Dates and Schedule of Events:
Please Note: The dates are certain but some times and events are preliminary and may change by sale time.
The 2018 Sale will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. Public activities begin the day before, Friday, June 1st, when the gates open at 3:00 PM. Come and browse the arena to see the horses and watch them ride in an unofficial preview throughout the afternoon. Diamond-McNabb and consignment riders will be at the arena grounds and are glad to answer your questions about individual horses. A barbecue dinner is served about 5:00 PM while supplies hold out; at 6:00 PM Ken will offer a horsemanship demonstration and training tips.
Saturday morning (Sale Day) the doors will open about 8 o'clock. By 9:00 AM riders will start taking the sale horses through an official preview sessions. Lunch will be available from a simple concession and from the barebcue caterer beginning at 11:00 AM.
At 12:30 on Saturday the sale announcements are made and the first horse of the afternoon will be brought into the sale ring to open the sale at 1:00 PM. We expect to proceed directly through to the final horse without interruption.
Throughout the public hours of the event, the Ken McNabb Horsemanship storefront in the arena facility will be open to offer you instructional materials, hand-chosen tack items and a selection of apparel. We will also have some Diamond-McNabb logo items, western gifts and home items in the Powderhorn Ranch Gifts shop. Sunday morning, feel free to return to the arena for a 9:30 Cowboy Church service and conversation with riders and guests as our annual event winds down. We look forward to seeing you!
Auctioneer and Bidding Methods
Please remember that you may have to contact your bank or credit card company prior to the sale to make payment arrangements.
Most companies will be closed on sale day to the weekend date.
Once again we expect to welcome Ty Thompson of Billings, MT to call the sale. Ty is a well-experienced, professional and reputable auctioneer. Always a contender and frequent finalist in past years, he won the Livestock Marketing Association's World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in 2009.
Internet bidding and telephone bidding will both be available. We find that it is best for people to attend in person but if you can't make it, we will do our best to help you locate and bid on a horse that fits you.
Online bidding will be hosted by DV Auction, which pairs a live video of the sale ring with an audio track that you can watch and hear on your computer. If you would like to bid online on sale day, please pre-register at www.dvauction.com in advance. Registration is free but horses that are purchased by a winning bid using the online service do incur a service charge to pay for the costs of the webcast. More information can be found at www.DVAuction.com.
Phone bidding is accomodated through a live conference call that is hosted by Tomahawk Ranch manager, Doug Moore. Doug has had over 7 years of experience with handling phone bids and will help to keep you informed of the sale ring bidding and represent your phone bids as the horses sell through the auction. If you plan on calling in to bid via telephone, please pre-register with us. To register call Jennifer at 307-233-3905 or email her at JenniferG@wyodiamond.com.
All horses entering the sale ring will sell (subject to $2,000 minimum bid for saddle age horses) -- we expect very few occurences of 'no sales' or 'pass outs'. Please be sure to read the terms and conditions of the sale in the official annual catalog, as well as the details of our Good Fit Guarantee (included in the Terms of the Sale). These terms apply to all bidders, even if you don't read them (so please read them).
Sale Location and Directions
Please Note: Most cell phones do not work at the ranch and GPS directions have not been reliable.
For best results, follow the directions laid out here on our website.
The sale takes place at the Powderhorn Ranch along state highway 91, also known as Cold Springs Road. It is approximately 30 minutes from Douglas, Wyoming and 1 hour, 15 minutes from Casper, Wyoming. You can view an interactive vicinity map HERE. Written driving directions are as follows:
From the Casper Area:
Traveling South on I-25, take the LaPrele Creek Exit (#146) and turn right at the end of the ramp, then immediately left. Stay on this frontage road (state hwy 96) for about 3 miles until you reach the intersection with Cold Springs Road, marked as state Hwy 91. Turn right onto the Cold Springs Road. You will go by the LaPrele Reservoir and the Tomahawk Ranch, both on your right. Stay on this Cold Springs Road until you reach the end of the pavement (approximately 25 to 30 minutes). At the end of the pavement, you will continue straight on the dirt road for approximately 1/2 mile until you see an iron sign for the Powderhorn Ranch and a gravel turn-in on your right hand side. Turn here over the cattleguard and follow the signs for the arena (right over the next cattleguard, past the houses and continue down the hill. At the bottom of the hill, the arena will be located over your right shoulder; turn right over the cattleguard and you can't miss it.)
From the Douglas Area:
Traveling North on I-25, exit towards Douglas, WY at Exit #140. At the end of a long ramp is an intersection with a stop light; turn right onto Riverbend Road. On your right, watch for Esterbrook Road (state hwy 94) and turn right, passing under the interstate. On your right in about 1 mile, turn right onto Chalk Buttes Road (county 9) and continue for about 4 miles until you reach the intersection with Cold Springs Rd (state hwy 91). Turn left here onto Cold Springs Rd and continue until the pavement ends- approximately 20 minutes. When you reach the end of the pavement, continue straight on the dirt road for approximately 1/2 mile until you see an iron sign for the Powderhorn Ranch and a gravel turn-in on your right hand side. Turn here over the cattleguard and follow the signs for the arena (right over the next cattleguard, past the houses and continue down the hill. At the bottom of the hill, the arena will be located over your right shoulder; turn right over the cattleguard and you can't miss it.)
The nearest commercial airport to the sale is the Natrona County International Airport in Casper, WY (code CPR). We have daily service through Denver (United) and Salt Lake City (Delta).
Accommodations, Weather Conditions and Parking
If you're planning on driving out to join us, you can see what we may commonly have for weather around sale time by referring to the Weather Underground Trip Planner. The first week in June is still considered late Springtime in our neck of the woods, but the weather is usually decent. Road conditions can be checked at WyoRoad.Info or by tuning to AM radio 1610.
Vehicle and trailer parking are available at the ranch. Please follow the signs and use the designated spaces as we carefully alot the arena parking to be able to accomodate the number of guests that we are expecting. There are RV lots in and around Douglas (there is a KOA near exit 140 off of I-25) but we do not have RV hoookups at the ranch.
In Douglas: There are numerous hotels in Casper and Douglas, including Sleep Inn of Douglas (307-358-2777), Hampton Inn & Suites of Douglas (307-358-0707) and Holiday Inn Express of Douglas (307-358-4500). For more lodging choices, please contact the Douglas Chamber & Visitor Information Center at 307-358-4500 or 877-410-6687.
In Casper: Casper offers many hotel choices along I-25, including the Holiday Inn Casper-East McMurray Park (307-577-5000). Additional selections on the east end of town (nearest the ranch) include the Sleep Inn 307-235-3100; the C’mon Inn 307-472-6300, the Ramkota 307-266-6000 and the Parkway Plaza at 307-235-1777. Contact the Casper Area Visitors Bureau at 800-852-1889. Online, you can visit the Casper Area Visitors Bureau or Douglas Area Visitor Information.
Diamond-McNabb is not in partnership with and does not endorse any transportation companies. Third-party horse haulers will be available to transport horses; please make your own arrangements. In May we will provide a "Transportation Exchange" page on this website where individuals can offer eachother a trailer pool or make private arrangements to share hauling expenses. Please note that the required paperwork for horses leaving the USA may take several weeks to process in the state lab.
Requesting A Catalog By Mail
To request a catalog by postal mail or to receive a periodic newsletter by email, please use the form on the contact page.
Horse Sale Terms & Conditions
Please see the 2017 catalog for terms, conditions and our guarantees of Soundness and Good Fit. Thank you.