Good & Better!   Top Five Average $15,600

Blue-chip professionals - reiners, cutters, ropers, and cowhorses - including high gloss breeding stock and arena horses with performance plus - energized the market at Billings Livestock Commission’s “Mid-Summer Special” catalog sale July 26-27.

A better market for a better horse continues as buyers scramble for the finished product - the ready-to-ride kind with a solid education in their chosen field.

Numbers for the big summer weekend in Billings include 417 individual registered buyers, 901 head of horses, 35 roping steers, and a 90% completed sales percentage.

High selling competition reining horse brought $23,000, top selling “hauled and won on” rope horse commanded $12,500, and the high selling ranch broke, honest using gelding fetched $7,600.

The July sale event featured cutters and cowhorses, and the top twenty sellers list swelled with sons and daughters of Hollywood Dun It, Smart Chic Olena, Doc O’Lena, Smart Little Lena, Smart Sugar Badger, Doc’s Hickory, CD O’lena, Gallo Del Cielo, and Tejons Lena Nic - and packed an average sale price of $8,690.

Done it good she did, and Hip 221X “Dixie Dunnit Good” a 2004 AQHA Buckskin mare by Hollywood Dun It and out of a daughter of Smart Chic Olena claimed top sale honors selling for $23,000.

Offered by American West Reiners, Scottsdale, AZ the nifty little number sold to Donna Reid, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Reserve sale honors went to Hip 76 “Smart Chicago Lena” a 2003 AQHA Sorrel mare by Smart Chic Olena and out of a daughter of Hollywood Jac 86.

Also consigned by American West Reiners, Scottsdale, AZ the finished reiner was purchased by Bud Fay, Gillette, WY for $19,000.

Big, blue, and a rope horse, too, Hip 214 “Mr Blue Peppy” a 2000 AQHA Blue Roan gelding x Mr San Cuatro was a rodeo caliber head, heel, or breakaway horse bonused with gentle.

Owned and shown by Tyler Morgan, Prosser, WA and selling for $12,500 to Karen Stepp, Boulder, WY the good gelding had been hauled to ACTRA and USTRC ropings and had seen plenty of ranch use.

Products of their first-class breeding program, and packing an average selling price of $2,500, an extra nice set of yearlings were offered by the Coeur D Alene, ID based Black Rock Ranch.

Sale averages remained strong as the top five brought $15,600; top ten averaged $11,600; top 20 at $8,690; Top 50 brought $5,738, while the top 100 head sold averaged $4,093.

A well attended loose horse trade rocks on strong at Billings Livestock where 350 head were offered as is, where is and the top five averaged $1,035, top ten $915, top 20 at $808, top 50 averaged $617, and the top 100 brought $494.

Billings Livestock’s next sale event includes the annual “August Catalog Sale”, and “Montana Miniature and Pony Sale” August 23-24.

Special reduction offering from Atwood Ranches, Orland, CA will headline the sale.

An open, 4-D barrel race with $300 added will kick off the weekend’s activities on Friday evening, August 22 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 406-245-4151 or see it all at