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In the Money: Second Chances

IntheMoney TwoSmokingBarrels 16SPTwo Smoking Barrels proved to be a popular prospect at the Winter Premier Sale, where he sold for $40,000. • Photo by Stacy Pigott

When it comes to public horse auctions, the question, “How much is that horse worth?” is often answered with, “It’s worth as much as a buyer is willing to pay for it on that day.” Sometimes, there is a large gap between what a buyer is willing to pay and what a seller is willing to accept, and the horse is repurchased, or passed out. The seller takes the horse home to regroup and develop a new plan, which might include another sale in the future.

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In the Blood: Platinum Vintage


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It would be an understatement to say that Harper Conner was on a roll at this year's Cactus Reining Classic. He co-owns Lucas Oil Derby Level 4 Open Champion Platinum Vintage with Silver Spurs Equine LLC, and Conner also showed three horses in the finals of the Protect The Harvest Derby Non-Pro. He won the Non-Pro with Jacs Princess, was Reserve with Vintage GQ and placed 11th with Revolutionary Jewels. The earnings for these four horses was $22,678.

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In The Blood: Skeets Oak Peppy

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The World’s Greatest Horseman competition showcases the versatility of American Quarter Horses and the men who ride them. The 2016 event was held as a part of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas. The competitors showed their versatility by working in four events – herd work, rein work, steer stopping and the always-thrilling fence work. Clayton Edsall, riding his gelding Skeets Oak Peppy, earned a combined finals score of 883 to win the event, giving him the title of World’s Greatest Horseman.

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In the Money: Veterans

IntheMoney 01 CRTuffLucy 15SPCR Tuff Lucy was the highest seller in the Western performance horse industry in 2015, bringing a final bid of $600,000 at the Center Ranch Production Sale. • Photo by Stacy Pigott

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In the Stats: NRCHA Stallion Stakes

Inthestats 01 ThatCDRocks ERobertson StakesOpen Int-Open 09PMThat CD Rocks is the NRCHA Stallion Stakes’ No. 1 horse with event earnings of $55,358. The 2005 stallion (CD Lights x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark), bred by Richard Bell, of Van Alstyne, Texas, is pictured with Ed Robertson, who rode That CD Rocks to win the 2009 NRCHA Stakes Open and Intermediate Open championships. • Photo by Primo Morales

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In the Stats: Florida Reining Classic

IntheStats400 01 ShawnFlarida PFShawn Flarida, of Springfield, Ohio, is the leading open rider at the Florida Reining Classic. From 2004 to 2015, he rode five horses to total show earnings of $21,264. His leading money-earner is 2015 Derby Level 4 Open Champion Wimpys Littlecolonel (Wimpys Little Step x One Right Chic x Smart Chic Olena), a 2009 stallion bred by Double Run Farm, of Leland, North Carolina, and owned by George Lawrence, of Gainesville, Texas. • Photo by Pat Feuerstein
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In the Money: Ready to Show

IntheMoney RockinSallycat 15JARockin Sallycat was the highest-priced 3-year-old in 2015 when she brought a final bid of $200,000 at the Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal Sale. • Photo by Jim Arnold

Traditionally, by the time a Western performance prospect is 3 years old, owners hold on to them at least long enough to see what they have in the show pen. Three-year-olds rarely go through public auctions; they represented just 5 percent of sale horses in 2015.

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In the Past: Cutter Bill

InthePast CutterBillCutter Bill • QHN File Photo

Cutter Bill (Buddy Dexter x Billie Silvertone x Silvertone), a 1955 palomino stallion bred by R.L. Underwood, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was owned by Rex Cauble, of Denton, Texas, who purchased the stallion at Underwood’s 1956 dispersal sale for $2,500.