Multiple aged event champion Cattys Hope demanded a whopping $625,000 bid to top the Rose Valley Ranch Reduction Sale Friday afternoon in Weatherford, Texas.
The show horse and broodmare by Catty Hawk and out of Tornados Rey of Hope (by Dual Rey) was one of 65 entries cataloged at the star-studded event held at the ranch. Managed by Western Bloodstock, Ltd, the sale included broodmares, horses in training and prospects.
Rocking P Ranch was the winning bidder on Cattys Hope, as well as two other sale highlights — accomplished broodmares Sly Playgirl ($500,000 bid) and Wicked Wanda Rey ($150,000 bid). Debbie Roberts, representative for ranch owner Bobby Patton, said the mares will join the facility’s growing broodmare band.
“It is not often mares of this quality come on the market. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to bid on them,” Roberts said. “We have been working hard the last few years on building a respectful band of broodmares and these three will be an asset to our program, crossing on both our studs, Metallic Cat and Spots Hot.”
The Rocking P stable of mares already includes, among others, established producers Cinca De Maya ($521,000 in produce earnings) and Hoo Rey For Dreams ($272,000 produce earnings) as well as Cinca De Maya’s daughter and Breeders Invitational Derby Open Champion Cinca Im Hot. It also owns Carolena Reyn, a multiple aged event champion and earner of more than $275,000.
Cattys Hope entered the sale Friday night as an earner of more than $279,000. She first entered the cutting scene as a 3-year-old, placing sixth in the 2016 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open with trainer Michael Cooper, and has been prominent in the Open finals of the sport’s largest aged-events ever since.
Highlights include the Breeders Invitational Derby Open Co-Reserve Championship, the Brazos Bash Derby Open Co-Reserve Championship and the Abilene Spectacular Derby Open Championship.
The sales catalog listed two foals on her record, 2019 fillies by Hottish and Rezyin the Cash. She is due to have a foal next year via embryo transfer by NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Badboonarising.
Jeremy Barwick, of Western Bloodstock, said officials expected the Rose Valley Ranch Reduction Sale to be good — but the sale ended up being even better than expectations.
In addition to people on site, the auction agency took bids over the phone and via the internet.
Sly Playgirl & Wicked Wanda Rey
One of the headliners going into the sale, Sly Playgirl first made headlines four years ago when Rose Valley paid $800,000 to buy the mare at the 2016 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.
An earner of $343,307, Sly Playgirl is a daughter of That Sly Cat and out of Taquitas Playgirl (by Freckles Playboy). She entered the sale ring Friday night in Weatherford with progeny earnings of more than $307,000.
A daughter of Dual Rey, Wicked Wanda Rey (out of A Little Bit Wicked, by Smart Little Lena) is the dam of three winners of more than $79,000. She herself won more than $30,000 in the show pen.
Cattys Hope, Sly Playgirl and Wicked Wanda Rey joined another broodmare — Special Nu Kitty — as the highest-selling horses in the sale.
Right in the mix with a $285,000 bid was the mare Special Nu Kitty. A half-sister to NCHA Open World Champion Special Nu Baby, the daughter of High Brow Cat and out of Nu I Wood (by Zack T Wood) has already produced the earners of more than $560,0000.
The earner of more than $305,000 sold with an embryo to Rollz Royce. Rocking P also bid on Special Nu Kitty, but the winning bidder was Julie Wrigley.
The sale was a return home of sorts for Special Nu Kitty, who was previously owned by the winning bidder’s Wrigley Ranches from 2007 to 2017.