Triangle Sales Posts Strong Numbers Through Expanded Fall Schedule

KitCatLenaKit Cat Lena was the Triangle Sales Fall Sale highest seller at $30,000.Triangle Horse Sales recently completed a successful series of back-to-back sales during the month of October. The fall sale line up consisted of three sales spanning two states, and tallied sales on a remarkable 1,048 head of horses, which sold for strong averages.

“The steady sales, despite the nation’s volatile pre-election market, were reflective of a continued draw for a range of quality horses in various disciplines,” said Jim Ware, owner of Triangle Sales. “We hosted three sales in three different locations within a month. And, it was a difficult time leading into the election with the heated political issues from day-to-day – it was hard competing with that.

“I think the strong results from those sales show that horsemen have gone undeterred during a time that they had extreme distractions,” Ware continued. “We held up pretty good, and to me, it just tells the world that the market on good horses is there and is stable.”

The line-up concluded with Triangle Sales Fall Sale in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Oct. 27-29. This event gleaned a top 10 average of $19,500 and a net sale average of $5,050 on cataloged consignments, with a 76 percent sales completion.

The three-day Fall Sale was held at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center and featured a comprehensive offering that included sale horses with black-type pedigrees, along with a $10,000-added versatility ranch competition and sale. There were also special dispersals incorporated in the schedule and a session for roping horses, which coincided with the United States Team Roping Finals in nearby Oklahoma City.

Buyers hailed from 30 states and three foreign countries. The sale had a top 50 average of $11,900, which helped move 31  horses into the Triangle Sales Top 10,000 Club, a designation for horses selling for $10,000 and more during the year. Ware has continued to look toward diversified horses for the venue, and has remained pleased with the consistency of the sale’s deep averages and strong field of versatile, quality consignments.

“I was especially pleased with the diversity of the Fall Sale,” he said. “We had a lot of different types of horses included. Forty percent of the horses we sold brought $5,000 and up, which indicates that consignors are continuing to offer a strong field of good horses and in turn, buyers have faith in our venue as a trusted source for purchasing.”

The 2014 gray filly Kit Cat Lena (Kit Kat Sugar x Mamas Special Dulces x Dulces Smart Lena) was highest seller at the fall event, bringing $30,000. She was consigned by Arlan Kannas, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and sold to Phil Wilson, of Pilot Point, Texas.

The second highest seller was the 2015 red roan colt Runnin Metallic (Metallic Cat x Runnin Mate x Smart Mate), consigned by DJ Ventures, of Millsap, Texas. He sold for $27,500 to Luke Abraham, of Canadian, Texas.

Good horses helped lead to the strong $7,000 average for the black-type performance session, followed closely in total average by the versatility ranch session at $6,200 per head.

The versatility ranch winner and highest-seller in the Fall Sale ranch session was Hip No. 1028, Carlos The Cat (High Brow Cat x Royally Aristocrat x Smart Aristocrat). The 2005 red roan gelding was consigned by Cori Cosper, of Fort Worth, Texas, and shown by Ty Brown, of Weatherford, Texas. Fred Bray, of Fulshear, Texas, purchased the gelding for $12,700. 

Ranch-bred geldings also marked solid averages for Triangle Sale’s McPhail Ranch Dispersal, held Oct. 9 at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas. Owner Mike McPhail, of Ranger, Texas, dispersed approximately 267 head of quality ranch-bred horses derived from performance sires such as Tanquerey Gin and Paddys Irish Whiskey.

The sale averaged $3,000 per head on 267 horses. The highest seller was the 2009 buckskin gelding McBaron Drifts (Sevens Baron x Dashin Drifts Rose x Pay Forty Four). The gelding sold to Joanne Coleman, of Ackerly, Texas, for $22,000. The second highest seller was Gap Baron (Sevens Baron x Gap x Tanqeury Gin), which sold for $16,700 to Nolan Henderson, of Tehuacana, Texas.

Triangle Sale’s fall sale calendar began with the Future Fortunes Select Sale in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The sale was Oct. 1, at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum and was an inaugural collaborative sale event with Future Fortunes, a leading barrel horse stallion incentive program. Eighty-five of 99 horses sold, averaging an impressive $9,150 per head, equating to a top 10 average of $24,650 for the Triangle Future Fortunes Select Sale. Buyers and sellers from 17 states and Canada attended the successful event, which is scheduled again for 2017.

Triangle Sales upcoming Winter Sale is scheduled for Jan. 26-28. In addition to standard events, the schedule will include new opportunities such as a discussion, question-and-answer session during the pre-sale demonstration with National Cutting Horse Association $9 Million Rider Phil Rapp and Jim Ware. Afterward, guests will be treated to a complimentary sponsor dinner.

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