By: Barbara Turner
Whatever you do, do not miss this year’s Gallop Stallion Service Auction presented by Rhodes River Ranch and held at Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Sunday, January 30th. Doors open at 11am, and the event will begin at 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 played on two 30’ screens inside the Pavilion at Northern Quest. Plus, the Auction will be live streamed on Gallop’s website, www.GallopAuction.com, so bidders can call in their bids to and speak to an operator.
Gallop would like to congratulate their Top High Selling Services from the 2021 auction. The Highest Selling Service was a tie between Spooks Gotta Gun and VS Code Red. For his third consecutive year, AQHA/APHA Stallion, Spooks Gotta Gun’s service sold for $2,500 to Tracie Greco Levy of Farmington, Utah. VS Code Red (a multiple highest seller of services too) sold for $2,500 to Russ Westlake of Enterprise, Oregon. The second Highest Selling Service was Lazy Loper. Always a top seller of Gallop services, Lazy Loper’s service sold for $2,400 to Danny Jenkins of Apex, North Carolina. Gallop’s Third Highest Selling Service was (another consecutive top seller), VS Flatline. His service sold for $2,250 to Brad Johnson of Hoskins, Nebraska, and Gallop’s Fourth Highest Selling Service for a third consecutive year was HF Mobster at $2,000, purchased by Debra Wasik of Sardina, New York.
Gallop would also like to thank all the owners of the 2021 lineup. Their support and dedication to Gallop’s mission have helped the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest continue to help families in crisis who have traveled to be near their child in a hospital and need a place to stay. Gallop thanks all the breeders who have participated in bidding on their 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 rated as one of the best Auction’s (and causes) to purchase Stallion Services in the country! The Stallion lineup gets better each year, and new stallion owners join the ranks! This year Gallop has stallions from Washington, Texas, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Maryland, 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 help our mission, as well as to raise the bar of their breeding program,” explained Gallop Event Coordinator Barbara Turner.
This year’s event offers (33) World Champion stallions, many multiple World Champions! Numerous others are Reserve World, Congress, NCHA, NSBA, and NRHA 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 the finest Halter, Western Pleasure, Hunt Seat, Working Cow, Cutting, and Reining stallions in the world! The 2022 stallion lineup is complete, and the website is updated daily with additional 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 allows you 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.
You need not be present to bid on the services. Pre-bidding is currently being taken, or you can bid on the day of the Auction in the Pavilion by calling Gallop’s toll-free number and speaking to an operator or online starting at 11am PST. Watch the event streamed live on our website, www.GallopAuction.com, and have your credit card ready! Be sure to call in your bid one or two services before the service you are interested in.
Are you not going to be near a computer? Will you be on the road, working, or hauling home from a horse show? Do not worry; contact Barb Turner, and arrangements for your bid before services hit the auction block can be taken!
Gallop would like to acknowledge their event underwriter, Rhodes River Ranch, proudly presenting the Auction for their 23rd 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 to visit! To learn more about the Ranch, go to www.RhodesRiverRanch.com. The Gallop Charity Auction is indebted to Jean Rhodes for presenting the Gallop Event 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! Gallop will post non-service auction items posted 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 presented from Killgore Adventures; a weekend getaway package at Northern Quest Resort and Casino including a one-night stay, dinner at their five-star restaurant, and a companion massage at their spa.
Are you due for a vacation? How about a Churchill Downs VIP Experience. It includes a VIP Private Jockey Club Suite for (2) at Churchill Downs during the Spring, September, or Fall Meets, a race named in your honor & trophy presentation, and a three-night stay in a standard guest room at the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, or comparable hotel.
How about an exciting getaway exploring Key West? This experience includes a three-night stay at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel and round-trip coach class airfare for two people from the (48) contiguous U.S. to Key West, Florida. It is a place that can keep you busy for more than one vacation. Water fun includes snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, and fishing. For land activities, check out local attractions, museums, historical sites, fabulous shopping, and dining, or enjoy golf at the Key West Golf Club. Take a tour on the Trolley to get a good look at the city. Be sure to watch the sunset to enjoy what has become a nightly ritual, as tourists and locals alike salute the sunset and offer a toast to Mother Nature and the magnificent view.
Back by popular demand, you will 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! The ocean view stateroom includes two twin beds, converted to a queen, vanity area, private bathroom, and picture window or porthole. Details on all these vacation packages are on the Gallop website at www.GallopAuction.com.
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. A package that sells for $5,500 booked directly with the resort! This vacation package will include a certificate for two adults, including lodging taxes and resort fees. Two guests have a three-day, two-night complimentary stay in an exquisitely appointed Meadow Home. Complimentary daily meal plans for two guests. The certificate includes property transportation during your visit and one complimentary half-day activity for two guests.
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 around reproduction, and Dr. McKinlay’s specialty continues to be a mainstay of their practice. The Reproduction Centre is 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, mare owners return to have their mares artificially inseminated with transported fresh cooled or frozen semen. Their reproduction center’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 children while receiving medical aid in a hospital. They will be offering a special breeding package in Gallop’s non-service auction items line up. This breeding package will include (7) Days Mare Board; All Ultrasound Exam Fees; Insemination Fees; Uterine Culture Fees; Prostaglandins; Ovulation Induction Drugs; Caslicks if needed; and Pregnancy Diagnosis at 14 Days. Gallop is indebted to MPEH Reproduction Centre for their continued compassion and support!
The excitement does not end here! There is always their silent Auction too! Items on the tables will include Gift baskets, dining certificates, North 40 gift cards; a $525+ pair of top-of-the-line Hawthorn’s Rancher Boots from White’s Boots; multiple Valentine’s gifts; jewelry, throws, bed blankets, and sheets by Pendleton; South-Western Décor; Limited Edition Art and much, much more!
A highlight to this event is Gallop’s Opening Ceremony at Noon. Witness the stage come alive with entertainment that will astound you! You will not want to miss these talented recording artists at the kickoff event at Noon!
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 is 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. A cancer survivor, Valerie’s singles & story 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 additionally was 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 is a 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 will 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 honored to have Valerie Jeanne returning to the stage for her 20th 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!
Gallop is honored to welcome back the incredibly talented recording artist Christy Lee for her sixth year. 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 will 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 Rascal Flatts, Randy Houser, Franky Ballard, Hunter Hayes, Bryan White, and Blake Shelton! Music is not a hobby for Christy; it is a career, filling her days and a family affair that began at the urging of her beloved father. She wows audiences wherever she performs.
By popular demand, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist Nick Canger returns to Gallop! Nick recorded and released an old Tim McGraw song written by Tommy Barnes called “When She Wakes Up and Finds Me Gone.” 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 the tongues of his fans, young and old. You can follow his music on iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, Reverb Nation, and live at this year’s 2022 Gallop Event! Nick leaves his talented mark on stage every time he performs. If you have not heard him yet, do not miss one of Country Music’s best acts at the 2022 Opening Ceremony of the Gallop Stallion Services Auction!
Back again for the Opening Ceremony of Gallop 2022 comes well-noted singer, writer, drummer, and composer Jesse Quandt. Jesse started playing guitar and singing at the age of four. Being 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 and 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. Jesse began writing and composing his original musical works on his final overseas tour. Within weeks of returning home to the States, Jesse had bookings and was performing professionally.
From being booked in small bars, state fairs, and 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 extraordinary, energy-packed live events; Jesse Quandt never fails to deliver authentic entertainment. Gallop is excited to have him back helping RMHC families!
Get ready as renowned singing artist Luke Yates returns this year on the Gallop stage for the Opening Ceremony! He is a Country Music recording artist born and raised in Spokane, Washington, and is one the most talented musicians in the Northwest! With a terrific soulful voice, flawless pianist, and guitar player, Luke has performed over two thousand concerts across the United States. He has performed at many venues, including opening for headlining acts like Keith Anderson and James Otto. Luke was asked to sing the theme song (by Michelle McCammond), God’s Fallen Angels, for the bestselling book, The Execution by Sharon Cramer. The song received worldwide exposure! Luke Yates has been in and out of studios all across the country writing, recording, producing, and he is no stranger to the stage. With everything going on in his music career, Luke still finds time to actively support great missions like the Rypien Foundation, the Northwest Autism Centre, and is no stranger to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest. He included a Ronald McDonald House Charities child (Gabby) into his successfully released video, “Smile,” written by Luke Yates and the talented Michelle McCammond. You are not going to want to miss him!
Returning for his fourth year is Guitarist Ben Rose. Originally from Kansas, Ben began playing guitar at age 17. Upon graduating, he attended Spokane Falls Community College and the Musicians Institute, awarded the ‘Most Outstanding Stylist’ award. He currently teaches music at Learn to Burn Music in Spokane, Washington, and plays with various groups around the area.
To complete this fantastic group of Entertainers is percussionist Nick Halpin. Nick has opened for Lone Star & Craig Morgan. His band, ‘The Last Chance Band”, has a new single out called ‘Dirty.’ They are a top noted band in the Northwest, and we are excited to have him with us at the Gallop Event this year! Gallop is honored that he has come back to perform with a heartfelt belief in the mission of helping the families of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest!
All 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 its mission of helping hundreds of families. Check out all of these performers on Gallop’s Facebook page or our website, www.GallopAuction.com.
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 accessible laundry facilities, shuttle rides to and from the hospital, frequent meals prepared by volunteers through our Make-A-Meal program, and much more.
The Ronald McDonald House is a shelter in the storm, providing over 8,000 nights of lodging each year. Over 60% of the families who stayed there had no idea they would need RMHC services until just (24) hours before arriving. Many arrive via helicopter or ambulance. Approximately 57% of families staying at the House are there with a premature infant or newborn with complications, those needing specialized oncology treatment for their children is 13%, and 30% is due to trauma or another illness. Families can stay at the Ronald McDonald House free of charge thanks to the generosity of events like Gallop supporters. The average length of stay is (26) days.
Gallop’s 2020 Ambassador of Goodwill and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest lost one of their cancer warriors this year. Roberta “Berta” Maestas received her Angel Wings after a two-and-half-year battle with Osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer. For over 16 months, the Ronald McDonald House was her ‘Home-Away-From-Home.” Gallop will be dedicating the 2022 event in tribute to Berta’s memory. Berta’s joyful personality and contagious smile will live on in the hearts of those she crossed paths with. Gallop Coordinator Barb Turner said, ‘Berta’s passing was not an event but instead an indescribable journey of survival. She will continue to be the rainbow in someone’s cloud, and will never be forgotten.’
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest is grateful to Gallop’s sponsors, donors, committee members, stallion owners, and bidders for their support through the Gallop Auction. Since the start of the Gallop event in 1983, the Auction has raised $2,194,017.80 in its mission of supporting two 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. Remember that the money raised from the Gallop helps fight the separation, isolation, and loneliness RMHC families often feel as they travel for their child’s medical care.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest looks forward to seeing you all at the Gallop Stallion Service Auction on Sunday, January 30th, at Noon for a “Fun”-raising event. For more information about Gallop or the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest, please contact Gallop Coordinator Barbara Turner, 509-990-4167.