Lopez, Meyer & Lauing Quarter Horse Production Sale

AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders from South Dakota report from their annual production sale.

From the Lopez, Meyer & Lauing Production Sale

High-selling weanling, Gunners Bay Jack (Young Rio Gunner-Frosts Dun Polly) consigned by Bob and Karen Meyer, sold for $5,300 to John Hoven. (Credit: Lopez, Meyer & Lauing Production Sale)

The 40th Annual Lopez, Meyer & Lauing Quarter Horse Production Sale was held Saturday, September 5, at the Faith Livestock Auction in Faith, South Dakota. Buyers from surrounding states and those from New York, Oregon, Florida, Oklahoma, Montana and Minnesota had the opportunity to bid on 65 head of horses, from weanlings to broke saddle horses.

Auctioneering for 39 years was Lynn Weishaar and beside him defining the pedigrees was John Johnson. AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders Bob and Karen Meyer (Meyer Quarter Horses) celebrated the top three high-selling weanlings. Gunners Bay Jack (Young Rio Gunner-Frosts Dun Polly) claimed a final bid by John Hoven of McLaughlin, South Dakota, of $5,300. John also purchased Sugardrop Jack (SNW Northern Frost-Sugar Drop Frost) for $4,300 and Classy Jack Drift (SNW Northern Frost-Frosts Pretty Drift) for $4,000 and Gunners Rusty (Young Rio Gunner-Frosts Golden Glow) for $3,000.

Longtime sale partner Lee Lopez sold five weanlings sired by stallions Three Bars Frost and Tenacious Gold Bar, which averaged $1,290. Fred Lenertz from Minnesota was a volume buyer, purchasing 10 head from the Lauings and Meyers.

AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders Denny and Doris Lauing (Mill Iron L Ranch) of Sturgis, South Dakota. have been involved with the sale for the past three years. They were the consignors of this year's high-selling yearling, Comos Doc Fritz (Comos Cottoneye-Tawny Trail), selling for $2,700. This is from the last colt crop of Comos Cotttoneye, who perished in the 2013 October blizzard Atlas.They also sold 13 weanlings that averaged $1,384. 

The high-selling saddle horse was consigned by Jerry Mayer of Piedmont, South Dakota; selling for $7,000, Guys Miss Peppy (Frenchmans Hickory-Haidas Playboy Girl) is a 2011 sorrel mare from the Lauing breeding program. Consignor Arlen Hulm of Faith sold MQH Silver Nic (Hes The Docs Remedy-Miss Hockory Silver), a 2011 dun gelding, for $6,250. Levi Lauing captured $6,000 for his 2006 sorrel gelding LL Peppys Smokin Oak (Peppys Intrepid-Carman Chameleon).

The Lopez, Meyer and Lauing operations want to thank all of the attendees that filled the auction to the rafters as well as the guest consigners Bob and Jan Quickstad (Whitewood), Arlen Hulm (Faith), Jerry Mayer (Piedmont), Levi Lauing (Oral), Jesse Dale (Timber Lake) and Rio Hulm (Faith) for the outstanding horses they brought for auction. The 2016 sale is scheduled to be held the first Saturday of September at Faith Livestock Auction.

AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders are those that breed and raise the ranch-type horse, epitomizing the breed’s versatility. Learn more at www.aqha.com/ranchingheritage.