Cam Essick was proud of her homebred filly, Loveya To Love Me, who topped today's Select Yearling Sale at the NRHA Futurity. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

Blood Runs Deep at NRHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale

Cam Essick’s Pacific Range Ranch is known for its high-caliber broodmares, and that reputation was confirmed Dec. 2 when the hammer fell at $61,000 for NRHA/Markel Futurity Select Yearling Sale highest-seller Hip No. 3052, Loveya To Love Me.

A yearling bay filly, Loveya To Love Me is by Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire Gunnatrashya and out of the great Love Em N Lena (by Smart Little Lena), an earner of nearly $115,000 who has laid claim to the highest seller at the NRHA Sales before. She is a full or half-sister to earners of $225,000-plus, including Loveya ($75,733, by Gunnatrashya); Who Loves You ($42,015, by Walla Walla Whiz); The One Time ($35,456, by One Time Pepto); Love Em N Leavem ($30,274, by Peptoboonsmal); Peptallboonsmal ($24,456, by Peptoboonsmal); and others.

Amy Medows signed the ticket for Loveya To Love Me, who brought a $61,000 bid in the Select Yearling Sale. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

Loveya To Love Me’s second dam, Slide Me Again, was a versatile performer who succeeded in the reining and reined cow horse arena. She produced eight money-earning offspring, with Love Em N Lena topping the list.

“We’re excited about the filly,” said Jeff Medows, who signed the ticket on the filly with his wife, Amy. “She comes from a lot of good blood.”

The Medows said they will send Loveya To Love Me to Kole Price in Illinois, and more than likely, their son Jack, a talented young non-pro, will get the ride when the mare is old enough to show.

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