The 2020 NCHA Futurity Sales concluded on Saturday, December 12, as the new standard by which all other cutting horse sales will now be measured.
Held live daily, beginning on December 7, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, and with online bidding also available, the sale sessions shattered the 2014 overall all-time record average of $27,936 by an increase of 20%, for a new all-time record of $34,504 with completed sales of 83.5%.
The 2020 sales also saw a record 22 horses sell for $100,000 or more (the previous record was set in 2007 with 21 horses), and an all-time record price of $1,050,000 for an individual horse at public auction.
Session III of the Preferred Breeders Sale, the final day of the sales, reflected the overall strength and consistency of the six-day sales agenda, with 10 horses selling for $50,000 or more, including three at $100,000 or higher, and 87.6% completed sales from 129 through the ring, for an average of $26,315.
Lil Lularey, a yearling Dual Rey daughter consigned by Holmes Performance Horses/Linda Holmes, was Session III’s high-seller at $180,000. Purchased by Don Bell, Millsap, Tex., Lil Lularey is a full sister to Two Time Dual LTE $188,129, as well as a half-sister to Sir Long Legs LTE $403,770, reserve champion of the 2016 NCHA Open Futurity, among 10 NCHA money earners out of Lil Lena Long Legs LTE $189,672, by Smart Lil Lena.
Babes My Style, consigned Drummond Land & Cattle, was Session III’s second-highest seller at $150,000. The yearling Dual Rey daughter sold to Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Tex., who purchased 2-year-old Wood She B Magic on the first day of the Futurity Sales for $1,050,000. Babes My Style, is a half-sister to Moms Stylish Player LTE $430,304, among 11 money earners out of out of Moms Stylish Babe LTE $37,565, by Docs Stylish Oak.
CR Tuff Sweetie, a yearling consigned by Center Ranch, brought $100,000 from Jay and Shelley Hall, Granbury, Tex. The Woody Be Tuff daughter is a half-sister to Spots Hot LTE $527,682, the 2004 NCHA Futurity Open champion and leading sire of 2016 NCHA Futurity Open champion Second Spot LTE $449,607, as well as Hottish LTE $286,109, a leading sire of earners of over $4 million. CR Tuff Sweetie is out of the Shorty Lena daughter Sweet Shorty Lena LTE $114,276, a leading dam of earners of over $1.5 million.