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Buckskin Extravagana and Production Sale

It is summertime in Arizona, and at HorseBreakers Unlimited that means training, riding and grooming the best selection of buckskin horses anywhere in America. The Ninth Annual Buckskin Extravaganza is just around the corner and at Jon and Marywade Gilberts ranch in Dewey, Arizona everyone is going full speed getting things ready. "Buckskins seem to be the 'hot' color in the horse world today" says Jon "but we've been promoting and selling the buckskins up here for years." The sale will include not just buckskins but also duns and grullos. There will be an excellent selection of saddle horses from trail horses to World Champions, as well as brood mares, weanlings, yearlings and two year olds. We sell Buckskins and all kinds of good horses year round, but I think what really put us on the map is our Buckskin Extravaganza. It is an extremely popular event that brings people from all over the country to Dewey, Arizona to look and shop for the finest buckskin horses.

The weekend's activities will kick off with an open house on Friday August 1, from 3 pm to 7:30pm. "All of the horses will be available for the prospective buyers to come and look at during the open house'' explains Jon. "However, we won't ride any of the horses that afternoon. All of our riders and trainers will be on hand to answer questions. The horses will be in their stalls for viewing, catalogs will be available and our concession stand will be open. It's a nice informal way to present the horses and it gives people a chance to ask questions and browse through all of the horses without having to worry about the time constraints of sale day." Additionally, Jon and Marywade encourage their customers to do lots of shopping long before sale day. "Buying a special horse is a big decision," reminds Marywade. We hope people will make an appointment and come up to the ranch in the weeks preceding the sale and ride a few of the horses that they are interested in. They can also arrange to have a veterinarian do a pre purchase exam if they choose. Then, when sale day rolls around, buyers have a few horses as options and are sure they go home with 'The Horse Of Their Dreams'." The entire catalog will be on our web page at on June 30. This gives everyone plenty of information to go over. The printed catalog will have pictures, pedigrees, foot notes with descriptions of all of the horses in the sale. The next day is sale day, Saturday, August 2. At 9:00 am the sale preview will begin. The preview begins with the rope horses, then the cow horses and reiners. The saddle horses will be shown throughout the morning by many of the HorseBreakers crew. At noon the sale will start. One of the special features of the sale is the Western Art Auction. This is a select offering of western art presented by Ron and Sharon Burndt, Cowhorse Galleries of Snyder TX. Following the art auction the horse sale begins. Steve Friskup, one of America's premier horse auctioneers will once again preside over the action.
For decades the buckskin horse has been associated with the west and a romantic image of cowboy life. Lots of famous movies and television shows have highlighted the buckskin horses. Many people credit Jon and Marywade with reviving the interest in Buckskin horses. "We think it is mostly a coincidence," says Jon "But buckskins are even showing up at the horse shows now, not just at the ranch and on the trails."
That's one of the things that make's this sale so special; it will include horses from all different disciplines. Ropers, reiners, trail horses, pleasure horses and World Champion show horses! They are all here.

Although times have changed, the need for a dependable, all-around horse is still essential. The ideal mount for the majority of horse enthusiasts is a horse that looks good, works well, is well-trained, has a great disposition and is capable and trustworthy for trail riding, yet one that is adept enough to do team penning, roping, reining, and/or jumping. Our sale horses are well broke and do a little bit of everything. For our breeding program we choose Scottish Bart and mares to produce what we feel is the ideal all-around horse, focusing on perpetuating the best qualities of the American Quarter Horse (preferably buckskin). Our primary objectives are quality, conformation, disposition, versatility and color.

Scottish Bart is the Southwest's premier Buckskin stallion. Scotch is double
registered in the AQHA and the ABRA. He is by Supreme's Image and out of Scotch Barta with five crosses to Skipper W. Scotch was bred and raised on the Speer Ranch in Athens, Texas, where he was used as a working ranch horse and the remuda's breeding stallion. He possesses the qualities Jon and Marywade look for. He has correct conformation, the best disposition in the world, a beautiful color, good size (15.3 hands and 1,350 pounds) and passes all his fine qualities on to his colts. In July 1995 one of his yearling colts was named PHBA Reserve World Champion Amateur Yearling Halter Gelding after earning 40 PHBA Halter and 38 PHBA Lunge Line points. In 1996 Scotch became a World Champion Producing Stallion when Skip Howdy Zip, a two-year-old palomino gelding, was named PHBA World Champion Amateur gelding and Reserve World Champion in Open. Besides producing foals that excel at halter, reining, roping, and
reined cow events, he produces color 85% of the time. His colts have wonderful dispositions, are easy to train, are lovely movers and most of them are the wonderful buckskin color.
Scottish Bart stands for a fee of $1000.00 with a live foal guarantee. His book has been filled for the past 9 years so if you are interested in breeding, make sure to book your mares early in the year.

The Gilbert's have recently added another stallion to their breeding program. El Pachuco Doc. A 1986 AQHA bay stallion sired by Dry Doc and out of a Wimpy mare. "Paco" was born, bred, raised and branded on the King Ranch and caries the legendary bloodlines of Doc Bar, Lightning Bar, Poco Bueno, Wimpy, and Rey Del Rancho. His combined qualities of an outstanding disposition, athleticism, versatility, and cow sense represent the original intentions of the American Quarter Horse. He has earned his Register of Merit as a finished reiner, and he is an accomplished cutter and team roper. His breeding fee is $800.00 and shipped semen is available.
Not only does the sale have an outstanding selection of geldings, but will also have some outstanding breeding stock to offer. Including mares in foal to Scottish Bart: Honey N Chocolate, buckskin mare by Zips Chocolate Chip (the all-time leading sire of western pleasure horses); Shieks April Zippo, a 1994 buckskin ABRA World Champion Western Pleasure Horse and weanlings, yearlings and two year olds also sired by Scottish Bart just too name a few.
Other horses in the sale include: MJG Dun It Doc, a two-year-old dun stallion by Hollywood Dun It, (the all-time leading sire of NRHA money earners); Drys Golden Sun, a 1992 buckskin daughter of Dry Doc and out of a Doc's Oak mare, in Shorty Lenas Promise- second in the World in Junior Reining; A Natural Shi, a buckskin gelding who is the 2002 IBHA World Champion in western pleasure and has 38 AQHA points; Dont Badger Jesse, a super buckskin gelding that has his AQHA ROM in reining and also has points in working cow horse; Lovealottacoke, a dun gelding, IBHA World Champion with over 150 points and an ROM in western pleasure, halter, and dun factor; Peppy Double Chex It, buckskin son of Hang Ten Peppy (NRHA Futurity Winner) and many other outstanding buckskin horses.

The complete catalog for the Buckskin Extravaganza and Production Sale will by posted on our website at with color pictures, pedigrees and write ups of the sale horses. There are also maps, directions and a list of motels. Catalogs will be available at the open house, the day of the sale and are also available to be mailed.

Jon and Marywade are grateful to all their friends who help stage the prodigious Extravaganza; Pamela Peel, horse sale manager and her husband John; HorseBreakers head trainer, Alison Schuyler, who will participate in her ninth Extravaganza sale; John Fuller of Dimmit, Texas, who manages a feed lot and works with cow horses and rope horses, will be there for his third sale; Katie Hill of Prescott, Arizona, former Miss Teen Arizona rodeo queen, helps out at the sale and throughout the year; The Goacher Family (Jim, manages the backside of the sale, Kathy, our expert video person and Megan who rides our kids horses) and all of our friends too numerous to list. Also, joining our staff this year are Theresa Hofbauer, Jess McDonald and Annabelle Wax.

Over the past eight years, HorseBreakers Unlimited buckskin sale has gained national recognition and draws people, some of whom plan their whole vacations around the sale, from all over the fifty states and Mexico, Canada and Europe. There will be food, beverage concessions and trade booths that include custom bit and saddle makers, artists and a tack shop to complete the wonderful day at the Buckskin Extravaganza!!! Please join us for the Ninth Annual Buckskin Extravaganza and Production Sale and we hope to help you find the Horse Of Your Dreams. We have found ours!!

For more information please feel free to give Jon, Marywade or Pamela a call at 928-632-5728 or visit the website at Our mailing address is P. O. Box 687, Dewey, Arizona 86327.


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