Sugar Bar Sales Recap

Wyoming sale sees averages up on ranch horses of all ages.

Edited Press Release

Ranching Heritage-bred weanling Shiny Elsa was the "wild card" to kick off the sale. PHOTO: Courtesy Sugar Bars Sale

The 15th annual Sugar Bars Legacy Horse Sale was held on Sunday, September 17, at the rock pavilion on the Sheridan County Fairgrounds, in beautiful and historic Sheridan, Wyoming. Consignors from South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming and Saskatchewan, Canada, offered an exceptional lineup of horses of all ages. With the seats full, this year’s sale saw prices slightly higher on the average compared to previous sales for the weanlings; much higher for the yearlings and a slightly higher market for the saddle horses. The average on the Top 5 weanlings was $2,480, average for the Top 5 yearlings was $4,410 and the average on the Top 5 saddle horses was $9,650.

The sale started off with the Sugar Bars Legacy Sale “WildCard.” With no colt in the ring, the auctioneer asked for bids on the “WildCard,” which allowed the winning bidder their choice of weanlings. The winning bidder chose Lot 38, Shiny Elsa, a bay roan filly consigned by AQHA Ranching Heritage breeder Wetz Stirrup Ranch, owned by LeRoy and Shirley Wetz of Vale, South Dakota. She was sired by Shinycolonelfreckls, a Shining Spark and Sugar Bars-bred stallion; her dam was Lonsum Pepsi a Sugar Bars-bred daughter of BVR Sugar Leo. She was purchased by Zack Sobba of Richmond, Kansas, for $3,500. This filly is eligible to participate in the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge program.

Swenson-Martin Ranch (Trent & Dawn Martin) of Beulah, North Dakota, was the consignor for the high selling saddle horse and the high selling yearling.

The saddle horses proved to be an incredible group of horses; ranging from finished rope horses, all around ranch horses and just-started young horses. Lot No. 90, AMR Plenty Good Try was the high selling gelding; a 4-year-old blue roan gelding. A true ranch horse and was started on heeling in the arena; this horse was so quiet they had turned him over to their 7-year-old son to use on the ranch. He sold for $10,500 to Chris and Leslie Evertz of Busby, Montana.

The high selling yearling was Peptos Little Catman, a gray Pocket Fulla Pepto colt out of the Cat Man Do mare Greyt Lassie. He is bred to be a cow horse; his sire has over $6,000 in NCHA earnings.  He is eligible to be shown in AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges and was purchased by Jim and Alicia Bentz of Drewsey, Oregon, for $8,750. 

The high selling Sugar Bars saddle horse gelding was PR Loaded Pistol (Playguns Little Lena-Zans Margie Lou by Zans Bucky) and was consigned by Bill Pinz of Baker, Montana. This 6-year-old gelding was used on the ranch tagging, doctoring, gathering and sorting cattle. He was purchased by Loring Ranches of Ashby, Nebraska, for $10,000.

The high selling Sugar Bars saddle horse mare was sold by Haight Ranch (Dale & Carol Haight) of Hanley, Saskatchewan.  Lot 68, HR Royal Robin, a 2014 bay roan mare purchased by Joey Moore of Buffalo, Wyoming, for $6,750.
Long Ranch Quarter Horses (Glen and Janet Long) of Enning, South Dakota, had the high-selling weanling stallion. Lot 13, Last Chance Sugar, was purchased by Jean Lamson of Hanna, Alberta, Canada, for $3,300. This buckskin colt was sired by Paddys Shot Of Sugar and out of BL Cowboys Lastchance by Bee Lowa Cowboy.

In celebration of the 15th Annual Sugar Bars Legacy Sale, the association held a buyer’s lottery for a custom made plaque that was designed, made and donated by Alder Welding of Sheridan, Wyoming. The buyer receiving the plaque purchased five head of outstanding yearling and saddle horses. Ivan Johnson of Mandaree, North Dakota, was the winner of this beautiful plaque. 

Please plan on joining the 16th annual sale along with a yearling futurity show and 2- and 3-year-old versatility futurity show on September 16, 2018. Our returning consignors are already making plans and we look forward to offering another set of outstanding horses.

The Sugar Bars Legacy Sale Association wishes to thank everyone for their help in putting this sale together and a big thank you to all our buyers.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give anyone of us a call or check out our website at or check us out on face book- Sugar Bars Legacy Sale.

Sugar Bars Legacy Sale Association Board Members-

Stirrup Ranch- LeRoy & Shirley Wetz (President)
VLW Ranch- Vern & Laurie Ward (V. President)
Woodworth Ranch- Sheri Woodworth (Secretary/Treasurer)
Bar M Quarter Horses- Art & Rita McDonald and Karla McDonald
Nixon Ranch- Eric & Nancy Nixon

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