Triangle Sales didn’t let bad weather dampen their spirits and pushed through the winter storm to hold their Mid-Winter Sale Feb. 27-28. Although 20 percent of the total horses cataloged were withdrawn because road conditions didn’t allow some consignors to make it to the Shawnee, Oklahoma, auction site, 82 percent of the horses passing through the ring were sold, and the average sale price for all horses was $5,500.
The average increased 42 percent compared to Triangle’s overall average at the 2014 Mid-Winter Sale and equated to an even larger increase than the record-breaking 2015 Winter Sale, which had a 35 percent increase compared to the prior year. Buyers came from three foreign countries – Mexico, Columbia and Egypt – and 19 states, with Oklahoma and Texas showing the strongest support predictably because of the weather.
“The conditions were about as tough as I’ve ever sold in,” said Jim Ware, who purchased Triangle Sales last fall. “I’ve sold a lot of horses in a lot of conditions with tents blowing down and skating in on ice a lot of times in Fort Worth, but I’ve never had one quite this rough. Having Superior Livestock handle bids and sales over the web accommodated those buyers who were unable to travel and weather is one of the reasons why we do that. We had a good sale in spite of it all.”
Jerry and Diana Cunningham’s Catto Boy (High Brow Cat x Lenas Playtoy x Freckles Playboy) topped the sale with a bid of $28,500 from Andy Olson. The 2002 stallion earned $74,034 in the cutting pen, according to Equi-Stat, and was a consistent aged event finalist. In 2006, he won the 4-Year-Old Open at the State of Missouri Cutting Horse Association Futurity, repeating the win in the 5/6-Year-Old Open two years later. He also finished in the top 10 in the Classic/Challenge Open at the 2007 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular. Catto Boy is the leading money-earner out of his dam, Lenas Playtoy. He is a half-brother to 2005 mare Peptos Playtoy 005 (x Peptoboonsmal), an earner of $35,094, and 1999 stallion Ristoboy (x Smart Aristocrat), an earner of $22,297. As a sire, Catto Boy has produced five money-earners which have banked $26,664, according to Equi-Stat.
DLH Bn A Cat, who was consigned by Burke Sullivant and was the second-highest seller, was purchased by Perry Corder for $25,000. The 2007 mare (Cats Merada x Bn Badgeful x Playboys Badge) has an Equi-Stat record of $21,238, and was the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Senior Amateur Champion with Rick Reeves in the saddle. The top five sellers averaged $23,940, the top 10 averaged $21,440, the top 20 averaged $17,780, and the top 50 averaged $12,025.
To assist consignors that were unable to make it to the sale due to the weather or those consignors that “passed out” a horse in the sale, Triangle Sales is offering a free entry in the Spring Sale in May. This offer is good for the original consignment or a substitute horse.
“We will waive the consignment fee for the May sale for anyone that couldn’t get there because of the weather,” Ware said. “They will get a free entry in the May sale whether it’s for that same horse or another horse, it doesn’t matter, we’re going to accommodate them.”
Triangle Sales announced in January that the Mid-Winter Sale, which is usually held in February, will be discontinued after the 2015 edition and the February and May sales will be combined in 2016.
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