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Good geldings aplenty, the finished, fit, and fancy kind led the charge at Billings Livestock¹s ³Summer Special Catalog Sale² June 28-29.
 
A jumbo selection of 993 head of horses, 430 plus buyers, and 35 roping steers headed to the Big Sky  for the two-day summer supersale – and, hear the news – in all divisions, all classes – sale averages held steady or beat the final figures from one year ago.
 
Top ten averaged $7,200, compared to $7,025 in 2007, top 20 brought $5,932 compared to $5,832, and the top 100 averaged $3,402 against $3,468 one year ago.
 
Pass outs or no-sales were cut in half over 2007 figures with 64 head of the 993 horses ³no-saled² by the consignor compared with 144 of 874 last year.
 
For the second straight month and the third sale this year, a barrel horse has claimed the number one selling position of the weekend at Billings
Livestock.
 
Wearing the signature black color stamped by his $3 million dollar sire ³Dash For Perks² Hip 183 ³Pistol Pete Perks² was out of a 1-D daughter of
Jet¹s Pay Day and came hauled and winning at jackpots and rodeos.
 
Offered by Kylan Campbell, Harrison, AR the quality gelding brought $11,000 and sold to Jeff Link, Billings, MT.
 
Buckskins ruled supreme as a special session of buckskins crowned the June event with the top selling buckskin bringing $8,000 and the top five wearing the butterscotch tint averaging $6,740.
 
At the top of the buckskin list, Hip 45 ³Pistol² a nine-year-old grade gelding offered by Bruce Nelson, Pine Bluffs, WY came honest, gentle, parade
broke, ranch ridden, and attractive – and sold to Michelle Porter, Colburn, CO for $8,000.
 
Well attended previews included a ³Team Penning² competition on Friday afternoon, and on Saturday a full saddle and ride horse exhibition bonused by team sorting, cutting, and rope horse previews. 
 
One owner and another pretty buckskin, Hip 89 ³Biebers Shiner² a 2001 AQHA Gelding sired by Great Jab O Lena and out of a daughter of Doc¹s Oak was raised and offered by Leroy Beiber, Leola, SD.
 
Broke, strong built, and sensible, the gelding brought $5,900 and sold to Charles Jerviss, Oak View, CA.
 
A steady summer loose horse market prevailed as the top five prospects averaged $1,540 against$1,350 one year ago; top ten averaged $1,347 vs. $1,142 in O07; Top 20 brought $1,115 compared to $946; top 50 came in at $828 against $704; and the top 100 averaged $643 compared to $563 last year.
 
It¹s a good one with a big line-up and Billings Livestock¹s next sale event is  the ³Mid-Summer Catalog Sale² featuring cutting and cowbred horses July 26 – 27.
          
Rope horses and cutting horses will preview both days, with a special cutting horse preview set for Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. .
          
All classes of horses will sell, including finished arena horses and prospects for ranch, roping, arena, cutting, or recreation.
          
To consign or request a catalog, contact Bill and Jann Parker, Horse Sale Managers, at 406-245-4151 or see it all at  www.billingslivestock.com.

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