Best In The West

From the first horse through the gate to the last horse out, the “Holiday Special Catalog Sale” November 27 in Billings, Montana was on  fire.

A one-day total of 422 head of horses, eight roping steers, a sale top of $17,700, a raging market  prevailed in all divisions.

America’s number one loose market continued to push upward at Billings where the top loose horses brought $8,000, saw 86 bring $1,500 or better, with five over $4,000.

Two roping previews gave the rope horses time to shine and November’s Number One at $17,700 was a fancy head and heel horse,  Hip 28 “RBAR  Iron Cowboy” a 2014 AQHA Gray Gelding x Cowboy Gun x Playgun offered by Get R Done Horse Training,  Peers, Alberta.

He’d spent a winter in Arizona, been hauled to jackpots, and seen countless ranch miles and sold to Horace Small, Lame Deer, MT.

The Number two horse was also an attractive rope horse – head, heel, Hip 27 “Elans Nu Playboy” a 2016 AQHA Sorrel Gelding x Elans Chic x Elans Playboy and out of a Nu Chex To Cash daughter came with a performance record, stood 15 hands, and had seen outside miles as well as arena time.

Consigned by Kody Potts,  the standup gelding brought $15,700 and sold to Jeremy Not Afraid, Lodge Grass, MT.

Broke the best and personable too, Hip 65 “CLM Mack Truck” a 2018 AQHA Dun Gelding by Jitter Jet Joe x Smoken Leo Jet was the whole package offered by Donna Smith Bronson, Okotoks, Alberta.

Perfectly shown by Larry Bronson, the one-of-a-kind three year old brought $15,000.

Drafts and draft crosses consistantly light up the board at Billings, and Hip 66 “Big Dan” a 2011 Grade Dapple Gray Draft Cross Gelding consigned by Ervin Miller, Hulett, WY stood 16 hands, was a big, gentle, giant that had been used on all farm machiner, drove single and double, and would lay down to get on.

Another special gelding, he brought $12,200.

Sale averages include the top five at $15,180; top ten at $13,630;  Top 20 at $10,900, top 50 at $7,733, and the top 100 averaged $5,280.

Strong loose division averages include the top five at $5,420; Top ten at $4,460; Top 20 at $3,635; Top 50 at $2,730, and top 100 averaged $1,416.

Next up  – and exclusively online – Billings Livestock’s SuperSelect Timed Online offering December 17-18.  Powered by Northern Livestock Video, the special online sale will offer the consignments in a timed online format.  See what’s coming and sign up to bid at

Billings Livestock’s next on premise sale is set for January 22 and will offer loose horse division in the morning, catalog at 12 noon, including the popular ShowCase Sale session – a set of horses offered on premise as well as online.

Read all about it and keep up with what’s coming at

  • Posted on: January 5, 2023