At the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Sale produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., cutting horse trainer Phil Rapp stepped up into the auctioneer’s booth and settled in to help sell some horses. Rapp was there to provide the color commentary that breaks up the auctioneer’s call as each horse sells. As the sport’s all-time leading money-earning rider and a top breeder and owner, Rapp used his knowledge of bloodlines and horses to point out interesting facts about each horse, often adding personal recollections of related horses or the trainers involved.
One horse that Rapp knew extremely well when she walked in the sale ring in Fort Worth, Texas, was Miss Reycine. Rapp and wife Mary Ann Rapp not only once owned the 2002 mare (Dual Rey x Smart Pudden x Smart Little Lena), they have had great success with one of her foals, Reyzin. Mary Ann rode Reyzin to the 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year title, and both husband and wife have ridden the 2009 mare to earnings of $355,116.
The Rapps owned Miss Reycine from April 2007 to December 2008, when they sold her with an embryo by High Brow CD for $100,000 at the 2008 NCHA Preferred Breeders Sale during the NCHA Futurity. They kept another embryo by High Brow CD, which turned out to be Reyzin.
Consigned by Sunrise Ranch LLC, Miss Reycine was the sale’s highest seller when Bobby and Dottie Hill, of Hill Ranches in Glen Rose, Texas, signed the ticket at $170,000. Quarter Horse News (QHN) talked with Rapp about what it was like to help sell the mare, whose foals have already banked more than $400,000 in cutting.
Watch the video of Phil Rapp talking about Miss Reycine as she sells.
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Quarter Horse News (QHN): How did you get started providing the color commentary for Western Bloodstock-produced sales?
Phil Rapp: I announced some horse sales in the early 1990s and produced and announced my own sales from 1996 to 2001. I announced some horse sales when Milt Bradford, Jim Ware and Ben Emison owned Western Bloodstock, and then I got busy with my business and did not announce for a while. When Jeremy and Candice Barwick purchased Western Bloodstock a few years back, they approached me about doing some color commentary during a few of the select sales. As we worked together, I began announcing all of the working sessions during the NCHA Futurity Sales.
QHN: Who are some of the best horses you’ve helped sell?
Rapp: I have been very fortunate over my career to help sell some very fine horses during the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s. In recent years, Ichis My Choice, the mare that won the Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open and was the Open Reserve Champion at the NCHA Super Stakes, is a horse I helped to sell at the NCHA Futurity Sales in 2014.
QHN: Is it more special to you when you get to help sell a horse you’ve had something to do with before?
Rapp: It is always a great feeling to watch a horse sell that my family and I have promoted, and then see it be successful for the new owners. Those horses are so special, it’s great to see other people realize that, too.
QHN: How much has Reyzin meant to your family and your program?
Rapp: Reyzin has been a very special horse to me and to my family. When you’re able to win a Horse of the Year title with any horse, they always have a special place in your heart. It was wonderful to raise Reyzin, have Mary Ann do so well with her and then have some wonderful people like Bobby and Lori Gale purchase her and allow me to continue to campaign her for them. She’s that great horse that brings satisfaction and pleasure to all of her owners over her career.
QHN: Did Reyzin’s importance in your life make it more special for you to help sell Miss Reycine?
Rapp: Miss Reycine was a special mare to our family and gave us a great gift in Reyzin. I wish the Hills much success and joy with that mare, and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to ride a colt from Miss Reycine and by their fine young stallion, Smooth Talkin Style.
Rapp is scheduled to provide the color commentary at Western Bloodstock’s next auction, the NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale, on Aug. 6 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.
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