ALL KINDS. ALL CLASSES. ALL PRICE POINTS
All kinds. All classes. All price points. All the time. Billings Livestock’s October 28-29 “Fall Special Catalog” and loose horse sale hosted 595 head of horses, 37 no sales, a loose high of $7,400, and a catalog Number One at $37,250.
The October sale hosted 340 on-site registered buyers with an additional 360 buyers registering for the first time to buy online at Billings, resulting in 74 head of horses actually selling to an online buyer.
Congratulations to Hip 71 “Fire Rollin Hawk” a 2015 AQHA Bay Roan Gelding offered by Kera Washburn, Altamont, UT. The gentle, solid head horse had also been used outside and fit the whole family. The quiet riding gelding brought $37,250.
Just call her fancy, Hip 45 “Shady N Shiny” a 2018 AQHA Sorrel mare x Shady Lil Starlight stayed broke with time off and came eligible for sooooo many incentives! She brought $35,000.
Such a pretty boy, Hip 24 “Dolla’ Bill” a 2015 Grade Buckskin gelding offered by Henry Schellenberg, Saskatchewan, Canada came full made and handsome, had been ranched and roped on, and used as a pickup horse. The quality gelding brought $15,000.
October’s production offerings included a multitude of color and quality with so many blue roans!
Now in their 15th year at Billings Livestock, North Country Quarter Horses, Fred and Linda Finke, Big Sandy, MT brought the business including two blue roan stud colts that brought $5,000 each.
She was blue, too!! Hip 91 “LJH Gumbos Blue Lady” a 2018 AQHA Blue Roan Mare x Gumbo Gin Cake x Gumbo Roany consigned by Mike Sikveland, Billings, MT came with a solid foundation, AQHA Ranching Heritage eligible, and was ready to go in any direction. She brought $13,000.
Top five catalog horses brought $23,650, top ten at $18,800 and the top 50 averaged $10,978.
Loose horse market saw 325 head sold as is, where is, how is, with a $7,400 high, a top five average of $6,100, top ten at $5,300, top 20 brought $4,460, top 50 at $3,408 and the top 100 averaged $2,507.
On premise and online – Billings offers all sizes, kinds, and colors, all disciplines, ages, and talents, all pricepoints, quality and caliber – It’s where to go to get ’em! Something for every budget, 30 head of catalog horses brought between $5,000 and $6,500.
Next up – on premise and online – November 25 “Holiday Special Catalog Sale”.
Consign, see what’s coming, and sign up for online bidding at www.billingslivestock.com
Rain, clouds, or sunshine, good horses all the time!! Billings Livestock’s September 22-23-24 sale weekend came loaded with 867 head of horses, a full performance preview, a jackpot team roping for the sale horses – hello 117 teams – and so. Many. Good. Horses.
Leader of the pack – Hip 360 “Soula Rey” a 2013 AQHA Sorrel Gelding sired by Play Dual Rey x Dual Rey offered by Paris Thorson, Fergus Falls, MN brought $35,000.
Shown in Ranch Versatility, ranch ridden, stock horse events, and shown at the 4-H level, too, the kind, gentle, NRCHA money earner was a one horse show.
A top-shelf head horse, Hip 303 “This Cats Fever” a 2016 AQHA Gray Gelding by WR This Cats Smart and out of a daughter of Playgun was the weekend’s top selling rope horse at $29,000 consigned by Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, SD.
Buckskin, gentle, and came with an impeccable ranch resume, Hip 294 “Jack” a 2018 Grade Gelding consigned by Joe Fox, Hysham, MT brought $26,000.
Hip 376 “Rafiki” a 2013 Grade Black and White Leopard Gelding was the life of the party and had pretty much done it all – picked up at rodeos, television and print ads and commercials, ranched on, taught kids to ride – he was offered by Layne Durfee, Choteau, MT and brought $25,000.
An outstanding set of horses offered at Billings pushed the top five average to $28,900, top ten at $27,050, and the top 20 to $24,875.
72 head brought $10,000 or better, with 21 head at $20,000 plus.
Shopping pays dividends as value could also be found as 54 head of catalog horses brought between $3,000 and $4,000.
Supply and demand on the loose horses where the poorer, thinner horses showed the pressure, but the market continues blaring red-hot on the ride prospects.
The top loose hit $9,750, followed by $8,300 and $8,200 with 18 horses bringing $5,000 plus and over 100 head at $2,100 or better.
Up next at Billings – it’s on premise and online – is the Fall Special Catalog Sale event October 28 featuring performance horses and production offerings. All kinds will sell with a full performance preview offered on Friday.
Consign, see what’s coming, and sign up for online bidding www.billingslivestock.com
AUGUST 25 & 26
Aaaaamazing August in horsesaleland!! Billings Livestock Horse Sale‘s August 26 sale event saw the biz in Billings where 623 head of horses were offered for sale in one day, in one place to buyers on premise and online.
A sale high of $40,000, 19 head at $10,000 plus, a top five average of $23,560, top grade gelding at $23,500, and a loose horse high of $7,700.
Leading the way for August was Hip 79 “PG Hooked On Fame” a 2016 AQHA Brown Gelding by the barrel racing business – Dash Ta Fame – and out of a daughter of Sun Frost was offered by Ross and Casey Wagner, Park City, MT.
“Point and Shoot” in the barrel pen, the fancy gelding was easy to ride, smooth, and came broke, started heading, heeling, breakaway, too, and sold for $40,000.
August’s offering was flavored with all kinds, all classes as seven out of the top 20 sold as grade and proved again that experience, a solid resume, and gentleness matters. The seven – all geldings and included two draft crosses – averaged $16,357.
Reserve sale honors and top grade gelding – Hip 44 “Dunny” a 2016 Grade Dun Gelding consigned by Henry Schellenberg, Saskatchewan, Canada brought $23,500.
The prettiest girl in the room – Hip 83 “Guys Rosita” a 2013 AQHA Sorrel Mare sired by A Smooth Guy and out of a Laughing Boy mare consigned by Rachel Robertson, Bozeman, MT sold in foal to NFR Qualifying Stallion “Feel The Sting” – foal eligible for so many incentives including Pink Buckle, Ruby Buckle, Riata Buckle, Royal Crown, Breeders Challenge, and Tomorrow Legends.
She brought $17,800.
Budget minded? We’ve got that, too!! 62 head brought between $4,000 and $6,000.
It’s Billings!! And – It matters. Billings Livestock is federally licensed and bonded as well as licensed with the state of Montana.
The horse market is alive and well in Billings, Montana as the catalog sale averages reflect the strong market with the top five averaging $23,560, top ten at $19,560; Top 20 averaged $15,365; Top 50 at $10,239; and top 100 averaged $7,700.
In the loose division, the market keeps on it’s heater as the top five averaged $6,900, top ten at $6,360, top 20 at $5,575; top 50 at $4,378, and the top 100 aeraged $3,363. 94 head brought $2,000 plus with 25 at $4,000 or better.
In 2023, we celebrate our 25th year of monthly catalog horse sales, selling over 185,000 horses, mules, and ponies in 300 sales.
On premise and online, Billings offers all sizes, kinds, and colors, all disciplines, ages, and talents, all pricepoints, quality and caliber – it’s where to go to get ’em. Every. Single. Month.
Next up Billings Livestock’s annual Cow Country Classic catalog sale and Fall Rope horse event September 22-23-26 4nd will include a full performance preview as well as a team roping jackpot exclusively for sale horses.
Join us! ONLINE or ON PREMISE!! See what’s coming and sign up to bid at www.billingslivestock.com
JULY 21 & 22
MAGICAL METALLICS & KINGLY COWHORSES
Metallics were magic and cowhorses king at Billings Livestock’s “Mid Summer Special Catalog Sale” July 22.
With 522 head of horses consigned, 16 no sales, a $50,000 catalog top, and a loose horse high of $9,500 Billings Livestock saw a strong horse market in all divisions.
At the top of the leader board – Hip 106 “Americat Sweetheart” a 2016 AQHA Sorrel Mare sired by the $50 million dollar sire – Metallic Cat – and out of Meradas Sly Cat x That Sly Cat offered by Greg Goggins, Shepherd, MT.
At number two and $48,000 – another Metallic mare this one out of a daughter of Dual Pep- Hip 71 “Sisters Gonna Dual” a 2017 AQHA Chestnut that came with NCHA earnings as well as being started in the heeling and breakaway. She, too, was consigned by Greg Goggins, Shepherd, MT.
Geldings, oh, those geldings!! The top five geldings averaged a sweet $24,480 -with Hip 72 “Silver Dollar” a 2017 AQHA Gray Gelding x Mr Peppy Freckles offered by David Stewart, Weatherford, TX earning top gelding honors at $26,000.
Certainly a sale highlight, Hip 94 “First Class Steve” a 2021 AQHA Sorrel Colt sired by Stevie Rey Von was out of a Lizzy mare – Stylin Lil Lizzy – and brought $27,400.
Fancy and dressed in buckskin, Hip 39 “JMR Pay Day” a 2014 AQHA Buckskin Gelding sired by Playboys Bucks Fever came offered by Riverbend Bar Milton Ranch, Morgan, UT.
Gentle, gentle, he had been ridden by young and old, seen hunting camp, ranch used, trail ridden and brought $22,000.
Here’s the overall sale view – catalog averages include the top five at $35,280; top ten brought $27,730; Top 20 averaged $21,110; top 50 at $14.325; and the top 100 averaged $10,485.
A phenom loose market continues at Billings where 326 head were offered in this division and the #1 loose horse brought $9,500, followed by $8,600, and $8,200 – pushing the top five average to $7,920; Top ten at $7,060; top 20 averaged $6,065; top 50 at $4,800 and the top 100 averaged $3,672.
On premise and online, Billings Livestock offers buyers and sellers the opportunity to trade in and…. trade up – consign and buy at the same sale!
It’s all sizes, kinds, and colors, all disciplines, ages, and talents, all pricepoints, quality and caliber – it’s where to go to get ‘em – Billings, Montana!! Next up – Billings Livestock’s “August Special Catalog Sale” set for August 26 and features Performance Horses. See it all and sign up for online bidding at www.billingslivestock.com
JUNE 23 & 24
THE FIREWORKS SHOW
Billings Livestock’s June 24 sale event was red hot and smokin’ with a one day total of 556 head of horses, a $35,000 sale high, a top five at $25,800, and top loose horse sparking $10,000.
Congratulations to June’s Number One – Hip 42 “Playboy Blondie” a 2016 AQHA Palomino Gelding x Playboy Flit offered by Ervin Miller, Hullett, WY.
Just call him Mr. Perfect, the golden palomino came fancy, gentle, level headed, ranch ridden and packed on, too.
Oh those drafts and drafts crosses!! Soooooo many – everytime!! Top draft at $31,000, followed by $18,000, and $15,000.
Leading the charge in the DraftX division was Hip 95 “Beau” a 2015 Grade Black gelding that stood 16 hands, weighed 1,300 lbs, wore a size three shoe, and came gentle and handy and consigned by Quarter Circle 4R Ranch Horses, Cody, WY.
He’d been ridden by all levels of riders and the gelding with no silliness brought $31,000.
Kera Washburn, Altamont, UT offered Hip 51 “JJ Rio Blue” a 2017 AQHA Blue Roan Gelding x LDK Rio Rojo that came gentle, ridden in the mountains, on the ranch, and in the arena.
Head or heel, the sensible gelding brought $24,000.
Sale averages include the top five at $25,800, top ten at $21,370; Top 20 brought $17,652; top 50 averaged $13,028 and the top 100 averaged $9.856.
Loose horses continue their fast track as 375 head sold in the loose division – as is, where is, how is, with the top horses bringing $10,000, $9,500, $9,400, $8,800, followed by $8,300 – for a top five average of $9,200.
Billings Livestock is proud to be America’s Number One loose market month in and month out, offering a strong market that has been time tested – top ten averaged $8,410, top 20 at $7,400, top 50 averaged $5,742 and the the top 100 loose averaged $4,353.
Budget minded? We get it!! 41 head of catalog horses brought between $5,000 and $7,500. It pays to shop at a one-stop shop!! Billings – rope, ride, ranch, or recreate, it’s #allkindsallthetime
Up next – it’s on premise and online….July 22!! Join us under the Big Sky for a BIG selection of horses and mules. Holding, hauling, and insurance available!! Consign, see what’s coming, and sign up for online bidding www.billingslivestock.com
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MAY 26 & 27
ON HIGH HEAT
So many kinds. Billings Livestock’s “Cow Country Catalog Sale” shined as 671 head of horses, mules, and ponies were offered in Billings, Montana on May 27.
Ranch horses and draft crosses had their day at Billings’ original spring catalog sale event with a sale high of $36,000, champion ranch horse at $30,500, and the top five – three draft crosses and two good geldings – averaged $28,400.
May’s number one @ $36,000 – Hip 123 “Finn” a 2018 Grade Black Friesian Cross mare consigned by LaVonne Mothershead, Custer, MT and purchased by Cathy Rehmeyer, New Freedom, PA.
Shown in the ranch horse competition, the Montana born and bred mare had an extensive resume that included substantial ranch use, trail ridden, ranch horse competitions, as well as trail course jumping – and came with a willing attitude, athleticism, and a fab personality.
The “Best of the Remuda” Ranch horse competition showcased the weekend’s ranch horses as 20 head of horses demonstrated their abilities in a judged competition on Friday afternoon where Hip 65 “Curtis Tari” a 2016 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Commander Curtis offered by Turner Performance Horses and shown by Chad Turner took home the championship title.
Ranched on, trail ridden, a finished head horse, too, the all-around gelding brought $30,500.
Handsome, solid built and solid trained, Hip 19 “Kings Shady Socks” a 2019 AQHA Grullo Gelding x Poco Sparta Rey came consigned by Emmanuel Miller, Hulette, WY.
Gentle, tolerant, ridden by adults and kids alike, he brought $28,000 and sold to Gena Scott, Cedar City, UT.
Oh, those drafts and draft crosses!! May’s quality ran deep as nine out of the top 20 sellers were drafts or draft crosses including Hip 72 “Charlotte” a 2013 Grade Blue Roan Draft Cross Mare consigned by Jess Franz, Elbert, CO.
Gentle, honest, and dependable, she been used in the high country in all weather, doctored in the pasture, and ridden at brandings.
The stellar mare brought $25,000.
A strong market from the first horse to the last, the top five catalog horses averaged $28,400, top ten at $23,825; top 20 brought $18,985; top 50 at $13,167, and the top 100 averaged $9,541.
A horse for every budget, 53 head of catalog horses brought between $3,500 and $7,500.
America’s Number One loose market rocked on with an $8,500 high, a top five average of $6,400, top ten at $5,730; top 20 brought $5,265; top 50 at $4,492 and the top 100 averaged $3,739.
78 head of loose horses brought $3,000 or better, with 34 at $4,000 plus, and 12 hitting $5,000 up.
On premise and online, Billings offers all sizes, kinds, and colors, all disciplines, ages, and talents, all price points, quality and caliber – it’s where to go to get ‘em – month in and month out!!
Next up – June 23-24 “Summer Special Catalog Sale” featuring performance horses.
Consign, see what’s coming, and sign up for online bidding at www.billingslivestock.com
APRIL 21 & 22
ROPE HORSES AND MORE, MORE, MORE
Performance previews and ropings, Billings Livestock Commission Horse Sales April 22 sale event saw 401 head of horses – all kinds, all disciplines, all pricepoints – showcased with a $40,000 high, a top five average of $26,200, a new loose record set at $11,800…..it’s #allkindsallthetime in Billings, Montana!!
Congratulations to April’s #1 Hip 86 “Brite Like Metallic” a 2015 AQHA Bay Roan Gelding by the boss…Metallic Cat…..offered by Jace Crabb, Mangum, OK. He showed why in the jackpot team roping for sale horses nailing three steers in 21.7 and earning the W on the head side. The true switch end rope horse brought $40,000.
Champion heel horse behind Hip 86 was Paul Griemsman piloting Hip 50 “Nuclear Code” a 2018 AQHA Chestnut Gelding x Electric Code that sold for $19,500.
Radley Day, Volborg, MT won second and fourth on the head side riding Hip 45 “This Guyz A Cowboy” a 2016 AQHA Bay Gelding x Cowboys Cartel and out of a Frenchman’s Guy daughter. The hauled and won gelding brought $22,500.
Talk about fancy, Hip 43 “CeeYaAtSix” a 2016 AQHA sorrel Gelding x CD Diamond and out of a daughter of Nu Cash was an all-around kind of guy – ranch, show, or rope, he did it all. Offered by CS Performance Horses, Jacksboro, TX the class gelding sold for $25,000.
Budget minded?? We got you!! 34 head of catalog horses brought between $5,000 and $7,500. It pays to shop at a one-stop shop!!
April’s draft cross selection roared with red roans, blue roans, bay roans and more!! Congratulations to Hip 32 “The Wolf” offered by Jeff and Christina Tift, Banner, WY with a $22,000 sale tag!! The one-of-a-kind gelding stood 16 hands and had been used for most everything in the high country and on the ranch. Used two summers in cowcamp, he was the business.
Catalog sale averages inclued the top five at $26,200; top ten at $22,930; Top 20 brought $19,317; top 50 at $13,185; and top 100 averged $9,473.
Billings’ loose horse division continues its burn – and – shows why selling at auction pays – a new record high was set in the loose market at $11,800, followed by $7,900, $7,700 pushing the top five average to $8,120.
Loose horses are offered as is, where is, how is with no rider, no speech, and no warranties.
50 loose horses brought $3,000 or better, with 85 at $2,000 plus.
Join us next time – it’s one big day – May 27 for our “Cow Country Classic Catalog Sale” and ranch horse competition!!
DRAFT CROSSES & MULES
Trail-wise and tourist-tested, mules, drafts, and draft crosses made the news at Billings Livestock Commission’s “Spring Special Catalog Sale” featuring the 25th annual “Trail, Outfitting, Guide, and Guest Horse” offering March 25.
A one day total of 589 head of horses and mules came to town including 100 cataloged mules.
The top sale spot of $20,000 was shared by Hip 234 “Midnight” a 2018 Grade Black Percheron Cross Gelding consigned by Deven Heitland, Sheffield, IA and Hip 147 “CC Peppy Nitro Flash” a 2017 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x HA Nitro Pepup consigned by Luke Sheehan, Sheridan, WY.
Fancy, gentle, and weighing in at 1500 lbs, “Midnight” had been trail ridden, loped like a little horse, and came started on the hot heels.
Hip 147 “CC Peppy Nitro Flash” had been used all over the ranch, was started on barrels, poles, heeling, and calf roping, and came gentle, honest, and willing.
Trophy Mountain Outfitters, Afton, WY consigned 12 head of proven trail and guest horses that had seen the sights of the Teton Range of the Rocky Mountains and brought from $1,800 to $16,000.
A special consignment from K Lazy 3 Outfitters, Lincoln, MT also included the tried and true outfitter, guest, and trail horses – plus mules – including hip 107 “Ike” a 2017 Grade Gray gelding that brought $12,000.
Consigned by well respected mule man, Jake Clark, Powell, WY, Hip 165 “Easy Money” a 2015 Grade Black John Mule earned the day’s top mule honors with a sale price of $12,500. .
Bred and raised by the Clark’s, “Easy Money” had been used for five years in their outfitting camp packing supplies with guides riding him to guide hunters each fall.
Dillon Corrington of Rafter D Mules, Hastings, MN brought 17 head of mules – ride, drive, or pack – from fancy to functional, a mule for every job.
A raging loose market continued at Billings where the top horse on the loose fetched $9,750 with seven head at $6,000 plus. Loose included 244 head with 88 at $2,000 or better, a top five average of $7,510;, top ten at $6,680; top 20 brouight $5,955, top 50 at $4,570 and the top 100 averaged $3,436.
Overall sale averages included the top five at $18,200, top ten averaged $16,340, top 20 at $14,245; The top 50 averaged $11,106, and the top 100 brought $8,940.
Next up at Billings – both on premise and online – is the “April Special Catalog Sale” featuring the Spring Rope Horse Sale session. All kinds and classes will sell with a special highlight for rope horses.
Consign, see what’s coming, and sign up for online bidding at www.billingslivestock.com
Five-star and fancy, Billings Livestock’s February 24-25-26 sale presented the business with a catalog sale top of $98,000, a loose horse at $9,700, a zonkey sold for $7,000 and the coolest mules around brought $33,000 and $20,000.
A jam-up, quality filled February event highlighted by the annual “Sons and Daughters” sale sessions where horses are sired by money earners, AQHA Champions, or horses with a record themselves.
The crackerjack set of horses, mules, and ponies saw 114 head bump $10,000 or better, with 45 over the $20,000 mark and six pushing $50,000 plus.
Leader of the pack, Hip 310 “Metallicat” a 2011 AQHA Sorrel mare sired by the $52 Million dollar sire, Metallic Cat and out of Mates Matrix x Smart Mate was herself an AQHA Open World Champion Head Horse as well as an NRCHA Open Futurity Finalist.
All eyes on the blue-chip mare, she came consigned by Ty Smith, Whitesboro, TX and sold for $98,000.
Two foals – a filly and a stud colt – out of Metallicat and by the $8 million dollar sire Woody Be Tuff also sold bringing $24,000 each.
Number two for the day was Hip 282 “The Mamba” a 2017 AQHA Red Roan stallion sired by the boss – Metallic Cat – and our of an Abracadabracre daughter – came with NCHA earnings of $77,000 plus.
Offered by Alan Chappel, Collinsville, TX the handsome stallion sold to Steve Cockerum, Fruitland, ID.
Red roan and a stallion, too, this one sired by Metallic Cat’s number one son – Stevie Rey Von and out of a daughter of Peptoboonsmal – Hip 321 “Stevies Final Play” a 2019 model that had two years of cutting training as well being paid to date in the Riata Buckle Rope Horse Futurity.
Consigned by Cooper Smith, Whitesboro, TX he was purchased by Bryan Orton, Spanish Fork, UT for $64,000.
Eight out of the top ten selling horses were Riata Buckle eligible with seven out of the top ten having Royal Crown eligibility. The top ten averaged $76,600.
Oh, those mules!! Hip 319 “Hollywood” a 2018 Grade Gray John Mule consigned by Nebo Valley Farms, Fredericksburg, OH looked like a mule but rode like a reiner!
The unique fellow had been used daily on an Amish farm, ridden by riders from 3 to 65, used on a drill team, carried flags in parades, and would lay down on cue.
He brought $33,000 and sold to Michael Boitnott, Prescott, AZ.
The top three selling mules brought $33,000, $20,000, and $19,500.
Loose horses started the year on fire with 198 head offered in this division with the top five loose at $9,700, $9,000, $8,700, $8,700, and $7,750.
Sixty six head on the loose brought $2,000 or better with 20 at $4,000 plus.
Overall sale averages reflect the quality offered in February as the top five averaged $76,600; top ten at $58,850; Top 20 brought $44,150; top 50 at $30,758; and the top 100 at $22,590.
Something for every pocketbook as 88 head brought between $5,000 and $7,500.
Loose averages show just how good it was – the top five at $8,770, top ten at $7,600; top 20 at $6,195, top 50 brought $4,307; and top 100 – that’s half – averaging $3,065.
Up next – March 25 – the Spring Special Catalog Sale, it‘s on premise and online. Consign, see what‘s coming, and sign up for online bidding www.billingslivestock.com