It was the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, when the final hammer fell on Tuesday, Sept. 22, for Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal, produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd. at Rocking W Ranch in Millsap, Texas. Eighty-nine horses and embryos, the culmination of five decades of Walton’s selective breeding, sold for $3,230,500, with an average of $36,298. Seven horses sold for $100,000 or more; five brought $200,000 or more.
“We knew it was going to be a great sale,” said Jeremy Barwick, owner of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “But it was truly phenomenal.”
The sale topper, Boon San, a leading sire in 2014, sold to Robert Patton Jr. for $500,000. Sired by High Brow Cat and out of NCHA Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty, the 12-year-old stallion was one of 11 horses purchased by Patton, including the sale’s second-highest seller at $410,000, 5-year-old Boon San Baby LTE $197,332, with her 2016 embryo by The Boon.
Patton, a Fort Worth businessman, investor, and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, also purchased 3-year-old Rockin Sallycat, by Rockin W out of One Sallycat, along with her 2016 embryo by Boon San, for $200,000; 2-year-old filly Pattie Rocks, by Rockin W out of Stylish Baby Doll, for $200,000; 6-year-old Boon San Spoon, by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Boon San Kitty, along with her 2016 embryo by Rockin W; and a 2016 embryo by Boon San out of Stylish Baby Doll.
Altogether, Patton, who recently acquired Marvine Ranch, Jon and Abby Winkelried’s showcase cutting horse facility in Aledo, Texas, bought 11 Walton lots for a total of $1,793,500 and an average of $163,045.
“None of this was pursuant to a grand plan,” said Patton, who has rechristened the former Winkelried facility as Rocking P Ranch. “I looked at buying the property as a good investment. Then someone mentioned that Alice Walton was selling all of her cutting horses in a few days and I ought to go out there and take a look.
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