December 31, 2005 SALE REPORT

One-Third of Sale Averages $1,830

Billings, MT - Child-proof professionals, fancy mares, and labor-ready geldings - an assorted mix of quality consignments complimented Billings Livestock Commission’s “New Year’s Special Catalog Sale” and regular monthly horse sale December 31.

With winter weather warming to 51 degrees, horses previewed under sunshine and blue skies for the one-day, holiday weekend event that welcomed 311 head of horses.

A 95.5% completed sales percentage authenticated the strength of the day’s market - only 14 head were “no-saled” or “passed out” by the consignor.

Topping last year’s overall sale average by $305 a head, one-third of the entire sale - including loose and catalog horses - averaged $1,830.

Mares claimed the top six selling positions with Hip 126 “Haida Cow” a 2004 AQHA Bay Mare x Haidas Little Pep and out of a Snapper Cal Bar daughter earning “Top Sale Horse” honors with a $6,000 bid from Lavonne Westland, Brockway, MT.

Blue roans and more blue roans, including Hip 61“One Dot Dancer” a 99 AQHA Blue Roan mare x Gumbo Roany and Hip 58 “Sweet N Easy Cause” a 94 AQHA Blue Roan mare x Itza Rebel were part of the Ed and Rose Urlacher, Pompeys Pillar, MT reduction offering.

The true blue girls brought $4,400 and $4,200 respectively.

Time-honored-troopers, 14 head in all, the “been-there, done-that” kind, came consigned by the Boulder, CO based Sombrero Ranches - the largest supplier of recreational horses in the United States, leasing over 1,000 head of horses to kid’s camps and guest ranches.

The good old boys and girls averaged $921.

Proof that performance and honesty continue to pack-a-punch in the gelding division, four of the top 12 selling geldings sold grade - including the day’s high selling gelding.

He sold on his ability, disposition, and conformation with no registration papers or pedigree to back it up, and Hip 22 “Chester” a 96 Grade Chestnut gelding had been used in the feed yard, on the ranch, and in the roping arena.

Consigned by D/L Quarter Horses, Chappel, NE, the gentle, working-man sold to Dennis Mercer, Lavina, MT for $4,000.

With heavy emphasis on Driftwood and High Rolling Roany bloodlines, Mike Pierson, Brussett, MT offered 11 head of weanlings from his program including Hip 98 “Map Snippys Flame” a 2005 AQHA Blue Roan filly x Snippy Wood.

The quality filly brought $2,600 and sold to Triple L Cattle Co., Billings, MT.

He’d been through the 4-H colt-to-maturity project, gathered cows, drug calves at brandings, was started heeling, and Hip 25 “Heza Painted Colonel” a 2000 AQHA/APHA Sorrel gelding x San Colonel and out of a Bunny Bid daughter was ready to go to work.

Offered by Thane and Rhonda Russell, Ryegate, MT the extra-nice gelding sold to Ann Mackay, Martinsdale, MT for $3,400.

Loose horses gained ground, with the top five averaging $997, top 10 at $848; and top 20 on the loose averaging $736. The top 50 averaged $567.60.

Overall sale averages include the top five coming in at $4,840; top 10 at $4,290; top 20 at $3,595; top 50 at $2,650; top 100 at $1873.

January 28 will feature the “Winter Special Catalog Sale” and regular monthly horse sale in addition to the “Cabin Fever” Tack Sale offering collectible and used tack. To receive a catalog or consign to future BLS sale events, call Bill or Jann Parker, BLS Horse Sale Managers, for more information at 406-245-4151 or e-mail