Sale Report - November 27, 2004

Hot to Trot!

The biggest shopping weekend of the year saw the biggest percentage of horses sold - ever - at Billings Livestock Commission’s “Holiday Special Catalog Sale” and regular monthly horse sale where a one-day total of 653 head of horses were offered - and all but 26 sold - making the pass-out or no-sale percentage a mere 4%.

Punchy cowponies, pure pedigreed mares, and outstanding production offerings packed the catalog consignments as savvy shoppers packed the sales arena from 12 states and Canada.

The top three sale positions were claimed by mares - all by industry leading sires from time-proven programs - Peppy San Badger, Frenchman’s Guy, and Dual Pep.

She’s a half-sister to $24 million in money earners, and Hip 44 “Peppys Mist Lynx” an 86 AQHA Sorrel daughter of Peppy San Badger had produced $68,700 in money earners herself.

Out of a daughter of Doc’s Lynx, the mare sold bred to Smart Legacy x Smart Little Lena and was the day’s top selling horse ringing the bell at $8,500.

The quality mare came consigned by John H. Johnson, Brookings, SD and was purchased by Hat Coulee Ranch, Carlyle, Saskatchewan.

Offered by World Champion Brad and Karen Gleason, Touchet, WA Hip 121 “Frenchman’s Doll” a 2001 AQHA Buckskin mare sired by one of the hottest barrel horse sires in the business - Frenchman’s Guy - came well started and ready to go.

Handy met pretty, and the filly with the great disposition, athletic ability, and multi-futurity eligibility, sold to Lee Woods, Grangeville, ID for $7,900.

He’s the goods - big, blue, and best of all - gentle - and Hip 127 “NLD Beau Hancock” a 96 AQHA Bay Roan gelding offered by Mark Dreesen, Circle, MT was the day’s top selling gelding bringing $7,100.

Head steers, pick-up broncs, the made-to-take-it gentle giant stood nearly 17 hands and weighed every pound of 1400 lbs.

Good geldings ran in big bunches at BLS where the top five averaged $5,120 and the top ten brought $4,285.

A first-class production offering came to town with Rimrock Livestock, Shawmut, MT as 30 head of their promoted program were presented.

Standing and showing “Playboys Phoenix” x Freckles Playboy, NCHA $9,000+, and home of the NCHA, NRHA, NRCHA earner and producer of over $220,000, “The Smart Smoke” x Smart Little Lena, Rimrock’s stallion power runs potent.

Rimrock’s mare band includes daughters of Dual Pep, Playgun, Royal Silver King, Doc’s Sug, Doc Tari, Powder River Playboy, Badger Starlight, and Freckles Floyd.

Top selling individual was “Sportin Smoke” a 2003 AQHA Black stallion by Sportin Highbrow and out of a daughter of “The Smart Smoke” bringing $5,100.

Vee Ranch, Rapid City, SD purchased Hip 103 “Playin Lady” a 2003 AQHA chestnut mare by Playboys Phoenix and out of a money earning mare - Lady Dual Pep x Dual Pep.

The correct, classy filly brought $4,700.

Rimrock’s 16 head of yearlings averaged $2,353, with the entire offering averaging $1,927.

Loose horses gained ground from last month, where the top selling loose horse of the day demanded $1,500, followed by $1,300, and $1,250.

The top five loose horses averaged $1,290, up $200 a head over last month; top 10 came in at $1073, a $100 per head increase; the top 20 averaged $884 - up $50 per head; while the top 100 averaged $543, seeing a $33 increase.

Complete sale averages - including the catalog horses - show the top five selling horses averaging $7,500; top 10 brought $6,190; Top 20 came in at $4,793; Top 50 at $3,313; and the top 100 head of horses sold averaged $2,422.

Billings Livestock’s next sale event is set for January 1 with the “New Year’s Special Catalog Sale” and regular monthly horse sale.

To consign or request a catalog, contact Bill and Jann Parker, BLS Horse Sale Managers at 406-245-4151 or see it all at