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Horse Sale Highlights

 

June 2012 issue

 

Salmon Select Horse Sale

     The 40th Annual Salmon Select Horse Sale was held Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the fairgrounds in Salmon, ID. The sky was clear, the day was sixty degrees and windy, and the averages on both horses and mules were the highest in sale history. Gale Harding of Rexburg was the sale auctioneer.

     The high-selling horse was Four Ever Drifter, a 2004 bay AQHA gelding consigned by Dan and Becky Miller of Rexburg , ID. The 16-hand, 1,300-lb. horse had been used on the ranch, in a feedlot, and in the arena. Sired by Four Drifter Chex, and out of a Black Weasel daughter, he sold to Mark Stark of Challis, ID, for $9,400. 

 

High-selling horse Four Ever Drifter, a 2004 bay AQHA gelding sold for $9,400.

 

     The second high-selling horse was HLR Hailey, a 2007 AQHA palomino mare consigned by Terry Erickson of Rigby , ID. Sired by Golden Dually by Dual Pep, and out of a Zans Sugar Diamond daughter, she had been headed off of, drug calves to the fire, and was ready to go. She sold to Cody and Colby Gines of Powell , WY , for $7,800.

     Another sale highlight was Hulk, a 2000, gray paint, grade quarter horse gelding, described as the “Gentle Giant.” He had been used on the ranch his whole life, and had packed many kids on cattle drives and trail rides. Consigned by Terry Erickson of Rigby , ID , he sold to Fred Imler of Duncansville , PA , for $5,700.

     The winner of the Ranch Horse competition was Boxcar owned by Hoot Dotson of Gooding, ID. Dotson won the John W. Snook Memorial buckle, plus $1,000 in prize money.

     Sixty-six horses were entered in the Trail Horse Competition, and tying for first place were A True Love, a mare owned by Arnie Vetrus of Salmon, ID, and Fire Roan Jack, a red roan gelding owned by Dan and Becky Miller of Rexburg, ID.

     For the first time in many years, mares averaged more than geldings. Sixty-three quarter horse geldings averaged $2,800, and seventeen quarter horse mares averaged $2,935. The sale totalled $315,500 on 115 horses, up from 2011. The overall average on 115 head was $2,834.

     The top volume buyer by number of horses was C.E. Brackett Cattle Company of Rogerson , ID , who purchased five head and received the J. Wayne McArthur Award hat from Roy Jackson of the Jaxonbilt Hat Co.

     The top volume buyer by money spent was Mark Stark of Challis, ID, who purchased two head totalling $12,500. He won the Fred H. Snook, Sr. Memorial Buckle.

     For more information, contact Sale Manager Fred Snook at 208-756-2125; or visit www.salmonselectsale.com.

 

Salmon Select Mule Sale

     The 13th Annual Salmon Select Mule Sale was held on Friday the 13th! of April, 2012, at the fairgrounds in Salmon, ID. Buyers hailed from ID, MT, WA, AZ, NY, OR, WY and UT.

     The high-selling mule was Cash, a 2003 black, gaited Tennessee Walker john consigned by Scott and Sandy Sallee of Emigrant, MT. The medium-boned mule had been ridden in the mountains all his life, and sold to the JD Ranch of Twin Bridges , MT , for $7,000.

     The second high-selling mule was Nevada, a 2006, 15.3 hand, red roan molly consigned by Jeff and Christina Tift of Banner, WY. The mule had been used on the ranch, had been roped and hunted on, and was sired by champion jack Code Red and out of a quarter horse mare. She sold to Lana Nelson of Stevensville , MT , for $5,500. 

 

High-selling mule was Cash, a 2003 black, gaited Tennessee Walker john sold for $7,000.

     The third high-selling mule was Lily Langtry, a 15-year-old, 15-hand black molly consigned by Scott and Sandy Sallee of Emigrant, MT. She had extensive experience in the mountains and had been both packed and ridden. She sold for $5,100.

     Volume buyers were William Sornson of Casa Grande, AZ, who bought four mules; and three outfits buying three mules each: JD Ranch of Twin Bridges, MT; Kurt Wentland of Challis, ID; and Dennis Ludington of Hammett, ID.

     Twelve contestants entered the Mule Trail Competition, and Enos Borntrager’s three mules took first, second and third places. Six mules competed in the Packing Contest, and the winner was Daisy, an 11-year-old paint molly consigned by Ray Woodside of Potomac , MT.

     The top five mules averaged $5,460; the top ten mules averaged $4,560. Forty-seven head averaged $2,382, up from $2,234 in 2011. The Forest Service mules were not recorded in the sales averages.

            For more information, contact Sale Manager Fred Snook at 208-756-2125; or visit www.salmonselectsale.com.

 

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