A money-winning gelding by Metallic Cat broke a sale company’s previous records when he topped the annual Diamonds in the Desert Premier Horse Sale in Fort Worth, Texas.
The horse, Jack B Metallic, sold for $260,000 at the sale held Dec. 5 at Billy Bob’s Texas in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Typically held in Las Vegas, the sale moved to Fort Worth this year as a result of the relocation of the National Finals Rodeo to the Lone Star State.
Though sale organizers never for sure which horse will end up being the sales topper, they said there clearly was a lot of interest in Jack B Metallic going into the sale. He ended up being the sale company’s highest-selling horse ever.
Codi Gines, co-owner of sale manager MM Auction Services, said Jack B Metallic’s status as a broke, gentle gelding trained in cutting and roping made the Turner Performance Horses consignee stand out as a “showstopper.”
“Everything he had to offer was awesome, so we knew that he could be one of the high sellers,” she said. “But you just can never pick.”
Officials with the sale do not release buyer names, but Gines said Jack B Metallic went to a home in Clark, Colorado. Second-high seller Shine Stylin Shine was bought by someone from Texas, she said.
Diamonds in The Desert High Sellers
Consigned by Turner Performance Horses, the $260,000 sales topper Jack B Metallic was a winning cutter with a lifetime Equi-Stat record of $5,459. He competed in the Western United States and the Pacific Northwest for owner Paje Turner, winning money at Rocking K Productions events, the Utah Cutting Horse Association Futurity show as well as other limited-age events and weekend shows.
His dam, Charlotte Rey, is a daughter of the late Dual Rey who has produced two money earners in Equi-Stat: Jack B Metallic and his full sister, Reychel Cat ($14,831).
Jack B Metallic was bred by Mark and Anne Marie Pearson, of Spearman, Texas.
At $165,000, the second-high seller at the Dec. 5 sale, Shine Stylin Shine, is a 2015 sorrel gelding sired by NRHA Futurity National Reining Breeders Classic Level 4 Open Champion Shine Chic Shine and out of Spooks Stylin (by Grays Starlight).
Bred by Sally Amabile, of Grandview, Texas, the horse consigned by Buckeye Acre Farm is a maternal half sibling or better to the winners of more than $54,000. His dam’s top earners are his full brother, Shine Superboy Shine ($25,343) and fellow winning reiner Smartys Stylin ($13,136, by Colonels Smart Spook).
Strong Horse Market
The Diamonds In The Desert Premier Sale on Dec. 5, which sale organizers said had an average of $40,815, continued along the lines of what MM Auction Services had seen all year long — a strong horse market.
“I think the demand has been always been strong for great horses, you know? I really do,” Gines said. “But, I think it might even went up a little bit more with COVID setting in, [with] people staying home, wanting to go outside [and] rope in the arena or go riding the mountains.”
Going into this sale sale season, Gines wasn’t sure how the market would respond to to the COVID-related restrictions and shutdowns, but said sales were strong starting with the company’s Chrome In the Canyon Premier Mule Sale in Utah.
The trend continued at the company’s next sale, which was scheduled to be held in Reno but had to change to an online auction, and through its Best of Texas in September in Fort Worth.
The sales-topper at the Best of Texas sale earlier this year was K & M Family Horses’s 4-year-old great-grandson of Hollywood Dun It, Bert Dun It Blue, who sold for $127,000. Trainer Mozaun McKibben consigned the reserve high seller at Best Of Texas Sale, One Handsome Rascal, a 5-year-old gelding (One Time Pepto x Missuma x Smart Little Lena) who sold for $125,000.