MAY 25 - 26 SALE REPORT

"Cow Country Classic Catalog Sale"

Featuring Ranch Horses!

Gelding Power!

A still smoking gelding market full of real ranch horses and good geldings sitting on go highlighted Billings Livestock Commission Companyís annual "Cow Country Classic" Catalog Sale and regular monthly horse sale on May 25 - 26.

Complimented by the "Best of the Remuda" Ranch horse competition, the using geldings came to town to show their stuff in a judged competition - and - geldings claimed 14 out of the top 20 selling positions.

The geldings with the gas were the kind made in the west everyday - true using horses - finished, working, and coming complete with their lessons learned.

With 673 head of horses offered during the two-day sale event, horses found new homes in 19 states and Canada.

A proven barrel horse that had pocketed his share of earnings - from WPRA to regional jackpots - Hip 138 "Sir Doctor Tari" a 91 AQHA bay - was competed on right up through sale day.

He was bred to cow on the topside and bred to run on the bottom and the big-time barrel horse set a new gelding record at Billings Livestock bringing a final bid of $14,000.

Sired by Sr Doctor Tari x Doc Tari and out of a daughter of Top Fugitive by Top Deck, the the rodeo-ready barrel horse was offered by Rod and Phyllis Brosz, Shepherd, MT and sold to Broken Bones Cattle Co., Lander, WY.

At the top of the pack was a tip-top mare - Hip 91 "Santana Pep" - a 97 AQHA Sorrel Mare by one of the hottest stars in the business - Bar Hís big-time sire Dual Pep - and out of a daughter of Dry Doc.

The finished cutting mare - only five years old - had a stud colt by her side by "Playboy Seventy" - a Strait Rail Ranch Sire.

Consigned by Strait Rail Ranch, Nevis, MN, the pretty, powerfully pedigreed mare sold to Rimrock Livestock, John and Diane Spizziri, Shawmut, MT for $17,000.

Ranch ridden, exposed to the elements, and packing a work ethic - geldings had the goods - with the top 20 geldings alone averaging $4645.

A sale highlight included the 2-4-6 Ranch Reduction Sale, Harold and Deb Adema, Sundance, WY, including top producing mares, geldings, and sires.

Rope horses and cutting horses previewed on cattle both days, allowing the consumer a birds-eye view of the consignments.

Gentle, finished geldings met with very strong demand, while the younger, less experienced geldings saw considerably less interest and were again a value to the buyer.

Loose horses ran rampant at Billings Livstock for the sixth consecutive month - maintaining BLSís status as the top loose horse market in the United States - with the top selling horse on the loose demanding $1,450, the top five at $1,320, the top ten averaging $1,197, while the top 50 loose horses on the loose averaged $827.

Entire sale averages include the top five at $9,800; top ten at $7,460; top 20 brought $5,737; Top 50 came in at $4,179; while the top 100 head of horses sold averaged $3,264.

Billings Livstockís next sale event is set for June 22 and will feature "Team Penning" horses. All classes and types of horses will sell, from prospects, mares, stallions, and finished horses.

An open, draw-pot team penning is set for Friday, June 21 at 3 p.m. with one horse in each team being a sale horse.

Cattle will be available to show the cutting horses and rope horses beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Ride horse preview will follow.

To consign or request a catalog, contact Bill and Jann Parker, Billings Livestock Horse Sale Managers at 406-245-4151 or see it a all at www.billingslivestock.com