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2013 SALMON SELECT SALE RESULTS
Another of the largest crowds in Sale history attended the 41st Annual Salmon Select Horse Sale, Saturday, April 13th at the Lemhi County Fairgrounds on a cold, windy, blustery day. Sale results were up from 2012 grossing $365,300 on 136 horses. The sale average of $2,686 was one of the highest in Sale history. Norma Wellard, longtime Lemhi County resident and sponsor of the High Selling Mule Buckle and Mike Isley from Phoenix, AZ., formerly from Salmon, and nationally known Hall of Fame Bronc Rider, were introduced as Grand Marshals of the 2013 Salmon Select Horse Sale.
Dan & Becky Miller of Rexburg, Idaho for the second straight year, took home top sale honors selling Legends Blue Dancer, an nine year old AQHA gelding for $7,900 to MM Anderson of Pocatello, Idaho. The blue roan gelding was the type that could do any job and had been a million outside miles. The Millers received the $1,000 Super Sale Bonus and the Salmon Select Sale trophy belt buckle. Both awards are sponsored by the major Salmon area motels. The buyer received a high dollar trophy silver bit representing the Louis Andersen Memorial Award sponsored by Jerry and Ruth Vincent’s Flying V Saddlery of New Plymouth, Idaho. The buyer also received the Jack Omohundro Memorial buckle sponsored by US Bank.
The Millers also sold the reserve high selling horse, FQHR Bluestar Runner. This eight year old blue roan, AQHA gelding sold for $7,300 To Devan Jackson of Jerome, Idaho. Third high selling horse was Flint Creek Quarter Horses, selling their proven rope horse, BR Irish Red for $6,900.
High selling grade horse was also consigned by Flint Creek selling Rolex, a nine year old, black Freisian quarter horse cross gelding for $6250 to Wendy Hanson of Valleyford, WA. Reserve high selling grade horse at $6,200 was Mack, a 13 yr old gelding consigned by Dan & Becky Miller. This good gelding sold to Mark Malmquist of Whitefish, MT.
The Champion Ranch Horse was Zanes Red Sparkler owned by Sherman Weeks of Madison, Idaho. The gelding won the competition with a score of 142.5. He won the John W. Snook Memorial buckle for Champion Ranch Horse sponsored by Mel & Kathy Meyers of Salmon. In addition, Weeks earned the $1,000 Ranch Horse payoff sponsored by Salmon River Motors and Quality Motors of Salmon. Reserve ranch horse was Flint Creek’s Br Irish Red with a score of 138.5. Third place at 137 was Sonia a six year old mare consigned by the Jose Flores from Parma, ID. The Ranch Horse Competition was judged by Scott England of Leadore and was directed by Suzanne Nebeker. It was announced by Rick Hussey.
The Novice Division of the Ranch Horse Competition winner was PB Cows N Chex. This excellent six year old mare was consigned by Flint Creek Quarter Horses and scored 70 points. She earned the Charlie Snook Memorial Buckle sponsored by Gary Barrett’s Lantern Bar. He also earned the $500 payoff. Taking second at 69 was Mark Bruneo’s grey gelding, Boonie Blue Gator.
The Champion Ranch Horse Mare buckle sponsored by Burger King/Chevron was presented for Dave Williams to Jose Flores for his high selling mare, Sonia. Cattle for the competition were furnished by Roy, Sharon, Kevin and Katie Hoffman of the famed Hoffman Cattle Ranch.
The Trail Horse Competition drew a large crowd to watch the various tasks. This popular competition was under direction of Joe Garrett of Carmen. About sixty six horses competed. Joe was assisted by several volunteers who organized and judged the challenging ten phases. Tyler Erickson of Rigby, Idaho, and his good gelding, Dusters Shadrach tied for first with Amber Wagoner’s good mare, Top Secret Pauli. High scoring young horse were lots # 54 and # 93. Amber received the Dick Hirschy Memorial Trail Horse buckle sponsored by the Quick Stop and Red Dog Diner while Tyler received a champion jacket.
The Jack Hirschy Memorial buckle for the Open Performance Champion was presented to Mark Bruno for his gelding. This buckle is sponsored by the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Posse. The Posse again assisted during both Sales.
The Champion Rope Horse Buckle sponsored by the Felker family of The Ranch was awarded to fourteen year old, Jaret Whitman of Manhattan, Montana. He was agent for Scott and Sandy Sallee of Emigrant, MT for lot #57 a pro caliber roping gelding selected by judges during the roping preview before the Sale. The fourteen year old gelding sold for $3,500 to Ken Kimball of Bellevue, MT.
The top volume buyer by number of horses bought was J. Brent Kelly of Midway, Utah. He purchased four good horses and received the J. Wayne McArthur Award hat from Roy Jackson and Bernice Coombs of Jaxonbilt Hat Co. He also received a $500 rebate from the 4/5/6 contest.
High volume buyer by money spent was Quint Whitman of Merdian, Idaho. He purchased four head for $12,000. He received the Fred H. Snook Sr. Memorial Buckle sponsored by Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Horses were sold to Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Virgina, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Washington.
Wilf Horses and Mules of Romance, Arkansas received a $100 gift certificate from the 93 Mini Mart for driving the farthest with a horse trailer to buy horses at the Sale.
Two consignors were recognized as Horse Sale Consignors of the Year. First were Jane and Chip Giles, who have consigned great horses since 2000. Jane and her son, Chip were presented a trophy buckles and plaque sponsored by Gale Harding and Associates of Rexburg. The Whitman Family, Jarren, Jarret, Jayden & Quint then also received two trophy buckles and a plaque from Salmon River Chiropractic in a short ceremony before the sale.
In very competitive selling, Mark Bruno of Challis won the Hister Buckle sponsored by Lemhi Lumber and Allied Builders for having the high selling horse from Lemhi and Custer counties. His lot 29 sold for $3,700 followed closely by Don Olson’s Belgian/ QH cross at $3,600 and Shane Bailey’s gelding at $3,300 and Trish Dowton’s gelding at $2,800. Twelve local area sellers had consignments in the Sale.
Laurie Ruggiero of Salmon, Idaho was presented the coveted Doc Maheras Memorial trophy buckle. Laurie has both bought and sold horses and mules through the Sale for the past 10 years. Laurie is the Vendor Chief and the Sale Coordinator. Laurie mantains the website, and she handles the monumental trivialities associated with the sale. The Doc Maheras buckle was sponsored by McPhersons Dry Good Store of Salmon.
Jake Kesl of Tendoy, Idaho was chosen to receive the Elizabeth H. Snook Memorial Buckle for being Champion Cowboy of the 2012 Sale. The award was presented by Laurie Ruggiero and in absentia Frederick Snook. The young cowboy was chosen for his showmanship during the 2012 horse sale. Many young, young riders showed off their riding abilities during this year’s sale. A champion will again be chosen and receive a surprise buckle at next year’s sale.
All sellers of the champion horse competitions received champion jackets sponsored by Mark Norem Real Estate of Big Timber, Montana and J.B. Anderson’s Badly Scattered Cattle Company of Dillon, Montana. Valley Wide Home and Ranch of Salmon with numerous other stores across southern Idaho and eastern Oregon, sponsored champion jackets for winners in the mule competitions.
The Old Time Fiddlers entertained the crowd in the vendors’ Exhibition Building both days of the sale. They were sponsored by Val Brackett and Nikos Monoyios of Eagle Valley Ranch, LLC.
The smallest horse in the Sale was Wolf Song, Lot 32R, a nice 2013 wooden rocking horse personally made and donated to the Sale by Randy Cheney of Salmon. Over $300 was made at the Outfitters and Guides Auction before the bidding waas finished. The $310 was donated to the Leadore High School Rodeo Club. This is the 31st rocking chair that Randy has made and donated to local charities.
A great presentation by rodeo royalty was made for the national anthem performed by Vicki Harbor on Saturday. Nick Tracy did the honors before the Mule Sale. The The Lloyd Shaw Post 67 of the American Legion of Idaho presented the colors for the national anthem.
Starting the sale weekend off with a big bang on Friday the 12th was the 14th Annual Salmon Select Mule Sale. People continue to be amazed at how the Mule Sale has grown over these past twelve years. Again prices for mules were higher, higher. The fifty seven mules sold for $163,350. This was an increase of more than $50,000 higher than the 2012 sale. In 2012 forty seven mules sold for $112,000 to average $2,382. In 2011, fifty three mules averaged $2,234 in 2010, fifty mules averaged $1,930.
The high selling mule was lot #25A. Sellers, Colby Gines of Powell, WY. sold Bud, an eight year old bay john mule for $6,800 to Tom Sellin of Eagle, Idaho. Colby and his wife, Codi, received the $1,000 sale bonus plus a Montana Silversmith trophy buckle presented by Rulon Wellard of Wellard Constructors, Inc. The buyer a received a certificate for a new hat presented by Jaxonbilt Hat Company.
Enos Borntrager of Salem, Arkansas took home reserve honors. His nine year old buckskin john mule, Elvis, sold to Gerald Elliot of Seeley Lake, Montana for $6,500. Enos also had the third high seller with Gertrude selling for $5,800 to Dorothy Eppich of Basin City, Washington.
Only one of the 57 sale mules sold for less than $1,000 and that was an unbroke yearling mule. Mules were sold to Idaho, Montana, Washington, Utah, California and Hawaii.
Enos Borntrager of Arkansas was honored as Mule Sale Consignor of the Year. He received a plaque and a trophy buckle presented by Mike and Walt of Salmon Valley Print.
EDITORS NOTE: MORE TO COME NEXT WEEK!