Skyrocketing Sales

“Bona Fide Spark,” four-year-old palomino gelding, was the high seller at the 31st Triangle Summer Sale in Shawnee, Okla. (Photo courtesy of Triangle Horse Sales)

By Krista Lucas 

All across the country, horses are finding new homes where they will go on to become rodeo athletes, ranch horses or even teach a child how to ride. While private treaty sales have grown popular thanks to the internet and social media, horse sales have seen record prices in 2018.

In late summer and early fall there are many to choose from, whether a buyer is looking for a barrel racing or roping prospect, a future race horse to put into training or a good using horse for the ranch.

Copper Springs Ranch hosted their annual performance horse sale August 11 in Bozeman, Mont. The Montana ranch is known for breeding, raising, training and selling horses with popular bloodlines. With state-of-the-art facilities, the ranch also produces hay, and Corriente cattle, as well as regional barrel races, team ropings and clinics.

“DTF Time Traveler,” a two-year-old stallion by “Dash Ta Fame” out of the Old Fort Days Futurity Champion “Moon Light Martha,” sold for a record price of $170,000. Bill McKesson of Texas purchased the stallion prospect. Out of 61 head the total for the Copper Springs Ranch Performance Horse Sale was a profitable $1,185,900.

In Valentine, Neb., the Fulton Family Performance Horse and Production Sale was August 17. The Futons take pride in raising top of the line performance horses, based around their million dollar sire “A Streak of Fling.”

The late Brian Fulton built the program’s foundation after having a successful rodeo career himself. They also stand two other stallions, “CS Flashlight” and “A Dash Ta Streak.”

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