Ropers, riders, and all kinds in between, Billings Livestock’s September 24-25-26 sale event welcomed 806 head of horses for the 23rd annual “Cow Country Classic” catalog sale and “Fall Rope Horse Special”.

Rope horses showcased in a first class, put-it-all out there, sale horse only jackpot produced by the Wrangler Team Roping Championships on Friday afternoon where 138 teams competed in a pick one, draw two format, with two complete go-arounds and a top 12 finals.

The top rope horse brought $49,500, top five rope horses averaged $26,640, and the top ten “ropers only”  – eight geldings and two mares – cracked $21,970 a head.

Top three selling horses wore the bay color and brought $49,500, $30,000, and $23,200 respectively.

He earned a fast-time in the second go around on the head side, and the weekend’s Number One was all that and more, more, more!!!  He came with NRHA money, a solid show horse who had won buckles and saddles in the reining pen as well as ranch riding and  Hip 359 “Revved Up Mercedes” a 2012 AQHA Bay Gelding sired by Cromed Out Mercedes and out of a West Coast Whiz daughter brought $49,500.

Offered by J Arrow Livestock, and shown by both Jerry and Megan Cobb, the class gelding stayed gentle and sold to Maggies Camp, LLC, Cody, WY.

Reined cowhorse trained and fancy, fancy, Hip 308 “Onebluleopard” a 2017 AQHA Bay Gelding x Once In A Blu Boon and out of EBR Snowcat x High Brow Cat was the complete performance or trail package.

Owned and shown by Chad Turner, East Helena, MT, the special gelding brought $30,000.

Billings Livestock was  proud to offer 21 head from Montana breeders, ranchers, and rodeo family Hollenbeck Ranch Horses, Molt, MT, including Hip 42 “Little Dyno Drift” a 2016 AQHA Bay Roan Gelding x Driftwoodl N Drift and out of a Doc O Dynamite bred dam.

The rock solid gelding brought $8,000.

With volume comes selection and affordability, too, as 56 head of catalog horses brought between $3,500 and $5,000.

All-inclusive, the catalog sale averages set new records for the September event as the top five averaged $29,040; top ten at $24,420; Top 20 at $20,585; Top 50 at $15,735; and the top 100 averaged $11,845.

And, oh, that loose market – sky high and rockin’ as 413 head were offered as is, where is, how is, with the top loose horse commanding $6,200.

Offered to a full sale arena, loose horses sold Sunday morning where 30 head brought $3,000 plus, 64 over the $2,000 mark, and 100 head brought $1,500 or better.

Loose averages include top five at $5,580; Top 10 at $4,830; Top 20 brought $4,212; top 50 at $3,344. And the top 100 averaged $2,577.

Up next at Billings – Saturday,  October 30 – and the “Fall Special Catalog Sale” showcasing performance horses and production offerings.   A full, indoor, performance preview including a full session of team roping is set for Friday, October 29 at the HorsePalace Arena. 

Loose horses will sell Saturday, October 30 at 8 a.m.

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  • Posted on: January 5, 2023