Van Norman Production Sale

Ranch horses sell strongly at Nevada sale.

Ranch Horse Journal

JP Blue Badger was the high selling Ranching Heritage-bred horse. PHOTO: Courtesy Van Norman and Friends Sale

The 2017 Van Norman and Friends Production Sale was held September 15-16 at the Elko Co. Fairgrounds in Elko, Nevada. There, horses of all ages sold, with 82 horses cataloged.

At the end of the sale, 68 head sold for $354,500, an average of $5,213. Horses of riding age sold for an average of $7,624

The sale’s high seller was Smart Smokum Pepto, who brought a final bid of $18,000.

The 2011 red roan gelding is by Smartnstylish Pepto and out of the Cobra Smoke mare Smokum Lizzie. The horse, who was bred by Gus Oman of Malta, Idaho, was consigned by Ike and Shanna Thomas of Grouse Creek, Utah.

The highest-selling Ranching Heritage-bred horse was the 2012 gelding JP Blue Badger, bringing a bid of $13,000.

The blue roan is by JP Rolling Thunder and out of the PF Son Ofa War Leo mare Red Hot Camiseta, and was bred and consigned by Ty Van Norman.

Ranching Heritage-bred horses are eligible to compete in the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges, which this year will offer more than $90,000 in cash and prizes at six national events.

See the full results at the sale’s website.

The Van Norman and Friends Production Sale will occur again in September 2018.

Do you have a production sale featuring Ranching Heritage-bred horses? Contact Ranch Horse Journal editor Andrea Caudill with sale results.