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It’s Time For The 36th Annual Gallop Stallion Services Auction

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It’s just around the corner, don’t miss this year’s Gallop Stallion Service Auction presented by Rhodes River Ranch and held at Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Sunday, January 27th. The event will kick off at 12 Noon PST, which gives penty of time for both our National and International bidders to call in their bids! All stallions & auction items will be presented on 30’ screens inside the Pavilion at Northern Quest. Plus the Auction is broadcast live on our website, www.GallopAution.com so bidders can call in their bids by calling in and speaking to an operator.

Gallop would like to congratulate their Top High Selling services from the 2018 auction. The highest selling service (tied for the first time this year) was between Lazy Loper & VS Code Red! Laurie Peterson of West Des Moines, Iowa purchased Lazy Loper service. VS Code Red’s service was purchased for the same amount, $2,300 by William Evans of Crouse, North Carolina. The second highest selling service was Shiners Voodoo DR, purchased for $2,250 by Brittina Klarin of Agua Dulce, California. Gallop’s third highest selling service was VS Flatline at $2,200, purchased by Ronald Wheeler of Quincy, Illinois. And, tied for fourth Highest Service at $2,000, No Doubt Im Lazy, purchased by Joe Kimmel of Broughton, Illinois, and Dual Smart Rey purchased by Ronald Wheeler of Quincy, Illinois.

Gallop would also like to thank all of the owners of the 2018 line-up. Their support and dedication to Gallop’s mission has helped the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest continue to help families in crisis, who have travelled to be near their child in a hospital and need a place to stay. A big ‘thank you’ goes out to all the breeders who have participated in bidding on Gallop’s fine stallions!

This is your opportunity to help a family in need! Be sure to attend one of the Nation’s most successful fundraising Equine events, either in person or online! Gallop is ranked as one of the best events to purchase Stallion Services in the country! Each year the Stallion line-up gets better and new stallion owners join the ranks! This year Gallop has stallions from Washington, Texas, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, Alabama, and Idaho.

Stallion breeding fees range from $500 to $4100 per service. “We like to keep a pocketbook range so everyone has a chance to be a part of the Gallop event and helping our mission, as well as raising the bar of their breeding program” explained Gallop Event Coordinator, Barbara Turner.

This year’s event offers 36 World Champion stallions! Many others are Reserve World, Congress, NCHA, and NRHA Champions. There are three stallions that are 6, 7, 9, and 12 time World Champions!

Many will recognize the Stallion names, as they are leading sires of their breed and have produced multiple World and Reserve World Champion offspring. You will have the opportunity to purchase services to some of the finest Halter, Western Pleasure, Hunt Seat, Working Cow, Cutting, and Reining stallions in the world! The 2019 stallion line-up is complete, and the website is being updated daily with our non-service auction items. This is a great time to do your homework on transported semen costs, mare care facilities and breeding procedures for stallions and ranches that are of interest to you. It also gives you an opportunity to research the stallions. If you are considering transporting semen, make sure you research the process and contact the stallion owner to confirm costs and what their “Live Foal Guarantee” consists of. Those costs will be between the successful bidder and the stallion owners or breeding farms. Visit the Gallop website for more information, www.GallopAuction.com.

Can’t make it to the event in person? Pre-bidding is currently being accepted, or you can bid the day of the Auction by calling our toll-free number and speaking to an operator, starting at 11am. Watch the event live on our website, www.GallopAuction.com and have your credit card ready! Be sure to call in your bid one or two services prior to the service you are interested in.

Not going to be near a computer? On the road, working or hauling home from a horse show? Don’t worry, let Barb Turner know and arrangements can be made for your bid prior to services hitting the auction block!

Gallop would like to acknowledge their event underwriter, Rhodes River Ranch, who is proudly presenting the auction for the 19th year. Rhodes River Ranch is located at the foothills of the Cascades, just an hour and a half north of SeaTac in beautiful Arlington, Washington. The Ranch is dedicated to breeding, raising and training future World Champion performance horses, and providing top quality service to their clients. They also offer some of the finest performance prospects with bloodlines such as, Peptoboonsmal, High Brow Cat, Smart Chic Olena, Dual Rey, Gunner, Smart Little Lena, Topsail Whiz, CD Olena, Soula Jule Star, Nic It In The Bud, Starlights Joy, Shine By The Bay, TR Dual Rey, CD Lights, Shine Like Hail, Magnum Chic Dream, and their top AQHA World Champion Reining stallion, Whizkey N Diamonds. They welcome visitors to tour their site and contact them for more information regarding a service, one of their stallions, sales or just to visit! To learn more about the Ranch, go to www.RhodesRiverRanch.com. The Gallop Charity Auction is indebted to Jean Rhodes and all other sponsors for making the Gallop Auction possible.

Just as outstanding as the breeding services are the non-service packages! These items are auctioned in-between breeding services and are a chance for anyone to get involved, not just those in the equine industry! They will be adding non-service items to their website right up to days before the event, so check the website frequently!

Some of the non-service items donated include a one night, two day all-inclusive Dude Ranch vacation at K-Diamond-K Guest Ranch located in Republic, Washington. A Hells Canyon wild River Jet Boat tour for two donated from Killgore Adventures. Professionally framed artwork donated by the Picture Peddler; a Limited Edition framed art piece by artist, Bev Doolittle. A weekend getaway package at Northern Quest Resort & Casino including a one night stay, dinner at their five star restaurant, and a companion massage at their spa. An overnight stay in a historical luxury Inn Suite located in the heart of Leavenworth, which includes a white water rafting trip, followed by a BBQ. And the always popular ‘Painted Ponies & Jewelery’ package from the artists themselves, Vickie Knepper-Adrian and Lynn Bean. Added new to the list above comes a donated Green Mountain Grills/Davy Crockett ultimate portable pellet grill, which includes a digital WiFi controller, a meat probe, a peaked lid for rib racks, a convenience tray with utensil hooks, and Sense-Mate, a thermal sensor which constantly monitors grill temperature. The grill can run on 12V or 120AC so it’s perfect for home or camping, tailgating, hunting, house-boating, music festivals or anywhere you can take it! The Davy Crockett weighs 68 pounds and features foldable legs so that it can be easily placed in the trunk of any car, dually truck, or more importantly… your horse trailer! Indebted, Gallop would like to thank their new donor and supporter, FMI Equipment in Spokane.

Are you an avid Golfer? Maybe you’d be interested in bidding on a Scotland Championship Golfing trip? This experience includes: two rounds of golf for two on your choice of six select golf courses: Kingsbarns Golf Links, Prestwick Golf Club Links, St Andrews Links’ Castle Course, Royal Troon Golf Club’s Old Course, Carnoustie Golf Links’ Championship Course, or Fairmont St Andrews’ Torrance Course; four-night stay in a standard Fairmont room at the Fairmont St Andrews Resort; daily full Scottish breakfast for two; and a five-day rental of a mid-size car.

How about making a special memory for your loved one, take them to see the seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood’s Live “Cry Pretty Tour 360” in 2019. This package includes: two lower level tickets to Carrie Underwood in concert at your choice of venue; a two-night stay in a standard guest room at a Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton or comparable hotel, and round-trip coach class airfare for two within the 48 contiguous U.S.

Feel like doing something adventurous? Consider taking a trip to Spain to see the ‘Running of the Bulls!’ This Experience Includes: a guided walking tour of the ‘Running of the Bulls’ balcony viewing; opportunities to run with the bulls; three night stay in Pamplona, two night stay in San Sebastian; and round trip first class rail tickets from Pamplona to San Sebastian, Spain.

Calling itself truly “The Last Best Place,” The Resort at Paws Up is offering you a chance to stay at their 5 star rated Resort! This vacation package will include: A certificate for two adults. Certificate includes lodging taxes and resort fee. Three day, two-night complimentary stay in an exquisitely appointed Meadow Home for two guests. Complimentary daily meal plans for two guests. Certificate includes on property transportation during stay, and one complimentary half-day activity for two guests.

Back by popular demand, you are going to have the opportunity to bid on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Enjoy an Ocean View stateroom for two for a 4 or 5 night cruise to the Bahamas or the Caribbean, available year-round! Your ocean view stateroom includes two twin beds, which can be converted to a queen, vanity area, private bathroom and picture window or porthole. Details on all these vacation packages are located on the Gallop website at www.GallopAuction.com.

The excitement doesn’t end here! There is always our silent auction too! Items on the tables will include: tickets to Triple Play & Silverwood Theme Parks; dining certificates and North 40 gift cards; a $425+ pair of Hathorn’s Rancher Boots, top of the line White’s Boots; multiple Valentine’s gifts; Ariat, Tin Haul, Roper and Wrangler attire, beautiful gift baskets, wool blend & felt saddle blankets; Boot Barn Western purses, South Western decor, Navajo saddle blanket; a complete bathroom set of horse art accessories; beautiful southwest home decor; watches, jewelery, Rawhide Rommel Reins; Futurity show bridle, tooled Headstall; silver spurs, and much, much more!

If at all possible, make a trip out to Northern Quest and watch our Opening Ceremony at Noon. Witness the stage come alive with entertainment that will astound you!

Gallop welcomes back actress, singer, and recording artist, Valerie Jeanne. She has been performing at Gallop and entertaining countless children for 18 years. Valerie is a powerhouse vocalist from the Pacific Northwest. Her singing career began at the age of three and has been captivating listeners with her amazing voice ever since. She has opened for major name acts such as Freddie Fender, Sherrie Austin, Big House, and Doug Supernaw. She has performed at private parties entertaining guests like Wayne Newton and Jack Hannah. Valerie also had the honor to work with Oscar and Academy Award winning actress and legend Patty Duke in The Traditions of Christmas Musical. She was a headliner performing a tribute to the vocal giant Celine Dion in a Vegas style production called Showstoppers Live, and also performed a tribute as Carrie Underwood in Las Vegas. Valerie is an award-winning singer who competed in the San Francisco rounds of the X-Factor, Nashville’s Charlie Daniel’s Talent Round Up, and the Spokane Frog FM Country music vocalist contest where she took first place. Valerie is thrilled to announce a new single entitled “Rainbow After The Storm.” Michelle McCammond and Mellad Abeid wrote this song for her to sing in light of her stage-three Breast Cancer battle. “Rainbow After The Storm” has recently hit #1 on Christian Music Weekly and charted in the top-forty on Nashville Christian Connection Chart. Her story and single have appeared on KHQ, KREM 2, KXLY, and FOX 28’s Good Day Gotta Hear This. Valerie, finished recording her second song, “This Side of Crazy”, written by Michelle McCammond and Luke Yates. Most recently Valerie was a featured guest artist on K102 Country “Morning Stampede Show”. She is a performer not to be missed!

Participating for her third year, Gallop is honoured in welcoming back the very talented recording artist, Christy Lee. This girl can sing! She placed in the top-three for the Inland Northwest’s “Best Of.” The gritty texture of Christy Lee’s voice is one of the best you’ll hear! She has lived in Nashville recording and performing regularly in music venues and on Broadway. Over the past seven years, Christy Lee has been in and out of Nashville pursuing her music career, touring and sharing the stage with the likes of Rascal Flatts, Randy Houser, Franky Ballard, Hunter Hayes, Bryan White and Blake Shelton! Music is not a hobby for Christy, it a career (filling the days in her life) and a family affair that began at the urging of her beloved father. She wows audiences wherever she performs.

A vital addition to this year’s Gallop event (by popular demand), is singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist, Nick Canger. Nick recorded and released an old Tim McGraw song that was written by Tommy Barnes called, “When She Wakes Up and Finds Me Gone.” To date, Nick has played with Gary Chapman, Michael Peterson, Jason Michael Carrol, Luke Yates, and many more. You can hear Nick singing on the radio, and on the tongues of his fans young and old. His music can be followed on iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, Reverb Nation, and live at this year’s 2019 Gallop Event! Nick leaves his talented mark on stage every time he performs. If you haven’t heard him yet, do not miss out on one of Country Music’s best acts at the 2019 Opening Ceremony of the Gallop Stallion Services Auction!

Joining the entertainment for this years 2019 ‘Opening Ceremony’ comes well noted singer, writer, drummer and composer Jesse Quandt. Jesse started playing guitar and singing at the age of four. Being strongly influenced by classic, outlaw country, and classic rock, he thrived in learning from the greats. Adding drums to his repertoire, Jesse became well versed in jazz as well as classical, but never let go of his country roots. Shortly after the start of the war in Iraq, Jesse put his musical aspirations on hold and joined the Army. He served just shy of ten years. No matter the post, he never went anywhere without his guitar. On his final overseas tour, Jesse began writing and composing his own original musical works. Within weeks of returning home to the States, Jesse was booked and performing professionally. From being billed in small bars, state fairs, music festivals, Jesse has gone on to open for award-winning artists and national touring acts, and has developed a devout following. His music follows themes of the blue collar worker, heartache, life, and love. Jesse’s energetic style of blending country with rock, blues and soul, always gives something for the listener to enjoy. Whether playing an intimate accoustic show, or an astounding, energy-packed live event, Jesse Quandt never fails to deliver true entertainment. Gallop is excited to have him join the ranks of helping RMHC families!

All of this excitement and support helps the Gallop Stallion Services Auction meet its primary goal of raising funds to help the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest continue their mission of helping hundreds of families. Check out all of this year’s performers on Gallop’s Facebook page, or on our website, www.GallopAuction.com.

Imagine if your child was sick. What would you do if you had to fly to a hospital in a different city far from your home? Would you know where to go? When you arrived at the hospital, where would you put your extra clothes? Where would you shower? Where would you wash your clothes? Who would you turn to for help? These and many other questions are all answered daily by the volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest.

Families are provided temporary lodging, comfort and support while their children are accessing medical services and overcoming medical struggles. The house provides a consistent and caring helping hand, lessening the mental and financial strain on families. It allows them to focus on the most important thing … supporting their children. They give families the ability to spend more time with their children, to interact with their doctors, and to make important decisions about their child’s care. Fortunately, people like you, help support the mission when you participate in the Gallop Event! Your generosity provides more than a wonderful afternoon at the Gallop Event… it offers a home away from home for hundreds of families, that is a gift that is truly priceless!

Even a Ronald McDonald House child understands the gift of giving as being truly priceless…
At the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest, six-year-old Santana’s face lights up as he remembers the day that Wigs for Kids came to visit. Two of his friends, Gabby and Stephania, had recently shaved their heads and were quiet and sad. All of that changed for a few minutes when they were handed their wigs. For Santana, this triggered an idea: he decided that he would grow out his hair and donate it so that other kids with cancer could experience the same kind of joy.

Such empathy would be impressive for any 6-year-old, but even more so for one in Santana’s shoes. Just weeks before, what doctors originally thought were attention problems and heartburn turned out to be Leukemia. In the blink of an eye Santana was pulled out of school in his distant city, and sent to Spokane for a blood transfusion. During his treatment he stayed at the Ronald McDonald House off and on for the next thirty-nine months.

When Santana’s hair started falling out he and his dad Homar shaved their heads together. When Santana’s hair started growing back he told his dad about his plan and informed him that he too needed to grow out his hair. Homar couldn’t argue. Their act of kindness inspired twenty two other family members and friends, who also decided to grow their hair out to donate to kids with cancer.
Santana finished his treatment and was officially declared cancer free in January 2015. That same month, he, his dad, and friends and family worked with a local barber who donated their time and space for a hair donation party. In total, the fundraiser brought in almost $2,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest, as well as enough hair for many, many wigs.

Santana’s desire to help stems from a simple motivation: despite the difficult circumstances that brought him to Spokane, many of his happiest memories from those three years were at the Ronald McDonald House. He remembers the dance parties he and his friends would have when someone was having a bad day, hanging out with his friend David in the Sponge Bob room, and his Grandma coming to the House to make him tamales.  Despite being sick and tired, he felt surrounded by a community of people who understood and were there to lift him up during the tough times.

As Santana’s mom Michelle puts it, “If it wasn’t for the Ronald McDonald House of the Inland Northwest, we wouldn’t have made it.” This was the least we could do to help pay it forward…You need to love on each other. It’s the only way you get through.” That empathy and compassion are traits clearly passed on to Santana, and felt by the hundreds of families who will benefit from his kindness.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest is grateful to Gallop’s sponsors, donors, committee members, stallion owners, and bidders for their support in both the Ronald McDonald House Charities mission and Gallop Auction.

Since the start of the Gallop event in 1983, the auction has raised $2,070,789.79 in its mission of supporting local charities.

You can be a part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities family too and make a direct impact on the life of a child today. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest looks forward to seeing you all at the Gallop Stallion Service Auction on Sunday, January, 27, at Noon for a “Fun”-raising event. For more information about Gallop, or the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest, please contact Barbara Turner at 509-990-4167.

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