The event will be held in conjunction with the 62nd annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo which runs Feb. 3-20 in San Antonio. The date of the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale will be Sunday, Feb. 13. The Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale is both a judged competition and auction of working ranch horses. This year’s event will see 65 horses consigned by owners from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana and Kansas.
On Feb. 13, 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 in cash and prizes to owners of the top eight horses.
Following the judging, the auction will begin and will include all 65 horses entered in the event, including the champion and top placing eight horses. The event is highly popular throughout the multimillion 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 36 states in the nation. The Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale contributes to the scholarship fund of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc.
As of 2010, 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 $105 million to education, with $8.5 million committed in 2010 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 800 new scholars to the program.