Last weekend was exciting, historic and a touch sad. Carol Rose dispersed her herd of top-notch performance bred mares and foals, horses in training and two of her stallions. On Thursday, nearly 1,000 people arrived at Rose Ranch in Gainesville, Texas, to roam the barns, gaze at the royally-bred horseflesh and watch 33 performance prospects in the sale preview. Rose’s resident trainer, Jay McLaughlin, rode all but two of the prospects, making for a long night. Helping him hold the cattle herd were three world champions—Oklahoma cow horse trainer Todd Crawford, Texas cow horse trainer Ron Ralls and world champion roping trainer Bobby Lewis of Oklahoma.
Friday the sale kicked off at 9 am, and the first horse out of the sale ring brought $90,000. Lot 33, A Shiner Named Sioux, brought $850,000 from Texas’ Aaron Ranch. “Sioux” is by Shining Spark and out of the mare Docs Sulena. The 1998 stallion, Shiners Lena Doc, a full brother to A Shiner Named Sioux, brought $190,000 from a Hungarian bidder. Many other lots sold for six-digits and the crowd never thinned from standing-room only. Tack and equipment sold Saturday morning, and the crowd was much smaller but enthusiastic as they hoped to get a piece of Rose Ranch memorabilia.
Carol talks about the decision to disperse and why she is keeping only 5 horses, including Shining Spark, in the August article, “End of an Era.” Here are a few photos from Thursday and Friday at the sale, and a video of Todd Crawford and Bobby Lewis discussing this historic event.
For full sale results, visit carolrose.com.