SUBLETTE COUNTY – The 19th annual Western Wyoming Select Gelding Sale went off (almost) without a hitch on Saturday at the Sublette County Fairgrounds and the two top-selling horses brought $29,000 each.
The tied top-sellers were Lot 23, Hot Lil Cat, a pedigreed cowhorse brought by Virginia Gordon of New Plymouth, Idaho, and Lot 24, Wilbur, a chestnut Belgian-Quarterhorse cross brought by RMO Horses of Heber, Utah.
Second highest was Lot 37 at $28,000, a nice 7-year-old buckskin from Buffalo, Wyo. Third was handsome Lot 43 Stetson from Carnahan Cattle in Big Piney, an 8-year-old pedigreed palomino, who brought $25,000. Fourth highest at $22,000 was Lot 42X KC, a 5-year-old sorrel brought by RMO Horses. Fifth highest at $21,000 was Tucker, a quiet 6-year-old grulla brought by C7 Ranch of Weiser, Idaho.
The top five horses averaged $25,800; the top 10 $22,400 and the average for 46 horses sold was $12,924, according to sale manager Todd Stevie. That bested the 2020 average of $9,375, which was a couple thousand higher than the year before.
The sale’s total was about $600,000 with $146,500 paid out to local consigners.
Sublette County consigners brought 14 horses and many others came from around Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. At one point, it appeared that local cowboy Phil Selby’s beautiful, kind bay gelding Woodrow brought $30,000 but a bidding-war snafu negated the top bid and Selby took his best horse back home.
About 200 bidders registered online and 110 in person at the fairgrounds arena.
The turnout for bidders and buyers was the best yet, said Stevie.
“It’s probably safe to say we had online bidders from each state in the lower 48,” he said after the sale. Fifteen head sold online and horses were sent as far away as Canada, Indiana, New York, Texas and New Mexico.
“It was the best yet and hopefully next year even better – we already have 30 spots of the 55 spoken for next year’s sale,” Stevie said. “So that tells me the consignors were happy with it.”
Besides the straight registered and grade quarterhorses, there were full drafts and crosses of many colors, a couple of fancy Appaloosas and paints. Only five horses were no-saled.
Yellowstone Horse Rentals’ Chad Madsen of Afton closed the sale again with a handful of yearling draft-cross filliesa Haflinger stud and one gelding colt sired by his stud “Big Chief.”
To see the 2021 horses and sales results, visit www.selectgeldingsale.com.