On Monday, December 8, the opening day of Western Bloodstock’s 2014 Futurity sales venue, the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale set all-time 2-year-old sales records in terms of high-selling horses and percentage sold at public auction, so expectations were high for the Select Yearling Sale.
“It was an exciting night, with the finest yearlings the industry has to offer selling to so many of the industry’s top owners and trainers,” said Jeremy Barwick, Western Bloodstock Ltd., of Tuesday’s sale.
Tappin A Cold Brew, consigned by Waco Bend Ranch, Ltd., topped the Select Yearling Sale at $255,000. The Smooth As A Cat colt, three-quarter brother to cutting’s all-time high-money-earning mare, Dont Look Twice LTE $823,504, sold to David Taurel, Whitesboro, Tex.
“We felt that sales would be strong, but we never imagined we would top the record average by such a huge amount,” said Jeremy Barwick, who along with his wife, Candace, purchased Western Bloodstock Ltd. in 2012. Last year’s NCHA Futurity Sales average came within $48.00 of breaking the old record.
“We are grateful to the consignors and buyers and feel privileged to be able to contribute to the growth of the cutting horse industry,” added Barwick.
From a total of six sessions, over six days, 614 horses, representing 84% of those offered, sold for a gross of $17,005,850.
The high-selling horse from all sales was 2-year-old Eight Mile, at $400,000. The Metallic Cat son was consigned by his breeder, Crown Ranch, and purchased by Daniel and Nancy Burkes, Hibbing, Minn.