Van Norman and Friends


September 18, 2010 • Elko, Nevada

  Buyers at this year's Van Norman and Friends Production Sale will have an opportunity to bid on more than 100 horses from Van Norman Ranch, Rhoads Ranch, Deadwood Quarter Horses, Porath Quarter Horses, Dennis and Mary Journigan, John and Chris Tueller, Cory and Casey Shelman, and Matt Mori. 

  The weekend will kick off Friday with the Van Norman Stockhorse Challenge, followed by a preview of consigned, broke horses. The sale will be held on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Bidders who can’t be at the sale in person can watch the sale during a live, on-line broadcast at superiorlive.com, and may bid on-line or over the phone. 

  Participants in the Van Norman Sale follow the vaquero tradition of horse training, and 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds will have been ridden in the snaffle bit.  Older horses will be either in the hackamore, two-rein or bridle, and have been used on the ranch in all aspects of ranch work. Weanlings and yearlings will be broke to lead and load. 

  For more information: Log on the Web vannormansale.com, or call Linda Bunch at (775) 756-6508, or e-mail mrsbunch@rtci.net.

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WYO Quarter Horse Sales 10th Annual Fall Production and Performance Sale


September 11, 2010 • Thermopolis, Wyoming

  Twenty-seven years ago, Bill and Carole Smith started the WYO Quarter Horse Sale, and it has developed into one of the country’s elite Quarter Horse gelding sales. 

  In addition to Bill and Carole, family members Rick and Lynn Smith, Jack and Becky Wipplinger, Todd and Lori Fike, and partner H.B. (Woody) Bartlett produce two sales annually. The Arena and Ranch Broke Gelding sale is held each May, and the Ranch Broke Gelding and Production sale is held in September. This will be the 10th year for the September Sale. 

  “Buyers attend our sale because they know they can be assured they’ll receive honest representation of the horses and get a 30-day guarantee on soundness as well as representation,” says Carole. “These geldings are pretty, gentle and ready to go, and our young horses are all home-raised.”

  Sale-goers can expect to see 40 broke geldings, 30 started 2-year-olds from the Bartlett Ranch, 20 weanlings representing breeding from both the WYO and Bartlett Ranches, and a few 3-in-1 package mares. 

  On Friday night before the sale, buyers will have a chance to see horses led into the ring, accompanied by a video, during the parade of geldings and 2-year-olds.  The roping preview is Saturday morning, followed by the sale, which starts at noon. 

  For more information: Log on to wyohorses.com; call Bill or Carole Smith at (307) 864-5671 or (307) 272-0593; or e-mail wyoqhr@directairnet.com.


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Weaver Quarter Horses 15th Annual Production Sale


September 18, 2010 • Great Falls, Montana

  Weaver Quarter Horses is well known for quality performance horse prospects—and that is shown by the high number of return customers at their annual sale. More than 80 percent of the horses at the sale go to repeat buyers. 

  “The horses and the bloodlines are proven, and the breeding makes them versatile for every facet of equine use,” says Stan Weaver.  “Our horses are well known for their cow horse pedigrees, speed, good bone, feet and withers. 

  On the ranch, we ride the horses we raise and sell.  They're born in ranch country, and the mares foal out and spend the summers on native pasture with their respective stallion. The foals learn to cross creeks, navigate through mountains, timber and rock, and as a result are well muscled with good feet. They step out and have trainable minds and a hard-working attitude.” 

  The Weaver family has been producing top quality horses for five generations, ever since the Weaver brand was recorded in 1888. In 2009, Weaver Quarter Horses was listed as an AQHA leading breeder of performance point earners. Ima Tuff Missy, the 2009 AQHA open all-around junior horse, and Weavers Smokin Boon, the third-place horse at the 2009 NRCHA Amateur in Reno, were bred by Weaver Quarter Horses, and both horses were bought at the sale as weanlings. 

  For more information: Log on the Web to weaverhorses.com; phone (406) 378-2600; or e-mail 7sweaver@mtintouch.net.

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