Marvine Ranch Sale: No. 1 Seller Brings $700,000

Stylish Martini sold for $700,000
It was love at first sight for Bobby and Dottie Hill that led them to bid $700,000 at the Marvine Ranch Reduction Sale for Stylish Martini, the 2011 NCHA Derby Open Champion who has accumulated $215,595 in the show pen since placing fourth in the 2010 NCHA Futurity Open with Roger Wagner.

“We didn’t look at her closely until yesterday. She talked to me. She’s not a horse, she’s a person and she literally has a personality. She’s got soft eyes and is just, one of the most beautiful put together mares that I’ve ever seen,” said Dottie a Glen Rose, Texas rancher whose objective is to increase the strength of her broodmare band. “She pretty much reached us [price wise].”

Jon Winkelried (right) and his wife, Abby, along with Marvine Ranch trainer Roger Wagner
“This horse has been a great story for us,” said Jon Winkelried who owns Marvine Ranch with his wife, Abby. The couple almost sold the 2007 bay mare, first as a yearling and then again as a 3-year-old. “There was so much interest in her. It wasn’t like there was just one person who wanted to buy her – there were four or five really legitimate, substantial programs that recognized her talent and value, both as a show horse and a broodmare. That’s an affirmation of how important of a horse she is to this industry.”

The Marvine Ranch Cutting Horses Reduction Sale sale took place in Aledo, Texas, on Oct. 20 and it generated $2.7 million in bids.

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At $600,000, the great 2001 sorrel mare Quintan Blue (Mecom Blue x Quiolena x CD Olena) finished as the sale’s second-highest seller. Offered as a package deal with a 2012 embryo by Smooth As A Cat, the star mare went home with Circle Y Ranch, a Weatherford, Texas, operation owned by Penny Youngblood and Nancy Pearce. An earner of $609,140 herself, Quintan Blue is already a standout in the breeding pen with five offspring having total combined earnings of more than $400,000. Her top foal, the 2007 stallion Blue One Time (One Time Pepto x Quintan Blue x Mecom Blue), an earner of approximately $213,000, sold less than a month ago at the Husby Cutting Horses Dispersal Sale for $220,000.

Penny Youngblood (left) and Nancy Pearce
The third-highest selling horse at the Marvine Ranch Sale was the promising 2-year-old filly, Miss Martini Boon (Peptoboonsmal x Miss Martini Play x Freckles Playboy), who was trained by Roger Wagner. She was purchased for $265,000 by Coyote Rock Ranch in Oregon. The sorrel filly is a full sister to 2007 NCHA Horse of the Year, Copaspepto, a gelding who earned $465,000.

The Winkelrieds, residents of New Jersey, will remain active in cutting. Wagner, who's been the Marvine Ranch's resident trainer, will continue to train aged event horses for the Winkelrieds at their Aledo, Texas facility.

“It was a great sale,” Jon said. “I think going in to these things you never exactly know how they’re going to go and you always get surprised with something. Some horses surprised me on the up side and some surprised me on the downside but overall it was a fabulous sale. I think the total outcome was better than I thought it would be.”