Traditionally, by the time a Western performance prospect is 3 years old, owners hold on to them at least long enough to see what they have in the show pen. Three-year-olds rarely go through public auctions; they represented just 5 percent of sale horses in 2015.
Last year, 111 2-year-olds went though sales rings at the major cutting, reining and reined cow horse sales. Including pass outs, 3-year-olds grossed $1,825,750 for an average of $16,448. A total of 25 horses were repurchased, with 86 changing hands for net sales of $1,474,350. Three-year-olds sold in 2015 averaged $17,144 with a $9,000 median.
There is a larger gap between the disciplines for 3-year-olds than for sale horses of other ages. Part of this is probably due to the fact that to show a 3-year-old in the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, it cannot have previously competed. Reiners heading to the National Reining Horse Association Futurity and cow horses pointed toward the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity do not face the same restrictions. Therefore, reiners and cow horses are shown and proven earlier in the year and rarely appear in sales.
Indeed, only three of the 111 3-year-olds offered in 2015 went through reining sales, while four went through the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales. The remaining 104 3-year-olds were offered in cutting horse sales throughout the year. That was a marked increase from previous years due in part to the Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal Sale, where eight 3-year-olds sold, and the Center Ranch Production Sale, where 11 3-year-olds were offered.
3-year-olds sold at public auction for $20,000 or more in 2015
$200,000, Rockin Sallycat, m (Rockin W x One Sallycat x One Time Pepto), Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal Sale
$85,000, Boon Sans Stylish, m (Boon San x Stylish Rosie x Docs Stylish Oak), Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal Sale
$85,000, CR Boon To Be Tuff, m (Woody Be Tuff x CR April Boon x Duals Blue Boon), Center Ranch Production Sale
$85,000, Miss Aristolcrat, m (Boon A Little x Aristolcrat x Smart Aristocrat), NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale
$75,000, CR Tuff To Meow, m (Woody Be Tuff x CR Cats Meow x High Brow Cat), Center Ranch Production Sale
$74,000, MK Mickey Mouse, s (Dual Rey x MK Little Miss Trona x Little Trona), Center Ranch Production Sale
$60,000, Metallic Flo, m (Metallic Cat x Zacks J Flo x Mr Peponita Flo), NCHA Super Stakes Sale
$58,000, Mr Boon San, g (Boon San x Rose Rey x Dual Rey), Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal Sale
$26,000, Goin Metallic, m (Metallic Cat x Go Little Starlight x Grays Starlight), NCHA Super Stakes Sale
$26,000, Iminent Cat, g (Metallic Cat x Play Peek A Boon x Freckles Playboy), NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale
$20,000, CR Woody Be A Star, g (Woody Be Tuff x Shortys Starlight x Grays Starlight), Center Ranch Production Sale
$20,000, Rockin Zack, g (Rockin W x Zacks Lena x Zack T Wood), Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal Sale
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