Lopez Meyer Lauing Sale
Two breeders disperse at South Dakota sale.
September 11, 2018
It was a day of mixed emotions as Faith Livestock Auction hosted one of the biggest horse sales in their existence on September 1, the Lopez Meyer & Lauing Sale. While it was marking its 43d year, it also marked the final and complete dispersals for Ranching Heritage Breeders Bob and Karen Meyer and Lee Lopez.
Buyers came from as far north as Canada and from California to Florida to witness and buy generations of horses from proven AQHA breeding programs. A partnership that began many moons ago between the Lopez' and the Meyers walked through the doors and were offered for sale for the last time by these great breeders.
Bob and Karen Meyer of Glad Valley, South Dakota, offered stallions, mares and weanlings. The highlight of the sale was Star Struck Dun It, a 2002 buckskin stallion sired by Hollywood Dun It out of Starleenic by Grays Starlight, who sold for $13,000 and will be standing at Fleetwood Farms Quarter Horses in Alberta, Canada, and Four Star Quarter Horses (Patton Family) of Dublin, Ohio. Fleetwood Farms also acquired Lot No. 7 Larks Shorty Lena, a 19-year-old own daughter of Rugged Lark, as the third highest selling mare from the Meyers program for $5,000.
Another great stallion from the Meyers program, SNW Northern Frost, will be traveling just down the road to Parade, South Dakota, to the Jim and Sharon Wright Ranch. Their high bid of $9,250 won the son of PC Joes Frost out of Pretty Miss Fox. Jim Wheatley of Hughson, California, purchased Frosted Sunman, a 1999 buckskin stallion sired by PC Frenchmans Mark out of the Snippys Cowboy mare Ima Sweet Note for $8,250. He also purchased two Drop Of Frost daughters to add to his program.
Irish Goldmine, a 2015 brown mare sired by Irish Pay out of Little Black Bird was the high selling mare, fetching $7,500 from Jace Booth. She is carrying a SNW Northern Frost foal for delivery in 2019. Lot No. 5, Little Black Bird (Ninety Nine Goldmine-Wonders Florida by Go Dick Go) was the second high-selling mare at $5,250 and will be joining Kit Miller in Amidon, North Dakota.
Lee Lopez dispersed his last two mares with colts at side at the same sale. Frenchmans Parfait, a daughter of Frenchmans Guy, will make his home in Buffalo, Wyoming at the Davis Ranch after a $5,000 winning bid. Jeff Anderson of Pierce, Nebraska, purchased Streek of Red (Cee Heart Concho-PC Skipper by PC Socks Cash) which goes back to the great Lopez stallion Hunkey Tonk and PS Sun Socks on the bottom side.
Many breeding operations took advantage of the outstanding bred mares sold. The average on the Top 10 mares sold was $4,210, and the 36 mares sold with an average price of $3,025.
The top 14 weanlings averaged $2,214. Lot No. 50, consigned by the Meyers, had a final bid of $3,600; he was a buckskin stud colt by Frosted Sunman and out of Starlight Patzi.
Denny & Doris Lauing's high selling weanling was a sorrel filly sired by Colonel Frenchman out of Comos Hickory Cash, a home-raised mare out of their former stallion Lil Easy Feature and out of a mare that goes back to their senior sire Comos Cottoneye. Guest consigners Glen and Janet Long's high seller was Lot 93, fetching $2,100, a bay roan stud colt out of Watch Me Go Cowboy and out of Gunsmoken Cowgirl.
Four yearlings were brought by guest consigners Ross Potter and Lane Lamphere of Sturgis that goes back to the Lauing's stallions Colonel Frenchman and Dare To Be French. Lot 83 Pecos Two the Hilt (Dare To Be Frenc-Chex Two The Hilt) brought an outstanding bid of $3,800 belonging to Ross Potter.
An outstanding bunch of riding horses were offered. Archie Hulm's Larks Fox (SNW Northern Frost-Larks Shorty Lena by Rugged Lark) was the high seller bringing $8,750 originating from the Meyers program, was purchased by Gill Red Angus.
On behalf of Bob and Karen Meyer, Lee Lopez and Denny & Doris Lauing, we would like to extend our immense gratitude to those that attended in person, online or on the phone that bid on and purchased our horses. Thank you to Lynn Weishaar and John Johnson for doing a fabulous job as well and to the ringmen Dan Piroutek and Scott Dirk.
Thanks to Faith Livestock Auction and their crew for doing an outstanding job and to Doc Ford. Special thanks to the consigners Glen and Janet Long, Ross Potter, Lane Lamphere, Archie Hulm, Skyler Hulm, Kurt Holt, Jake Moreland and Kyle Edoff.
Even though the public witnessed the complete dispersions of two great lifetime horse programs, know that the sale will go on. Ranching Heritage Breeders Denny & Doris Lauing will head up the 2019 sale on September 7, 2019, and will continue bringing ranch and arena quality horses along with reputable consigners as the Lopez, Meyer & Lauing Sale has done the past 43 years.