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 28, 2010 • Valentine, Nebraska
Behind the sale: Brian and Lisa Fulton had their first production sale in 2000, after starting their breeding operation in 1998. Brian, 12-time all-around cowboy on the Badland Circuit, and 1996 PRCA reserve champion steer wrestler, started breeding horses when he was having a hard time finding the type of horse he liked. He wanted a horse that not only had speed and cow, but also the right mental attitude to do his job. Brian and Lisa are raising three boys--Jake, Jared and John Lloyd.
Best known for: High-level performance horses with ranch-raised trainability, speed, cow sense, and substance. The Fultons stand two stallions—A Streak Of Fling and CS Flashlight. The Fultons have owned Streak of Fling for seven years now, and his get are proving themselves in the rodeo arena. CS Flashlight’s first riding 2-year-olds will be offered at this year’s sale, and he shows a lot of potential in the rodeo arena as well. The Fultons are also known for their work with young riders. Every summer they mentor a group of talented young horsemen who help prep performance prospects for the sale.
Expect to see: 70 weanlings, yearlings, and broke 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds that have been ridden out on the ranch, and are ready for any type of performance work. The sale is held at the Cherry County Fairgrounds, with easy access from I-83.
Website and contact information: Log on to fultonranch.com; call 605-429-3204, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com; 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.
September 4-5, 2010 • Arthur, Nebraska
Behind the Sale: Haythorn Ranch was established in 1884 by Harry and Emma Haythornthwaite. In the 126 years since, the Haythorn family has become an American ranching dynasty. Harry’s great-grandson, Craig, Craig’s wife Jody, and sons Sage and Cord, continue the family tradition that has made Haythorn Land & Cattle a legend. The Haythorn production sale is held only once every four years to allow horses the time necessary to be trained completely. Horses sold in the sale are ranch horses, raised outside and trained in a cow camp—not in a barn or an arena. Each Haythorn cowboy is responsible for putting the finishing touches on 10 to 15 horses and, when their mounts are sold, the cowboy receives 10 percent of the selling price.
Best known for: Quality and integrity. “Our word and integrity has been a big part of our success through the years,” says Craig. They stand 12 stallions at Haythorn, many with Hancock and King Fritz bloodlines.
Expect to see: Well-broke, gentle using horses (geldings in particular) that have been raised in the Haythorn tradition of well-rounded horses. The sale draws some 4,000 people and offers a ranching experience, with an evening meal, trade show and more. Come the day before the sale for the 6th Annual Waldo Haythorn Futurity. The sale preview begins the next morning at 8 a.m., and the sale starts about 1 p.m.
Web sites and contact information: For more information, call 308-355-4000; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or log on to Haythorn.com.