The 21st annual High Plains Ranchers and Breeders Association Sale & Futurity kicked off Saturday, June 6, in Amarillo, Texas, at the Bill Cody Arena in an atmosphere that felt more like a family reunion than a horse sale. Hands were shook, prayers were respected, and the gathering was peaceful.
It was sponsored by Jon Galland-White Face Ford, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Rodeo King Hat Company, Will Durrett-Superior Livestock Representative, Caviness Beef Packers and Hughes Ranch Trailers.
The HPRBA is a group of twelve breeders and ranches located in the panhandle of Texas that have come together to market their ranch-raised horses in an annual sale and ranch horse futurity. Nine of the twelve members are AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders.
Members are: Chisum Ranch, CL Quarter Horses, Durrett Cattle, H Ranch, Martin’s Last Dollar Ranch, Michael Ranch, Scivally Ranch, Silver Spur Ranches, Summers Cattle, Wing Brothers (Mike Wing & Jo Wing) and Zieman Ranch.
The ranch horse futurity had a total of 27 entries competing for a $22,500 purse. For the second year, a limited rider incentive class was incorporated with a purse of $7,500 to riders who have won less than $1,500 in AQHA, Stock Horse of Texas, Ranch Horse Association of America, National Reining Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association or National Cutting Horse Association competition. A total of 11 of the 27 were eligible for incentive, given by the HPRBA. They were also eligible to compete for the $15,000 open purse. The ranch horse futurity is open to 3-year-old horses who have sold as a yearling or 2-year-old through the HPRBA Sale.
When the dust settled, Gatlin Duncan and Little Run Shinning (Hal Of A Run-Little TR Shinning by Twice As Shinning) were crowned the open champion, winning $7,500, a Red Bluff Buckle, Rodeo King hat, HPRBA vest, and Iron Horse Brand cinch. Little Run Shinning was bred by Chisum Ranch, and owned by Gatlin Duncan.
The reserve champion in the open was Layton Berry and H Maria Del Rey. The horse was bred by H Ranch and owned by Layton Berry, and won $3,000, and an Iron Horse Head Brand cinch.
Tying for third/fourth were brothers, Ryan and Kyle Birkenfeld. Ryan rode Starlight Magnum, bred by Martin’s Last Dollar Ranch, and Kyle rode Metallic Chilly, bred by Chisum Ranch, each winning $1,750 and prizes. Both horses are owned by Keith Birkenfield.
Rounding out the money earners in the open were fifth place, Miles Baker and Plaino Frosted Lilly, bred by Martin’s Last Dollar Ranch and owned by Baker Performance Horses, winning $1,000 and prizes. All money earners received Rodeo King straw hats and a Happy Tails bag.
The Limited Rider Incentive Champion, Layton Berry and H Maria Del Rey (Sammi Rey-HR Black Smoke by HR Dun Smoke) were winners again after their reserve open champion title to win $3,000, a Red Bluff Buckle, and an Iron Horse Head Brand cinch.
Reserve champion in the Limited Rider Incentive was Jay Jackson and SRS Playin Lucky, bred by Scivally Ranch and owned by Jay Jackson, winning $2,000 and an Iron Horse Head Brand cinch.
Third was Hunter Worm and Ima Blues Traveller, bred and owned by Durrett Cattle, winning $1,500.
Finishing out in Fifth place was Cedar Stevenson and SRS Playin San Peppy, bred by Scivally Ranch and owned by Stevenson & Bell, earning $1,000.
All money earners received a Rodeo King Straw Hat, HPRBA vest, and a Happy Tails Bag.
In the sale, futurity horses were topped by Ransoms Sunday Lena, at $10,000. The 3-year-old palomino gelding was bred by Martin’s Last Dollar Ranch, ridden by Zack Burson in the Futurity, and owned by Trevor Allen.
Topping the aged riding geldings was Southreynhospitality at $7,500, a 5-year-old son of Dual Smart Rey, consigned by H Ranch and ridden by Klay Waters.
Prospects for the future were 35 2-year-olds sold, with the top five horse colts averaging $10,200, and top five fillies averaging $5,200.
Topping the 2-year-olds was Hesa Safe Bet, a sorrel stallion consigned by Martin’s Last Dollar Ranch, at $20,000.
Next was Dulces Metallic Pep, a palomino gelding consigned by Chisum Ranch at $8,500. River Blue Hollywood, a grullo gelding bred by Durrett Cattle fetched $8,000.
The 35 yearlings held steady averaging $3,071 as a whole, with the top five horse colts averaging $6,580, and top five fillies averaging $3,420.
The top selling yearling was A Wicked Pepto, a red roan stallion consigned by Martin’s Last Dollar Ranch, who sold at $10,000.
Next was Dulces Shinning TR, a palomino stallion bred by Chisum Ranch at $6,200. Completing the top 3 was CS Legitt Gold Rush, a buckskin stallion bringing $6,000 from Summers Cattle.
The entire sale of 68 head sold averaged $4,410 with the top five averaging $11,500, and top 10, $9,250.
The HPRBA will hold its 22nd Annual Sale on Saturday, June 5, 2021, in Amarillo, Texas, in conjunction with the Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo. For more information visit the HPRBA website at www.hprba.com, and keep up on Facebook by following High Plains Ranchers and Breeders Association.