Michael and Michelle Miola of Silver Spurs Equine in Scottsdale, Arizona carefully developed their 8-year-old breeding program to culminate in the presentation of 27 top yearling colts and fillies on November 1st. The Auction, entitled the 2014 Annual Loyalty Sale, was the couple’s second auction endeavor. It was a resounding success.
“We’ve been working our way up to this point for a while,” Michael notes smiling. “It has answered some of the questions we’ve been asking since 2006. Questions like ‘…What bloodlines cross best with each of the great Silver Spurs stallions?’” Perhaps Michael and Michelle still don’t have all the answers to the breeding secrets they want to unravel but wow! … what a great start!
Sale day on Saturday morning broke clear and pleasant at the Rio Verde address of Silver Spurs. The Miola’s and their staff were busy before dawn with last minute details and baths, of course, for all 27 yearlings. The crowd began gathering late morning and soon took farm tours, visited with stallions and staff and enjoyed a delightful barbeque at noon. The sale started a little after 1 pm with a presentation of some of the most famous of the 19 stallions that Silver Spurs stands, including NRHA Million Dollar Sire, Conquistador Whiz; NRHA Triple Crown Sire, Spooks Gotta Gun, and NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion, Big Chex To Cash. Both Spooks Gotta Gun (Grays Starlight x Katie Gun) and Smoking Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Glendas A Smokingun) were well represented in the auction with the six Smoking Whiz lots bringing $131,200 and averaging just under $22,000. The sale’s high selling filly and second high selling colt, USS Hamster, were both sired by Smoking Whiz.
In all, the 19 colts and 8 fillies sold for $465,400, averaging $17,237. Most of the highest prices came in the last lots of the sale. High selling filly was Hamsters Spooknspark by Smoking Whiz out of Spook Off Sparks (LTE: $142,339). Selling as lot 25, she brought $38,500. Her half-sister by Conquistador Whiz, Whiz Off Sparks, was second high selling filly and brought $30,000. Both fillies, and four other lots in the sale, went to Andrea Fappani. Andrea rode Spook Off Sparks during her stellar reining career. The fillies are her first two foals.
Talk about saving the best for last … high selling youngster in the auction was Lot 28, the last horse sold. The handsome Palomino, Pepto Lou Lena (x Spark N Loulena by Shining Spark) is a son of the NCHA Open Super Stakes Champion, One Time Pepto, sire of earners of over 7 million dollars. The colt went to Todd Crawford’s barn near Oklahoma City.
It was a nearly perfect day at Silver Spurs. The Arizona temperature hovered in the 70’s, the company was delightful and the yearlings of consistent high quality. Miola’s are expecting 39 foals in 2015 and they’re already planning next November’s gathering. But don’t be too surprised if they offer something new and innovative in 2015. It’s the Silver Spurs Equine way.