The 21st annual High Plains Ranchers & Breeders Association (HPRBA) Sale topper was a son of Bet Hesa Cat. • Photo by Performance Horse Photography.

Auction Ear: Bet Hesa Cat Colt Tops High Plains Ranchers & Breeders Association Sale

The 21st annual High Plains Ranchers & Breeders Association (HPRBA) Sale was held Saturday, June 6, at the Bill Cody Arena in Amarillo, Texas.

The entire sale of 68 head sold averaged $4,410 with the top 5 averaging $11,500, and top 10, $9,250. The top-selling horse was a 2-year-old son of Bet Hesa Cat.

The HPRBA is a group of 12 Panhandle ranches that have come together to market their ranch raised horses in an annual Sale and Ranch Horse Futurity. Nine of the twelve HPRBA members are AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders.

Members are: Chisum Ranch, CL Quarter Horses, Durrett Cattle, H Ranch, Martin’s Last Dollar Ranch, Michael Ranch, Scivally Ranch, Silver Spur Ranches, Summers Cattle, Wing Brothers( Mike Wing & Jo Wing), and Zieman Ranch.

High-Selling 2-Year-Old

This year’s sales topper was 2-year-old Hesa Safe Bet, a sorrel son of National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World Champion Bet Hesa Cat consigned by Martin’s Last Dollar Ranch. He sold for $20,000 to Baca Ranch.

Hesa Safe Bet’s dam, Playmateza Lady, earned $47,701 in the cutting pen and went on to produce winners of more than $37,000. Like Hesa Safe Bet, her leading earner, Bet Hesa Smart Mate ($21,336), is a son of Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Sire Bet Hesa Cat.

Next-highest-selling 2-year-old was Dulces Metallic Pep, a palomino gelding (Dulces Metallic Cat x Chilly Pep x Peppys Boy 895) consigned by Chisum Ranch that sold for $8,500.  Third was River Blue Hollywood, a grullo gelding (Huerfano River Blue x Acustom To Hollywood x Custom Jackpot) bred by Durrett Cattle that brought $8,000. 

High-Selling Yearling

The 35 yearlings held steady averaging $3,071 as a whole, with the top 5 colts averaging $6,580, and top 5 fillies averaging $3,420.

At $10,000, the top-selling yearling was A Wicked Pepto. He was sired by NQH Mossy Boon, a son of Peptoboonsmal who won $2,014 competing in reining and working cow horse. The yearling’s dam, Wicked Widow, has one earner on her Equi-Stat record – Lost Creek Widow, a 2015 gelding by Rockin W who earned $714 in barrel racing.

Next, at $6,200, was Dulces Shinning TR, a palomino stallion (Dulces Metallic Cat x Little TR Shinning x Twice As Shinning) bred by Chisum Ranch. Completing the top 3 was CS Legitt Goldrush, a buckskin stallion by Two Legitt and out of Miss CJ Dunny (by CJ Goldrush) who brought $6,000 from Summers Cattle. 

High Selling Futurity & Riding Consignments

The HPRBA Sale also includes consignments from an accompanying Ranch Horse Futurity.

The Futurity consignments were topped by Ransoms Sunday Lena, a 3-year-old palomino gelding (Peppys Gay Bar Guston x Rappers Little Queen x Smart Little Rapper) who sold for $10,000. He was ridden in the Futurity by Zack Burson and owned by Trevor Allen.

Leading the older riding geldings was Southreynhospitality, a 5-year-old son of Dual Smart Rey with a pedigree full of some of today’s top cutting bloodlines.

Southreynhospitality is a son of $186,700-earner SS Blacks Lil Kitty. The mare by Blue Bayou Boon has been even more productive in the breeding barn, foaling the winners of more than $259,000. Her leading earner, Blackish (by Hottish), recently won the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship at The Non-Pro Plus The Open. 

His second dam, Show Biz Kitty, has an Equi-Stat produce record of more than $922,000: including NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Badboonarising ($314,573, by Once In A Blu Boon); multiple limited age event champion Rollz Royce ($307,985, by Dual Smart Rey), SS Blacks Lil Kitty ($186,700, by Blue Bayou Boon) and Show Biz Kit Kat ($113,398, by Mr Peppys Freckles).

2021 HPRBA Sale

The HPRBA will hold its 22ndAnnual Sale on Saturday, June 5, 2021 in Amarillo, Texas in conjunction with the Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo. For more information visit the HPRBA website at www.hprba.com, and keep up on Facebook, by following High Plains Ranchers and Breeders Association.