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Raffle Horse

NILE Raffle Filly Program

Each year the NILE sells tickets all year long for a chance to win a top-notch horse donated by an established ranch. These horses are some of the best in Montana and surrounding states. The public has the opportunity to win a horse for $5 and the donating ranch gets publicity for their breeding program. Tickets costs $5 for one or $25 for six. The drawing is during the NILE Gold Buckle Select Horse Sale, the last Saturday of the NILE Stock Show & Rodeo. Winners may take ownership of the horse or take the proceeds from selling the horse during the sale. Earnings from ticket sales go toward NILE youth programs.
Thank you to all our horse donors!
2022 -- Diamond D Quarter Horses, Dakota Gaustad, Scobey, MT
2021 -- Burns Ranch Quarter Horses, Ron & Donna Burns, White Sulphur Springs, MT
2020 -- Spring Valley Ranch, Matt & Cassie Winters, Volga City, IA
2019 -- Jesperson Horses, Cass & Tandi Jesperson, Ekalaka, MT
2018 -- L4 Quarter Horses, Phil & Lucie Murphy, Deer Lodge, MT
2017 -- Rafter Diamond Quarter Horses, Ed & Debbie Hinton, Scobey, MT
2016 -- Borderview Ranch, Allen Munger and LaVonne Westland Brockway, MT
2015 -- Ward Fenton, Worden MT and Fink Quater Horses, Hysham, MT
2014 -- Kent Blough, Wisall, MT
2013 -- 17 Ranch, Miles City, MT
2012 -- Gary and Ginger DeCock, Hysham, MT
2011 -- Border View Ranch, Brockway, MT
2010 -- Rafter Diamond Quarter Horses, Ed & Debbie Hinton, Scobey, MT
2009 -- Fink Quarter Horses, Chad & Erin Fink, Hysham, MT
2005 -- Ken & Vanessa Monson, Absarokee, MT
If you know any past donors please e-mail info@thenile.com with the name, town, and year donated.

Where can you buy tickets??

Call the NILE office at 406-256-2497 to buy your raffle tickets today!!

one ticket for $5 or six tickets for $25

You can also email Bonnie to get more info.


Raffle Drawing will be held during the NILE Gold Buckle Horse Sale, on

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Click HERE to watch a video about the filly

2022 NILE Raffle Filly

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Hold onto your hats folks!! This year's Raffle Horse is going to be a good one!! DD ROYAL DOC OAK is the 2022 NILE Equis Raffle Filly!! She has been donated by Diamond D Quarter Horses, owned by Dakota Gaustad, of Scobey, Montana.

Dakota has liked this little filly since the beginning. She is a fancy, chestnut filly, foaled in 2020.He originally intended to keep DD ROYAL DOC OAK for his own program and add her to his brood mare band. Even as a baby, she stood out, and Dakota describes her as the “perfect combination”. He goes on to explain that she is big, stout, shapey, balanced, and will be a good mover. She will be a good ranch horse type and to top that long list of qualities, she has a cute head and is an attractive filly. Not to mention that pedigree!! We could spend an hour just talking about the star-studded pedigree this filly has. Both GAY BAR LENA and PADDYS IRISH WHISKEY are on her papers! She traces back to DOC BAR on both sides. We stopped counting hall of famers at SIXTEEN. That's right - she has 16 Hall of Fame (AQHA, NRCHA, NCHA, or NRHA) horses within the first 6 generations. Checkout this video for more details...

Dakota was born and raised in Scobey, Montana. He is a 4th generation rancher, and his family’s ranch recently celebrated their 100th Anniversary!! Dakota started his own cattle herd by taking a heifer project through his local 4-H program. He kept her first heifer calf and as the story goes, the rest is history. Dakota now enjoys the challenges of being a Montana Cattle Rancher. And he puts his good horses to use every day on that ranch.

Dakota attended the Natural Horsemanship program at Miles Community College, where he studied under Josh Bilbrey (past NILE Raffle Horse trainer). While attending college Dakota purchased his stud, VON ROYAL (the raffle filly’s sire) through the NILE Gold Buckle Select Horse Sale. He thinks it’s pretty neat to come full circle with his program and to be able to offer a fantastic filly as the NILE Raffle Horse to represent his brand, Diamond D Quarter Horses. Shortly after purchasing his stallion, VON ROYAL, Dakota started buying brood mares. SR BASSETTS MOON (the raffle filly’s mother) was one of his first brood mares. His first foal crop was in 2013 and nearly ten years later he’s established a solid program that produces top notch, versatile, ranch horses. Dakota sells colts at the Powder River Quarter Horse Breeders Association sale in Broadus, MT. He also sells older colts that he’s broke to ride at the REAL Ranch Horse Sale in Billings, MT. He’s excited to offer some foals for sale at the NILE Gold Buckle Select Horse sale this year too.

Dakota has big plans for his cattle and horse operation. He’s getting married this summer and he and his soon-to-be-wife, Jamie, will continue the tradition and stake out their own homestead! Next year they plan to bring Diamond D Quarter Horses to the next level by applying to become AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders.

Reach out to Dakota to get more information about the high quality, versatile, ranch horses he’s raising at Diamond D Quarter Horses.

Equis Feeds

Not only does the winner get a horse, they also get Nutrition Consultation and Equis Feed to go with her!! Equis Feeds provides top of the line nutrition for horses. Young horses are the bottom of the pecking order and Montana weather can be harsh. That's why we use Equis Feeds to keep the NILE Raffle Filly looking great! The grain donated by Equis Feeds gives her energy, makes her coat super shiny, and keeps her healthy and growing. Crystal White with CHS Nutrition is an expert in Equis Feeds and will tailor a program for your horse. To contact Crystal call (406) 690-2322 or e-mail crystal.white@chsinc.com


The NILE Equis Raffle Filly will be trained for the summer by Robby Moore. The Raffle Filly will be started and broke to ride. She'll be ready to go to her new home and go in any direction; ranch horse, cutting, roping, rodeo, pleasure riding, anything! She's young and able, she can do whatever the winner will want to do with her. For questions about her training or to get your other horses fine tuned contact Robby at (307) 231-0076


Congratulations to the 2021 NILE Raffle Filly lucky winner!!!
Colleen was speechless as she heard her name called over the loud speaker during the 2021 NILE Gold Buckle Select Horse Sale!! She had purchased her raffle ticket just a few moments before the drawing was closed and couldn't believe her luck!! TWO EYED SMOOCH, was donated by Ron and Donna Burns, Burns Ranch Quarter Horses, of White Sulphur Springs, MT, and now she will settle into her new home just east of Billings, MT.

2020 NILE Raffle Filly Winner

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Big Round Of Applause for the 2020 NILE Raffle Filly winner!!
With an excited squeak, Joelle Christian, heard her name called as the lucky winner of the 2020 NILE Raffle Filly.
Fiddle On Rita, a two-year-old filly donated by Matt & Cassie Winters of Spring Valley Ranch of Volga, Iowa, has found her new home with the Christian family in Wyoming. Rita spent the summer with trainer, Jonah Deines, and has a great foundation ready to go in any direction. Not only does Joelle get to take home this awesome filly but she also receives a Nutrition Consultation with Crystal White, Equis Feed Rep, and the recommended feed for a year donated by Equis Feeds and CHS.


2019 Raffle Filly Winner

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The 2019 Raffle Filly, Peeparoos Hot, was drawn for during the 2019 NILE Gold Buckle Select Performance Sale on Saturday, October, 19, and the winning ticket belonged to Chelsea Headley of Glasgow, MT. Headley had the option to keep the mare or sell her and keep the money, and Headley opted to sell the mare. The raffle filly sold for $4,000 to Kay Poland.

Over $10,000 worth of tickets were sold. This year's raffle filly was donated by Jesperson Horses, out of Ekalaka, MT and comes with 30 days training provided by Jonah Deines Cutting Horse Co. out of Laurel, MT. Feed for a year is also provided for the mare, courtesy of Equis Feeds.

2018 Winner

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Congratulations to Monty Ostrum from Park City, MT! The winning raffle ticket was drawn by Equis Feeds representative, Chrystal White during the Performance Horse Sale. Monty marked 'keep' on his ticket to keep the raffle horse.

2017 Winner

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Congratulations to Laurie Klein! Raffle ticket number 2415 was drawn by Equis Feeds representative Chrystal White during the Performance Horse Sale. Laurie marked 'keep' on her ticket to keep the raffle horse.

2016 Winner!

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Congratulations to Alayen Nichol of Red Lodge, Montana the winner of the 2016 NILE Raffle Filly sponsored by Equis Feeds!

Ticket number 0196 was pulled out of the drum by Crystal White, Equis Representative, during the NILE Gold Buckle Select Performance Horse Sale Saturday, October 22.

2015 Winner!

The 2015 NILE Equis Raffle Filly winner is Jesse Kircher of Absarokee, MT. Ticket number 1386 was pulled out of the drawing drum Saturday, October 17th during the Performance Horse Sale. The winner marked on his ticket to keep the filly.

Who will be the 2016 winner? Maybe you! Buy your winning ticket today!
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