Strong Sales at the 7th Annual Legacy Ranch Horse Sale

Strong Sales at the 7th Annual Legacy Ranch Horse Sale

The stock horse industry continues to see record-setting sales, and the 7th Annual Legacy Ranch Horse Sale, held Saturday, September 17, at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds in Prescott, Arizona, is no exception.

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The stock horse industry continues to see record-setting sales, and the 7th Annual Legacy Ranch Horse Sale, held Saturday, September 17, at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds in Prescott, Arizona, is no exception. Buyers took home their own pieces of Arizona ranching heritage.

The sale, held in conjunction with Olsons’s Equifest, kicked off on Friday evening with a steak dinner. Potential buyers had an opportunity to preview the sale horses in their stalls and mingle with consignors. The next morning, sale horses were showcased in team roping, dry work and live branding demonstrations. In the evening, buyers gathered in the standing-room only sale tent to bid on the 36 horses consigned by the Kieckhefer family’s K4 Ranch in Prescott, Arizona, the Diamond A Ranch based in Seligman, Arizona, and the ranches’ employees. The sale was broadcast live online through Barrel Horse World Network, and bids were accepted online, in person or via phone.  

The mission of the sale is to provide high-quality ranch, roping and rodeo horses, as well as prospects and breeding stock for sale to the public. The horses are the result of the ranches’ long-standing breeding programs, boasting the bloodlines of such notable Quarter Horse sires as Cee Booger Red, Dash For Cash, Driftwood Ike, Freckles Playboy, Hancock, Playgun and Zan Parr Bar. The horses are raised in the high desert of northern Arizona, where they learn to travel in steep, rocky terrain from the time they are born. Known for their toughness, cow sense and athleticism, the horses excel in ranch work, roping, barrel racing and other western performance events. 

“No one is prouder of where our sale horses come from and what we represent than me,” says sale producer Rick Kieckhefer of the K4 Ranch. “My family first came to Arizona in the 1860s and we aren’t going anywhere. Our hard work and dedication have built a legacy that represents our core values of caring for livestock, managing our natural resources and taking care of the people that take care of us.” 

When auctioneer Rich Machado dropped his gavel at the close of the auction, sales totaled $725,250 on 36 head with an average of $20,145.83. Lot #3, Cee My Credit Maxed (Bestcreditmesunfrost x GB Neci x Boogers Cee Bar), was not only the high-selling horse in the sale, but also the high-selling horse in the history of the seven-year sale. Joseph Parsons of Marana, Arizona, purchased the 5-year-old, K4-bred bay gelding for $100,000. 

“Cee My Credit Maxed was one of the nicest young horses we have ever raised. His ability and willingness are not something that is trained into him, but rather something with which he was born,” says Kieckhefer. “I laughed when people congratulated Sarah and I when we told them thank you, and I reminded them it only took my family 80 years of breeding to make one like this.

“Usually when you see a horse like this bring that kind of money, you never hear his name again and it’s hard for him to increase in value, but I’m confident that the Parsons family will do amazing things with him and it will not be the last time someone is writing a story on him,” continues Kieckhefer.

Of the 36 horses that went on the auction block, 21 were geldings 4 years and older that sold for an average of $21,428.57. Four riding mares averaged $19,625. The top-selling mare was Lot #11, Bradleys Winny Wood (Bet Hesa Cat x Santanas Lucky Wood X Short Of Santana), consigned by a ranch employee. The 4-year-old sorrel mare with four white socks and a blaze sold for $40,000. 

The sale featured seven yearling, 2- and 3-year-old prospects. Lot #5, Moonlight Eclipsed (Figure Me Famous x Moonlight Walkharlan x Harlans Tuff Voodoo), a 3-year-old bay filly from the K4 was the high-selling prospect, bringing $38,000. Lot #25, Gushy 00 (Joe Derringer x Miss Tucker Smoke x Doc Tom Tucker) sired seven sale horses and was the only stallion in the sale. Consigned by the Diamond A, the 12-year-old gray stallion brought $12,000. 

“This year we offered a well-rounded group of horses that showed with our buyer participation,” says Kieckhefer. “We had horses that fit every level of rider while also offering some young breeding stock. The horses sold well, and it makes us proud to know that people appreciate our effort. ”