Hip No. 280, Cats Super Smart (WR This Cats Smart x Sarahs Super Dually x Dual Pep), consigned by Gloria Marwell, was the second-highest seller of the day for $32,000. The 2008 sorrel gelding, who sold to Mark Johnson, of Montgomery, Texas, has won $63,442 in cutting, accumulated in part from achievements such as the Southern Futurity Classic Open Co-Reserve Championship, NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Senior Limited Non-Pro Co-Reserve Championship and a finalist appearance in the Breeder’s Invitational Derby $10,000 Limited Open.
The third-highest seller was Marcie Playground (Dual Smart Rey x Marmosets Playgirl x Freckles Playboy). The 2011 sorrel mare sold for $26,500 to Hannah Gamble, of Othello, Washington. Marcie Playground has NCHA earnings totaling $7,624, with a show career that includes a sixth-place tie in the 2015 West Texas Derby Non-Pro, a top 10 finish in the 2015 Breeder’s Invitational $100,000 Novice Horse Non-Pro and third in the 2015 Cattlemen’s Derby Limited Open.
Smooth Mitch (Smooth As A Cat x Wahine Dually x Dual Pep), consigned by John and Hope Mitchell, sold for $25,500. David Taurel, of Whitesboro, Texas, bought the 2009 chestnut gelding, who has earned $72,048. Smooth Mitch placed third in the 2013 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Non-Pro, was the NCHA Super Stakes $10,000 Novice Open and Gelding Open Co-Champion and the NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Non-Pro Gelding Reserve Champion.
The fifth-highest seller was 2011 mare Chers Smoothee (Smooth As A Cat x Shesa Smarty Lena x Smart Little Lena). She was consigned by Andrew Viola and sold to Keith McMahan, of Mounds, Oklahoma, for $22,500. Chers Smoothee has $9,875 in NCHA earnings.
The Triangle Sales Versatility Championship competition showcased 15 horses in the $10,000-added event judged by James Gholson, of Waurika, Oklahoma. Smart Haida Rey II (Dual Smart Rey x Lipshy x Haidas Little Pep) was ridden and consigned by Todd Richardson, of Cowboy Collection Quarter Horses, to take the event championship. The win gleaned a $5,000 payout, a pair of Roy Henderson spurs, a Triangle vest and a choice of sale order.
Smart Haida Rey II sold to Tommy Day, of Rebecca, Georgia, and was the co-highest seller for $11,000 within the ranch and roping horses, tying MJA Commander Leo (Starlight N Freckles x Commander Jill x Vanbar Commander).
The Reserve Champion was Chick Flickn Sheriff (YB The Sheriff x YB Chick Flick x Zans Last Request), ridden and consigned by Kelton McMillen and sold to Melynn Hamilton, of Coweta, Oklahoma, for $8,000. McMillen earned $3,000, a pair of Roy Henderson spurs and a Triangle vest.
“We had some good horses in the show,” Ware said. “There are some things we are doing in our versatility competition that I feel are working well – we definitely try to place a lot more emphasis on the cow work and roping than we do on the dry work. I think this shows off a ranch horse’s greatest talents.”
Another feature of the Spring Sale was a special offering by Stuart Ranches, which included eight head of prospects and averaged $6,150.
Considering averages by discipline, cutting, reining, trained horses, broodmares and prospects together averaged $9,300 on 65 head. Ranch horses and roping horses – including 4-year-old and older mares, gelding and stallions – averaged $5,025 on 47 head.
“Our January sale [Winter Sale] was really big in terms of numbers,” Ware said. “This was a smaller sale – we didn’t have as many horses. March is just the time of the year that we won’t see a lot of prospects in the sale. We made up for it with strong riding horses.
“The market was good on pretty much everything, particularly the riders, whether they were cutters, ropers or ranch horses. Anything that rode, we had a lot of interest and completed sales. People like to buy them ready to go.”
Broodmares and barrel horses also sold well with a $9,450 average on six head of finished barrel horses. The highest-selling barrel horse, at $18,300, was Takin De Cash (Gallo Del Cielo [Rooster] x Takin De Kas x Takin On The Cash), consigned by Larry Rice.
“We are still early in our ownership of things,” said Ware who purchased Triangle sales in October 2014. “We learn something every time we have another sale. And anytime you sell the volume that we sell you are going to have some horses that some people like better than others. But our sellers keep bringing us good horses, and we will continue to advance our efforts to be the premiere outlet for quality, versatile horses.”