By LIBBY CLUETT
STRAWN – Strawn Valley Ranch seems to be going out of the horse-breeding business with the announcement Monday that it will have a “complete dispersal sale” of its cutting-horse stock.
Working with Western Bloodstock Ltd., the ranch, owned by Metroplex-based homebuilder Don R. Horton, will offer approximately 48 head of cutting-bred horses, according to Western Bloodstock Ltd. Consultant Ben Emison.
The sale takes place Sept. 25, at the Silverado on the Brazos arena, the day before the arena hosts it cutting competition the Brazos Bash, Emison said.
“This entire sale is pretty much centered around one mare, 'The Smart Look,' and her produce. She's one of the industry's leading producing mares [and] she'll be included,” Emison said, adding that the 25-year-old mare stays offsite, at Colorado State University.
The herd includes 2-year-old and 3-year-old horses in training, a 4-year-old competition horse, over two dozen weanlings and yearlings and an estimated 11 broodmares, according to Emison. In addition to The Smart Look and her offspring, the sale includes the mare's clone – now a broodmare – and the clone's two foals – a yearling and a weanling by the stallion Dual Rey.
As of Tuesday, sources could not determine if the SVR stallion Dual Smart Rey would be included in the sale. Dual Smart Rey is out of The Smart Look and by Dual Rey.
“There's not many of these mares [that] are bred to Dual Smart Rey, because they are kin to him,” Emison explained of the SVR herd of broodmares.
D.R. Horton's cutting horse herd isn't the only one recently offered at a “reduction” or “complete dispersal” sale.
Last fall the area saw two major sales – a reduction sale of 29 horses from the Weatherford Marvine Ranch, owned by Jon Winkelried, and a complete dispersal sale of cutting horses at the Husby Ranch, located at Silverado On The Brazos, after the death of Dave Husby.
The Marvine Ranch reduction fetched gross sales of $2.45 million and an average of $87,693, according to the Western Bloodstock website article “Marvine Ranch Sale shatters records.”
Emison said the sale topper, a mare named Stylish Martini, sold for $700,000, followed by the mare Quintan Blue, which sold for $600,000.
Now owned by Dottie Hill, of Glen Rose, “Stylish Martini is in the running for [National Cutting Horse Association] Horse of the Year right now,” Emison said, “ a pretty big title … she's in the hunt for this.”
He added that this annual honor is based on a point system, including money won in shows and for winning and placing.
The Husby sale also included equipment, motor homes and décor, according to Emison. He said the sale topper was the stallion Blue One Time, out of Quintan Blue, which sold for $220,000. In addition, he said the gelding Overdrive, purchased for $73,000 as a 2-year-old gelding, is “now a big winner. That's a success story.”
Despite these large-scale dispersal and reduction sales, Emison said, “I'd say we're in a normal situation … the industry is strong, with good horses. There's not much demand for something that's not bred well. They want well-bred and good confirmation.
“The cutting horse industry is alive and well,” he added. “Cuttings [competitions] are stronger than they've ever been.”
He noted that the NCHA Summer Spectacular starts on July 13, in Fort Worth. As do many big cutting competitions, this event includes a sale of horses – Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, conducted by Western Bloodstock Ltd.
North of the area, in Gainesville, another big name in horses, Carol Rose – the American Quarter Horse Association's “All-Time Leading Breeder of Performance Horses” – has slated to liquidate her herd at a complete dispersal sale Aug. 15-17.
This sale, conducted at her ranch, includes all her stallions, broodmares and prospects, according to sale information. There will be an open house and viewing of sale horses on Aug. 15, followed by the horse sale on Aug. 16 and equipment sale on Aug. 17.
Rose has indicated she will keep only one broodmare and a few select show horses for her personal use, according to the sale information at http://www.carolrose.com/dispersal-sale.html. Her ranch property is available through private sale.