“I didn’t know anything about cutting horses, but it got me to thinking and one thing led to another. I looked at it as a business, and thought if these people (who work for Rocking W Ranch) are going to be out of a job, I’ll take a leap of faith that Alice Walton hires good people and hire them for my ranch. Then we’ll have good people and a good facility, possibly two of the hardest things to find. And that’s when I approached Jesse (Lennox, formerly Rocking W’s resident trainer).
“I’d never met Alice Walton before the day of the sale, but I asked Jesse questions about different horses, and I think we kind of kept the core of her operation together. That was my goal. It was just really fortunate that things fell in place they way they have.”
Alvin and Becky Fults, owners of leading cutting sire Metallic Cat, acquired Stylish Baby Doll, a leading producer in 2014 and the sale’s third-highest seller at $350,000. Sired by SR Instant Choice and out of Stylish Oak Susie, 13-year-old Stylish Baby Doll, the earner of $201,425 and producer of earners of $360,314, sold with a 2016 embryo by Boon San.
The Fults also paid $50,000 for Zacks Lena LTE $150,413. The 1998 Zack T Wood daughter, dam of the earners of $376,000 with a 2016 embryo by Rockin W, was one of 16 horses that sold for $50,000 or more.
Bobby and Dottie Hill, of Glen Rose, Texas, owners of 2014 NCHA Open Futurity champion Classy CD Cat, as well as co-owners of 2014 NCHA Open Futurity reserve champion Smooth Talkin Style, also purchased 11 Walton lots, including the 4-year-old mare Rockin Kitty, by Dual Rey out of Boon San Kitty, who they bought in partnership with Gail Holmes, also co-owner of Smooth Talkin Style.
Other Hill purchases at the sale included 8-year-old Rose Rey, by Dual Rey out of Stylish Rosie and with a 2016 embryo by Boon San, for $65,000; and 4-year-old Boon San Reyette, by Boon San out of Stylish Reyette, and with a 2016 embryo by The Boon, for $50,000.
Center Ranch, which will hold a production sale, also conducted by Western Bloodstock Ltd., at their ranch in Centerville, Texas, on Oct. 10, paid $85,000 for 3-year-old Boon Sans Stylish. The Boon San daughter, out of Stylish Rosie, sold with an embryo by The Boon.
Seven-year-old stallion The Boon, whose first foals are yearlings of 2015, and who is the sire of many of the sales’ 2016 embryos, sold for $65,000 to King Ranch, home of 1977 NCHA Futurity champion and leading sire Peppy San Badger, and his sire, NCHA world champion, Mr San Peppy.