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Western Bloodstock Adds Three Sales

The cutting industry's leading sale company adds auctions in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

By Sally Harrison
March 18, 2014

Western Bloodstock

For additional information on Western Bloodstock's upcoming sales, including the NCHA Super Stakes Sale on April 19, go to www.westernbloodstock.com. (Credit: Western Bloodstock)

In a move to broaden the market and offer premium auctions at moderate prices for all classes of  performance horses, Western Bloodstock Ltd. has expanded its roster to include three new sales, in addition to their premier venues at the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Summer Spectacular Sales in Fort Worth, Texas.

The new sales are the Western Fall Roundup, to be held this year on Saturday, September 6, at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Arkansas; the Big Bash on the Brazos on Tuesday, September 23, at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Texas; and the Western Winter Roundup on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, Oklahoma City.

“My intention when we bought Western Bloodstock was to expand our schedule,” said Jeremy Barwick, who along with his wife, Candace, purchased the cutting industry's preeminent sale company last summer from co-founders Ben Emison and Milt Bradford.

“I felt we needed options to meet the needs of everyone and not just the owners who have cutting horses of the caliber that sell well in Fort Worth. I want to have a market for everyone, with a roster of sales that can accommodate everything from the $2,000 horse to the $500,000 horse.”

The Fall Roundup Sale and the Winter Roundup Sale will include all ages, types and breeds of western performance horses, including ranch horses, roping horses, barrel horses, cutters, team penners, reiners, working cow horses, yearlings, and broodmares. The consignment fee for each sale will be $250, with no pass-out fee.

“The facilities are first-rate – brand new in Texarkana and newly renovated in Oklahoma City – completely climate-controlled, with lots of parking and easy access to major highways,” Barwick added.

Big Bash on the Brazos will be held the day before the start of the $1 million Brazos Bash, a 12-day limited age cutting event held at the Silverado Arena. The sale will be limited to 50 horses, aged from 2 to 6, that will sell while working on cattle. The consignment fee will be $800, with a pass-out fee of $300.

“September and October is a big time to sell horses,” Barwick noted. “Especially 3-year-olds. A lot of people are looking for them and a lot of people are selling them.

“There has never been a sale with those same stipulations for aged event horses. If the horse is entered in the Brazos Bash, the buyer can show it that week, plus there are still two or three shows before the end of the year where they can show.”

As a cutting horse trainer, Barwick, 37, has participated at all levels of the sport. He is an NCHA world champion and hall of fame rider; has won multiple limited age events, including the NCHA Super Stakes and the Brazos Bash; and has bought and sold horses at sales across the country.

“The overall market is extremely strong right now,” Barwick said. “The demand is high, but there aren't that many horses available. When people find one they like, they know it is going to cost them a little more, but they are willing to pay it.

“Everyone has a different need and hopefully, by adding these three sales on top of the three that we already produce in Fort Worth, we will be giving everyone a chance.”

For additional information on Western Bloodstock's upcoming sales, including the NCHA Super Stakes Sale on April 19, go to www.westernbloodstock.com.

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