Monday, December 17, 2012

NCHA 2012

This past weekend myself and Wes Tiemann a good friend of mine that I work many of my cattle sales with attended the National Cutting Horse Futurity in Fort Worth, TX.  I have been wanting to go to this for sometime now and haven't had the chance, with a weekend open from sales we took advantage and headed to Fort Worth.

The horses at the Futurity were amazing, I would definelty describe them as athletes.  I have only ridden a cutting horse one time and I must say it is Awesome.  To see the horses work so hard and have total control of a cow is Amazing.

The main reason I wanted to go was to see the Auctions.  We went to Friday and Saturday's Auctions.  On Friday night they sold the horses in the main Sale Arena, the crowd was huge, it is good we got there early because there was not a seat in the house.  Selling the sales were Col. Don Green, Col. Steve Friskup, and Col. Justin Holmberg.  I had never got to watch these gentlemen sell a sale and I must say they are all some of the best I have ever seen.  It was also good to get to meet these gentlemen and visit with them prior to the sale.  One of my good friends Wade Cunningham is a Pedigree Reader for Western Blood Stock, that manages the sales during the Futurity.  I must say Wes and I both were very impressed with the job that Wade did at the Futurity.  On Saturday we watched the sale, during this sale the horses were working a cow while being sold.  This is something I had never seen however is very effective.  Again a large crowd was in attendance and horses sold well.  It is exciting to see a horse working a cow and selling for $150,000 at the same time.

I had a great time while in Fort Worth and as always Wes and I try to learn "Life" lessons every where we go! I am planning on making this trip again next year to see more great horses and more great sales.

Col. Clint

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Fall of 2012

Had a exciting fall with good cattle sales as well as enjoyed attending some shows.  Congratulations to all the buyers and sellers that attended the sales I sold.  I believe that the quality of cattle get better and better each year at each of my sales.  I had a first time sale in Farmington, MO where I sold the Performance Tested Bull Sale, I remember attending this sale when I was very young with my Granddad when he sold bulls there.  Again this year I served as one of the Auctioneers for the Sydenstricker Genetics Production Sale, this was there 60th Anniversary sale and a record 1.8 million dollars worth of cattle sold for a average of $4141 per head.

As well as good sales the show were also enjoyable, going to the Tulsa St. Fair where our Simmental bull OBCC Park Ave. M91X was Reserve Grand Champion.  At the American Royal he placed 2nd in class behind the Reserve National Champion Bull.  We also went to Louisville and took in a couple days watching the Angus Jr show as well as attending some of the Angus meetings and Foundation Reception.  It is always good to go to the shows and get to see so many friends from all over the country.

OBCC Park Ave. M91X
Rachel and I are looking forward to a great Christmas Holiday with family and friends we have a lot of places to be and thankful that we get the opportunity to go to each of the Christmas dinners and get together's with our family.

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