ML Rum Gunner led the way at the recent Triangle Spring Sale. • Photo courtesy of Triangle Sales.

Colonels Shining Gun Son Leads Strong Triangle Spring Sale

The demand for quality Western performance horses continued to hold its ground during the recent Triangle Spring Sale .

Organizers say the sale, held April 29-30 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, saw a 42-year event high average of $14,500 on 367 catalogued horses, less withdrawals, amid a packed house of buyers from 25 states and one foreign country. This average was up from $12,975 last year, and the sale closed with an 86 percent sales completion.

The strong sales elevated Triangle’s Top $10,000 Club with the addition of 159 horses averaging a phenomenal $21,800. This brings the Triangle Top $10,000 Club to 391 horses for two sales in 2022, compared to a total of 375 for Triangle’s three annual sales in 2021.

Top sale averages broken down by discipline are: reining-bred horses averaging $33,000; cutting and cow horses averaging $24,000; and the ranching and roping horses averaging $16,000.

Jim Ware, owner of Triangle Sales, says the strong economy coupled with public buying demand has continued to drive sales. He also said there’s been an upswing in the energy of Triangle’s sales since it moved them to Oklahoma City.

“It was another sale where every category of horses just sold really well,” Ware said in a statement announcing sale results. “We are grateful that sellers continue to bring good horses—which is happening even more since we moved to Oklahoma City. It upped the level of horses and the number of buyers when we made the move to better facilities and surrounding amenities at State Fair Park.

Top Sellers

The Top Ten sellers averaged $57,200 and were led by Hip No. 264 ML Rum Gunner (Colonels Shining Gun x ML Boonwith Freckles by Peptos Playboy), who brought a top bid of $100,000. The 2016 red dun gelding was consigned by agent SQ Farms, of Okarche, Oklahoma., and sold to Ross Falisi, of Gainesville, Florida.

Hip No. 40, Sugar Railena (Kit Kat Sugar x A Little Reylena by Dual Rey) was second-highest seller at $76,000. The 2015 sorrel mare, who is a maternal half sister to National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion Dual Reyish, was consigned by Lee Holsey, of Huntsville, Texas, and sold to Jessy Meyer, of Shields, North Dakota.

Sugar Railena was followed by the third-high seller, Hip No. 22, Reyluna (Metallic Cat x Reychell Rey by Dual Rey), who sold for $60,000. The 2018 chestnut filly was consigned by Dawson Burns, of Tarzan, Texas, and sold to Chett Hughes, of Thicket, Texas.

Hip No. 276, Gotta Platinum Guns (Platinum Vintage x Wind Gotta Dancy by Spooks Gotta Gun) was next with a high bid of $55,000. The 4-year-old bay gelding was a Parker Slavin Performance Horses consignment and sold to Sofia Roberts, of Ocala, Fla.

Additional Top Ten sellers

Hip No. 255 – $52,000
Streakin Silkpanties
2016 Bay Mare
A Streak of Fling x Famous Silk Panties x Dash Ta Fame
Consigned by Rafael Celeste, of Purcell, Okla., and sold to Lance Powers, Wynnewood, Okla., acting as agent.

Hip No. 43 – $50,000 Sombodys Smartallic
2019 Sorrel Filly
Metallic Cat x Hickorysomebodysmart by Somebody Smart
Consigned by Christopher and Sunny Glass (Texas), sold to Jody Galyean (Okla.)

Hip No. 21 – $50,000
One Time Ms Sammie
2009 Bay Roan Mare
One Time Pepto x Travlin Ms Sammie by Travalena
Consigned by Josh and Amy King (Texas), sold to Burt Bull (Texas)

Hip No. 69 – $45,000
Bobbie Boonsmal
2005 Red Roan Mare
Peptoboonsmal x Bambi Freckles by Freckles Playboy
Consigned by Kelly Mahler (Texas), sold to Keith Ketcher (Mo.)

Hip No. 197 – $44,000
Hesa Cowboys Cream
2017 Buckskin Gelding
Cowboys Boonshine x Blue Bells Cream by Smoke Fifty
Consigned by Kropf Performance Horses (Ark.), sold to Wayne Foster (Texas)

Hip No. 260 – $40,000
Xtra Got Outta Dodge
2018 Palomino Gelding
Platinum Vintage x Cee N Gun Smoke by Colonels Smoking Gun
Consigned by Vandorp Inc, Agent (Texas), sold to Jon Gilbert (Ariz.)

Triangle Horse Sales hosts three annual sales per year: Winter, Spring and Fall. The 43rd annual Fall Sale is scheduled for Oct. 28—29, 2022, at Oklahoma City’s State Fair Park.