Billings Livestock’s July 24 “Mid Summer Special Catalog Sale: saw a one-day total of 768 head of horses, a rockin’ loose horse trade, a fab catalog selection – and a – $27,000 catalog high.

July’s number one belongs to a fancy four year old gelding offered by Luke Palmer, Satanta, KS and Hip 153 “Real Gun Joe” a 2017 AQHA Black Gelding x Peppys Real Gun x Real Gun that had doctored a lot of cattle, was as gentle as they come, been ranched and roped off by their nine-year old son  Ridden in the feedlot, too, the quiet, handy gelding brought $27,000 and sold to E. Twining III, Ehrhardt, SC.

In the second spot was Hip 87 “Way To Smooth” a 2016 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Cats Rocket x Smooth As A Cat and out of a granddaughter of Poco Tivio owned and shown by Cody Pool, Henderson, TX.  A perfect combo of looks and ability, the 15.1 hand, 1200 pound real deal ranch gelding was used outside his whole life and done it all on the ranch, too, he brought $24,000.

Schmitt Horse Ranch, Holland, IA offered four nice geldings including Hip 115 “Soxanic” a 2016 AQHA Bay Gelding x Great Inspiration x Smart Little Lena came talented, well broke, and started on the roping machine. Cute and stylish, he brought $20,000.

Pretty, buckskin, and a hard worker, too, Hip 127 “Sleven” a 2013 Grade Buckskin Gelding offered by Ashleys Saddle Horses, Billings, MT had been trail ridden, ranch used, and came safe and gentle.  Robert Hardesty, Cody, WY purchased the gelding for $19,000.

He’d owned him since a yearling, and Hip 117 “SCR Buffalo Dancer” a 2016 AQHA Bay Roan Gelding by Timber Cat 101 x Doc’s Hickory was offered by Zeph Schultz, Greenough, MT and had been used on the ranch, had cutting and reined cowhorse training, as well as ridden on the trails.  The top-of-the-line, all around guy sold for $20,000.

An extremely strong gelding market ruled Billings as 18 out of the top 20 selling horses were geldings, with a top 20 average of $15,927.

Just flat out good, in every division, the sale averages prove that the horse market continues it’s roll, as the top five averaged $22,100; top ten at $19,110; top 20 at $15,927; Top 50 at $11,620, and the top 100 averaged $8,633.

Billings Livestock is proud to be America’s number one loose horse market, month in and month out, as four out of the six past months the top selling loose horse has brought $8,000, as is, where is, how is. 

July’s loose division met with a big run of  horses – 518 in all –  where the top horse fetched $7,700, with 11 bringing $5,000 or better, 35 over $3,000 plus, and a top five average of $5,460, top ten at $4,890, top 20 brought $4,285; top 50 at $3,480, and a top 100 average of $2,828.

Billings Livestock’s next sale event includes the annual “August Catalog Sale” and will kick off on Friday with a full indoor performance preview and UBRC Barrel Race all at the HorsePalace Arena.

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  • Posted on: January 5, 2023