End of an Era – The Rose Ranch Dynasty

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.

Reflecting on a Legend Video

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Jay McLaughlin prepares to show 31 of the 33 performance preview horses on Thursday.

Ron Ralls, left, and Bobby Lewis assisted in the sale preview on Thursday.

Ron Ralls, left, and Bobby Lewis assisted in the sale preview on Thursday.

Jay and Sioux show off for the preview crowd on Thursday. Todd Crawford holds herd.

Jay and Sioux show off for the preview crowd on Thursday. Todd Crawford holds herd.

Prospective buyers and spectators looking to be part of history roamed Rose's barns Thursday through Saturday.

Prospective buyers and spectators looking to be part of history roamed Rose's barns Thursday through Saturday.

Carol Rose watches as Lot 3 goes through the sale ring.

Carol Rose watches as Lot 3 goes through the sale ring.

Carol Rose and Jay McLaughlin watch Shiners Lena Doc in the sale pen. The stallion showed off to the crowd, prancing and rearing. Carol says, "He loves people. He loves a crowd. Look how beautiful he is."

Carol Rose and Jay McLaughlin watch Shiners Lena Doc in the sale pen. The stallion showed off to the crowd, prancing and rearing. Carol says, "He loves people. He loves a crowd. Look how beautiful he is."

For full sale results, visit carolrose.com.

One Response to “End of an Era – The Rose Ranch Dynasty”

  1. Lynn Foster says:

    a great cavvy gone..we may never see the likes of this fine breeding again.

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