding x PG Golden Gun x Playgun and out of a Johnny Dry bred mother.
Consigned by Schmitt Horse Ranch, the gelding had been hauled on the head side, ridden on the trails and ranch used, as well.
The “ready-made” kind - arena horses to ranch horses to trail horses - carry the clout as buyers continue their quest for a finished product.
NFR Qualifier Ty Erickson, Helena, MT offered Hip 124 “Map Flying Bar Drift” a 2002 AQHA Bay Gelding x Tallywood Do It x Tally Man that had been hauled heading, heeling, and hazing.
With a couple of PRCA Circuit Finals qualifications on his resume, the seasoned gelding brought $13,200 and sold to Terry and Dawn Powlesland, Laurel, MT.
Rope horses claimed 15 positions in the BLS Top Twenty Seller’s List, including four head offered by National Finals Rodeo qualifiers.
Overall, the top ten averaged $15,545; Top 20 at $13,097; Top 50 brought $9,948; and the top 100 averaged $7,613.
The fire was lit on the loose trade as the top loose horse of the day gathered $2,050 and a whopping prospect trade pushed the averages to $1,900 on the top five; Top ten at $1,642; To 20 brought $1,387; Top 50 at $1,033; and top 100 averaged $823.
Billings Livestock’s next sale event is set for October 24 and will feature Performance Horses. A complete indoor preview of barrel horses, cutters, saddle/ride/reiners, and rope horses is set for Friday, October 23 at 3 p.m. .
Read all about it at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT AUGUST 22, 2015
On Their Game
Seasoned performance veterans and fashionably pedigreed young competitors were the products in demand August 22 at Billings Livestock’s “August Catalog Sale Event”.
Performance horses - with a push on barrel and speed bred horses - flavored the weekend’s offering where the top five selling horses averaged $13,200 - and - included a grade gelding, a Frenchman’s Guy, High Brow CD, and a hauled and won on barrel horse.
Friday night’s UBRC Showdown barrel race in the BLS Arena rocked with 76 runs including sale horses and welcomed reigning World Champion Barrel Racer, Fallon Taylor.
Two horses claimed the high seller’s position with a $15,500 sales price, and included Hip 78 “Squirt” a 2006 Grade Bay Gelding consigned by three-year-old Jackson Langdeau, Rapid City, SD and Hip 156 “Wild Wanda 409” a 2009 AQHA Sorrel Mare by Wild Thing DNA offered by Barry and Michelle Barnes, Lewiston, ID.
Hip 78 “Squirt” was a very gentle kid’s ranch horse and had been Jackson’s personal ranch gelding and hauled to many playdays. Broke enough for adults to get work done on and gentle enough for kids, the quiet gentleman had also been breakaway and heeled on and sold to Ed Brainard, Belgrade, MT.
Sharing the top spot was Hip 156 “Wild Wanda 409” a finished cutting mare with $31,370 in NCHA earnings with wins that included the Open Futurity and Open Derby at Big Sky Aged Event, and a finalist this past May at the NCHA Western National’s in Reno.
The solid mare was purchased by Greg Burrington, Graham, WA.
A big selection of better-end, reliable geldings all with “gentle” as the common denominator - continue to drive the overall market as traditional ranch geldings stay double solid.
The top stock horse gelding brought $7,500.
Shown in the previews and offered by Bill Pinz, Wyola, MT, Hip 21 “Boonsmals Bobby Chex” a 2006 AQHA Palomino Gelding x Chromesmal x Peptoboonsmal was a real ranch horse that had seen it all and was fancy enough to show or take to the team ropings.
Sharon Norskog, Watford City, ND purchased the class gelding.
Raised, shown, and consigned by RaeAnn Svedberg, Hardin, MT Hip 127 “Shotgun N Pep” a 2006 AQHA Sorrel Gelding by Sergeants Enterprise and out of Peppy Mahia had been used for every ranch chore, brandings, shown in ranch horse competitions, and could cover big country with ease.
The extra broke gelding brought $6,900 and sold to Pitchfork Cattle, LLC, Big Timber, MT.
Inclusive sale averages - from beginning to the end, from top to bottom - include the top five at $13,200, top ten came in at $10,180; top 20 averaged $7,767; top 50 brought $4,790; with the top 100 at $3,254.
Loose horses maintain their market strength as the top loose prospects commanded $2,250 and $2,200 and made the top five average $1,930, top ten at $1,667, top 20 at $1,371, top 50 averaged $989, and top 100 at $764.
Billings Livestock’s annual “Cow Country Classic” catalog sale is next on the BLS Sale agenda September 25-27.
The big, fall sale event will headline “Rope Horses” with a team roping jackpot for sale horses only at 1 p.m. Friday, September 25.
Billings Livestock will also welcome 3X PRCA World Champion Team Roper, Tee Woolman, Llano, TX for a complimentary roping seminar prior to the sale horse jackpot.
All classes of horses will sell including mares, stallions, finished horses, prospects, and young stock. Cattle will be available to show the cutting horses, calf horses, and rope horses. Catalog deadline is September 5, with a supplement printed for later entries.
See it all at www.billingslivestock.com or contact Bill and Jann Parker, BLS Horse Sale Managers at 406-245-4151.
SALE REPORT JULY 25, 2015
All. Star. Rides.
Winning genetics put performance pedigrees front and center at Billings Livestock’s “Mid-Summer Special Catalog Sale” July 25.
The one-day sale offered 764 head of horses, including 278 Cataloged horses selling to over 400 registered buyers with 178 actually purchasing livestock.
Stallions lead the way as top sale honors and reserve sale honors were both claimed by stallions bringing $17,200 and $16,000, respectively.
Red roan and ready-to-go, Hip 110 “KR Fantallicka” a 2013 AQHA Stallion sired by Metallic Cat and out Fancy Zack x Zack T Wood was raised by and offered by Krebs Ranch, Eldon and Louisa Krebs, Gordon, NE.
Sired by Metallic Cat - NCHA Hall of Fame, NCHA Open Futurity Champion, earner of $637,000 and sire of over $4.2 million - the fancy two-year-old came with a big future and sold to Jimmy Kinnison, Yuma, CO.
In addition to the top selling horse, Krebs Ranch offered 15 head from their select breeding program and included sons and daughters of High Brow Cat, Cats Moonshine, Horseplayin, and Reys Dual Badger.
Another standout from the Krebs program , Hip 205 “KR Shining Fancy” a 2012 AQHA Sorrel Filly sired by Cats Moonshine and out of the same mare as the day’s high selling horse - Fancy Zack, a $37,000 NCHA money earner and dam of five performers - the well bred filly was stout, broke, and ready-to-go.
The handy mare sold for $10,750 to Julie Arellano, Wellington, FL.
Reserve sale honors to Hip 152 “My Ticket To Fame” a 2009 AQHA Gray Stallion sired by Faming Perry x Dash Ta Fame and out of a daughter of Dream Fantasy.
Purchased by Dusti Percival, Oxford, NE, the handsome gentleman brought $16,000.
The top selling gelding was previewed and offered by Tom and Carmen Buckingham, Bruneau, ID and Hip 41 “Golden Sugar King” a 2007 AQHA Palomino Gelding x Kings Colonel Tari had been used to doctor, brand, gather, and came started on the head side roping.
Also used at rodeos as a pick up horse, the gentle gelding brought $13,000 and sold to John Yocum, Athol, ID.
An accelerated loose horse market, again lead by the prospects, continue their hot streak where the top five selling loose averaged $2,420 and - 30 head brought $1,000 or better - no rider, no speech, no footnotes.
The top weigh up horses brought 38 to 45 cents per pound.
Overall sale averages include the top five at $1,4240; Top ten at $11,785; Top 20 brought $9.685; Top 50 at $7,168 and the top 100 averaged $5,116.
Billings Livestock’s next sale event includes the annual “August Catalog Sale August 22.
UBRC barrel race with $300 added - open to all barrel racers - will kick off the weekend’s activities on Friday afternoon August 21 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 406-855-1947or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT JUNE 27, 2015
Hot Summer Geldings
An all-star cast of professional-grade geldings with resumes that included ranch, arena, or recreation work, claimed every spot on Billings Livestock‘s Top 20 Sellers list for the “Summer Special Catalog Sale“ June 27.
That set of 20 geldings averaged $7,812.
Straight to the top they went, and Hips 112 and 112X “Pete and Charlie“ a solid black percheron team of full brothers, bred, raised, and offered by Merry Teiken, Waubun, MN, had been used in parades, weddings, could pull wagons, discs, and full size winter sleds.
The shiny seven and eight year old team was also broke to ride, brought $13,800 and sold to Megan Koltiska, Sheridan, WY.
Runnerup sale honors to Hip 179 “Some Kinda TR” a 2011 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x TR Dual Rey and out of the $380,000 money earner and NCHA Open Futurity Champion mare, Some Kinda Memories.
Offered by West Fork Ranch, the solid, finished cutter brought $10,200.
Robison Ranch and Rope Horses, Weatherford, TX offered Hip 185 “ThirdRateRomance” a 2010 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Third Cutting that came extra broke and well started heading in the roping pen.
The gentle gelding had seen plenty of ranch miles and sold to Tom O’Grady, White Owl, SD for $10,000.
Ed Fryer, White Sulphur Springs, MT consigned Hip 96 “LF Dashing Doc Bar” a 2006 AQHA Bay Gelding x Frosty Sabre Glo and out of Dashing Lil Monkey.
Quiet around cattle, handy around the corrals and alleys, pasture roped on, started colts, and made plenty of big circles in big country, the good ranch gelding brought $7,500 and sold to Kevin Campbell, Bondurant, WY.
Talk about fancy, Hip 128 “Weavers Blue Poco” a 2008 AQHA Blue Roan Gelding x Poco Ima Doc was offered by Cliff Milliron, Polson, MT.
Used for a bit of everything, he had seen mountain trails, gathered cattle, and was started in the arena roping and on barrels and was purchased by Ray Ellsworth Hill, Ennis, MT for $7,000.
Sale statistics smoked it with 665 head of horses offered and an impressive set of sale averages: Top five averaged $10,250; Top ten at $8,960; Top 20 brought $7,812; Top 50 at $6,088, and top 100 averaged $4,577.
The strength of the loose market continues as the top end of the processing horses brought 38 cents with a frenzy on the loose prospects as 44 head of horses brought $1,000 or better, lead off with $3,000, $2,675, and $2,550 on the top three.
Top five loose averaged $2,485; top 10 brought $2,150; Top 20 at $1,818; top 50 came in at $1,402, and top 100 loose averaged an all-time high of $1,088.
Billings Livestock’s “Mid Summer Special Catalog Sale” is next on the agenda July 25. Loose horses will sell at 8 a.m. with catalog sale time 12 Noon. A special preview of cutting horses on cattle will be featured on Friday evening.
Contact Bill or Jann Parker, BLS Horse Sale Managers at 406.855.1947 or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT MAY 23, 2015
A super show of handy horses demonstrated their abilities in the annual “Best of the Remuda” ranch horse competition held Friday afternoon where Hip 79 “Haidas Cat Ichi” a 2006 AQHA Sorrel Gelding sired by Cat Ichi and out of a daughter of Haidas Little Pep took home Championship Honors.
The top two selling horses of day - both shown in the ranch horse division and both carrying proven arena credentials - brought $20,500 and $19,500 respectively, the top five selling horses, all geldings, averaged $17,140.
Spring in Big Sky Country saw 630 horses came to town for the Memorial Day weekend sale with 94% completed sales, 313 catalog horses, 302 on the loose, and 15 offered on the open consignment.
Shown in the ranch horse competition and in the roping previews, Hip 239 “Magnum Mania” a 2006 AQHA Chestnut Gelding by Magnum Chic Dream x Smart Chic Olena was offered by Turner Performance Horses, LLC, East Helena, MT.
The professional heel horse and stand out ranch gelding knew his job, did it well, brought $20,500 and sold to Shane and Jaimie Johnson, New Town, ND.
Runnerup sale honors went to Hip 144 “SNW Heavenly Jaz” a 2002 AQHA Red Roan Gelding x Ima Bit Of Heaven consigned by Jessica Krueger, Kalispell, MT.
A 1D barrel horse, the strawberry roan was also shown in the competition and the handsome, multi disciplined gelding brought $19,500.
A standout individual, owned since a weanling by the consignor, Hip 93 “Wrangler 499” a 2006 AQHA Buckskin Gelding sired by Milky Way 499 and out of a Two Eyed Fox/Doc’s Lynx bred dam was owned and shown by Dan Levine, Wolf Creek, MT.
Used on the ranch, started in the arena, packed, too, the fancy, tailor-made gelding was purchased by Arnie Guimont, Mandaree, ND for $14,000.
Solid, honest, and offered by the ranch who raised him, Hip 58 “Western Quincy Jo” a 2007 AQHA Bay Roan Gelding by Jo High Jinks offered by Bill Harris, Mosby, MT had been used in the Missouri Breaks an a working cow ranch.
Roped on a lot outside, the easy traveling gelding brought $8,000 and sold to Cody Shaw, Buffalo, WY.
An amped up loose trade kicked off the day where 28 horses brought a $1,000 bill or better and the top five sold for $3,600, $2,800, $2,350, $2,200, and $2,100.
The strong, strong loose trade lead by the prospects produced high sale averages including the top five at $2,610; top ten at $2,275; Top 20 at $1,906; top 50 averaged $1,555; and top 100 - that’s one-third of the loose session - averaged $604 a head.
Catalog sale averages also reflect an improved market where the top ten averaged $14,095; top 20 at $11,145; top 50 brought $7,534 and the top 100 averaged $5,212.
Billings Livestock’s “Summer Special Catalog Sale” is next on the agenda set for June 27. Loose horses will sell at 8 a.m. with catalog sale time 12 Noon.
Contact Bill or Jann Parker, BLS Horse Sale Managers at 406.855.1947or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT APRIL 25 & 26, 2015
Rope horses found their fame and fortune at Billings Livestock’s “April Special Catalog Sale” April 24-25-26.
Finished or prospects, the focus was on the rope and arena horses and oh, how they shined.
The leader of the pack brought $27,000 and the top five averaged $18,600.
A weekend total of 687 head were offered, including 100 rope horses.
It all started Friday afternoon with a well attended roping seminar instructed by PRCA World Champion Jhett Johnson and AQHA Judge and Trainer Justin Johnson.
A supershow of rope horses rocked it in the sale horse jackpot as 132 teams knocked it out in a two-go around and finals format, and when it was all said and done, 2015 Spring Championship Honors went to Hips 204 "Pocos Peppy Lena" owned by Chelsea Brown, Big Sandy, MT and ridden by Paul Griemsman on the head side, and Hip 326 "Jackson" owned and shown by Jack Fletcher, Ames, IA on the backside. The horses brought $8,000 and $5,900 respectively.
Head, heel, breakaway, ranch or just ride, Hip 140 “Just A Scatter Gun” a 2006 AQHA Bay gelding sired by PG Dry Fire was as good as good can get.
Shown in the jackpot on the head side, the striking gelding had been hauled to all major ropings and had qualified for the 2015 World Series finale in the 12.
Offered by Turner Performance Horses, East Helena, MT the ready-to-win gelding sold to Shane and Jamie Johnson, New Town, ND for $27,000.
Reserve Sale Honors to Hip 157 “Mark of Dashinction” a 2003 AQHA Palomino Gelding sired by PC Frenchman’s Mark - a full brother to “Bozo” - and out of a producing daughter of Miss N Cash.
Shown by MPRC Champion, Theresa Walter, the solid, 1D barrel horse brought $18,000 and sold to Meghan Gee, Great Falls, MT.
Hip 146 “Oh Buck” a 2010 AQHA Buckskin Gelding by Two Eyed Snowbuck was a flashy, well on his way prospect offered by Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland, IA.
SALE REPORT FOR MARCH 28, 2015
A mega-selection of recreational mules, quarter drafts, teams, trail and guest horses filled Billings Livestock’s “Spring Special Catalog Sale” March 28
The top twenty averaged $7,655 and included 13 grade horses or mules, and six draft or draft crosses.
Many had seen the majestic sights of the west’s stellar National and State Parks, seen miles and miles of back country trails and awe inspiring wilderness and many had made their very first trip to town on that Saturday.
Truly a unique set of livestock, 626 head in all, that included 57 mules, 30 drafts or quarter drafts, and six teams.
Met by a ready-to-do-business crowd a mere six head were no-saled or passed out by the consignor, setting an all-time record for Billings Livestock .
Hips 140 & 140X “King and Kody” a big, blue roan pair of Percheron Geldings, half brothers, six and seven years old, were truly a one-of-a-kind team standing 17.3 hands and weighing over a ton a piece.
Used on all farm machinery, wagons, sleighs, and been hauled to county fair demonstrations, the beautiful pair claimed top sale honors with an $18,000 bid.
Owned and shown in the previews by Brandon Kieson, Watford City, ND the dynamic duo sold to Tony Zeman, Bassett, NE.
Reserve sale honors to Hip 110 “Free River No Smokn” a 2006 AQHA Buckskin Gelding x HR No Smoken Zone offered by Joe Fox, Hysham, MT.
Gentle, handsome, and with a solid ranch resume, the striking gelding had worked for a living on the Froze To Death Grazing District and sold to Steve Griemsman, Worland, WY for $11,200.
J & A Horse Ranch, Preston, MN consigned Hip 148 “Jack” a 2009 Grade Red Dun Gelding that was trained to lay down to mount, came gentle, kind, and would go where you pointed him.
Ridden by beginners to the experienced, the special gelding brought $9,600 and sold to James Boles, Cody, WY.
Black Mountain Outfitters, Scott and Sandy Sallee, Emigrant, MT brought 13 head of mules and horses that had been used in their Outfitting business hunting or for pack trips and included Hip 69 “Silk” a 2010 Grade Black Molly that had packed elk and been ridden in the mountains.
The gentle mule brought $5,000 and sold to Randy Reed, Helena, MT.
The 2013 Orvis Outfitter of the Year, Rocky Mountain Outfitters/RMO Horses, Heber City, UT offered an A-list set of trail horses and the team of Waylon and Willie, Hips 146 & 146X - 2000 and 2002 model Bay Draft Cross Geldings.
Driven in parades the flashy team had been used daily on sleigh rides, could also be ridden, and brought $8,200.
Strong sale averages include the top five at $11,260; Top ten at $9,420; top 20 brought $7,655; Top 50 at $5,698, and the top 100 averaged $4,429.
Driven by worldwide demand and shortened supply, the processing horse market was on fire. The top 100 on the loose brought a full $100 more per head than one year ago.
Top five on the loose averaged $1,730, followed by the top ten at $1,575, top 20 at $1,337, top 50 brought $1,019, and the top 100 averaged $836.
Billings Livestock’s next sale event is set for April 24-26 and will feature the annual spring “Rope Horse Special” catalog sale and regular monthly horse sale.
Lots of cattle, lots of opportunities to watch the rope horses, including a jackpot team roping open only to sale horses set for Friday, April 24.
PRCA World Champion Team Roper, Jhett Johnson, along with his brother, AQHA Judge and horse trainer, Justin Johnson will be on-site Friday, April 24 at 12 noon, prior to the jackpot, for an informal, free roping seminar which will touch on scoring, horse position, facing, stopping, and roping basics.
Rope horses will show again in Saturday performance previews.
All classes of horses will sell including mares, stallions, finished horses, prospects, and young stock.
Cattle will also be available to show the cutting horses and calf horses.
Catalog closing date is April 5, with a supplement printed for later entries.
For more information, contact BLS Horse Sales at 406-245-4151 or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 27, 28 & MARCH 1, 2015
All time sales records set at February Sale Event
A hard-core selection of proven horses shared the stage with an outstanding selection of prospects as new sales records were set at Billings Livestock‘s “February Special Catalog Sale” February 27-28 & March 1.
The three day, sale showcase saw record prices paid for quality horses in all disciplines, as a diversified set of performance horses including arena horses and solid using horses pushed the market to an all-time high as the top 50 horses averaged a whopping $14,128 and the top 100 head averaged $10,613.
43 head of horses brought $10,000 or more.
716 horses were offered with 62 pass outs.
The top five sale leaders averaged $24,600 and include four tried and true performance horses, and one special prospect sired by industry leading sires including A Streak Of Fling, Zack T Wood, and Dash Ta Fame.
In the top sale spot for February, Hip 364 “Streakers Surprise” a 2007 AQHA Blue Roan Mare sired by Brian and Lisa Fulton’s Million Dollar Barrel horse sire, A Steak of Fling and out of the Kitaman granddaughter Hey Follow Me brought $33,000.
Offered by Ross and Casey Wagner, Park City, MT, the 1D barrel mare had also been heeled on and was patterned on the poles and sold to NFR barrel racer, Jane Melby, Burneyville, OK.
Reserve sale honors to Hip 326 “Hickorys Sweet T” a 2009 AQHA Sorrel mare by Zack T Wood and out of the Doc’s Hickory daughter, Hickory’s Sweetheart.
She’d earned $33,837, made the Limited Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finals at the 2014 Super Stakes, made the finals at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association’s Fall Classic/Challenge $100,000 Amateur, came ready to show with one more year of LAE and 5,000 eligibility, and sold to Bill Retterath, Center, ND for $26,000.
With big things on the horizon, Hip 336 “Short Way Ta Fame” a 2014 AQHA Sorrel Stud Colt by the barrel horse industry’s number one sire - Dash Ta Fame - was all he was bred to be and more.
The colt with charisma was out of Short Stop Sis by Shorty Lena, second dam by Grays Starlight, and was offered by Dennis and Holly Ginkens, Billings, MT and purchased by Clay Trollinger, Ten Sleep, WY for $24,000.
Turner Performance Horses, East Helena, MT offered Hip 380 “First Class and Busy” a 2006 AQHA Black Gelding by SS Trickolena and out of a daughter of Tuf N Busy.
The double fancy, hauled and won on head and heel horse came gentle and ranch ridden and sold to Korey Abbott, Duchesne, UT for $20,000.
Records were also set in the loose session where the top horse selling as is, where is, how is - no rider, no catalog, no speech - brought $4,000, followed by $3,000, $2,600 and $2,050.
Definitely fueled by the riding prospects, the loose averages are the highest recorded at Billings Livestock, where the top five brought $2,675, top 10 at $2,152, top 20 at $1,770, top 50 brought $1,273, and top 100 averaged $986.
Billings Livestock‘s “Spring Special Catalog Sale” March 28 offers one big day of horses and mules and features the annual “Outfitters, Guest, Dude Ranch and Trail Horse” offering in addition to a special session of “Roans Only”. All classes of horses will sell, in addition to a big selection of mules.
An indoor preview of the mules, barrel horses, cutters, saddle horses, and rope horses is scheduled for Friday, March 27 at 3 p.m.
For more information, to consign or request a catalog, contact Bill and Jann Parker, Billings Livestock Commission Horse Sales at 406-245-4151 or see it all at www.billingslivestock.com
SALE REPORT FOR JANUARY 24, 2015
A “little bit of everything” peppered Billings Livestock Commission’s January 24 “Winter Special Catalog Sale” and “Cabin Fever Tack Sale” where a horse happy crowd had the opportunity to bid on everything from collectible tack to top-end using horses.
Baited by a better weather weekend - officially, Billings Livestock welcomed 330 head of horses for the one-day sale event, where a mere eight head were no-saled or passed out by the consignor.
Top January sale honors to Hip 87 "Oshoto Suprise" a 2007 AQHA Gray Gelding by San Badger Drift by PC Sun Socks offered by 11X NFR Qualifier, PRCA World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Wayne Herman, Halliday, ND.
The real deal ranch gelding brought $8,000 and sold to Clint Moore, Carnduff., Saskatchewan.
Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland, IA consigned Hip 77 “Hollywood Sandino” a 2006 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Little Sandino and out of a Smart Little Lena mare.
A finished cutter that had been shown at ranch cuttings, the double-fancy gelding was gentle, fun to ride, and had seen ranch use, too.
The handsome gelding sold to Angela Murray, Miles City, MT for $6,700.
A youth rodeo dream, Hip 80 “FQHR Royal McKeag” a 1997 AQHA Blue Roan Gelding by McKeag was a hauled and won on barrel & pole horse, head horse, and heel horse.
Ridden most recently by a youth rider, the gelding who loved his job had also been roped on by #1 to #5’s at WTRC’s and World Series Ropings.
Respectful and good looking, the gelding brought $4,900 and sold to Carl Fowler, Lewistown, MT.
A rock solid sale on rock solid horses where the top five averaged $6,660; Top 10 at $5,900, top 20 brought $5,150 top 50 averaged $3,830, and the top 100 brought $2,788.
A bell-ringer loose horse business saw 168 head offered on the loose with a measurable upswing in the general loose horse market where across the board - that’s every loose horse offered, from big to little, as is, where is, how is - averaging right at $599 a head.
Three big horse sale days complimented by an indoor, all inclusive preview of the sale horses, sets off the “February Special Catalog Sale” February 27-28 & March 1.
Highlighted by a special, limited session of “Sons and Daughters” of Champions and Money Earners the February Sale is loaded with quality consignments.
See it all at www.billingslivestock.com