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It’s Time For The 37th Annual Gallop Stallion Services Auction

It’s just around the corner! Whatever you do, 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 26th. Doors open at 11am, and the event will begin at 12 Noon PST. This gives plenty of time for both our National and International bidders to call in their bids! All stallions & auction items will be displayed on 30’ screens inside the Pavilion at Northern Quest. Plus the Auction will be broadcast live on our website, www.GallopAuction.com so bidders can call in their bids and talk to an operator.

Gallop would like to congratulate their Top High Selling services from the 2019 auction. The Highest Selling Service was AQHA/APHA Stallion, Spooks Gotta Gun. His service was purchased for $2,300 by Jill Hall of Boswell, Indiana. Second Highest Selling Service was VS Code Red. His service sold for $2,100 to Steve Heckman of Aubrey, Texas. Gallop’s Third Highest Selling Service was a tie between VS Flatline and No Doubt Im Lazy at $1,900. VS Flatline’s service was purchased by Todd Michael of Findley, Ohio, who also purchased No Doubt Im Lazy’s service. And, Gallop’s Fourth Highest Selling Service was Its A Southern Thing at $1,800, purchased by Chris Mozal of Allenton, Michigan.

Gallop would also like to thank all of the owners of the 2019 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, New York, 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 39 World Champion stallions! Many others are Reserve World, Congress, NCHA, NSBA, and NRHA Champions. There are three stallions that are 6, 7, and 9 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 2020 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 on 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 20th 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! We will be adding non-service items to the website right up to 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. Professionally framed artwork donated by the Picture Peddler; a Hells Canyon Wild River Jet Boat tour for two donated from Killgore Adventures; a hard to find hand signed Limited Edition Canvas Print by well known artist, Henri Peter; 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, and the always popular ‘Painted Ponies & Jewelry’ package from the artists themselves.

Are you due for a vacation? Maybe you’d be interested in bidding on a Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive 4-night stay in a king or double room for (2), at the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta. The package includes round-trip coach class airfare for (2) from the (48) contiguous U.S. to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

How about being adventurous, creating special memories with Gallop’s ‘Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway Package. The package includes: (2) lower level seats to your chosen regular season MLB, NBA, NFL, or NHL game, or (2) grounds passes to a non-major PGA golf tournament; two-night weekend stay in a standard room at a Hyatt, Marriott, Sheraton, Wyndham or comparable; and round-trip coach class airfare for (2) within the (48) contiguous U.S. and Canada.

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 your 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.

Are your plans to transport semen to your mare this breeding season? Is your veterinarian hospital accomplished in the reproduction knowledge of transported cooled and frozen semen? At McKinlay & Peters Equine Hospital, Dr. Jed McKinlay takes pride in leading their Reproduction Center. Their business was built largely around reproduction and Dr. McKinlay’s specialty continues to be a mainstay of their practice. The Reproduction Centre is located in Colbert, Washington and is state of the art for breeding stallions, mare coverage and foaling out offspring. Dr. McKinlay offers exceptional quality reproductive services. McKinlay & Peters Equine Hospital utilizes the most up-to-date techniques in caring for mares with fertility issues. Year after year, many mare owners return to have their mares artificially inseminated with transported fresh cooled or frozen semen. Their reproduction centre’s excellent results and professional care is second to none in the northwest. They are a Select Breeders Services Affiliate Lab. This Affiliation holds them to the highest standards in semen preparation, handling and storage in the industry.

McKinlay & Peters has joined the ranks in their compassion for families who need to be with their child while receiving medical aid in a hospital. They will be offering a special breeding package in Gallop’s line up of non-service auction items.

Please follow details on this package on the Stallion Service Auctions official website at: www.gallopauction.com Gallop is indebted to MPEH Reproduction Centre for their compassion and support!

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 $525+ pair of Hathorn’s Rancher Boots, top of the line White’s Boots; multiple Valentine’s gifts; Ariat, Roper and Wrangler attire; beautiful gift baskets; saddle blankets; Boot Barn Western purses; South Western décor; Pendleton throw; Horse Blanket; two $50 bags of Acti-Flex Pellets, a highly palatable alfalfa-based pellet that supports healthy joint function and connective tissues in all classes of horses; Limited Edition Art; Martin Over & Under Barrel Harness & pink and navy roping knotted nylon braided barrel reins, Bev Doolittle framed art; genuine goat hide throw, rug, or wall decor; jewelry and much, much more!

Don’t miss the 2020 Gallop 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! Valerie is a powerhouse vocalist! She started her singing career at age three & has been captivating listeners ever since. She’s a Nashville charting artist with her hit single, “Rainbow After The Storm.” The song hit # 1 on The Christian Music Weekly Country Chart, written by Michelle McCammond & Mellad Abeid. Being a cancer survivor, Valerie’s story & singles have appeared most recently on KSPS Northwest Profiles that aired throughout last summer & fall. It played leading up to the documentary on the ‘History Of Country Music’ by Ken Burns. She’s also been featured on KHQ, KREM 2, KXLY, & Fox 28 ‘Good Day Gotta Hear This,’ additionally appearing as a guest artist on, ‘The Morning Stampede on K102 Country.’ Being on a regular rotation on 89.9 KYMS, Valerie’s a very versatile vocalist who covers many genres. She headlined for the Vegas Style Show “Showstoppers Live,” performing tributes to vocal giants, Celine Dion, and Carrie Underwood in Las Vegas. Throughout the year you’ll find Valerie hard at work on stage, in the studio, making appearances on television networks, and doing live radio interviews & production shows. Gallop is excited and honoured to have Valerie Jeanne returning to the stage for her 18th year! When it comes to this artist … you know instantly that she is grateful to God to be alive and has a new song in her heart!

Participating in her fourth year, Gallop is honored 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 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’s a career, filling her days, and a family affair that began at the urging of her beloved father. She wows audiences wherever she performs.

Back by popular demand, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist, Nick Canger returns to Gallop! 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 2020 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 2020 Opening Ceremony of the Gallop Stallion Services Auction!

Back for this years 2020 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 acoustic show, or an astounding, energy-packed live event, Jesse Quandt never fails to deliver true entertainment. Gallop is excited to have him back helping RMHC families!

New to the stage this year, Gallop’s welcomes Justine Griffin. She is a classically trained violinist. Justine is a local violinist born and raised in Spokane. Justine started playing the violin at the age of ten-years old. She played for the Spokane Youth Symphony as a child and Gonzaga University Orchestra during her junior year in High School. Her passion is playing improvisation with a little fiddle and a wide range of genres from rock, to country, to pop.

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.

Nathan’s story: When Nathan was two-years-old, his mom Carina found a lump on his neck. She took him to the doctor and after running numerous tests they received the diagnosis of cancer. Before they could fully comprehend what was happening, the family was on their way to Spokane, far from home, for treatment.

With the help of compassionate medical providers and surrounded by family, Nathan waged a courageous battle with cancer including surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. After long days of treatment, Nathan, Carina and his new baby sister Lily found rest, comfort, and support at their ‘home away from home’, at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest.

For 267 days the RMHC was their house until he passed away peacefully at the age of three. His beautiful smile lives in the hearts of many.

Ronald McDonald House of the Inland Northwest provides temporary lodging, comfort and support for families with children accessing medical services. They additionally support related efforts to improve children’s health.

The Ronald McDonald House is much more than a room to stay in. When families are close to the hospital, this facilitates more time with their child and more frequent interaction with their clinical care team which helps them better participate in the care decisions.

Additionally, families staying at the house have free laundry facilities; shuttle rides to and from the hospital, frequent meals prepared by volunteers through our Make-A-Meal program and much more.

Over 60% of the families who stay at the house had no idea that they would need the Ronald McDonald House Charities services just 24 hours prior to arriving. Many arrive via helicopter or ambulance. Approximately 57% of the families staying at the house with a premature infant or newborn with complications, 13% to receive specialized oncology treatment for their children, and 30% due to trauma or another illness.

Families are able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House free of charge thanks to the generosity of events such as the Gallop. A family’s average length of stay is 26 days.

Exciting news is about to happen for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest! A new expansion will be completed this January/February.

More families than ever were seeking lodging at RMHC of the Inland Northwest’s current 22-room House. On average, 14 families a day were being turned away and placed on a waiting list. A ten-year historic data revealed up to 336 families were turned away making a 5,110 nights lodging shortage annually. A capital campaign to raise funding was put into action. In 2018, after strategic planning, site exploration and community input, RMHC of the Inland Northwest broke ground on their big dream: a second House right across the street will now be opening in January 2020.

This second house will be able to provide an additional 2,410 nights of lodging per year serving 700 additional families. It will include 34 rooms, including 10 suites designed for long-term stays; gathering spaces that create community and connection between families; 8 kitchens where families can cook their own comfort food and special treats; and a larger kitchen where community volunteers can prepare and serve meals and cookies; Laundry, library, movie room, exercise facilities and quiet study and respite areas; indoor and outdoor play areas for all ages; outdoor patios for grilling, dining and relaxing; welcoming guest check-in and lobby area; and a covered and secure parking garage.

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 $2,128,363.80 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 26th, 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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