Grab your calendar—fall production sales are just around the corner.
It’s getting to be that time. Colts have spent the summer napping in tall grass, pestering their mamas and playing tag with their buddies while practicing their stops, full-out gallops, and roll backs. Saddle-ready horses have been getting an education for work as ranch horses or arena competitors. For many ranch-raised horses, graduation is in late summer and early fall, as breeders and cowboys gather their newest crop and prepare them for the late summer and early fall production sales. Whether you’re looking for weanlings or yearlings, or maybe a well-broke gelding, you’re sure to find just the right prospect.
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August 27, 2010 • Ogallala Fairgrounds, Ogallala, Nebraska
Behind the Sale: Western Nebraska Breeders is a group of four prominent breeders: Lazy Y Quarter Horses, owned by Cecil and Marsha Lake; Diamond Cross Ranches, owned by Brad and Barb Cross and Robert and Virginia Smith; Villarreal Quarter Horses, owned by Chuck and Sharon Villarreal; and Voss Quarter Horses, owned by Roger Voss, with General Manager Philip Rosfeld. Combined, the group has more than 175 years of experience. “We all ride or show and know what we need and want in a horse,” says Cecil Lake. “In this area of western Nebraska, horses have to be tough and enduring to work or compete in various events at rodeos.”
Best known for: Hancock and Driftwood horses. “We also have some running lines,” says Villarreal. “We’re making arena horses with minds and dispositions well-suited for Western pleasure and trail, as well as 4H and kids’ horses. Hancocks and Driftwoods are some of the best using horses because they don't break down and can go all day.” He adds that those characteristics make them excel in disciplines from match racing and running barrels, to cutting cattle and roping. Buyers are drawn to the sale looking for “quality performance horses and prospects, with looks, color, and exceptional minds,” Brad Cross says.
Expect to see: Lots of red and blue roans. “We have a lot of color with quality in our selection of weanlings and yearlings,” Chuck Villarreal adds. Among the 125 head of horses at the sale will be broodmares, stallion prospects and many ranch-broke horses. “Come see what we have to offer,” he says. “You won’t be disappointed.”
August 20, 2010 • Bowman, North Dakota
Behind the Sale: In the mid-1950s, Russ Silha started breeding Quarter Horses, selling the colts primarily to ranches. In 1960, he held his first production sale, and this year marks the sale’s 51st anniversary. The Silha family continues Russ’s work. The ranch recently received the AQHA Legacy Award for registering colts for 50 consecutive years, and it has been a AQHA Remuda Award nominee. Having sold horses to buyers in 28 states and two foreign countries, the ranch has many repeat buyers wanting another Lazy JS horse.
Best known for: Quality horses at a reasonable price. Their stallions trace back to Roan Bar, Flying Saint, and Jessie Tivio, and put babies on the ground with great dispositions and athletic ability. Lazy JS horses have won at the Snaffle Bit Futurity, and have excelled in reined cow horse and roping events.
Expect to see: Among the 60 to 70 head of foals, you’ll see a large number of duns and bay roans. “We brand the colts in the morning, then tie them next to their mothers so people can take a look at them. Then we’ll serve lunch, and at about 2 or 3 in the afternoon we’ll load them up and haul them into the sale arena,” says Logan Silha.
Web site and contact information: For more information, log on to lazyjsranch.com; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 701-523-5605 or 701-523-5521.
August 28, 2010 • Laramie, Wyoming
Behind the Sale: Twelve years ago, Randy Dunn of Bath Bros Ranch, Chip Merritt of Merritt Quarter Horses, Sam Shoultz of KeSa Quarter Horses, and Dick Van Pelt of Vista Grande Ranch had one thing in common—the legendary Blue Valentine. Wanting to preserve the bloodline and make it available to other horsemen, they created the “Come To The Source” partnership, using their wealth of experience and the depth of their Blue Valentine bloodlines to offer top quality horses.
Best known for: Blue Valentine bloodlines, and quality performance horses. “At one time, there was a chance that the Blue Valentines were just going to quietly slip away,” says Kathy Merritt. “We knew there were people out there who liked these horses. What none of us knew at the time was just how much interest would develop. Blue Valentine was well known in rodeo and roping circles, but his offspring have shown they can do just about anything, and that's a big draw.”
Expect to see: Quality Blue Valentine colts with that trademark color. “You can't go anywhere and see a group of horses like these all in one place. Because of the depth and diversity of Blue Valentine genetics, we can concentrate on the high percentage of Blue Valentine and blue roan color while producing a quality horse,” Kathy says.
Web site and contact information: Log on to cometothesource.com, or call Dick Van Pelt, 307-742-6746; Sam Shoultz, 970-484-5688; Chip Merritt, 970-215-3537; or Randy Dunn, 307-742-4669.