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Tin Man, the highest-selling Western performance 2-year-old at public auction of all time • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska

Tin Man Shatters Sale Record

When Hip No. 1099 walked in the sale ring on Dec. 3 during the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale Session I, everyone stopped to pay attention. Tin […]
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In the Money: Super Sales

IntheMoney MeltingSnowMelting Snow sold for the second time as a 2-year-old. • Photo by Stacy PigottThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open finals on April 15 featured some of the best 4-year-old cutting horses in the industry, several of which have a past that includes the sale ring. Seven of the 21 Open finalists were former sale horses, including the Champion and Reserve Champion.

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In the Money: NRHA Futurity Open Finalists

IntheMoney PSMegaShineChic 15SPPS Mega Shine Chic brought $280,000 at the 2015 NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale. • Photo by Stacy PigottOn Saturday, Dec. 3, all eyes in the reining world will be focused on Oklahoma City, where the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open finals will begin at noon with Section 1, immediately followed by Section 2 and the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Futurity finals. The road to the Futurity can be long and arduous, with hopefuls hailing from all over the United States and, indeed, the world. The paths of some horses led them through various sale rings, as one-third of the Level 4 Open finalists are previous sale horses.

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In the Money: Hot Commodity

IntheMoney 01 AmandaStargun MRapp 03DSAmanda Stargun, pictured with Mary Ann Rapp, earned $92,261 before retiring to the broodmare band. • Photo by Don ShugartElement SelectionSince 2006, one mare has seen her foals sell more than 30 times at major horse sales in the Western performance horse industry. Twenty-five of Amanda Stargun’s foals have sold a total of 32 times since 2006 at leading cutting and reined cow horse sales.

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In the Money: High Roller Finalists

IntheMoney SmartTwinkeltownSmart Twinkeltown and Ruben Vandorp were the Level 2 Open Champions in the Tamarack Ranch Futurity at the High Roller Reining Classic. The horse was a $9,000 sale yearling in 2014. • Photo by Alex Lynch

Seventeen horses (including ties) took home money in the Tamarack Ranch Futurity Level 4 Open finals at the High Roller Reining Classic on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas. Of those money-earners, four were sale horses in 2014 and all could now be considered relative bargains. Only one of the four horses was a repurchase at $8,000, while the other three sold for prices ranging from $9,000 to $37,000.

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In the Money: Triple Crown Tales

IntheMoney WatchMeWhipNCHA Non-Pro Triple Crown Champion Armando Costa Neto and family homebred Watch Me Whip • Photo by Kristin Pitzer

Armando Costa Neto’s Triple Crown-winning horse Watch Me Whip never set foot in a sale ring, but several members of the mare’s maternal family, including her dam and granddam, have throughout the years.

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In the Money: 5 Questions with Phil Rapp

IntheMoney MissReycine 16KPMiss Reycine, the dam of 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year Reyzin, sold for $170,000 in April. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

At the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Sale produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., cutting horse trainer Phil Rapp stepped up into the auctioneer’s booth and settled in to help sell some horses. Rapp was there to provide the color commentary that breaks up the auctioneer’s call as each horse sells. As the sport’s all-time leading money-earning rider and a top breeder and owner, Rapp used his knowledge of bloodlines and horses to point out interesting facts about each horse, often adding personal recollections of related horses or the trainers involved.

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In the Money: NRHA Derby Non-Pro Finalists

InTheMoney ZirconiaWithATwist063016ALZirconia With A Twist (PT), pictured at the NRHA Derby, sold for $13,250 as a yearling. • Photo by Alex LynchGood non-pro horses can be hard to find, but four of the horses in Friday’s National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Non-Pro finals went through a sale ring at some point in their lives. Two of them sold to new owners, while two were repurchased by their consignors.