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Redtail Ranch plans to hold a reduction sale of cutting and reined cow horses later this year. The offerings include $273,000-winning cutting horse Moms Stilish Cat, a former stallion that has since been gelded. • Hart Photo.

Redtail Ranch to Hold Reduction Sale

Redtail Ranch Performance Horses will offer a reduction sale this week. It will include Western performance horse prospects, breeding stock and riding horses — including former stallion and $273,228-earning cutting horse Moms Stilish Cat.

Forty head will sell on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Redtail’s Star, Idaho, facility. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. Mountain Time and offer weanlings, yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, mares, riding horses and stallions.

Ranch co-owner Loren Macey said she and her husband, James Baker, are cutting back on their horse holdings to focus on raising offspring of their stallion, Red Hot Metal, and former stallion Moms Stilish Cat. 

“We said major dispersal sale and it is,” she said. “It’s a big sale because we’re selling 40 head, but what we’re trying to do is get down to a more manageable size.”

Online bidding registration, streaming of the sale and a sale catalog is available through CCI.Live. Click here to view the catalog.

Moms Stilish Cat

Redtail will have to use a reserve of frozen semen for Moms Stilish Cat, because the 2007 son of all-time leading National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) sire High Brow Cat lost his fertility not long after he was purchased. He has since been gelded and is consigned to the sale as a performance horse.

In the show pen, Moms Stilish Cat’s cutting career included top placings in aged events – including the 2011 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open Co-Championship – and several high placings in the former NCHA/Mercuria World Series of Cutting series. Macey believes the horse could be a top-level non-pro or youth prospect. 

 “We’d like to see him be happy,” Macey said of the Moms Stilish Cat, who recorded three Open wins in weekend competition with Dax Hadlock last year. “He’s happy right now …  he hangs out with the other horses, and, unfortunately, I’ve been working so hard I haven’t had a chance to really ride him. But, we showed him a couple times in the last couple years and he beat everybody in the class.”

Stallions for Sale

Also offered will be stallion Judge Boon, an earner of $62,414 by Peptoboonsmal and out of Missuma (by Smart Little Lena). Most of his winnings are in reined cow horse – the catalog lists him as earning his Supreme Reined Cow Horse Award from the National Reined Cow Horse Association – but he also earned money in cutting.

Redtail also will offer 8-year-old stallion Starlight Kat, a son of Cat T Masterson and out of Sugar O Starlight (by Grays Starlight) who earned $388.

Each stallion has offspring consigned to the sale as well.

The sale will also feature mares bred to Red Hot Metal, a son of Metallic Cat that Redtail is keeping and is not offering in the sale. An earner of $61,349, Red Hot Metal is still showing and is currently ranked 12th in the NCHA World Standings for the $25,000 Novice.

Redtail Ranch’s Future

Though Redtail Ranch is paring down, Macey said they plan to continue the goal of raising top-quality horses in the Pacific Northwest. However, she said Redtail will change its focus to more on cutting than on reined cow horse.

“Even though I love reined cow horse, I think [cutting is] where we’re focusing,” she said. “We’ll do both, but put a lot of our energy into the cutting side.”

Her ultimate goal is for people from the Pacific Northwest to be able to buy a top-notch cutting horse without leaving the region, and for Redtail Ranch to be a big part of that.

“We’d like to be here to provide that quality, that level of great horses, that one finds down in Fort Worth,” she said. “Just bring it up here.”