The morning of the Fults Ranch Absolute Reduction Sale, co-owner Alvin Fults looked around the ranch and wondered: Was anyone going to show up?
He need not have worried. Buyers began streaming into the ranch south of Amarillo, Texas, as soon as the gates opened at noon. By the end of the day, Fults and his wife, Becky, watched several horses bring six figures –– including two full sisters by Stevie Rey Von and out of the famed Sweet Abra – who sold for a whopping $725,000 and $500,000.
The success of the sale, throngs of buyers and to see how good the youngsters looked walking through the show ring was bittersweet, Alvin Fults said afterward.
The horses going through the reduction represented the second major breeding program the Fults’s had built. This one was around National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion Stevie Rey Von, whose first foals reached futurity age this year. Previously, Alvin and Becky launched Metallic Cat‘s successful stud career –– which has continued at a meteoric pace.
“On one hand, we want to slow down. It’s been 24/7 for 17 years, and we’re like, let’s slow down. Let’s start trying to enjoy what we’ve built and focus all on [Stevie Rey Von] now,” said Fults, who sold Metallic Cat to Rockin P Ranch in 2017 and bought his son, Stevie Rey Von, the following year. “But, on the other hand, when you see all the colts go through … not one of those colts that came through tonight was by accident. Those were thought-out breedings
“When you breed [a mare] you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I think that she should do this,’ or ‘This mare should make this baby looked like this.’ And then to see them come through as good as they looked tonight, it was just jaw-dropping to see how gorgeous they were.”
The reduction cleared out most of the Fults Ranch breeding stock with the exception of the ranch’s stallion, Stevie Rey Von, and a few mares Fults owned in a partnership.
“I didn’t feel right asking the partner to sell because I wanted to slow down, so I’ve kept a couple of mares and naturally, we kept Stevie,” Fults said. “So now we’re just gonna hone all our sights in and bullseye in on Stevie and do everything we can to keep him promoted.”
Teton Ridge Buys Sales Toppers
The sale-topping mares, yearling Stevies So Sweet ($725,000) and Sweet Like Stevie, a weanling who brought a top bid of $500,000, were purchased by new industry player, businessman Thomas Tull’s Teton Ridge.
Last month ,Teton Ridge had bought the sales-topper at the Rocking P Ranch Production Sale when it plunked down $225,000 for Metallic Cincin, a son of Metallic Cat and out of Cinca De Maya (by Dual Rey). It also purchased filly Metallic Star Guns (Metallic Cat x Playguns Star x Playgun) for $120,000 from that sale, which was part of Western Bloodstock’s Mid-Year Cutting Horse Sale at the NCHA Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth, Texas.
Earlier this year, Teton Ridge privately purchased National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion All Spice; NCHA Open Horse of the Year Twice In Santiago and NCHA Open Horse of the Year and EquiStat Elite $1 Million Sire Smooth Talkin Style.
During the Mid-Year Cutting Horse Sale, Teton Ridge purchased five weanling sons of Smooth Talkin Style. Two of those colts were out of Princess Clarence (by Peptoboonsmal), and it also bought one each out of Just a Lil Freck (by Bobs Freckle); Twice As Reycy (by Dual Rey) and SS Show Biz Sandy (by Blue Bayou Boon).
It also owns reining horses, including $96,709 earner Starjac Vintage and North American Reining Stakes Invitational Open Reserve Champion Winding Inferno, as well as reined cow horses.
Other Top Bids
Several other lots drew six-figure bids from the crowd.
Among them were Freyt Treyn, a 2020 colt by Stevie Rey Von and out of My Little Abra (by Abrakadabracre), who brought a bid of $200,000. A 2020 Metallic Cat filly, Wood U B Metallic, brought a bid of $135,000. Broodmare Sassy Lass Abra, a full sister to Sweet Abra and My Little Abra, also fetched $135,000. And, 2020 colt Octavious (Stevie Rey Von x My Little Abra) drew a bid of $100,000.
In addition to mares and youngsters, the sale also included a trained cutting horse and stallion.