Invitational Ranch Horse Show and Sale

Rounsaville Cattle Co. takes the top title at Fort Worth.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
January 20, 2013

Levi Sandino

Jim Rounsaville rides Levi Sandino on January 20 to win the 2013 Invitational Ranch Horse Show and Sale at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos, scroll to the slide show below.

Ranches had one chance to make a good impression January 20 during the 2013 Invitational Ranch Horse Show and Sale at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

For Jim Rounsaville of Olney, Texas, one chance was all he needed to wow the judges January 20.

In the invitational ranch horse show, the Fort Worth Stock Show invites certain ranches to participate – most of them from nearby Texas ranches – at the rate of one gelding per ranch. The horses demonstrate how well they can pick up their feet, drop the bridle, drag a log, open a gate, lope, stop and turn around. They also work a cow and the riders rope one.

Immediately after the show, the champion and reserve champion are auctioned off, then the rest of the horses sell in catalog order.

Jim rode Levi Sandino from his own Rounsaville Cattle Co. to earn the championship title. Levi Sandino is a 2002 sorrel gelding by Little Sandino-Leah Leo by Rebs Gray Skip. On the ranch, he’s known as “Levi,” and the Rounsavilles have shown him in Ranch Horse Association of America and Ranch Cutting Horse Association competition.

As soon as the win was announced, Levi sold for $12,000.

Coming in second was Smart Salute, a 2008 sorrel gelding by Smart Little Lena-Starlight Salute by Grays Starlight. He was bred by Dick and Dodie Holm of Santa Rosa, California, and was consigned by Swenson Land and Cattle Co. of Stamford, Texas.

At auction in the Will Rogers Coliseum, Smart Salute brought $9,000.

High seller at auction was a red roan horse from the Sandhill Cattle Co. of Earth, Texas, demonstrated by Trail Townsend, son of Tripp Townsend. Trail’s 2002 red roan gelding brought $30,000 in spirited bidding.

Second high seller was Stylish Attraction, a 2007 sorrel gelding bred and consigned by Burnett Ranches of Guthrie, Texas, at $15,500. Stylish Attraction is by Playin Stylish and out of Natural Pick by Tenino Badger. “Phil” was shown in AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge competition in 2012 as well as National Reined Cow Horse Association competition.

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