San Guthrie named Supreme Classic Ranch Horse
When the arena dust settled, no one was more surprised than Jennifer Schukar that her Colonel Freckles gelding had been named The Supreme Classic Ranch Horse at the 2011 Nebraska Classic in Kearney. San Guthrie, the gelding’s registered name, was sired by Poco Dry Freckles going back to Colonel Freckles. His dam is Peppy’s Doc Sugar.
“He is a dream ride,” said Schukar of the 9-year-old horse she calls Hot Rod. “I purchased him here at The Classic a couple years ago. I really liked the horse, and thought he might be a good barrel racing prospect.
“After getting him home and riding him a few times, I found the maneuvers he knew for being a working cowhorse were totally different than those he needed to know for barrel racing,” the Beaver City cowgirl continued. “Rather than mess him up, I decided to have someone finish training him to be a working cowhorse.
“Since I had been here before, and I wanted to take him somewhere he would be used, I decided this was the place to bring him,” she said of her decision to enter the horse in the Classic Ranch Horse Competition.
Hot Rod was started by Dustin Eddy of Colorado. “He had laid a great foundation on him when I purchased him,” she said. “After I bought him, I spent some time on him, and Ryan Cole finished him for the competition here. He has been working with him for the last three months to get him ready.”
The horse was at his best the day of the competition. “His trail pattern was 100 percent,” Schukar said. “Ryan missed his first loop in the cattle working, but the horse was working 100 percent.”
As the owner of the Supreme Horse, Schukar received a $1,000 cash prize. In the evening’s sale, she sold the horse for $4,500 to Matt Nielsen of Kennard, Neb. Schukar said Nielsen is getting a first-class ranch and arena horse. “He is an excellent ranch horse who has been used to check, gather, sort, drag calves, and pony colts. He has also been roped off of outside and in the arena,” she said.
The horse had also been shown in the RHAA and AQHA, and in open ranch horse contests. He had previously been named top horse at two separate ranch rodeos in Colorado.
There were 26 horses competing for the Supreme Classic Ranch Horse this year. During the two-day competition, horses competed in team roping and team penning. The crowd had the opportunity to view and evaluate the horses prior to the sale, and purchase the horse of their choice at the standing-room only auction. Judges for the event were Sonya Atkins of Broken Bow and George Cooksley of Anselmo. Auctioneer was Tracy Harl of Hastings.
The high-selling ranch horse was lot 2, Pretty Gold Jack, sired by Mambos Gold Dreamer 1992. The 6-year-old gelding was consigned by Ryan Ranch of Overton, and sold to Doug Sellers of Sellers Cattle Company of Wellfleet for $6,200.
The sale grossed $71,650, with 26 lots averaging $2,756.