In a move to broaden the market and offer premium auctions at moderate prices for all classes of performance horses, Western Bloodstock Ltd. has expanded its roster to include three new sales, in addition to their premier venues at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, NCHA Super Stakes, and NCHA Summer Spectacular Sales in Fort Worth.
The new sales are the Western Fall Roundup, to be held on Sept. 6, at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Ark.; the Big Bash on the Brazos on Sept. 23 at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Texas; and the Western Winter Roundup on Jan. 10, 2015, at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
“My intention when we bought Western Bloodstock was to expand our schedule,” said Jeremy Barwick, who along with his wife, Candace, purchased the cutting industry’s preeminent sale company last summer from founders Ben Emison and Milt Bradford.
“I felt we needed options to meet the needs of everyone and not just the owners who have cutting horses of the caliber that sell well in Fort Worth. I want to have a market for everyone, with a roster of sales that can accommodate everything from the $2,000 horse to the $500,000 horse.”
The Fall Roundup Sale and the Winter Roundup Sale will include all ages, types, and breeds of Western performance horses, including ranch horses, roping horses, barrel horses, cutters, team penners, reiners, working cowhorses, yearlings and broodmares. The consignment fee for each sale will be $250, with no pass out fee.
“The facilities for these sales are first-rate – brand new in Texarkana and newly renovated in Oklahoma City – completely climate-controlled, with lots of parking and easy access to major highways,” Barwick added.
Big Bash on the Brazos will be held the day before the start of the $1 million Brazos Bash, a 12-day limited-age cutting event held at Silverado Arena. The sale will be limited to 50 horses, from ages 2 to 6, that will sell while working on cattle. The consignment fee will be $800, with a pass out fee of $300.
“September and October is a big time to sell horses,” noted Barwick. “Especially 3-year-olds. A lot of people are looking for them and a lot of people are selling them.
“There has never been a sale with those same stipulations for aged event horses. If the horse is entered in the Brazos Bash, the buyer can show it that week, plus there are still two or three shows before the end of the year where they can show.”
As a cutting horse trainer, Barwick, 37, has participated at all levels of the sport. He is an NCHA World Champion and Hall of Fame Rider; has won multiple limited age events, including the NCHA Super Stakes and the Brazos Bash; and has bought and sold horses at sales across the country.
“The overall market is extremely strong right now,” said Barwick. “The demand is high, but there aren’t that many horses available. When people find one they like, they know it is going to cost them a little more, but they are willing to pay it.
“Everyone has a different need and hopefully, by adding these three sales on top of the three that we already produce in Fort Worth, we will be giving everyone a chance.”