Aaron Ranch, of Commerce, Texas, paid the sale-topping price of $850,000 for A Shiner Named Sioux at the Carol Rose Dispersal Sale on August 15-17 in Gainesville, Texas. Rose, the American Quarter Horse Association’s (AQHA) All-Time Leading Breeder of Performance Horses, sold all but five horses at the historic dispersal, which was attended by hundreds of people from around the country.
A 2006 stallion, A Shiner Named Sioux (Shining Spark x Docs Sulena x Doc O’Lena) was the 2011 AQHA World Champion Jr Working Cow Horse, the 2011 NRHA Open Derby Co-Reserve Champion, and the 2010 AQHA Jr Reining World Champion. An earner of more than $152,000, A Shiner Named Sioux’s first foals arrived in 2011.
While Shining Spark himself was not among the horses sold, another Shining Spark son, A Shiner Named Sioux’s full brother Shiners Lena Doc, sold for $190,000. He is reportedly headed to a stud career in Europe.
Other top sellers include Shiney Tari (Shining Spark x Tarizana x Taris Catalyst), a 2000 mare who sold for $260,000 with her 2013 colt by CD Lights. The mare was bred back to Metallic Cat for 2014. Shiney Tari is the dam of National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Futurity Intermediate Open Champion That CD Rocks, Boonie Tunes, an earner of $95,000 in the cutting pen, National Stock Horse Association Futurity Open Reserve Champion Wright ON Time, and NRCHA Hackamore Classic Intermediate Open and Novice Horse Open Champion Wright on Tari, among others.
The 2011 colt Sushi Boss (CD Lights x Shiney Sushi x Shining Spark) brought a final bid of $250,000. His second dam is Docs Sulena, who is the dam of A Shiner Named Sioux and Shiners Lena Doc. Sushi Boss is the second foal out of Shiney Sushi. Her first foal is expected to compete at this year’s NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.
According to Carol Rose’s Twitter feed, horses at that sale unofficially averaged $52,000. Watch a future issue of Quarter Horse News for complete sale results.