When it comes to public horse auctions, the question, “How much is that horse worth?” is often answered with, “It’s worth as much as a buyer is willing to pay for it on that day.” Sometimes, there is a large gap between what a buyer is willing to pay and what a seller is willing to accept, and the horse is repurchased, or passed out. The seller takes the horse home to regroup and develop a new plan, which might include another sale in the future.
At the inaugural Winter Premier Sale, held in Fort Worth, Texas, during the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions, two of the top 10 highest sellers were previously consigned to other sales. In both cases, the seller’s reserve price was higher than the final bid, and the horse didn’t change hands. Each time, the move proved to be a profitable one for the seller, who garnered a higher price at the Winter Premier Sale.
Breeder Turnabout Farm Inc. originally consigned Two Smoking Barrels to the 2015 Legacy Breeders Sale as a yearling. When the bidding didn’t surpass $13,000 for the stallion (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Chic Olena Starbuck x Smart Smarbuck), Turnabout Farm took Two Smoking Barrels home.
Nearly five months later, Two Smoking Barrels reappeared in the Winter Premier Sale. Now started under saddle, the stallion loped around the sale arena as the bidding went up to $40,000. When the hammer fell, Miguel Carazos owned the 2-year-old stallion, and Turnabout Farm was rewarded for their patience with a sale price that was $27,000 higher than last year’s.
Two Smoking Barrels is not the only horse out of Chic Olena Starbuck (Smart Starbuck x Sanger Chic x Smart Chic Olena) to sell at public auction. The mare has had three other foals – Mister Big Gun, Stars At Midnite and Baileys Nitecap – sell as yearlings. Including Two Smoking Barrels, offspring of Chic Olena Starbuck have sold for an average of $24,000 and a $30,000 median. According to Equi-Stat, Chic Olena Starbuck has three money-earning offspring who have average earnings of $11,982, led by Belle Starr Dun It ($29,569, by Hollywood Dun It).
Metallic Dual Pep (name pending) was also repurchased in 2015 and sold as one of the top 10 highest sellers at the Winter Premier Sale. Breeder WW Ranch LLC first consigned the 2014 stallion to the Preferred Breeders Sale (Session I) at the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity. There, Metallic Dual Pep (Metallic Cat x Playgirls Miss Grace x Mister Dual Pep), then a yearling, was passed out for $13,500.
Returning as a 2-year-old started under saddle, Metallic Dual Pep gained favor at the Winter Premier Sale, where the bidding topped out at $33,000. Wayne Hanson signed the ticket on the stallion, giving WW Ranch a sale price that was $19,500 more than in 2015.
Metallic Dual Pep is from the first crop of Playgirls Miss Grace, who earned nearly $100,000 in reining and cutting. The versatile mare was third in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open and was a finalist in the National Reining Horse Association Derby Level 4 Open.
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