It was clearly Ranaldo Pablo’s day.
The four-year-old bay gelding earned $5,000 after winning the ranch horse competition at Canadian Western Agribition and then brought the highest price in the sale, going for $15,900.
Trained by Dale Clearwater of Hanley, Sask., a perennial winner at Agribition, the gelding was consigned by Dave Freeland of Edmonton and sold to Shelly Peck of Big Valley, Alta.
When she realized she had got what she came for, an overjoyed Peck hugged the closest ringman and promptly left.
Ten horses sold this year for an average $6,850. That mirrors last year’s average of $6,867.
The reserve competition winner, Oakridge Smokem Dry, owned and ridden by Mike Belof of White City, Sask., sold for $5,700 after winning the $2,500 second place money. The sorrel mare went to Brodie Trenholm of Northport, N.S.
Rounding out the competition were third place Just A Little Please, which was owned and ridden by Lorne Davey of Wilkie, Sask., and won $1,500, and fourth place PP Marias Rosy Peach, which was owned by Greg and Beth Horsburgh of Clavet, Sask. ridden by Adam Thiessen and won $1,000.
Seven two- and three-year-old prospect horses also sold at Agribition.
Topping the sale was WKK Blue Berry, a grey gelding from Jim Rickwood of Biggar, Sask., and going for $4,500 to Rocky Ross of Botha, Alta.
The average was $3,242.86 on a total $22,700.