Monday, February 28, 2011

Pete Sells Broodmares in Billings

With over thirty quarter horses at the Kurtz Ranch, Pete has decided it's time to reduce his breeding program. This winter he looked for the right oppotunity to sell two of our broodmares and found it in Billings, Montana at the Billings Livestock Commission's special "Sons and Daughters" sale, February 25, 26, and 27. The special section in which the mares would sell consisted of offspring of famous sires and dams.

He settled on selling Lena, a dark palomino mare, and Flo, a beautiful buckskin. Lena (Seven S Lena Doc), an own daughter of Genuine Doc, had produced five foals for us and Pete appreciated Lena as a good mother, a sweet horse, and a mare who bred back easily for the next season. The second mare, Flo (Shiners Flo Glo), is a well bred daughter of two World Champion Roping horses. Both mares are in foal to our stallion, Hesa Stylish Pepto, certainly providing potential buyers with a good value in both breeding and a two for one package.

Once back home after the sale, Pete was pleased with how both mares sold. But, he also struggled a bit with fond memories of these two mares. In thinking about it, he felt like he was letting go of trusted partners: the act of sharing their breeding and foaling creates an emotional attachment for any owner . But he hoped they had gone to good homes. He found out later Lena was headed to Manitoba, Cananda and Flo was on her way either to Nebraska or Canada.

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