When Hip No. 1099 walked in the sale ring on Dec. 3 during the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session I, everyone stopped to pay attention. Tin Man displayed a degree of skill and athleticism rarely seen in a horse his age.
Bidders went wild as Wes Ashlock previewed the son of Equi-Stat Elite $23 Million Sire Metallic Cat on cattle in Fort Worth, Texas. When the hammer fell, Stella Swanson had secured the colt with a final bid of $500,000. It was the highest price ever paid at public auction for a Western performance 2-year-old, according to sale management company Western Bloodstock.
“We knew God was telling us to buy this horse,” Swanson said, adding that Tin Man will go into training with Zeb Corvin. “We’re so excited. We sat and looked at the video I don’t know how many times. He’s just the best-looking horse I’ve ever seen.”
Tin Man first passed through the sale ring in Fort Worth in 2017, when Ashlock and his wife, Lindy, purchased the colt from Holmes Cutting Horses for $32,000 out of the Preferred Breeders Sale Session II. The Ashlocks then consigned the horse this year, where their successful pinhook netted $468,000.
Tin Man is out of the Dual Pep mare Nurse Moss, who is a full sister to Equi-Stat Elite $41 Million Sire Dual Rey. The colt is a full brother to 2013 mare Melting Snow, an earner of more than $117,000 who sold for $280,000 as a 2-year-old in 2015, and 2012 gelding Mosses Man, who brought $210,000 as a 2-year-old and whose Equi-Stat record totals $63,035.
Swanson, who with husband Jackie owns and operates 7 Ranch in Midland, Texas, also purchased one of the second-highest-selling 2-year-olds – Hip No. 1062, Rosa Del Pepto. The red roan filly (One Time Pepto x Desires Some Cat x High Brow Cat), consigned by Bill Neef, was in training with Zach Rodgers and sold for $200,000.
The other $200,000 2-year-old was High CD Rates, who topped Session II on Dec. 4. Consigned as Hip No. 2086 by Todd Nelson, the sorrel filly was purchased by Slate River Ranch. She had been in training with Richard Jordan.
High CD Rates is by Equi-Stat Elite $8 Million Sire High Brow CD, who sells tomorrow as Hip No. 4050 in The Evening Session. She is out of Dual Peppy Kitty (by Dual Pep), a money-earning mare with four performers to her credit, including $85,725-earner Tommy Mo (by Metallic Cat) and $81,391-earner Dual Famous Cat (by High Brow Cat). Dual Peppy Kitty is a half-sister to Equi-Stat Elite $80 Million Sire High Brow Cat.
In the 2017 NCHA Futurity Sales, a total of 11 horses sold for $100,000 or more. This year’s Western Bloodstock event has already reached that mark. Four consignments surpassed $100,000 on Dec. 3, and then there were an astonishing seven completed sales for at least $100,000 the next day. The sales continue through Saturday, Dec. 8.
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