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Mother Nature Couldn’t Keep Them Away

The 2005 All American Cup Stallion Service Auction had a large turnout on Jan. 22, 2005, despite the fact that those that came had to battle cold temperatures and heavy snow to make the trip to Claudia Sanders Restaurant in Shelbyville.

Created by recent Shirley Parkinson Professional Achievement Award recipient Jim Aikman, last year’s inaugural All American Weanling Cup awarded more than $70,000 to winner Mosette who was shown by trainer Bret Day. The filly, sired by Sir William Robert, was the resulting foal from a mare declared by owner and stallion donator Tom Galbreath at the 2003 All American Cup Stallion Service Auction. All weanlings that participated in the 2004 All American Weanling Cup in Indianapolis will be eligible to participate in this year’s one and only All American Yearling Cup.

Resulting foals from the 2005 stallion service auction will be eligible for the 2006 All American Weanling Cup and the 2009 three-year-old class.

One of the things that makes the All American Cup such an exciting and spectacular event is the fact that not only does the purchaser of the stallion service have the opportunity to enter a weanling in the event, but the stallion owner can declare a mare in foal to the stallion and that weanling is eligible as well.

This year, all the weanlings that were eligible last year for the weanling cup are eligible for the yearling cup even if they did not show in the weanling class.

The excitement and enthusiasm over Aikman’s All American Cup events are both reasons that the 2005 auction, despite the bad weather, was actually quite successful. A total of 180 stallion services were sold, raising approximately $276,000. After a cocktail hour and buffet dinner, Jim Aikman spoke to the crowd about the evening’s festivities and in true Aikman style, thanked those that worked so hard with him to make the night a success.

Steve Kildow has been with Aikman every step of the way and devoted much time and energy to the success of both the auction and the All American Cup.

In addition to introducing and thanking Steve Kildow, Aikman also paid tribute to the efforts of a large group of volunteers including phone bid-takers Dawn Kendrick, Claire Panke, John Hale and Diane Whitinger. Kasey Kendrick and Judy McManama both helped clerk the auction. Gail Kline, Terry Meade and Paulette Kildow were bid runners and were kept busy as the bidding turned fast and furious for more than a few of the top-caliber stallions donated.

Auctioneer Jim Price, assisted by bid spotters Eldon Dunaway and Woodie Leavell, kept the auction moving quickly and had all 180 stallions services sold in just over two hours. With the harsh weather making attendance impossible for some, many prospective buyers tried to get their bids in by phone. Despite the fact that cell phone reception was at times unreliable, many stallion services were sold to phone bidders.

Stallions were sold at a minimum of $500 and bidding increased by $50 increments. Fifty dollars rapidly became hundreds, even thousands of dollars for several of the most sought-after stallion services.

For the second year in a row Undulata’s Nutcracker, owned by Ed Bennett, topped the sale. In 2004, his service was sold for $22,000. This year it brought an even higher price. Mr. and Mrs. Ron Moore signed the winning ticket for $25,000.

Sir William Robert’s first foal crop hit the ground in 2004 and established his reputation as one of the top young sires in the country with earnings of more than $131,000. Mosette herself earned more than $92,000 in 2004.

Grey Ridge Farm customer Gwen Carter Hyman purchased the service for $8000 making Sir William Robert the second highest earning stallion of the night.

CF First Night Out, a proven performer and proven sire, brought $7700 for his service for purchaser Stonecroft Farm. Don Spear signed the winning ticket and also placed the top bid of $3000 for Belle Reve’s Renaissance Man. (A list of the top 47 stallion services sold is included in this edit.)

Mother Nature certainly didn’t help things, but the success of last year’s All American Weanling Cup, the large pay outs offered that only promise to get bigger each year, and the reputation of Jim Aikman for his hard work, passion for the breeding business and commitment to the future of the Saddlebred industry combined to make the 2005 All American Cup Stallion Service Auction a great event.

2005 All American Cup Stallion Service Auction
Top Sellers List

Stallion - Bid - Purchaser

Sir William Robert - $8000 - Gwen Carter Hyman
CF First Night Out - $7700 - Stonecroft Farm
Merchant Prince - $6700 - Liz and Randy Thomas
I’m A New Yorker - $5500 - Robert and Lynn Keys
Designed - $5200 - Fair Island Farm
The Cheetah - $5200 - Patty Milligan
Trust Fund - $4700 - Ron Kirsch
Castle Bravo - $4000 - Tom Galbreath
The Mystery Writer - $3800 - Greg Fisk
Revival - $3700 - Indian Creek Farm
Supremacy’s High Time - $3700 - Harvey Graber
Desert’s Supreme Memories - $3600 - Bill Becker
Forty Third Street - $3500 - Hoff Farms, LLC
Our Charm - $3400 - Bonnie Lee
General Steel - $3200 - Dr. Homer Beltz
Memories Are Made Of This - $3200 - Kathy Snyder
Tango At Sea - $3100 - Melinda Moore
Gypsy Santana - $3000 - Tracey Garcia
Belle Reve’s Renaissance Man - $3000 - Stonecroft Farm
CH The King of Highpoint - $2900 - Brenda Strause
Sultan’s Great Day - $2800 - Carolyn Garrett
Callaway’s Wish Me Will - $2800 - Greg Fisk
My Magical Moment < - $2700 - Bradley Bacon
Deep Blue - $2700 - Spencer Mains
Attache’s Royal Assets - $2600 - Margo Baird Valentine
Attache’s Liquid Asset - $2600 - Chip Wise
Harlem Globetrotter - $2500 - Bradley Bacon
Night Of Roses - $2500 - Bruce Rademann
Dorian Warrior Song (SA) - $2500 - Melinda Moore
Top Spool - $2500 - Sarah Rowland
Attache’s Thunderbolt - $2500 - Joan Lurie
Catalyst - $2400 - Tony Boxdofer
The Licorice Drop Kid - $2400 - Margo Baird Valentine
I’m The Prince - $2300 - Carl Holden, Jr.
Periaptor - $2200 - Jackie Stred
Northern Blues - $2200 - Barry Stumbo
Santana’s Charm - $2200 - Melissa Moore
Call Me Ringo - $2100 - Bruce Rademann
Dorian Wild Temper (SA) - $2000 - Bradley Bacon
Oceanfront - $2000 - Ray Eastwood
Joe Fabulous - $2000 - Spencer Mains
Let’s Tango All Night - $2000 - Melissa Moore
Ramona’s Hale Bopp - $2000 - Darrel Sibbett
Phi Slama Jama - $2000 - Ellen Melcher
It’s Hammertime - $2000 - John Conatser
Sultan’s Royalty - $2000 - John Wrather

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