By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse JournalAugust 16, 2013
Weanlings, yearlings, 2-year-olds and mares were among the horses sold August 16 during Carol Rose's dispersal sale August 16 at her ranch in Gainesville, Texas. For more photos from the day, scroll to the slide show below. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)
Two-time AQHA world champion A Shiner Named Sioux topped the sale August 16 when Carol Rose of Gainesville, Texas, sold all but five of her horses.
Aaron Ranch of Commerce, Texas, bought the palomino stallion for $850,000, along with several other horses.
“I guess we’re in the horse business now,” said Phillip Aaron. “Well, we were before that.”
A Shiner Named Sioux is a 2006 son of Carol’s stallion Shining Spark and out of Docs Sulena by Doc O’Lena. In 2010, he was world champion in junior reining, and in 2011, he was world champion in junior working cow horse. He has earned $77,986 in National Reining Horse Association competition and $65,803 in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition.
Lori and Phillip Aaron are eager to see how the stallion will cross on their Blue Valentine and Peptoboonsmal mares.
When Carol, an inductee into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, opened the sale, the crowd gave her two standing ovations as she explained her reasons for dispersing her horses. Her mother, she said, had urged her to downsize the herd.
“I love all my horses, and the ones I couldn’t part with, I didn’t sell,” Carol said after the sale in an exclusive interview with the Journal. “I just want to own a few horses. I just want to do what my mother told me to do, because she has never been wrong. This is dedicated to Mother, and I know she’s watching, and I know how happy she is.”
A Shiner Named Sioux’s full brother, Shiners Lena Doc, sold for $190,000. An announcement from the sale platform explained that the horse would be going to Europe. Other sale standouts were the last daughters of Shining Spark, and a sorrel filly by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Docs Sulena, the dam of Shiners Lena Doc and a Shiner Named Sioux. Carol partnered with Tim McQuay on the filly, named Yurs N Mine. The filly sold for $150,000, and will be among the bunch headed to Aaron Ranch.
“We needed some good mares, and I think these are the best mares in the world,” Phillip said. “I just didn’t want to see them scattered to the wind. “We’re really into preserving the breed, bettering the bloodlines and carrying it on. To do that, you have to have the good ones.
“We intend to show them and you’ll be seeing a lot more of them, I hope.”
The three-day sale began with a preview and barbecue August 15. The horses were sold August 16, and tack and equipment sold August 17. Horses at the sale unofficially averaged $52,000, based on prices announced from the stand and through the Carol Rose Quarter Horses Twitter feed.
“I’ve always loved my horses, and I knew people loved them but I’m thrilled,” Carol said. “I think before when I’ve tried to sell horses, they thought I was selling something I didn’t want, and that has never been the case.
“They’re all hard to say goodbye to,” she said.
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