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.