Triangle Horse Sales is now a part of Western Bloodstock.
Officials with the 43-year-old sales company, which was founded in 1979, announced that Triangle Horse Sales owner Jim Ware had sold the business to Jeremy and Candace Barwick’s Western Bloodstock Ltd.
Transfer of ownership was July 28.
In announcing the sale, officials said Triangle’s existing sale dates will remain in place, including its spot as the featured horse sale during the opening weekend of the Farnam AQHA World and Adequan® Select World Championship shows, Oct. 28-29 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City., Oklahoma. The Farnam AQHA and Adequan® Select World is slated for Oct. 28 – Nov. 20. This is among one of three annual sales Triangle hosts, in addition to special sale events.
Western Bloodstock is the official sale company for the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), hosting annual futurity sales for each association, as well as a Mid-Year Cutting Horse Sale, Breeders Challenge and major dispersals in the industry. Its schedule also includes the Championship Barrel Horse Sale and the National Western Stock Show Elite Horse Sale.
“I couldn’t be more delighted for Jeremy to assume this role,” Ware said in a statement announcing the sale. “The experience he has gained from selling multiple disciplines will contribute to a perfect management fit for Triangle Sales, which has become a staple in the industry for providing a diverse range of quality, performance-bred horses.”
The transfer of ownership comes full circle for Ware, who along with Milt Bradford and Ben Emison, originally founded Western Bloodstock in 2000. Ware served as president of Western Bloodstock until 2012, and the Barwick’s purchased the company a year later from Emison and Bradford.
Barwick says he is impressed with the longevity of Triangle’s success and looks forward to this new endeavor.
“It has been a great sale for so many years, and I have followed it since it was under the ownership of one of its original founders, Cindy Bowling,” Barwick said. “I wanted to expand my business and have more sales, and I thought this would be a great addition.”
Barwick’s experience began at a young age, having been introduced to cutting by his grandparents. Through the years, he has been involved as a cutting horse trainer and competitor, winning well over a million dollars in earnings and a place in the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame. He and Candace, also own Shadow Oak Ranch LLC and are co-owners of Brazos Valley Stallion Station LP.
Barwick says this broad culmination of experiences has helped him make contacts in the industry and contributed to his approach with horse sales.
“I think the experience of showing and training has helped me develop a better eye for horses as sale prospects,” he said.
“Also, although it’s sometimes difficult, it’s good to take a step back and take emotions out of the buying and selling process if you can. Years of training and competing helped me with that.”
In addition to maintaining existing sale dates, he says no other big changes are on the horizon.
“I’m not one for making a lot of major changes to something that has been so successful for so many years,” Barwick said.
Current sales staff will remain in place, as will the Triangle Sales’ company office, which will continue to be maintained in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where the sale was originally held for many years before relocating to Oklahoma City in 2020.
Triangle’s Fall Sale is slated for Oct. 28-29, and its Winter Sale is Jan. 27-28, 2023, and the Spring Sale will be May 5-6, 2023.