This year’s Legacy Sale promises to yet again provide reining enthusiasts a world-class experience. Held at the Cardinal Training Center (formerly Green Valley Ranch) in Aubrey, Texas, the Legacy Breeders Sale on Friday, Oct. 18, will offer 105 elite reining-bred yearlings. The following day, another 155 of the industry’s best horses will pass through the sale ring in the Legacy Consignment Sale, including proven broodmares, show horses, 2- and 3-year-olds under saddle and yearlings.
Legacy Sale Coordinator and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame inductee Mandy McCutcheon said the Legacy Sale creators – NRHA Million Dollar riders Tim McQuay, Tom McCutcheon, and Dell Hendricks – are thrilled with this year’s group of sale horses.
“The quality of consignments this year is the best I have seen to date,” she noted. “This year we upped the criteria even more to consign to the Legacy Breeders Sale. To be considered, each yearling had to have a dam that has earned or produced over $5,000. The group of horses in the Legacy Consignment Sale on Saturday is equally impressive.”
Long-time Reining breeder, participant and supporter Jerry Kimmel, of Granbury, Texas, has been an important part of the reining breeding industry for over 10 years. Due to health issues in the recent past, Kimmel has decided use the 2013 Legacy Sale as an outlet for partial dispersal of Kimmel Reining Horses.
With a total of 12 yearlings, three broodmares, and one riding horse consigned to the two-day Legacy Sale, Kimmel is selling the majority of his herd. While he plans to keep a few broodmares and most of his show horses, he is cutting back on a large scale.
“I regret the need to sell most of my horses, but a smaller operation will be much easier for me to manage,” Kimmel says, “I plan to really focus on raising quality and enjoying the show horses that we already have going.”
Tim McQuay, Kimmel’s trainer and friend, said, “Jerry really loves his horses. He understands the importance high quality breeding, training and care, and the support he has shown to the industry over the years is incredible. I’m glad to see him down-sizing, so that he can focus more on his show horses and enjoy the shows.”
One of the latest success stories for the Legacy Sale is NRHA Open Futurity Champion and AQHA Junior Reining World Champion Lil Joe Cash (Nu Chex To Cash x RS Lilly Starlight). The chestnut stallion, who was purchased at the 2009 Legacy Sale by current owner Russell Giles for $7,700, now has now earned more than $243,000.
The highest-seller in last year’s Legacy Breeders Sale was Mister Tinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Tivios Little Queen), a 2010 palomino stallion consigned by McQuay Stables, Inc. and purchased by Shannon Reid for $97,000. The following day, Chexy Jewels (Bueno Chexinic x Hot Hollywood Jewel) was the highest-seller in the Legacy Consignment Sale. The 2007 bay mare, an earner of $66,000 in NRHA earnings, sold with an embryo by Whizkey N Diamands and was purchased by Domenico Lomuto for $58,000.
“When you’re buying a yearling, you’re buying the dream. There are an array of Legacy Sale graduates that have sold reasonably and then gone on to great things,” said leading NRHA trainer Troy Heikes, who has consigned horses to the sale for several years running. “The Legacy Sale provides a great atmosphere where you can look at high-quality consignments just a few months before their ready to be started. It’s a fun process — sales have become just like horse shows where there’s a camaraderie while people look at the stock and evaluate their breeding and the program behind them. The Legacy Sale has a very buyer friendly atmosphere that’s a good time for everyone, whether you buy one or not.”
Along with the high quality of horses offered at the Legacy Sale, it’s perhaps the lively social ambience that surrounds the two days that make it a must attend event for reiners around the world.
“I do my best to make the Legacy Sale much more than just a sale, but also an event,” Mandy said. “Friday evening is going to be first class—dinner, drinks, entertainment and, of course, world-class horses. My goal is to make each consignor and buyer want to come back every year!”
The preview session for horses in Friday’s Legacy Breeders Sale will start at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. Dinner, drinks and entertainment will begin at 4:00 p.m., and the sale starts at 5:00 p.m. The following day, the Legacy Reining Consignment Sale activities kick off at 10:00 a.m. with yearling and riding horse previews. Lunch will be served at noon and the sale starts at 1:00 p.m.
For more info visit www.LegacySale.com.