Billings Livestock’s annual “Cow Country Classic Catalog Sale” celebrated the ranch horse – and – oh, what a selection of horses offered in one, big day – May 28.

The original spring catalog event for Billings Live hosted a grand total of  727 head of horses, saw 40 pass outs, a catalog high of $36,000, a top five average of $25,940, a loose trade on fire where the top prospect brought $9,200.

Friday’s well-attended  performance preview plus the Best Of the Remuda Ranch Horse Competition gave sale horses time to shine as well as crowning the 2022 Ranch Horse Champ Hip 114 “Cactus Verdad” a 2013 AQHA Gray Gelding x Stylin Cat offered by Turner Performance Horses, East Helena, MT and shown by Chad Turner.

As good as good gets, the fancy gray gelding showed flawlessly in the competition as well as shown on cattle and Mr. Handsome brought $25,500.

May’s number one came sired by the boss, Metallic Cat – the NCHA Horse of the Year and sire of over $50 million in earners – and out of a daughter of Dual Pep,  Hip 103 “Hyadualin Kitty” a 2017 AQHA Bay Mare rang the bell at $36,000.

Offered by NRCHA Champ Justin Wright, Santa Maria, CA the special mare had three years of cowhorse training to her credit as well as ranch ridden outside.

S Ranch, Billings, MT an AQHA Remuda of the Year Award Winner, brought six head of ranch raised, ranch ridden geldings to the May sale event including Hip 95 “Cold Picks” a 2015 AQHA Gray Gelding x Picks Secret x Sixes Pick shown in the ranch horse competition by K.C. Verhelst.

The good looking gray gelding brought $18,500.

Rock solid sale averages include the top five at $25,940, top 20 brought $17,427, and the top 100 averaged $9,506.

Again something for everyone at Billings, affordability lives here, too – 42 head of catalog horses brought from $5,000 to $7,000.

It’s still on fire and the talk of the day continues to be the loose horse division as nearly 500 head – 488 exactly – were offered as is, where is, how is to a full sale arena.

Pushed by the ride prospects, May’s top loose horse brought $9,200, followed by $8,600 and $7,500 – top 20 averaged $5,690, top 50 at $4,618, with 100 head of horses bringing $2,100 or better.

Billings – all kinds, all classes, all the time!!

Come see us in Billings for our “Summer Special Catalog Sale” June 25 – it’s on premise and….online!! Consign, see what’s coming, and sign up for online bidding right here www.billingslivestock.com

  • Posted on: January 5, 2023