Open finals at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity this year in Reno, Nevada. While the Champion and Reserve Champion were both owned by their breeders, several other finalists were sale graduates as yearlings and/or 2-year-olds.A total of 25 horses made the
Two finalists – Cats Picasso and Stopacat – sold twice at public auction, with Cats Picasso serving as a good example of an industry practice known as “pinhooking.” Pinhooking is buying a horse at a sale with the intention of reselling it at a profit. Typically, horses are bought as weanlings and resold as yearlings, or bought as yearlings and resold as 2-year-olds under saddle.
2013 Western Bloodstock Preferred Breeders Sale–Session 1 at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Sales in Fort Worth, Texas. Lee Tennison consigned the yearling (Metallic Cat x Playboys Vixen x Hickoryote), who was purchased by Jake Murray for $16,500.Cats Picasso originally went through the
Murray owned the stallion for the next year, consigning him to the 2014 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale. Robbie McKay paid $50,000 for Cats Picasso, resulting in a $33,500 profit for Murray. Cats Picasso made $55,000 for tying for third in the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals.
Stopacat (Dual Rey x RW Sallycat x High Brow Cat) was consigned to the 2013 Western Bloodstock Preferred Breeders Sale–Session 1 by Circle Y Ranch. According to American Quarter Horse Association records, Circle Y Ranch bought the colt from breeder Walton’s Rocking W Ranch just five days after he was born. Double Dove Ranch paid $30,000 for the yearling stallion in Fort Worth, then sold him privately two months later, in February 2014. New owners Eddie and Barbara Young consigned him to the 2014 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, where they repurchased him for $75,000. Linda McMahon’s McSpyder Ranch bought Stopacat privately, and took home $27,500 for the stallion’s sixth-place tie in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finals.
The other nine NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finalists who sold at public auction are:
- Pepe Le Wright – sold at the 2013 NRCHA Select Yearling & Broodmare Sale for $50,000; earned $55,000 for tying for third
- Mr Hoo Ray – sold at the 2014 NRCHA Select 2-Year-Old Sale for $30,000; earned $17,250 for tying for 10th
- CD Highights – sold at the 2014 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale for $100,000; earned $14,375 for tying for 12th
- Dare To Sioux – sold at the 2013 Carol Rose Dispersal Sale for $12,000; earned $12,500 for finishing 14th
- Smartly Starstruck – sold at the 2013 NRCHA Select Yearling & Broodmare Sale for $35,000; earned $11,500 for finishing 15th
- SJR Metallic Star – sold at the 2013 NRCHA Select Yearling & Broodmare Sale for $13,250; earned $10,500 for finishing 16th
- Feather In Your Cap – sold at the 2013 Western Bloodstock Producers Sale for $4,100; earned $9,500 for finishing 17th
- SJR Stardom – sold at the 2013 NRCHA Select Yearling & Broodmare Sale for $13,000; earned $7,000 for finishing 20th
- Shiney Sparklette – sold at the 2013 Carol Rose Dispersal Sale for $200,000; earned $4,950 for finishing 24th
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