The Pink Buckle Barrel Horse Sale, which was held October 18 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, saw barrel racing bloodlines command top dollar.
When a series of major injuries – including a broken back in 2015 – stymied professional barrel racer CJ Lembke’s competitive and training career, she had a decision to make. “I had to figure out if I needed to step away from horses forever or figure out how to still make a living with them,” she recalled.
Adjusting her sights, Lembke focused her efforts on developing a top-notch breeding program. With the help of Don Ham, now the stallion manager at Lembke’s 70 Ranch Performance Horses, she put her new dream into action. Soon, 70 Ranch Performance Horses made headlines with the acquisition of several talented stallions, including KR Fantallicka, Metallic Malice, Just Winnin and Feel The Sting.
The mare power is equally impressive, as 70 Ranch is home to mares like National Finals Rodeo qualifier Nicki Brick House; NFR qualifier Frosty Feelins; Designer Ruby, dam of Kylie Weasts’ Hell On The Red; That Catomine who has offspring earnings over $400,000; and NCHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion Some Like It Hott, just to name a few.
A desire to build on the already impressive program is what drew Lembke to the Pink Buckle Barrel Horse Sale, which was held October 18 in conjunction with the Pink Buckle Barrel Race at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
The quality of horses in the sale – and one filly in particular – is what drew Lembke, of Gainesville, Texas, to the event.
“A friend told me just a few days before the sale that if I ever got to purchase something out of Champagne Fame, I should,” Lembke shared. “I had actually gone through the Pink Buckle Sale catalog once already and didn’t see any listed. Luckily I went through it a second time.”
During that second perusal, Lembke spotted a yearling filly named Treis My Fame, by the legendary stallion Tres Seis and out of Champagne Fame (Dash Ta Fame x Champagne Lane). Champagne Fame, a full sister to both Woodbridge and Kendall Jackson (track world record holder), brought even more speed to the cross with a speed index of 117.
Champagne Fame also produced Pop The Bubbly (by Furtyofthewind), who with Andrea Cline posted the fastest time of the week and finished second in the Pink Buckle Futurity, earning more than $131,378.
When Lembke saw the filly in person, she knew she’d make a great addition to her program. “She checked all the boxes,” Lembke said. “She was even more stunning and perfect in person. I just love her and have loved her ever since I first saw her.”
When the gavel dropped on the sale stage, Treis My Fame had topped the sale at $250,000. “I feel a lot of excitement about breeding her to our stallions, which are all in Pink Buckle. I believe she’s going to be very special,” she said.
Lembke noted that Treis My Fame will be started in a western saddle before beginning her career on the racetrack. “We might put her on the barrels at some point, but we will see how it goes,” she said.
The Pink Buckle Sale had a feel like no other, with no expense spared to create an elegant atmosphere.
“The sale was very exciting and well done,” noted Lembke. “It had a really high-class feel, and made you feel special being there.”
That ambiance was precisely what Pink Buckle’s founders Chad Beus and Lance Robinson had asked Sale Manager Jennifer Anderson to create.
“We definitely pulled out all the stops to make this event special each year,” Anderson said. “It’s exciting to watch it evolve year after year. We really thought the quality of horses, which is always high, got even better. We are already looking forward to next year.”
The second high seller was Tres Chasin Babes PZ, also by Tres Seis and out of Brittany (Pozzi) Tonozzi’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Babe On The Chase (by Chasin Firewater). Tres Chasin Babes PZ was consigned by Mario Zerlotti and Guy Peixoto, and purchased by Teton Ridge USA for $240,000.
Second high seller Tres Chasin Babes PZ was consigned by Mario Zerlotti and Guy Peixoto, and purchased by Teton Ridge USA for $240,000.
There was a tie for the third high seller, Smooth Mellow Guy (A Smooth Guy x DTF Mellowdoc) and a 2022 embryo by Epic Leader out of Royal Sissy Irish, the dam of DM Sissy Hayday.
Smooth Mellow Guy was consigned by Myers Performance Horses and purchased by Presley Smith.
The embryo was consigned by John Maubach, with all proceeds of the sale benefitting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation via Operation Unicorn. Pink Buckle co-founders Chad Beus and Lance Robinson purchased the embryo.
Tied as third high seller at $110,000 was Smooth Mellow Guy consigned by Myers Performance Horses and purchased by Presley Smith.
Operation Unicorn was recently established by John and Becky Maubach, owners of Equistat #1 All-time leading barrel racing dam, Royal Sissy Irish. Each year they hope to collaborate with entities to offer the most elite equine genetics and donate the proceeds to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Also commanding a final bid of $110,000 was a 2022 embryo by Epic Leader out of Royal Sissy Irish, the dam of DM Sissy Hayday, consigned by John Maubach.
“I spent over 25 years as a helicopter pilot in the Air Force, over 22 of that flying Special Operations helicopters and CV-22s. Much of that time was deployed supporting operations around the world and unfortunately, during these operations, many great Americans lost their lives. I wanted to do something to help the families of these great heroes, and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation is an awesome organization and a wonderful way to support those families that have lost loved ones.
“This is a great opportunity to take what we have been given and use it to help the Special Operations Warrior Foundation to meet their goal in ensuring every child of a special operator or medal of honor recipient gets an education at no expense to the family,” John Maubach shared in a recent Facebook post regarding Operation Unicorn. Read his full statement here.
The Pink Buckle Horse Sale grossed $2,828,500, and the average on horses sold was $37,713. The top 10 averaged an astonishing $123,200.
Embryos averaged $105,000, yearlings commanded $34,075, two-year-olds brought $36,758, three-year-olds brought $33,286, and four-year-olds averaged $67,667. Broodmares averaged $28,800.
For complete results from the Pink Buckle Horse Sale, or to find information about the Futurity and Open Sale Incentive which is available only to horses consigned to the sale, visit www.PinkBuckle.com/horse-sale.