Archive for December, 2008

Animal ingenuity

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Maternal influence as it relates to learned behavior is a subject that many Quarter Horse breeders give scant thought to in these days of embryo transfer and surrogate dams. But a recent article in the Wall Street Journal testifies to the importance of maternal influence within at least one family of mammals. Click here to read “Among Dolphins, Tool-Using Handymen are Women,” by Robert Lee Hotz.

The article is about an extended family of wild bottlenose dolphins in Australia’s Shark Bay that uses small basket sponges, which they gather on the bottom of the bay, to protect their noses as they forage for food on the seafloor.

Remembering Christmas past

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

At this time of year, I always remember one of my favorite Christmas stories.

All the best of the season to you and yours . . .

2008 NCHA Futurity high sellers

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

The high seller at the 2008 NCHA Futurity Sales at $250,000 was Kit Dual (pictured), consigned by Dick Brown of Tallulah, LA. The 14-year-old stallion, sired by Dual Pep and purchased by James C. Brown, North Port, FL, has sired earners of more than $2 million.

The high-selling broodmare at $220,000 was 8-year-old Playin Tag, bred to Spots Hot. The Playgun daughter, consigned by Barry Livestock, Byron, IL, was 2004 NCHA Super Stakes Open champion and earner of $235,819. She was purchased by Sunrise Ranch, Fayetteville, AR. (more…)

2008 NCHA Futurity Sales reflect times

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

In any other horse arena, results of the 2008 NCHA Futurity Sales would be good news. Compared to recent years, however, the sales average was down 36 percent overall, not surprising in light of the all encompassing economic crisis.

“The cutting horse market and the global economy are what they are due to factors that none of us can control,” said Jim Ware, president and director of marketing for Western Bloodstock, which has produced the NCHA Futurity Sales for the past nine years. “The only thing we can control is how we react to the changes and what we do for the future.” (more…)

2008 NCHA Futurity Sales: Deja vu?

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Results for the 2008 NCHA Futurity Sales are official. The actual average on 1,120 lots sold was $13,688, compared to $21,082 for 1,029 sold in 2007. The figures represent a 36% drop overall, not surprising in light of current global economics.

The dramatic turnaround might remind seasoned horse owners of the Savings and Loans scandal of the late 1980s and the resulting fallout, which at the time, dealt a tremendous blow to the horse industry. One benefit of the crisis, for those looking to purchase horses, was cheap prices compared to the previous year.

Jo Ellard was one such person. Ellard had her husband, Bill, owners of EE Ranches and Stallion Station in Whitesboro, Texas, purchased their first cutting horse in 1984.

“When I knew we were going to get into the cutting business, I started going to the shows and sales and watching everything that was going on,” said Ellard. “When the economy was crashing and the prices were falling drastically, that’s when we got in and bought some great mares at bargain prices.” (more…)

Galyean’s gamble on Metallic Cat paid off in the $4.4 million NCHA Futurity

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Last December, Beau Galyean, Marietta, OK, put his truck up as collateral, in order to borrow money from the bank to purchase a High Brow Cat son that he saw advertised on the Internet.

Yesterday, Galyean claimed cutting’s most coveted title, the NCHA Futurity Open Championship, with a 222-point win on that horse, Metallic Cat. The triumph earned $250,000 for Metallic Cat’s current owner, Alvin Fults, a non-pro competitor and commodities broker from Amarillo, TX.

With the victory, Galyean, 28(in center of photo, flanked by Wes and Jody), became the third member of his immediate family to win the NCHA Futurity. His younger brother, Wes, captured the 2004 NCHA Open Futurity on Spots Hot, and his father, Jody, won the event in 1986 on Royal Silver King. Jody’s father Kenneth Galyean, is an AQHA Hall of Fame trainer, as well. (more…)

2008 NCHA Futurity Open

Sunday, December 14th, 2008
Earned: $250,000