Ruidoso Horse Sale Photo
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 20, 2012—The New Mexico-bred Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred Sale showed gains after the two sessions, one night for quarter horses and the next night for thoroughbreds.
Updated figures revealed that the total sale average was $9,147, up from $9,041 in 2011.
The thoroughbreds led the gains, from an average of $8,483 per head last year to $9,071 this year after previous figures were reevaluated. This is an increase of nearly seven percent.
The quarter horse yearlings showed a modest decline from $9,325 last year to $9,193 this year in the final analysis.
Each breed showed massive gains over 2010 figures when the total sale average was $5,971 (up 53 percent) with thoroughbreds averaging $4,803 (up 89 percent) and quarter horses averaging $6,886 (up 33.5 percent).
Topping the quarter horse yearlings and the entire sale was Veramonte, a son of Jessie James Jr and Wild Vines who sold for $92,000. He was consigned by MJ Farms and purchased by Bob and Delores Gerhardt. Wild Vines is the dam of Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity winner Wild Six.
The second high-seller was the top-selling thoroughbred at $59,500 was a son of Ghostly Moves out of the stakes-producing mare Explosive Peaches. He was offered by A&A Ranch and purchased by the partnership of Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, Lee Lewis and Dale Taylor. The colt is a full brother to Copper Top Futurity winner Explosive Mine, an earner of $168,053.