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AHHS Limited Breeder’s Stakes Stallion Auction

by John Privette

For more than 250 years the Hackney breed has been recognized throughout the World and it continues to be one of the most sought after breeds in the equine industry. Saturday Feb. 26, 2011 was the Annual Grand Event for the Hackney Society; the 2011 Limited Breeder’s Stakes Stallion Auction (LBS) which was held this year at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, Kentucky.

This year’s event was sponsored by Saddle Horse Report and Horse World Magazine. The feature stallion for 2011 was Kilbro’s Image owned by Stephen and William Kildow of Alexandria, Indiana. The turnout of members, both new and existing, as well as buyers surpassed all years past. The atmosphere was positive and joyous with great camaraderie. The setting was perfect for such a prestigious event.

The Limited Breeders Stake was originally conceived by the Hackney Society in 1995 as a means to promote broodmares and their eligible foals to new buyers. The incentive is the potential purse awarded in the AHHS Limited Breeders Stakes Weanling Competition class for both horse and pony divisions during the All American Horse Classic. In 2010 the LBS Three-Year-Old In-Harness division was developed to encourage high performance Hackneys a second opportunity to win prize money as well. To date $331,926.85 has been paid to the participants in the LBS program.

The highest selling stallion service this year was to Kilbros Image for $3,150.00 and was purchased by Marianne Eberth of Madison, Indiana. The highest selling Hackney Horse breeding was to Brickell Romeo for $1,000 by buyer Glenn Werry, Jr.

Another top selling service for $2,600 was to Twin Willows Handsome Dan, sire of the 2010 AHHS E. Lawrence Carss Memorial Limited Breeders Stakes Weanling Competition Champion Handsome Harry. Harry earned a payout of $5,139.36 with the win to owners Jeff and Mary Gaylord McClean of Simpsonville, Ky. This year there were a total of 40 Hackney stallion services auctioned off to total $25,500.

Chris Gantley, the AHHS Limited Breeder’s Stakes Committee member summed up this year’s event: "I am extremely pleased with the 2011 auction. We billed the auction as the Hackney Event of the Year, and I think it lived up to expectations. Spindletop Hall is a great facility with lots of history, and I think we made history tonight. We had 10 new stallions donated and this included five new donors. I know of at least seven individuals that are first time buyers.

The feature stallion service buyer does not even own a broodmare yet, but she realizes the opportunities of the program. We held our first LBS performance class in 2010, and with the money paid in this class, other individuals are seeing the program benefits. I think this new interest speaks very well for the program. We are already planning for 2012."

The 2011 LBS Weanling Competition and Three-Year Old In-Harness Stake will be held at the All American Horse Classic in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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