Special to the Parade
The South Texas ranching industry will once again be home to one of the nation’s premier working ranch horse shows and auctions, the San Antonio Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale. The event will be held in conjunction with the 63rd Annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo which runs Feb. 9-26 in San Antonio. Date of the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale is Sunday, Feb. 19.
The Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale is both a judged competition and auction of working ranch horses. This year’s event will see 68 horses consigned by owners from eight states. On February 19 these working geldings will be judged on their ability to perform certain routine ranch jobs associated with everyday cattle ranching work. Judged competition begins at 7 a.m. in the climate-controlled Horse Exposition Center located on the grounds of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. A champion working horse will be chosen from this judged event along with eight top ranking horses. Awards include $11,400 is cash and prizes to owners of the top eight horses. Following the judging, the auction begins and will include all 68 horses entered in the event, including the champion and top placing eight horses.
The event is highly popular throughout the multi-million dollar ranching industry of South Texas and has become to be known as “America’s Premier Ranch Gelding Sale”. The South Texas cattle ranching industry is the perfect setting for such an event which showcases the western style working horse. During the past three years the auction has seen working horses sell to new owners from 34 states in the nation.
The Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale contributes to the scholarship fund of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. As of 2011, and holding true to its mission statement of being a volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas, the San Antonio Livestock Exposition has committed $113 million to education, with $9 million committed in 2011 in the form of scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble program and show premiums paid to youth. Awards and scholarships for this year will add more than 300 new scholars to the program. With over 1,300 active scholarship recipients, S.A.L.E. represents students in 67 colleges and universities throughout the state of Texas.
The management firm of Segraves and Associates, a 35-year-old equine management and consulting company specializing in the production of events such as the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale, manages the event in conjunction with the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.