The upcoming Triangle Sales Fall Horse Sale, Oct. 29-31, will introduce a new schedule of events and some first-ever opportunities for buyers at the long-established Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center sale site in Shawnee, Oklahome. Pre-sale competitions will be a new inclusion introduced at the fall sale, as well as a new annual sale schedule, which will now feature three sales during the year rather than five.
On Thursday, Oct. 29, versatility ranch, team roping and barrel racing horses consigned in sales the following days will have the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes, while providing potential buyers an up-close sample of talent. The schedule will begin with a judged competition of versatility ranch horses performing in American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) ranch riding and ranch cow work.
Champions and reserves will be awarded in each division as well as in all-around competition. The versatility ranch horse competition will be followed by a timed competition for team roping and barrel racing horses. All of the competitions will be held in the Fred Humphrey Pavilion on the sale grounds beginning Thursday morning, Oct. 29.
The fall sale also marks the beginning of a new sale schedule that restructures some previous Triangle sale dates to create a modified calendar with fewer sales. The result will be the upcoming October sale, followed by 2016 sales in the winter, Jan. 21-23; spring, March 17-19 and fall, Oct. 27-29.
Jim Ware, of Weatherford, Texas, purchased Triangle Sales Company in October 2014 and headed up his first sale there in January. Ware was a founding partner in the highly successful sale company Western Bloodstock and now owns Triangle Sales as part of his company, AuctionWare, LLC. Ware says he is excited about the upcoming changes and what they can bring to buyers and consignors.
“To me, it makes Triangle Sales a little more exclusive by having fewer sales,” Ware said. “The dates scheduled are during the cooler months of the year, which have historically been the most successful times for sales. We sure like the changes and are hopeful our customers are going to like them, too.”