Riata Buckle Proxy Horses’ Potential Impact and Rope Horse Breeding with Melanie Smith

by | Apr 7, 2023 | The Score

Sunday, April 9th’s Select Online Sales will offer the Relentless Remuda’s first set of Show Me The Buckles colts out of the program’s proven mares, as well as ICSI aspirations out of their legendary mares like Relentless Glory, HA Jackie The Gypsy and A Gypsy Soul. Melanie Smith—founder of Solo Select—talks to The Score Host Chelsea Shaffer about where the rope horse market is in 2023, and how Select Online Sales can help push the rope horse business forward.

The sale comes just days after the Riata Buckle announced its proxy horse program, allowing ropers to compete in the 2023 $2.5-million November event if they can prove they’ve bred to a Riata stallion in 2023 or own a weanling, yearling, 2- or 3-year-old colt by a Riata stallion. Offering some of the premier weanlings in the industry, Easter’s weekend’s Select Online Sale might just be the least expensive way for anyone to get a shot at roping at the Riata.

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