Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

August 4, 2013

Still in rhythm

One of auctioneering’s few female callers is called out of retirement to help friend, charity

By BRIAN SMITH

True friends are few and far between in this world. Shelly Mowery and Norma Sanders would qualify as those.

The two women have known each other since 1990 when Mowery was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, located at that time in Hereford, Texas, as a cutting horse competitor, a year after Sanders was inducted into the same organization for being a rare female auctioneer at livestock auctions.

Sanders originally went to college to pursue a degree in music but went into auctioneering as a “way to make a living.”

With college becoming too expensive, a friend in Sanders’ hometown of Texico, N.M., who had an auction business and knew she had trained and traded horses while in high school suggested she become an auctioneer. After being turned down at three other auctioneering schools, Sanders, at the age of 20, was the only female of 40 auctioneers to graduate from the Missouri Auction School in 1952.

Sanders and Mowery stayed in touch over the years, Mowery admiring Sanders’ accomplishments as an auctioneer in a male-dominated world. Mowery and her husband, Rick, own and operate Mowery Cutting Horses, a top cutting horse facility south of Weatherford. When Shelly saw she might have a top-notch yearling, a sorrel stallion named Some Kinda Kat, ready for auction, she knew exactly who to contact, despite Sanders not having called an auction for 23 years.

Sanders said she was ready to come out of retirement to help an old friend, but said she was unsure if Mowery would be able to convince auction officials to allow Sanders to auction off the horse. Mowery was successful.

Some Kinda Kat was the first horse auctioned by Sanders at the National Cutting Horse Association’s Summer Spectacular Sale on Friday in Fort Worth, where 85 yearlings were expected to go up for grabs at the invitation-only event. The sale was produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd., of Weatherford.

Text Only
Front Page
  • Curtis Elementary 1.jpg Interactive reading program comes to Curtis

    A new reading trend has been sweeping the country — Wandoo Planet, an interactive reading program that allows kids to choose books based on their interests.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Springtown drainage project to cost less

    Parker County commissioners, who recently learned that the first phase of the Springtown Main Street drainage project will cost $400,000 less than engineers have estimated, have voted to revise the total budget from $2.2 million to $1.4 million and adjust the county’s 50 percent cost-share agreement with the City of Springtown so each entity pays $700,000 instead of $1.1 million.

    April 22, 2014

  • WHS student killed in single-vehicle wreck

    A Weatherford High School junior involved in a single-vehicle crash Thursday died Friday at a Fort Worth hospital. 

    April 21, 2014

  • students.jpg Is opting out an option?

    One local parent has taken it upon herself to make her voice heard. Michelle Osterkamp, who has two children attending Mary Martin Elementary, began to research the opt-out method after talking with some of her teacher friends.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taste of Parker County logo.jpg Canyon West to host Taste of Parker County

    Prepare your taste buds, because the sixth annual Taste of Parker County is just a few short weeks away, and this year’s event has moved to a larger location to accommodate even more great eats and treats.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0420 one USAF riders IMG_7940.jpg Riding high

    Members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team, preparing to participate in the 12th annual Ride for Heroes in Aledo Saturday, met Friday with their supporters — members of the Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford — for a pre-ride photo shoot at the historic courthouse followed by pre-ride carbo loading at Milano’s in Willow Park.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Aledo City Council Place 2 Candidates.jpg Q&A: Aledo City Council Place 2 candidates

    With some contested races in area school board and city council races on the May 10 ballots, the WD will provide a closer look at some of those through a question-and-answer feature with the candidates. Early voting begins April 28. Today we look at the candidates running for Place 2 on Aledo City Council.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • USAF photo.jpg Heroes riding for heroes

    The 12th annual Ride for Heroes bike ride this Saturday in Aledo will include some VIPs: members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Little league makes pitch to city for lower user fees

    Weatherford Little League officials have asked the city to lower user fees to the league.

    April 17, 2014

  • 0418 one oregel, oscar.jpeg Trunk full of cash leads to trip to jail

    After a traffic stop late Monday night in Parker County, the Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than $54,000 from a man who, DPS says, admitted to trafficking in narcotics for people he met in Mexico.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks