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Mid-Atlantic Breeders Sale

Following its successful inaugural event in 2003, the Mid-Atlantic Breeders Sale has turned into an annual event. The second annual sale featured a strong turnout of consignments and bidders at the PA Farm Show Complex on December 8-10, 2004. Sale coordinators David Lantz, Sam and Kate Miller, Dan Allgyer, David Glick and Dale Stoltzfus were pleased with the turnout and the results of the sale.

The well filled three day schedule began on Wednesday afternoon with the first of three live demonstrations by Ga Wa Ni Pony Boy, whose common sense approach to training has been successfully used with horses of all breeds and by riders of all disciplines. A tack sale followed with the evening ending with a sale preview. There was also a lot of activity back in the nicely heated stabling area and work aisle with prospective bidders looking over the consignments.

The sale began in earnest on Thursday morning with a total of 66 Saddlebreds, Hackney Ponies and Horses selling under the direction of auctioneers John Marg and Lyle Shupp along with pedigrees by Pete Fenton. This was preceded by a presentation of a few Saddlebred stallions who were available for inspection for breedings for the 2005 season. The average price for the first sale session was approximately $2,000 with the top five averaging $4,380. The high selling horse of the session was Walk Away Dream, a seven-year-old show gelding sired by Merchant Prince and out of Sensational Sue. He was consigned by Tommy Horton and Glenda Altizer and purchased by Martin Waldman.

The first 60 of a total of 213 Morgans took their place on the sale runway on Thursday evening. Friday mornings activities began with a fabulous Morgan stallion presentation with a wide variety of over 20 stallions filling the sale runway in front of a large crowd of prospective breeders. The audience gave the stallions a warm reception as they posed and trotted around the circular sale runway in majestic and orderly fashion. The remaining field of over 170 Morgans were then sold between a daytime session with 100 horses and the evening finale with approximately 70 horses.

The 213 Morgans sold for an overall average of $2,850 with the top five averaging $11,100. The top selling Morgans were a blend of broodmares, show horses and young prospects. The sale also featured a large number of nice useful horses who sold for strong, fair prices. The title of the sale topper belonged to the world champion producing Salem Simone. This lovely Carlyle Command daughter was part of an outstanding consignment from Graywood Stables. David Lantz of Lebanon Valley Morgans turned in the winning bid of $15,000 for the mare who will produce a full sibling to World Champion Graywood's Lear in January.

The second highest bid was turned in for the HVK Bell Flaire daughter Lady In Waiting consigned by Stephen Smith. The hammer fell when Amos Yoder placed the bid of $14,250 for the four-year-old who is in foal to Breeder Sweepstakes nominated Ultra's Special Agent. Another black mare in foal commanded the third highest bid as Dan Kauffman selected Reflection Lady for $10,000. This well broke and powerful three-year-old mare will be heading back to Iowa as well.

Heather Mallette was the excited buyer of the top winning classic mare Cingate Suzy Q. Mallette signed the ticket for $9,250 with encouragement from agent Suzanne Haberek on the consignment of Cingate Morgans. The top five sellers were all mares as the Simply Maserati daughter R-J Prime Edition rounded out the top five at $7,000. Sam Glick signed the ticket for the sleek, black three-year-old consigned by Roy and Janie Coats and presented by Luman Wadhams.

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