For two days, the public will have the chance to bid on 17 horses or embryos from the breeding program of National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion Lindy Burch.
The offerings, which in many cases represent generations of Burch’s Oxbow Ranch program, are part of a special online sale hosted by Triangle Horse Sales. The consignments may be previewed Friday, Dec. 4, at Burch’s ranch.
Bidding opens Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 a.m. and closes Sunday, Dec 6, at 5 p.m.
Burch admitted it will be hard to part with some of the horses entered in the sale but said it’s time to pare down her operation. She enjoys hauling horses for the year-end Top 15 in the NCHA World standings, and said it’s hard to do that while also giving mares and foals the attention and care they deserve.
“I decided that I would cut down a little bit more to free me up a little bit so I could go show, do some clinics, do a little judging and just kind of not be tied down to the ranch, every day, seven days, 24-hours a day,” she said.
That means being willing to part with mares like NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion and American Quarter Horse Association Senior Cutting World Champion Bet Shes Smooth (by Smooth As A Cat), a daughter of the late great show mare and producer Bet Yer Blue Boons, whom Burch rode to the NCHA Open World Championship.
There is also stellar show mare Adelle, a daughter of Metallic Cat who Burch rode to a third-place finish in the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Open. The mare’s oldest foal is a 3-year-old Kit Kat Sugar filly, Skeetin Adelle, who together with Burch will compete in the Open semifinals of this year’s NCHA Futurity.
The sale is an offering of the original bloodlines that made Oxbow Ranch the success it has been through the years. The ranch has bred the winners of more than $8 million, according to Equi-Stat.
“I’m not putting horses in there that I don’t want, or horses that I haven’t developed that line for 20, 30, 40 years,” Burch said. “I’ve ridden their mothers, their grandmothers, their grandfathers, their great-grandfathers, and on and on and on.”
Jim Ware, whose Triangle Sales is handling the event, said the influence of the Oxbow program is generations deep. He said the list of stallions whose mothers wore an Oxbow brand is an impressive one that includes names like Metallic Cat, One Time Pepto, Bet Hesa Cat, Bets CD, Grays Starlight, Miss N Cash, Cattalou, Bet On Me 498, Smart Lil Ricochet, Paddys Irish Whiskey, Third Cutting, Gallo Del Cielo (Rooster), Smart Like Juice.
“It’s as strong as it gets,” Ware said in a statement announcing the sale. “The Oxbow program has produced incredible genetics resulting in many of the finest mares and greatest stallions of all time, and this is an excellent opportunity to purchase some of those genetics.”
In addition to Bet Shes Smooth, other mares included in the sale are Bets Shes Smooth’s maternal half-sister, Sevens N Eights (Smart Little Lena x Bet Yer Blue Boons), as well as Purdy Bet — an earner of $89,132 by Bet On Me 498 and out of Purdy Aristocrat (by Smart Aristocrat).
All the consignments have a minimum bid posted at the auction site.
The Oxbow sale also includes weanlings, embryos and a yearling out of mares consigned in the event. Click here for the sale catalog.
Though the broodmares will no doubt attract considerable interst, Burch said the young horses and embryos offer an opportunity that can be realized with a shorter wait time because the recipient mares are already carrying the embryos and, in the case of the weanlings, they’re already on the ground.
“I bred them the way I think they’ll work best, which I have developed with my experience over 40, 50 years, and it’s worked pretty good so far,” Burch said. “So, I’m really giving somebody the chance to capitalize on my knowledge and get a horse that has all that behind them.”
The weanlings are by freshman sires Dont Stopp Believin ($463,794) and Reyzin The Cash ($278,766), whose first crops are competing at this year’s NCHA Futurity, as well as young accomplished cutting stallions Rollz Royce ($353,872) and Cool N Hot ($430,812).
There’s also a weanling colt out of Adelle by Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Sire Hottish.
Burch hopes the consignments will be valuable additions to other breeding programs, spreading Oxbow’s genetics throughout the industry. And, in doing so, she will be free to continue to pursue her passion in the cutting pen.
“I want what I can put in my seven-horse trailer and go to shows or go north when it’s hot or south when its cold … just kind of like a bird,” she said. “Take the horses with me, do clinics and go show, and just kind of enjoy this decade.”