Written by Larry Larson, Photographed by ScootEmNShootEm
Another record was shattered at the 2023 edition of the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) Farm Credit Services of America Horse Sale in Rapid City, SD. Now into its 65th year, the BHSS continues to be an industry leader drawing large crowds and filling the James Kjerstad Event Center for the sale on January 27-28.
Following a daily preview each morning, Auctioneers Steve Friskup from Muleshoe, TX and Seth Weishaar, Belle Fourche, SD were joined in the auction block by ring announcer Jim Hunt, Faith, SD, as 218 cataloged consignments passed through the sale ring. Gross sales peaked at $2,653,000 with 158 horses actually changing hands and a 2023 Overall Average of $16,791. Superior Livestock Productions once again offered live coverage, internet bidding, and online buying options for horsemen from across the nation.
For the 2nd year in a row, the top-selling consignment was sired by Hastags – an NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion, Multiple Futurity and Derby Cutting Champion and NCHA World Finals Open Reserve Champion with LTE of $480,000. Setting a new record for the BHSS Horse Sale, Hashtag Youre It, a 2020 Red Roan Stallion, left the ring on a final bid of $70,000 from Kaylee Hieronimus from Ashton, IA. Sold in the Saturday sale, Hashtag Youre It was consigned by Bruce and Cooper Bebo from Redfield, SD, and out of Freckles And Braces, a Bob Acre Doc/CD Olena bred mare with Lifetime Arena Earnings of $50,000+.
The Reserve High Seller sold on the Friday sale was Please Me One Time, a 2018 Black daughter of $20+ Million Sire One Time Pepto by Peptoboonsmal. Consigned by Dan Swaney from Moorcroft, WY, her dam was Arc Cat Her Please by Chic Please out of a daughter of High Brow Cat and she commanded a bid of $55,000 from George Fisher, Hermosa, SD. The market held strong – three of the top 5 high sellers sold within the last hour on the Saturday sale.
Hutchison HW Brand, represented by Jerrod Eller, once again sponsored the Stallion Row where 22 of the region’s leading stallions were showcased on the east concourse of the James Kjerstad Event Center and then presented in the sale ring prior to the start of the sale each day. Eller presented jackets to the High Selling Consignor and High Selling Buyer each day of the sale.
BLACK HILLS STOCK SHOW & RODEO
FARM SERVICES OF AMERICA HORSE SALE
January 27-28, 2023 – Rapid City, South Dakota
2023 OVERALL AVERAGE: $16,791 (2022 – $15,974)
TOP 5: $54,000 (2022 – $44,500) – TOP 10: $45,750 (2022 – $38,900)
GELDING AVERAGE: $16,341 (2022 – $16,913) – MARE AVERAGE: $16,930 (2022 – $13,383)
STALLION AVERAGE: $41,250 (2022 – $26,420)
TOTAL SALES: $2,653,000 (158 Sold) – 2022 – $2,651,750 (166 Sold)
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