$600,000 Mare Tops Center Ranch Production Sale

cr-tuff-lucyTarin Rice showed CR Tuff Lucy on cattle while the mare sold for $600,000.When the first horse through the ring sold for $85,000, it was a good sign for the inaugural Center Ranch Production Sale on Oct. 10. Roughly five hours later, having seen the bidding reach $600,000 for CR Tuff Lucy, the hammer fell on the last horse, wrapping up a successful event for the Centerville, Texas, ranch.

According to Western Bloodstock Ltd., which produced the sale, 78 horses sold for a total of $1,889,200 and an average of $24,221. Of the 100 horses cataloged, reserves were not attained on 19 and three were withdrawn.

“I had always planned to build up a program where I could have an annual production sale,” said Center Ranch owner Finis Welch, a world-renowned economist who bought Woody Be Tuff as an unproven sire in 2008 and has carefully nurtured the young stallion’s breeding career.

“Fifteen years ago, Center Ranch began to put together one of the best broodmare herds in the industry,” said Jeremy Barwick, of Western Bloodstock. “With the introduction of Woody Be Tuff, today Center Ranch is producing some of the industry’s top athletes.”

CR Tuff Lucy (Woody Be Tuff x Lucindas Catolena x High Brow Cat) sold as Hip No. 15, with Glade Knight, of Slate River Ranch, signing the $600,000 ticket on the 4-year-old mare. Slate River Ranch is home to 2014 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Horse of the Year Junie Wood, a full sister to Woody Be Tuff (Nitas Wood x Tuffs Junie x Tuff Lena).

CR Tuff Lucy has an Equi-Stat record of more than $209,000 that started when she finished fourth in the 2014 NCHA Futurity Open under Tarin Rice. This year, competing in the 4-Year-Old Open, she won at the Abilene Spectacular, was Reserve Champion at the NCHA Summer Spectacular and Cotton Stakes, and has been a finalist multiple times.

“We would have loved to have kept her and shown her for a couple of years, but it was my first production sale and I wanted to feature something, so I featured her,” Welch said.

CR Tuff Lucy sold with her NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown In Cowtown slot cutting berth, meaning she can be entered in the next event in Fort Worth, Texas, during the NCHA Futurity.

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