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“Steve” Hodges unexpectedly went to be with our Heaven- ly Father on Sept. 28, 2014. Steven was born July 7, 1948, in Commerce, Texas. He was the only child of Ralph Wel- don Hodges and Hester Be- atrice (Adair) Hodges. Until his parents moved to Grand Prairie, Texas, Steven spent his early years on the fam- ily farm in Fairlie, Texas. After graduation

from Grand Prairie High School in 1966, Steven pur- sued a journalism degree at the University of Texas in Austin and East Texas State University in Denton, Texas. He was ed- itor of two outdoor magazines before moving to Houston and entering the field of adver- tising. Steven met his future wife when he undertook an extensive advertising campaign for her company. After their marriage, owning and breeding Quarter Horses soon became the couple’s favorite pastime.

Steven hodges (1948 - 2014) Steven Weldon

of the Foundation Quarter Horse Registry and a lifetime member of the Capitol Area Quarter Horse Association. Steven was pre-

ceded in death by his par- ents and one stepdaugh- ter, Carol Anne Beaver. Steve is survived by

to Lockhart, Texas to breed, raise and show Quarter Hors- es on a full time basis. Their Plum Creek Quarter Horses competed, quite successfully, in multiple horse events such as cutting, reining, western pleasure and trail. They and several other couples also es- tablished the Southwest Cutting Horse Association, which met for many years at the Civic Center in San Marcos, Texas. Steven was a cur-

rent member of the Amer- ican Quarter Horse Asso- ciation, a lifetime member

triangle sales begins new chapter

sales Shawnee, Oklahoma

– After more than three and a half decades as the equine auction spot for all-around performance horses represent- ing almost every discipline, Triangle Sales Company is under new ownership. The sales company that was created by Cindy Bowling and her late husband, John, in 1979 has been sold to Jim Ware, who is a former partner of Western Bloodstock. Ware learned the auction business from his fam- ily while growing up in north- eastern Louisiana and has been active in the equine industry his entire life.

milestone birthday, Bowling, who is an avid scuba diver and reining horse competitor, made the decision to sell the compa- ny.

After celebrating a In 1986, they moved

Betty Anne (Eklund) Hodges, his wife of 35 years; stepdaugh- ter and husband, Vicki Lynn and Randy Perdue; stepdaugh- ter Barbara Leigh Payne; step- daughter Terri Elaine Barton; 10 step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; five step-nephews, three step-niec- es; and sisters-in-law Mellie Killian and Betty Lou Eklund. Services were held at

2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at O’Bannon Funeral Home with Jay Creighton officiating. Burial followed at the Luling City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Burt, Cullen Taylor, Connor Payne, Arlon Eklund, Roy Carl Eklund and Thomas Grady Eklund.

my company to someone that I didn’t think was going to go on and make it better, promote it, do better things and keep the name,” Bowling said. “I think Jim is honest and fair, and I think he’ll make me proud. His goal is to make it bigger than it is now and better like it used to be back in the glory days.” “It’s been in business

“I would never sell

for 36 years, and you don’t do something for 36 years without doing something right,” Ware stated. “They’ve done a good job, and it’s in a great location that is convenient to a lot of different parts of the United States. It’s a lot more than just an auction to a lot of people. It’s kind of like family to a lot of folks.

big admiration for Triangle Sales,” Ware added. “It brings people from all over the world and not just for one particular discipline but many. I enjoy that. I like selling more than one type of horse.” Ware took over man-

agement of Triangle Sales on October 8th

following the Fall Sale and is planning some changes and improvements to the January 16-18, 2015 sale.

planned, and Triangle will offer “click to bid” Internet purchas- ing options through Superior Productions. Buyers will have peace of mind through free and immediate fall-of-hammer insurance that will be in effect for 24 hours. While the sale will still be held at Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma, it will move to a different building so that horses will be able to be worked live on cattle while being sold. Pre-sale barrel and rope horse demonstrations will be more formal to allow potential buyers to evaluate auction horses. Big screen TVs will be installed to enhance the sale experience, and Visa and

Page 14 Shorter sale days are , immediately “I’ve always had a

MasterCard will be accepted for payment. “I’ve sold thousands

and thousands of cutting hors- es,” Ware said. “I have learned that there are a lot of great hors- es that may not be the flavor of the month at one sale but they may be a big attraction at Tri- angle for multiple disciplines. We’re always going to put a special emphasis on cutting horses because I know that’s the nucleus of performance horses, but expect a great variety of horses at the sales.” “I have some em-

ployees that have been here since we started,” Bowling said. “The sale-day staff is a very cohesive group. They are more like family because we’ve all been doing this so long together. It is my hope that it continues to have that family atmosphere.

with the customers – the con- signors and buyers,” Bowling said. “Many of them have been coming here year after year. We had people that got married here, and one couple named their child Shawnee. The same familiar faces have been here a long, long time, and my goal is that it continues to have that honest reputation and family atmosphere, and I think Jim will do that. That’s very important to me. I have faith and trust in him that he will do this.” Ware will add some

well-known names to the Tri- angle staff.

great team to sell the horses,” Ware said.

“We’ve assembled a upcoming sales will be equine The auctioneers for “It’s also that way

sale veterans Steve Friskup and Don Green. Ware will offer his pedigree analysis along with Triangle mainstay, Ron Berndt and Wade Cunningham. Other additions that

Ware plans to make include adding a special session for AQHA Ranching Heritage breeders and a special Barrel Racing and Speed horse ses- sion.

are raising the versatility ranch- type horse don’t have their own sale or access to what they really need so we’re going to try to make that a really great venue for each of those people,” Ware said. “They will be spe- cial guests and have their own session at every sale.” Ware added, “My involvement with racing Quarter Horses has really opened my eyes to the need for a market for barrel prospects throughout the calendar year. We intend to fill that void at Triangle.”

on with Triangle Sales through April and then plans to devote her time to diving, reining, vis- iting family and volunteering with the Kairos Prison Ministry. “I’m going to do

Bowling will stay “A lot of people that

about upcoming sale dates, visit or jimware. net.

everything in my power to make the transition as easy as possible and to make it a suc- cess,” Bowling said. “It’s my goal to make sure that Jim’s very successful in the future. Triangle has been here 36 years and there’s no reason it can’t be here another 36 years. I believe we are the oldest and largest.” For more information

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