July, August Story
It was a great summer! Rio, Trip and I logged over 10,000
miles! We made some memories and a little money along the
way. It was fun to travel back to Kuna, Idaho and visit
with old friends. The subdivisions and big box stores have
taken over and I was reminded of why I moved. I could hardly
find my old place and the traffic was awful. I guess progress
and growth are good but, it is sad to see beautiful farmland,
horse facilities and ranches being turned into retail space
and houses. Ugh.
We took off for Evanston, Wyoming and picked up a new horse
from Adrian and Kyndra McKinney at Wyoming Downs for our
friend Halle Morley. We are looking forward to seeing them
compete in poles and goat tying this year in Idaho High
School Rodeo. It was a fun trip with Halle and her grandmother.
Good luck Halle and Speedy.
Next we delivered my favorite horse Cat to his new owner
at Riverside Stables in White Salmon, Washington. It is
a beautiful facility and Cat has an incredible view of Mt.
Hood from his turnout. It was hard to see him go but I’m
so excited for his new career as a rodeo queen horse. He’s
already a star and is so loved by his new owners. Good luck
Mellody and Cat.
Too soon it was time to make the long trip back to Ariona.
We stayed overnight in Ely Nevada and enjoyed the 55 degree
temperature the morning we left. Nevada is beautiful country.
I hope it never changes.
Now it’s back to working horses and getting the place
ready for our winter visitors. Lots of fun and sun coming
Trip taking a break on Cabbage Hill outside
Mountain Hotshots Memorial
Zag Trail with Shari Maxwell and her incredible trail horse
and May, 2023ry
Want to know a secret? Arizona is beautiful in
April and May. It is my favorite time of the year. I have
perfect riding weather, the cactus and wild flowers are
blooming everywhere along the sunny desert trails, the snow
birds are gone and life is slow, quiet and happy. I took
a beautiful ride in to the Prescott National Forest and
stopped a while at the memorial for the Granite Mountain
Hot Shots who were killed in the Yarnell fire 10 years ago
this month. It’s a beautiful spot. There are other
memorials to the Hot Shots but this one -off Copper Basin
Road high up and remote would be their favorite place.
We sold out at the Salmon Select Sale and the Rio Grande
Classic Sale this past April. Horse Sales are strong and
good horses continue to be in great demand. Watch our For
Sale Page for the horses we will have ready soon.
going to be a fun spring with lots of beautiful rides, cuttings,
and shows coming soon. We are getting the horses ready and
enjoying the sunshine. I love riding with the friends who
are staying for the winter. So many ropings, barrel races,
shopping and fun events in town are happening and the trail
riding out my gate in the desert is always amazing. Come
and see us. The RV hook-up will be available April 1st and
the desert will be blooming.
Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Good Health
and Good Horses to all of our 2022 customers and friends.
Geldings! I've got them! Doing all kinds of trails,
cow work, ranch horse classes and even tricks! Watch for
Cat, Lincoln, and Hudson coming soon to a sale near you!
I'm excited to have these geldings to offer in 2023.
Snowbirds are coming, and we are busy getting ready for
company and lots of horse activities. Big ropings every
day, huge barrel races, miles and miles of interesting trails,
practice, horse shows, sales, cuttings, clinics and fun
with old friends and new ones – it all starts in Arizona
about mid-October and continues through March. The desert
cactus trails on the state land are right out our gate and
the amazing Prescott National Forest trails are a short
and beautiful drive over the Yarnell Hill. Wickenburg the
“Team Roping Capital of the World” is 15 miles
away. Come and see us. The fun and the sun will not disappoint!
Spring is here and the desert is blooming. My great friends
Sheila, Darby and Jace Stoddard from Salmon, Idaho visited
for their school spring break. We had a great time looking
for cactus, snakes and lizards.
The Prescott National Forest is amazing. It is full of unusual
old growth trees, mixed in with cactus, water, steep challenging
trails, and brush. Great riding with great friends!
and April 2022
It's almost time for junior rodeos, junior high rodeos and
high school rodeos to start up. These pics and videos of our
older champions with their new riders warm my heart! Horses
like these are priceless and they are almost never for sale.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to sell Silk twice, Boone twice
and now Elle is at my place getting reading for her second
Good Luck Silk aka" "The Golden Oldie"
Take good care of Darby in the breakaway and goats this
year. Silk is 27 years young.
Good luck Boone with your new kids in Riverton,
Utah. Their mom said you are a wonderful teacher. Boone
is 20 years young.
Watch for "Elle", Hallie Morey's good
sorrel barrel/pole mare. She will be for sale and ready
for a new junior rodeo kid soon. Call now. She won't last
long as she is priced to sell.
far the cutest cowboy ever at our place. Casien Peterson enjoying
the trail on our trusty mule Montana.
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Merry Christmas! We are excited to put 2021 behind
us and start 2022 with some great horses, old and new friends,
and wonderful events, sales and competitions. December is
a big month for seeing old friends. We have lots of visitors
and we are looking forward to many more. Congress, Arizona
might be the cutest place in the world in December. The
sun is out, and it is a great time to ride. Come see us!
We have new guest pens and a great camping spot
with full power, water and sewer.
ride on Cat"
"Cat hanging out at the cutting in Chino Valley,
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May and June blew by like a dust storm. We were busy riding,
showing, training and dealing with the heat. We are praying
for a monsoon season but, so far, we’ve only had a few
I’ve really enjoyed riding Gus and Texaco these past
two months. They sell July 17 in SMB Horse Sales Summer Online
Sale. Check them out. Come and ride them and get registered
to bid online.
Meet “Cat” (Toyin With A Cat). We’ve had
a lot of fun trying cutting and cow horse events. I’m
looking forward to practice shows, clinics and training myself
to get out of his way and let him work! Thank you, Frank Ellis,
for selling me this awesome gelding! I’ve got so much
work to do and I’m excited for his future. The people
at Olsen’s Cow Horse Shows and the Northern Arizona
Cutting Horse Association are so much fun, supportive and
helpful. Cat has pretty much taken over my life and taken
it in a new direction. He has a big personality and a great
heart to match his natural talent and athletic ability. I’m
lucky to have such a nice horse!
Good luck to our rodeo friends who are making the Cowboy Christmas
"Gus and Texaco have been to town, on the mountain trails,
in the desert and just about everywhere in between getting
ready for the SMB Horse Sale on July 17th.
2021 Story of the Month
What an amazing sale in Salmon, Idaho!! The sale set new records
for high sellers, achieved the highest sale average ever,
and had total sales well over a million dollars on the horses
and mules. We are proud and happy to be a part of such a great
sale. Congratulations to Fred Snook and the rest of the Salmon
Select Sale team and to the community volunteers who make
this event possible. Our consignments performed great and
brought great prices!
and Idaho Friends! Desert days out our front gate in Arizona
sure are beautiful.
Lucky got lots of attention at the SMB Winter
Horse Sale. Here he is waiting to sell.
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January flew by and February was over way too fast!
We’ve had lots of company from the cold country and
we’ve enjoyed some great riding, a couple of good
sales, and some wonderful sunshine. On February 13th, SMB
Horse Sales hosted another great sale in Salina, Utah. Prices
for good geldings were “higher than a tree”
and our consignments did very well. It was sure fun to see
old friends and meet new ones after a long year of being
mostly at home. The February BLS Sale in Billings, Montana
saw huge crowds and high prices. It is fun to be in the
horse business and it just seems to get better and better!
We have three geldings consigned to the Salmon Select Sale.
Check them out, come and ride them, or come and see us onsite
or online at the sale April 11th. It is always a good time
at the Salmon Select Sale.
Blackjack smiling for the camera.
He sells April 10th at the Salmon
2020, Story of the Month
Christmas is for kids and so are some horses. They are worth
their weight in gold and they are so hard to find. Babysitters,
old been there done that, whatever you want to call them
- they are just the best. True came to us in poor condition
but his heart and mind were perfect. Congratulations to
his new family and thanks for looking past his boney butt
and long hair to see the beauty inside!.
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geldings go to some beautiful places and take us and our
customers with them. We love seeing their pictures performing,
working and having fun. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!
of the Mont
I’m excited about a new supplement I found – So
excited that I signed up to be a distributor in Arizona. REMOUNT
is an all-natural feed product with CBD powder, amino acids
and proteins. The pictures are of a horse that I bought recently.
“Winslow” was thin, in terrible condition,
covered with cuts, insect bites and saddle sores. The pictures
are the day I brought him home, one week, two weeks and three
weeks. REMOUNT really sped up his recovery. He made double
the gains in weight and condition improvement than he would
have without REMOUNT. I’m sold on this stuff and I have
all my horses on it. Contact me if you would like to try it.
of the Month, July,2020
It is hot, the news is depressing, and the virus
just drags on and on. Fortunately, I have some good horses
to ride and technology to keep in touch with friends. We
A couple of flag waving favorites! Bandit, owned
by Jannis Gibbard and his pasture mate enjoying the green
grass in Washington, and Gypo, an old friend owned by Lorrie
Sheldon Lennox, also in Washington. Thanks for the 4th of
July pictures! It is always fun to hear from happy customers
and see our horses doing so well.
Check out our two beautiful geldings selling in SMB Horse
Sales Summer online sale this Friday and Saturday. Visit
smbhorsesales.com to register to bid. It’s a fun way
to buy a nice gelding for a fair price.
Staying positive in trying times. Nothing
better than a good bay gelding and an Arizona morning.
of the Month – COVID 19
SMB Horse Sales
in Wellsville, Utah put together a creative online horse
sale. We sold three nice geldings at excellent prices. The
sale was a runaway and we will do it again in July. Look
for our geldings and the rest of the catalog coming soon.
The SMB staff does a great job working with consigners and
buyers. Check out their website and plan to watch the July
online sale. It is a lot of fun and you might find your
next good horse.
wishes to our friends across the country. Stay safe during
this trying time and stay in touch. These are scary, sad,
and difficult times. We are lucky! It is easy to social
distance on a horse, we can still ride, work outside and
stay connected through technology.
Classy Casanova, aka “Bandit”.
I bought Bandit from a family who didn’t use him much
and planned to sell him to another family as a kid’s
rope horse – a job he did well. But, he had the kindest
eye, the biggest heart, he was cute as a puppy dog and I
kept finding reasons not to sell him. He taught me how much
fun it is to show – something I had forgotten. He
taught me patience and how great it felt to ride to be better.
Because of him I had to buy a new saddle, travel to California
to ride with a trainer, learn how to enter horse shows online,
get new show clothes and really get excited about preparing
him to someday sell. Today was the day. Bandit left for
his new home in Gig Harbor, Washington. It’s lonely
here today and I miss my little buddy. But he has a great
new rider who appreciates and values all his strengths.
They will be great together. Thanks Bandit. I’ll stay
in touch and I’ll never forget all the fun we had.
The lights are up and the sun is warm in Arizona. The new
pup took his stocking down early! It is 72 degrees and I’m
headed out to ride. I am lucky and blessed to live in this
wonderful place with these awesome horses and dogs. Merry
Christmas and best wishes to all my friends for a wonderful
holiday season and a great new year!
STORY OF THE MONTH
Dirt, Sand and Horses” Sounds like the title of a bad
movie but it’s been the daily grind this month. Slowly
but surely our arena, hot walker track and round pen are taking
shape. Despite the construction zone we have some nice geldings
for sale. Check out our sale page and come see us. The weather
is perfect here and we are excited for all the winter sales,
shows, barrel races and ropings. Come see us.
Story of the Month.
Looking back over the past year I am amazed at
the diversity of our horses. One competed at the NRCHA World
Show in Fort Worth while three others packed our stuff and
our friends to the most remote canyon in the West. One made
a little girl’s barrel racing dreams come true, many
made lasting memories of fun rides, rodeos, and sales for
us and our customers. Others are working for a living on
ranches and many more are trusted trail and pleasure horses.
They truly can do anything that needs done horseback and
we sure are lucky to have these outstanding horses in our
It’s been hot in Congress, Arizona but we
are moved in, pens and shelters are built, and we are ready
for a busy August. I will be at the Zone 1 APHA Show in
Nampa, Idaho for 5 days then the Clovis/Cactus Team Roping
and Horse Sale in Clovis, New Mexico then back to Congress.
Look us up. We love to talk horses, meet new people and
see old friends.
Good luck to our amazing customers and our versatile
horses at the rodeos, ropings, playdays, and barrel races.
We love being a part of your journey! Send pictures and
stay in touch.
2019 STORY OF THE MONTH
has come and gone and we are busy with summer activities.
We will be making the move to Congress, Arizona in July.
Look us up there if you need a nice rope, ranch, trail or
barrel gelding. I will be bringing 3 nice ones with me.
We are excited to relocate to the heart of horse county,
sunshine, and open space.
little dun gelding has stolen everyone’s heart at
our place, he can do about any job and he does it all very
well. If you need a switch ender, a breakaway horse, a trail/ranch
horse and a kid horse check him out. He’s amazing.
Gentle geldings were in high demand at the Spring Hermiston
Horse Sale. Us been there, done that red roan brought $7,000
and went to a first-time horse owner. Thanks to the crew at
the Hermiston Horse Sale for an awesome fun sale!
proud to represent another great mare from Paul & Cathy
Campbell, Morongo Valley, California. Congratulations to Francis
West, Walla Walla, Washington for purchasing this great mare.
“Penni” is an all-around winner with a huge heart
and loaded with cow horse and reining talent.
Rio like his new living room in Congress Arizona. Come see
Story of the Month
Hermiston Horse Sale Extravaganza has a new format. It will be
a one-day sale, all day selling loose, catalog, and open consignment
horses on Saturday, March 2, 2019. I have room to take horses
if anyone needs something sold.
19 happy years at the corner of King and Swan Falls Roads we are
moving! We will be six months in Congress, AZ, October through
March. Our April through September facility is on Green Lane in
Kuna, just West of the ole place. I have been hauling years of
memories out of the house and outbuildings for the past few weeks.
The East corner neighbors just sold their 80-acre farm for development.
Sadly, it is time to move on down the road, further from the subdivisions,
bike paths, joggers and city folks. Things change and we are excited
about the future.
new facility in Kuna is big and very nice! Runs with shelters,
box stalls, and pasture turnout, a small indoor arena, and two
large outdoor arenas. We move March 1st!
new Arizona place is a piece of heaven with great cowboy neighbors
and miles of desert riding around the corner from the house. There
are stalls with turnouts, a giant fenced yard for the dogs, lots
of room in the house for friends, plenty of parking, and a full
camper hook up.
had snow, rain, a little sun now and then, and cold temps but
we are hoping it heats up soon. We have some nice geldings for
sale. Check out our website soon.
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Sunset, Toltec, Ariziona
Cathy and Smarty getting ready for Fort Worth!
Easy "takin it easy" , waiting to rope in
New Year to all our friends and customers. We are planning
many BIG changes and improvements for 2019. We were blessed
to spend some time in sunny Arizona with our great friends
Danny and Karen O’Connell, Kyna Schrader, and Cora
Walker. It is amazing how the popularity of team roping,
and barrel racing have grown in that area. We plan to spend
more time there as things wind down in Idaho due to the
failure of Proposition 1 and the urban development rapidly
surrounding our current location. We will be in Arizona
for at least six months of the year starting November 2019.
Times change and we have to change with them. It has been
a great 19 years at 225 West King Road, but it is time to
sell out and relocate in order to serve our customers, have
a successful business and be in a horse friendly area.
I’m excited to attend the Champions of Champions NRCHA
event in Fort Worth, Texas this year with Paul and Cathy
Campbell. Cathy will be showing Boon To Be Smart and I will
tag along and help any way I can. We are all excited, looking
forward to the show and seeing the sights in Texas. “Smarty”
looks amazing and Cathy has her ready!
We sent our great gelding Bac Man to Texas this spring with
Rainy Robinson. Rainy will be using “Easy” as
her backup while her great mare Flash continues to heal.
Rainy is an amazing cowgirl and has been very successful
in the WPRA and in College and open rodeos. We are proud
that she’s riding one of ours!
It is cold, windy, wet and muddy but we are getting our
Salmon and Hermiston horses ready for sale. Salmon will
be bigger and better than ever. Hermiston will be a one-day
sale with open consignment to follow the catalog horses
on Saturday. We are adding the Cattle Barron’s Horse
Sale in Pendelton to our spring horse sale schedule. We
have some nice geldings in the works! Come see us at the
sales and at the events we will be attending this spring!
Rainy and Easy smoking a practice run before heading to
Story of the Month
Thanks to Chatburn ranches for purchasing our cute Haflinger team.
Morie and Markie will work as a feed team on the ranch and pull
a sleigh during the Holidays in Albion, Idaho. They are so gentle
and cute that they make friends wherever they go and really bring
the Christmas spirit. Congratulations on your purchase and thanks
to the staff at Billings Livestock for another successful holiday
sale. Merry Christmas to all or our customers and friends!
Story of the Month – SAVE IDAHO HORSE RACING.
1 will be on the November ballot. When it passes by a simple majority
HHR machines will be allowed to operate at the 3 sites previously
approved and operating and then closed by the Idaho Legislature.
The legislature’s action was vetoed by Governor Otter but
tribal gaming advocates and out of State gaming interests sued
in court and the courts overturned the Governor’s veto,
closing the successful and popular HHR machines.
Recently, 118,000 Idaho citizens signed petitions throughout the
State to get Prop 1 on the ballot. Signatures were checked and
verified by county clerks throughout the state. Voters can vote
yes or no in November 2018 to reopen the machines at the 3 approved
When Prop 1 passes Les Bois Park will reopen and Idaho’s
horse industry will see a huge boost. Money earned by HHR machines
will be used to add purse money to races throughout the state,
fund county fairs, 4-H, FFA and other youth programs. Rural Idaho
will benefit greatly. Horse racing contributes directly to Idaho’s
agriculture economy. Small towns throughout the state will have
bigger and better horse races, thereby improving county fairs,
and helping small town Idaho.
Recreational riders, spectators, owners, trainers, breeders, cowboys,
ropers, barrel racers, team penners, cutters, reined cow horse
riders, western and English show riders, race trackers, back country
riders, endurance riders, and horse lovers all need to work together
to pass Prop 1. We ALL need horse racing – we especially
need Les Bois Park! We need our county fairs and small towns to
have more income for our 4-H shows, team penning, open shows,
breed shows, rodeos, cutting, dressage, hunter/jumper shows, clinics,
mini horse shows, barrel races, ropings, pennings, cuttings and
PLEASE HELP GET THE WORD OUT AND SUPPORT PROP 1. There is a big
movement by the minority radicals to stop all types of horse competition.
It we let the animal rights folks and anti-horse groups shut down
racing they will come for your equine activity next. Let’s
all work together! VOTE YES ON PROP 1.
2018 STORY OF THE MONTH
geldings are worth their weight in gold. Congratulations to
the Warrick family, Emmett, Idaho on their purchase of Light
Music Dance, AKA “Boone”. We had so many people
try him, borrow him, and then there were the ones that were
not good enough to own him, but, we finally found the right
home! I will miss this sweet, steady gelding. I’m excited
for him and his new family. Thanks Lindsey and David Warrick.
You bought a really,really good one.
Story of the Month
Lucky and Boone, pictured above are two of the nicest geldings
we've ever owned and they are still for sale. Check out our
For Sale Page. We like having them around but we need to sell
them. They can do just about anything that needs done by a horse
and they are gentle, friendly, pretty and sound. Priced to sell.
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