Triangle Horse Sales continued to report record-breaking averages for the third straight sale at its 41st Annual Spring Sale in Oklahoma City.
Organizers say the average at the sale, held April 30-May 1, topped all previous averages at $12,975 per head on 244 catalogued horses, less withdrawals, with a 79-percent sales completion. They say this continues a streak of record high averages for the venue that began with the Fall 2020 Sale, which posted a $10,150 per-head average and the 2021 Winter Sale at $12,750 per head.
Officials say the high averages are indicative of the demand for quality, finished horses across the country and Triangle Sales has been buying and selling the best in a range of western disciplines since its founding in 1979. Overall, the Spring Sale sold 70 performance geldings for an average of $20,600.
Jim Ware, owner of Triangle Horse Sales says that despite the increase in averages, he feels like the market is approaching a point of healthy stability, rather than a continued climb.
“I think pricing for the Spring Sale was as good as that in January,” Ware said. “We have experienced these record high averages and a strong market across the country.”
“It seems like every sale we’ve had for a while has seen progressively higher averages than the last one, however I feel like now the market is stabilizing.”
“We had a presidential address the week of the Spring Sale,” Ware said. “Anytime policy changes are discussed, such as changes in tax codes, that plays a role. The overriding majority of horse owners stay aware of the political environment, and you could feel that among the buyers. But overall, it was a really good sale that drew a great crowd.”
The Spring Sale was host to buyers from 25 states, and the top buyer states were Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arkansas and Missouri.
The sale also elevated Triangle’s Top $10,000 Club with the addition of 90 horses averaging $19,600. There were 132 horses added during the Winter Sale, for a total of 222 horses selling over $10,000 within two sales. Top averages broken down by discipline included reining horses, averaging $19,700; cutting and cow horses at $18,000; ranching and roping horses at $15,600.
Though the sale’s highlights included several Western performance horses, it was a highly successful barrel racing mare, Spotlite Ta Fame, who topped the sale with a $170,000 bid.
The Keyla Polizello Costa, Tolar, Texas consignee by My Stud Leroy and out of Lite On The Bar (by Stripping On The Bar) had earned $40,000 at barrel futurities across the country. She was bought by ASCO Equipment located in Hereford, Texas.
Western Performance Highlights
Other Top 10 selling lots included Hip No. 148, Peek Twice (Peeka Pep x Miss Dualling Pep by Dual Pep), a 2010 red roan gelding, which sold for $50,000. The gelding was consigned by Turner Performance Horses, LLC, Wickenburg, Ariz., and purchased by Jeff Edwards, Bozeman, Mont.
Another well-bred cutting horse, Wicked Little Cat (Metallic Cat x Wicked Wanda Rey by Dual Rey), went for $44,000 to Karen Griffin, Purcell, Okla. The mare was consigned by Rock Creek Cutting Horses, Weatherford, Texas.
Two sorrel geldings came in as fourth and fifth high sellers. Hip No. 63, Famous Collusion (Dash Ta Fame x Legsgonewild by Tres Seis) sold for $39, 500. The 2018 gelding was consigned by Lance Powers, Wynnewood, Okla., as agent and was purchased by Scott Duke, Vancleave, Miss.
Fifth high seller, Gunna Be Hermoso (Gunnatrashya x Hermosa Dun It by Hollywood Dun It) followed closely with a purchase price of $35,000 as Hip No. 135. Gunna Be Hermoso is a 2017 gelding consigned by St-Onge Reining Horses, Gainesville, Texas, and sold to Shane Kelley, Lampasas, Texas.
Other high-selling horses:
- Hip No. 210, Darlin Bobby, 14M, (Bobby Starlight x Darlin Delta by Haidas Little Pep); sold for $30,000 to Flag Ranch, LLC, Purcell, Okla.; consigned by Daniel Reed, Allen, Okla.
- Hip No. 105, Jackies Last Dunit, 09G, (Jackie Twas Dunit x Zans Last Dudette by Zans Last Dude); sold for $27,500 to Brad West, Shawnee, Okla.; consigned by Shawn Trimble, Colleyville, Kan.
- Hip No. 57, Legends Whizard, 15G, (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Legends Lil Squeeze by Custom Legend); sold to Sam Kyle, Yukon, Okla.; consigned by St-Onge Reining Horses, Gainesville, Texas
- Hip No. 189, A Little Cat N Mouse, 15G, (Cats Merada x HR Playin Legend by Little Lenas Legend), sold for $27,200 to Bill McFarland, Rougemont, N.C.; consigned by Roger Anderson, Hillsboro, N.D.
- Hip No. 111, Gunnabeapopstar, 16G, (ARC Gunnabeabigstar x Nu Pops Genuine MC by Im Genuinely Smart); sold for $27,000 to Kyle Schmitt, Holland, Iowa; consigned by Casey Ranch, Stratford, Okla.
Triangle Horse Sales features three regularly scheduled sales per year: The Winter Sale – or “January Sale,” Fall Sale and Spring Sale, as well as occasional special sales.
The 42nd Annual Fall Sale is scheduled for October 29- 30, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The Fall Sale will be held in conjunction with the American Quarter Horse Association World Show. For more information, go to www.trianglehorsesales.net.