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All American Cup Sets Out To Change The Future Of The Industry

by Kelley Colvin

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. - With a large crowd on hand, the second annual All American Cup Stallion Auction set out to change the history of the Saddlebred industry forever. Held at the historic Claudia Sanders Restaurant, early comers to the event enjoyed a social hour complete with drinks before a fine catered buffet dinner was served. With enthusiasm and anticipation high of what was to be unveiled, the crowd awaited a special announcement by founder James A. Aikman. His announcement -- the Final Parade of America’s Great Stallions will be added to this year’s show. Aikman plans to showcase the industry's senior stallions which include 24 stallions 20 years and over. The event will take place Sept. 7, 2004, at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind.

This year's sale included 180 Saddlebred stallions and broke the total dollars raised from last year and the expected goal for this year raising a little over $300,000. Last year's totals were 129 stallions sold and over $170,000 raised. Aikman also announced that there was already $230,000 in the bank from the 2003 proceeds.

"This has been the most successful auction in the history of American Saddlebreds and it has created a marketing tool which the industry has asked for for years. The values of both mare and foal have multiplied many times due to the involvement in the All American Cup," Aikman commented about the success of this year's auction.

This year's sale topper was the three-year-old Undulata’s Nutcracker by Caramac out of Christmas In New York ERB. He is owned by Edward Bennett and brought in $22,000. Patricia Misko of Clio, Mich., was the winning bidder. The second highest stallion sold was CF First Night Out by CH Night Prowler out of Happy Twenty First. He is owned by Blythewood Farms LLC. At the sound of the closing gavel, CF First Night Out sold for $9,500 to Mrs. David Neal of Blythewood Farm LLC.

The first All American Cup will be held Sept. 7, 2004, in conjunction with the All American Horse Classic Horse Show at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind. The All American Cup will be the only event held that day of the show, showcasing the magnitude of the event. The evening will begin with the weanling class which will divided into sections of 15 weanlings each. In between the sections will be the Final Parade of America’s Great Stallions. After the parade, the final group of colts will be selected and awarded their prizes.

In order for colts to be eligible for the Weanling class in the All American Cup, the stallion services must have been purchased at the All American Cup Stallion Auction. The buyer must declare the mare he plans to use by December of the year purchased.

"I have spent my life buying great broodmares which all came from a long line of proven producers. I had greater success doing this than trying to create a great producer," Aikman said.

As an added bonus the stallion donor is allowed to declare a mare as well at the same price the service was purchased at the auction, but not to exceed $1,000. This entitles both the mare and stallion owners to be eligible for the largest purses available. In its second year, the All American Cup Stallion Auction has over 176 eligible colts, and approximately $70,000 will go to the winner of this year's Weanling class.

In 2004, there will only be a Weanling class, and then in 2005, there will be both a weanling and yearling class. After that colts will show as weanlings and again as three-year-olds in a Three-Year-Old Open Park class.

In addition to the All American Cup, the Aikman Breeder's Incentive Award and prize money will be given to any eligible animal that wins first or second in both the weanling and three-year-old classes. The estimated purse of $15,000 will be given out half to the recorded owner as a weanling, the other half going to the owner as a three-year-old. If no colt places first or second in both classes the purse will grow at a rate of $5,000 a year until someone wins it.

For a complete list of stallions sold, please see the February 2, 2004, issue of The Report.

The Final Parade of America’s Great Stallions is this year’s added attraction. This once in a lifetime showcase of senior stallions all in one location looks to be the most talked about event in the history of the breed and need not be missed. On hand will be up to 24 stallions 20 years old and over. Each stallion will be presented in the spotlight to say their farewell to the show ring in a final public appearance. During this spotlight walk, prodigy of the stallion will also be exhibited. This is the first time an event like this has been organized and it will be captured on video to become a reference for the American Saddlebred industry. The following stallions have been invited to participate in this grand event: Attache's Liquid Asset, Harlem Globetrotter, Merchant Prince, The Cheetah, Santana's Charm, Sultan's Great Day, Phi Slama Jama, American Replay, Bi Mi World Premier, Buck's Co-Star, Casindra's Sultan, Dakota Thunder, Hide-A-Way's Rave Reviews, Mountain Highland Magic, Periaptor Reminiscent MHM, Santana's Safari, Shoobop Shoobop, So Enchanting, Starfire Gemini, The Hatian Prince, The Irish Connection, I'm A New Yorker and Sultan's Royalty.

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