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History Made At The Fall Sale

(Photos by Terry Thornton)


History was made on Friday, November 2, as Kalarama’s New York Lady became not only the highest priced weanling to ever sell through the TSE/Tattersalls pavilion, but also the first weanling to garner the high-seller title at a TSE offering.  Although the black filly by I’m A New Yorker set the bar, there were 45 other entrants that sold for $10,000.00 or better, proving that nice horses and willing buyers constitute an exciting and successful autumn weekend for Saddlebreds in the Bluegrass.  


The Fall Sale was held on November 1, 2, and 3 in the Red Mile Pavilion, Lexington, Kentucky.  There was a catalogue of 496 entrants offered for public inspection; prospective buyers were on hand from around the country.  Outs constituted 19% of the sales while RNA’s (Reserve Not Attained) remained consistent at 8%.  The average per horse sold was a solid $4,519.00, a 15% increase from the 2007 Spring Sale.  While a weanling topped the marketplace, the sale was balanced in offering a variety of seasoned campaigners, young prospects and established broodmares.  Buyers reflected this balance with their purchases, as top horses in all venues sold handsomely throughout the three-day sale.


Kalarama’s New York Lady


A $50,000.00 ticket marked the top price for the Joan A. Hamilton, Springfield, Kentucky, consignment, Kalarama’s New York Lady.  George Haydon led the filly into the pavilion for agent Larry Hodge, and then masterfully let her claim the attention.  The charismatic weanling didn’t require the aid of props to gain notice, as she brought her own excitement with her into the ring.  The gallery took immediate notice and responded in kind, with A.J. Bruwer having the honor of signing the ticket for Traci Massaro of Newbury, Massachusetts.  The regal black filly reflects well on her lineage.  She is by I’m A New Yorker, sire of World’s Champions Belle Reve’s Renaissance Man, New York’s Perfect Gift, Romance In New York, Freaky Links, etc.  Her dam, Lady Whitney, is by The New York Times and out of World’s Champion CHLady’s Favorite Event, also the dam of World’s Champion Lady Cinnamon.  This exquisite prospect made her mark on The Fall Sale, setting records before exiting the pavilion.


The Royal Lad


The Royal Lad, consigned by Dr. Robert Flint and Melissa M. Flint, Fairmont, West Virginia, was heralded down the straightaway with Clark Clouse in the irons.  The handsome three-gaited pleasure horse covered ground with a grand trot and bidding enthusiastically ensued.  The seven-year-old gelding is already accomplished in the ring, with titles in park, show pleasure, and country pleasure classes at well-known shows over the course of several years.  He appeared reliable and prepared to continue in that tradition for new owners Lesley and Emily Cummin, Stonington, Connecticut.  The bid board lit on $38,000.00 as The Royal Lad transferred ownership.


Oh Yes She Can


James Wallen, Louisville, Kentucky, signed the $35,000.00 ticket for the two-year-old five-gaited entrant, Oh Yes She Can, on behalf of Rosemarie Pelfrey, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The young mare was presented for public offering with Johannes Slabbert up for Spencer Mains’s Silverstone Stables, Boone, North Carolina.  The consignment was aptly named, as she wore her head well, comfortable with the snaffle as she performed five-gaits for the gallery.  Following in the footsteps of her full sister, 2005 Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Mare World’s Champion Ooh Yes I Can, the chestnut filly garnered attention and exhibited promise during her time on center stage.  By the highly successful sire Designed, she is out of a full sister to World’s Champion CHPolo Town.  Oh Yes She Can looked perfectly prepared to start her work in a full bridle, equipped for an imminent successful start to her career.




Familiar to anyone on the show circuit is the three-gaited entrant Detached.  Shown for purchase under the professional guidance of Matt Shiflet, Asheboro, North Carolina, the chestnut gelding made it clear that he has plans of earning ASHA’s coveted CH distinction.  Only one point shy of this honor, he has garnered multiple wins on the Southeast circuit.  This grand horse holds titles as 2004-2005-2006 ASAC High Point Winner, 2005 Saddle & Bridle Best of Breed, etc.  By Finally Attached, Detached is out of She’s Superb, also the dam of World’s Champions Strapless and CHMadame Machine.  Expertly presented and making a statement, the Susan F. Harris, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, consignment should prove an able contender for new owner Claudia Schultheis, Newburgh, Indiana.  Detached sold through the ring for $31,000.00.


Another expressive three-gaited gelding followed closely in price and was purchased by Ryan Rongers, Milton, Wisconsin, for $30,000.00.   Joker’s Wild was a consignment from Bob and Jan Gunn, Kenbridge, Virginia, and showed a grand trot with Jon Walker, Gastonia, North Carolina, in the irons.  Ears up and looking through the bridle, Joker’s Wild entertained the crowd as he accepted nods from prospective buyers.  The eight-year-old has been shown to wins in both the juvenile and open ranks at major shows throughout the Southeast, and looked competent to continue an enduring show career.


Kalarama’s Superman, the four-year-old stallion by young Harlem Superior, was sharp and motivated as he executed his gaits for inspection.  Catalogued as a Three-Gaited or Fine Harness consignment, he was ridden to offering by Danny Lockhart for Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge, Springfield, Kentucky.  Shown to a win earlier this year in the Junior Park class at J. D. Massey, this bold bay is out of the Rare Treasure mare Watching My Step, a half sister to World’s Champion sires Castle Bravo, Deep Blue, Reedann’s Top Gun, Northern Blues, to name some notables.  His second dam is the renowned World’s Champion Yorkshire Pudding, full sister to World’s Champion Harlem Globetrotter.  Bred and shown lightly in 2007, he promises multiple advantages for purchasers Frank and Iris James, Beavercreek, Ohio.  The gavel fell on a $30,000.00 bid.


The top priced five-gaited honor of the sale fell upon Reedann’s Glory Be.  Ed Millet, Versailles, Kentucky, was agent for Candlewood Saddlebreds, Sue and Henry Ward, Brookfield, Connecticut.  Perfectly presented through her gaits, the solid mare never backed up as she was called upon to exhibit her worth.  She has been impressive in ribbons in major shows, and has had the demeanor to carry an amateur.  The ten-year-old chestnut campaigner is by well-known sire The Talk Of The Town.  Her first dam is Glori-Phi by Phi Slama Jama.   Robert and Robin Lynch had the final bid of $30,000.00 to take this grand mare back to Ozark, Missouri.


Dave Hysaw’s signature for $27,000.00 sealed exchange of ownership to Nicola and Richard Bird for Lot No. 201, Sixes and Sevens.   Paula Briney, agent, was up for Pratense Farms, Chatham, Illinois.  The chestnut gelding proved both honest and willing at five gaits as he commandeered the straightaway.  A handsome bearing and trusted gaits started the bidding, and Sixes And Sevens continued to give his best for the duration of his stay.  Shown to top ribbons in the ladies five-gaited division on the Midwest circuit, he was catalogued as also suitable for a juvenile or amateur.  The reliable, hard-hitting gelding will find his hew home in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Johannes Slabbert proved capable with the youngsters as he rode a second two-year-old five-gaited entrant to top price.  Read All About It, a chestnut gelding by 2006 Five-Gaited Stallion World’s Champion Callaway’s Extra Extra, captured the attention of many in the gallery.  Martin Cockriel, Parker, Colorado, claimed final bragging rights as new owner of the flashy chestnut newcomer.   Just as prepared and ready as his stable mate, Oh Yes She Can, the young horse was shown to five gaits in a snaffle bit, but looking ready to wear a full bridle.  Consigned by Spencer R. Mains, Boone, North Carolina, Read All About It required a respectable bid of $25,000.00 to change hands.  A game and willing entrant, he should be ready as a real contender in the spring of next year.


Larry Hodge was agent for the Elisabeth Goth Chelberg, Lebanon, Kentucky, consignment, Image Is Everything.  Once again, Danny Lockhart was in the irons, expertly requesting five gaits from the junior gelding.  The bay horse looked schooled and ready for show as he divided his gaits evenly and without confusion.  A strong trot and easy rack implored Christina M. Koogler, Springboro, Ohio, to place her signature on the line.  The young bay horse by (SA) War Image demanded $23,500.00 before leaving the ring.


Master And Commander, catalogued as a Three-Gaited Park or Five-Gaited entrant, couldn’t help but be noticed as he made strides upon entrance.  A grand, dark chestnut offering, this young horse has been shown only lightly, but looked poised and primed for a more substantial schedule.  Only a five-year-old, he is ready to begin a serious career under the new ownership of Tommy Richardson, Lenoir City, Tennessee.  Master And Commander was consigned by Michelle J. Geluso-Groomes of Boca Raton, Florida, with Melissa Moore, Sunrise Stables, Versailles, Kentucky, serving as agent and rider.  A $22,000.00 bid sealed the ownership transfer.


A Kalarama consignment topped the list of broodmare bids, as Harlem’s Glowing Treasure was declared sold for $22,000.00.  George Haydon led the young mare for inspection, under the guidance of Larry Hodge, agent, Springfield, Kentucky.  Harlem’s Glowing Treasure is by the #1 living broodmare sire, Harlem Globetrotter, whose daughters have produced 16 World’s Champions.  The young bay mare is out of Lakeview’s Burnt Umber by Rare Treasure, making her a full sister to the winning fine harness mare Harlem’s So Rare, dam of 2007 Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited World’s Champion The First Fling.  The exceptional mare sold in foal to the young stallion, Walterway’s Wild & Wooley, sire of 2006 UPHA Classics winner, My Stiletto, his oldest foal.  This rare offering was purchased by Tom McLellan, Nine Mile Falls, Washington. 


A familiar signature was added to the ticket on Lot No. 394, as Deborah Richardson, Lenoir City, Tenn., penned an addition to multiple purchases.  Spool’s Top Secret R.H.F. was a consignment from Christine DeHart, Finchville, Kentucky, and Wyatt DeHart was in the saddle to present her to the public.  The quality mare has shown to success in the junior exhibitor five-gaited division, and looked wholly suitable for any rider.  The chestnut entry looked to enjoy her time in the ring, and easily did five gaits as requested.  She is by World’s Champion Top Spool, sire of 2007 World’s Champions Lynn Williams and Top This, among others.  Her dam, Town Secret, by World’s Grand Champion Yorktown, is a full sister to World’s Champion Salemtown.  Spool’s Top Secret R.H.F. has the pedigree for a grand broodmare when she eventually retires from her successful show career.  The gavel sounded at $22,000.00.


The impressive three-gaited Sacre Bleu caused commotion in the gallery as she dominated the ring with attitude.  Always a consummate performer, she was expertly presented by Dianna Rannells, for agent Randy Cates, Edmond, Oklahoma.  A consignment from KC’s Dream LLC, Oklahoma City, this grand mare has shown to ribbons at Lexington and Louisville with both amateur and juvenile riders.  Big, bold and with lots of expression, she captured the attention of the crowd and the final nod of SDF Specialists LLC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  A signature for $20,000.00 sealed the transfer.  The nine-year-old mare showed her experience in the ring, but also presented a willingness to go the distance. 


The TSE/Tattersalls Fall Sale represented a formidable group of horses, both in number and in quality.  “It was a well-rounded sale,” stated TSE President Ed Teater.  “It was well balanced in its offering, and the buyers seemed to reflect that in their choices”, he added. “We are experiencing less demand at the bottom end of the market, and this currently seems to be the case in every breed of horse. Even so, our average was excellent, most horses sold very well, and the market for useful horses appeared strong.  I’d like to thank ASHA, Alan Balch, and his hard working, competent staff for their efforts to produce the streaming video for those unable to attend.” 


The next event to be hosted by TSE/Tattersalls is The Spring Sale, which is tentatively scheduled for April 11 and 12, 2008. Final information on 2008 dates will soon be available on the website,  Information can also be obtained by contacting Teater Saddlebred Enterprises, Inc., 205 Parks Lane, Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356.  Phone (859) 885-7283.  Fax (859) 887-5780.

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