The Marketplace at Ardmore’s Nov. 7 sale played host to a good sized crowd on a sunny Saturday at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma. In addition to the sale offering dominated by show horses, many came to buy part of history with purchases from Dick Pieper’s Tack Room Collection, which included bits, spurs, saddles and assorted gear acquired by this internationally recognized horseman during a storied career as an expert trainer, fierce competitor and respected judge in the performance horse industry.
Pieper kicked off the sale with some of his bigger pieces, including the competition-ready chuck wagon complete with a matching team of mules and double set of harness, all of which garnered the winning bid of $16,000. The Klapper bits from Pieper’s Collection brought from $4,000 to $7,500.
“Dick was really in his element at the sale,” said sale manager Susie Reed. “He was able to visit with many old friends and of course had lots of stories to share about his tack room collection. His things sold really well and set the tone for the rest of regular sale offering of performance horses. After the first eight lots of Dick’s collection, we got down to the business of selling horses and saw the top 10 head average $16,400.”
The top 20 head averaged $11,967 with the overall sale average was $5,147.
The highest-selling mare, a 2010 sorrel mare, was Docs High Flyin Cat (High Brow Cat x Annie Prairie x Winnin Doc) at $22,000. The 2010 sorrel mare has an Equi-Stat record of $6,032 earned in cutting. She was consigned by Wayne Czisny, Agent, and sold to Ronzon Mora.
Two geldings – DB Smart Rey and Young Gun Merada – sold for $19,500 each. DB Smart Rey (Smart Lil Scoot x Miss Rey Of Smoke x Dual Rey) has an Equi-Stat record of $11,187. The 6-year-old was consigned by Kim and Barry Syra, of Veguita, New Mexico, and sold to T.L. Walker. Ned Twining purchased Young Gun Merada (Cats Merada x Young Guns Katie x Young Gun), an earner of $12,193 consigned by Viki Williamson.
“We tout this sale as the place to buy and sell your show horse, and have worked really hard to attract as many of the right kind of horses as we can. We are seeing our efforts pay off,” Reed said. “We tried something new last spring by offering our consignors a ‘Free Ride’ – those consigning six or more head got to sell one horse for free, meaning no catalog fee, no fresh cattle charge and no sales commission were collected on that one horse. For this sale, we had half a dozen consignors take us up on the offer, which meant more horses for our buyers to choose from while giving the consignors a nice perk. We expect to see more take advantage of the ‘Free Ride’ next spring.”
The spring Marketplace at Ardmore Sale will be held April 23. For more information, contact Susie Reed at 580-276-4830 or 580-490-1103, or online at www.themarketplaceatardmore.com.