History of the Sask 50 50
The Sask 50/50's first sale and futurity was held in the fall of 1995 with a sale of weanlings & then yearlings. They held a 2 yr old jack-pot futurity in 1995.
The Sask 50/50's first president was Les Cochrane, auctioneer – Brad Stenberg & Judy Cochrane was Sale's Clerk. The first few shows were held in combination with the Sask. Stakes and Futurities in Moose Jaw, which helped in cost sharing.
In 2000 the Sask 50/50 changed their futurity structure from the sale of weanlings and riding 2 yr olds – to what it is today of selling yearlings and riding 3 yr olds. They changed their fall event into a late spring event. It was felt that the spring was a more marketable time for broke 3 yr olds. The 2000 sale of yearlings was held in Regina Exhibition Park. The yearlings sold at this sale joined the group of 33 weanlings that had been sold in the fall of 1999 and they all were eligible to compete in the 2002 futurity. 40% of the 2000 sale money was added to the $15,390. purse established from the 1999 sale. They held a 3 yr old jack-pot futurity in 2000. The horses that had been sold in 1998 (which normally would've competed in the fall of this year) would compete the following spring as 3 yr olds.
From 2001 to 2010 the spring sale and 3 yr old futurity was held in Moose Jaw.
In 2011 the sale & futurity was moved ahead to mid August. It continues to sell yearlings and ride 3 yr olds. They have combined their event with the AQHA Ranch Horse Versatility event held in August. Another important factor in the decision to move the date, was partially because of competitors request for more time to prepare their horses in the spring.