The Center Ranch Dispersal, held in Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Equestrian Center on December 9, as part of the 2021 NCHA Futurity Sales, realized $7,491,000 on 117 horses, for an average of $64,026. The total was an all-time record for a cutting horse dispersal sale.
The highlight of the event was the sale of the ranch’s foundation sire, 21-year-old Woody Be Tuff for $1,300,000 to Ty Smith, Whitesboro, Tex.
Center Ranch owner Finis Welch, who passed away in 2020 at the age of 82, purchased Woody Be Tuff in 2008, as an unproven 7-year-old stallion. Since then the Nitas Wood son has sired earners of over $7 million, including his 2008 daughter CR Sun Reys LTE $371,053, who sold along with an embryo by Metallic Cat for $550,000, the Dispersal’s second-highest price,.
Rocking P Ranch, LLC, the owner of all-time leading sire Metallic Cat, purchased CR Sun Reys, as well as CR Tuff Hearted Cat and Sweet Metallic for $525,000 and $500,000, the Dispersal’s third and fourth-highest prices, respectively.
Woody Be Tuff daughter CR Tuff Hearted Cat LTE $276,864, the 2012 NCHA Futurity Open Co-Champion and dam of earners of over $160,000, including CR Dual Hearted Cat LTE $70,891, sold with an embryo by Smooth Talkin Style.
Eleven-year-old Sweet Metallic LTE $157,607, by Metallic Cat, is out of Sweet Abra, with offspring earnings of more than $2.1 million, the #2 all-time leading dam of cutting horse money earners, including NCHA World Champion, Open World Champion and leading first-year sire Metallic Rebel LTE $438,315.
Beechfork Ranch Ag LLC, Weatherford, Tex., paid $305,000 and $275,000, respectively, for Mercedes Smoothe and CR Tuff Taboo, the sales’ fifth and sixth-highest-priced purchases.
Twelve-year-old Smooth As A Cat daughter Mercedes Smoothe LTE $148,900, who sold with an embryo by Woody Be Tuff, is the dam of two cutting earners, including Smooth As Mercedes LTE $121,145.
Six-year-old CR Tuff Taboo LTE $152,709, by Woody Be Tuff, sold with an embryo by Stevie Rey Von.
All proceeds from the Center Ranch Dispersal will go to the Finis Welch Foundation, which benefits promising Texas students with limited resources for continuing education.
For a complete list of the Center Ranch Dispersal results go to NCHA Futurity Sales.