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Record Set at Black Hills Stock Show

A sorrel mare with offspring earnings of more than $27,800 sells for $35,000 at Black Hills Stock Show Sale.

By Larry Larson
Black Hills Stock Show
February 17, 2014

Shiners Oakie Val was the high-selling horse at the 2014 Black Hills Stock Show Sale.

Shiners Oakie Val was the high-selling horse at the 2014 Black Hills Stock Show Sale. (Larry Larson photo)

A mare with a proven produce record was the top seller February 1 in Rapid City, South Dakota, at the Black Hill Stock Show Sale.

Shiners Oakie Val is a 1999 sorrel mare by Shining Spark and out of Smokum Samantha by Smokum Oak. She was bred by Ronald F. Young of Thousand Oaks, California, and was consigned by Justin and Leslie Hill of Peyton, Colorado.

New owners Mark and Deb Pieper bought Shiners Oakie Val for a Black Hills Stock Show record price of $35,000. The Piepers stand Shiner Smart Cat at their ranch near Hay Springs, Nebraska.

Shiners Oakie Val was 10th in junior working cow horse at the 2003 AQHA World Championship Show, and her offspring have earned $27,898.81 through National Reined Cow Horse Association competition. Shiners Oakie Val was sold in foal to WR This Cats Smart.

A fundraiser for the Rancher Relief Fund after the Atlas blizzard that struck the area in October 2013 included donations of original art from Allyson Shoun; the entire sale consignment from Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. of Arthur, Nebraska; and a children’s corral set from Leo and Sam McDonnell of Columbus, Montana.

Of the 171 horses consigned to the two-day sale, the top five horses averaged $21,400; the top 10 averaged $17,691; the top 12 averaged $16,533; and the overall sale average was $6,466.67.