If you’re a horse enthusiast the place to be last Saturday, July 11 was the San Juan Ranch Horse Sale held at the San Juan County Fairgrounds in Monticello.
For the past ten years, this sale has featured some of the finest colts, broke horses and trainers in the Four Corners area and across the state of Utah. This year’s sale was no exception.
Horses ranging in age from foals only a few months old to retired ranch horses well over 20 years and every age in between were sold to the highest bidder. The horse bringing in top dollar in this year’s sale was “Roanie” a 10-year old horse sold by the Murray Ranch. Roanie brought an impressive $5,500 just ahead of JM Grover Enterprises “Rowdy” a three-year-old dun gelding trained by Preston Grover who sold for $5,400.
The top selling foal also came from the Grover ranch, a beautiful buckskin horse colt, which brought in $1,700.
With all the great horses and foals in the sale, the highlight of the sale had to be seeing Shawn Ivins and his four kids ride in together (that’s right five riders on one horse) on “Newt”, a good looking 8-year-old paint gelding, who ended up selling for $4,900.
Both sellers and buyers would agree that the 2015 San Juan Ranch Horse Sale was a raging success. Not only did the hard work of the trainers pay off, but many cowboys and cowgirls went home with a high quality mount to ride for many years to come.
In addition to the auction, the San Juan Ranch Horse Sale held its first Futurity event. A futurity is set up to showcase excellence in breeding programs and training. Simply put, when a foal is purchased at the sale the breeders take a portion of the money from each foal sold and put it into a fund. Then, as three year olds, these horses can compete with other three year olds who were purchased at the same sale.
The horses are judged on things like confirmation as well as their performance under saddle. The winner of the first ever San Juan Ranch Horse Sale Futurity is a horse owned by Dennis Guymon of Blanding. Guymon and his horse won $800. Congratulations Dennis.
If you purchased a foal in the 2013 San Juan Ranch Horse Sale, make sure to enter it in the 2016 futurity next July.
Not only do you get to show off your horse, you might win a little money while you’re at it.