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Tattersalls Fall Sale

Teater Saddlebred Enterprises, Inc. conducted its Fall Sale on Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1, 2008, in Lexington, Ky. Averages were up, even as the global economy was suffering challenges. The percentage of OUTS receded despite an era of many uncertainties. In one short weekend in the Bluegrass, Saddlebred trainers, breeders, consignors and buyers showed that strong character and a commitment to the breed withstands the vicissitudes of the daily press. "This sale is a remarkable statement on the health of the industry," stated TSE President Ed Teater, "and a stunning example of the dedication of people in this business to a commitment in the American Saddlebred."

An abundant catalogue featuring 511 consignments comprised the Fall Sale. The average per horse sold was $4760.00, a 9.6 percent increase over the same seasonal sale of 2007. RNAs (Reserves Not Attained) remained consistent at under 8 percent, while OUTS showed a decline, falling to under 16 percent for the first time in many years. Throughout the catalogue was a variety of balance and this was reflected in the upper end purchases; the list of top 20 sellers included broodmares, breeding stallions, seasoned campaigners, show prospects, yearlings and one exquisite weanling. "This balance in purchases demonstrates depth in the strength of all areas of our industry, from the respect for bloodlines to the appreciation of the show ring. No single venue was neglected or favored by buyers at this particular sale," stated Ed Teater.

Callaway Hills Stable, leading breeder of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 World’s Championship Horse Show, hosted a Friday evening session with a list of 56 entrants. A crowded pavilion was on hand to participate in the public offering, with Tony Weldon in attendance to represent her renowned stable located in New Bloomfield, Mo. The large crowd returned Saturday morning for the public auction of the last of the Oak Hill horses. A consignment of 33 entrants from the Jean McLean Davis Trust, Harrodsburg, Ky., opened the session and bidders responded to the rare offering with enthusiastic participation. Dana DeVoss and George Knight served as agents for Oak Hill, and the pavilion’s public was treated to the fabled and select bloodlines that garnered success over the tenure of 60 years.

A product of the historic Callaway Hills breeding program topped the overall sale. Jimmy Bushard was in the irons to present Callaway’s Pundit for public viewing and purchase. The exceptional two-year-old entertained a responsive audience and earned a final bid of $110,000 from Vikki Vogel, agent for Dream Acres LLC, Urbandale, Iowa. The chestnut son of the extremely successful sire and World’s Champion Callaway’s Blue Norther earned his ticket price with an explosive trot and charismatic charge to the response of those in attendance. The young gelding is the first foal of Callaway’s Powerful Lady, a daughter of Callaway’s Full Power.

The opportunity to purchase a breeding stallion from the headlining Yorktown lineage of Oak Hill Farm tempted bidding. Settling on a $55,000 ticket for purchase, Master Class became the second highest stallion ever sold through the TSE/Tattersalls pavilion when he was selected by Kristen Bagdasarian, Versailles, Ky., for Kathy Bagdasarian. The 12-year-old stallion was shown to success in fine harness at such notable shows as Lexington Junior League and the Kentucky State Fair. He was presented to the sale public with Dana DeVoss at the lead much of the time. The performance of Master Class, a grand horse with a floating trot, resonated with the quality of his well-known parentage. He is the son of world’s champion sire Oak Hill’s Dear Sir (by Yorktown and out of World’s Grand Champion and Hall of Fame Broodmare Oak Hill’s Dear One). His first dam, Reedann's Nighty Nite, is a seven-time three-gaited world’s champion. Master Class has only one registered foal to date, the 2007 Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited World’s Champion Sir, Yes Sir. The broodmares Dear Nighty, Elizabeth Manor and Rich Woman were offered and sold well during the same session, each with a foal by Master Class.

Same Time Next Year, a consignment from Lenore T. Weldon, Fulton, Mo., was presented by Kyle Peel as part of the Callaway Hills consignment, and sold for $50,000. Delores Verna Blankenship, Princeton, W.Va., purchased the two-year-old filly after inspection of her work under saddle. Presented in a snaffle bit and wearing her head and ears well, the young daughter of world’s champion sire Callaway’s Blue Norther showed promise with her attitude and athleticism. She is the first foal of the fine harness and five-gaited stakes winner, Manhattan’s Timeless.

A $40,000 signature sealed the exchange for lot # 387, HS Daydreams Come True. This young chestnut gelding was a consignment from Hagan Saddlebreds, Inc., Louisville, Ky., with George Knight, Lexington, Ky., as agent. Presented under saddle by Walden Bullard, the two-year-old son of Sir William Robert was impeccably dressed and distinguished in a full bridle. He is out of A Daydream Believer, and is a full brother to current two-year-old world titleholders HS Daydream’s Believe In Me and HS Dignitary. HS Daydreams Come True won his debut showing in the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class at Indianapolis Charity, and looked equally prepared for a career in the three-gaited division for new owner Cindy Gadberry-Harris, Joplin, Mo.

A five-year-old three-gaited mare agented by George Knight captured the attention of bidders as soon as she entered the sales arena. That Kind Of Woman, consigned by the Jean McLean Davis Trust and presented by Walden Bullard, was show ready and picture perfect as she entertained the audience with her special attitude and exceptional talent. Lightly experienced with a reserve at the Lexington Junior League in the open 15.2 and under class, she was also the blue ribbon winner at her first showing in the Novice Three-Gaited class at Harrodsburg this year. Rocco Litrenta, Racine, Wis., and Jose Moctezuma, Woodstock, Ill., gave the final $35,000 bid for this exquisite mare by twice Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion Man On The Town. That Kind Of Woman is out of So Dear and her second dam is the famed two-time World’s Grand Champion Oak Hill’s Dear One, a Hall Of Fame Broodmare.

Broadway And Forty-Second, a seasoned campaigner and top ribbon winner, exited the pavilion only after the gavel fell on $32,000. Jeanie Waddell, Cedartown, Ga., held the winning hand for purchase of the Kevin and Gloria Bingaman, Monroe, Ind., consignment. Kurt Hufferd, Roanoke, Ind., acted as agent for the seller, while Shanna Gish accomplished a formidable job in the irons. Catalogued and shown as a park horse, this eight-year-old mare was proficient and finished in her gaits for the public, and looked ready for an enduring career.

Several entrants from the Oak Hill consignment deserve mention, as they garnered enthusiasm and captured notable bids during the Saturday morning session. Dancing Man, A Special Man, Oak Hill’s Sweet Briar and Rich Woman with her 2008 foal each commanded a healthy and active response from the gallery, and served as testament to the breeding operation from Harrodsburg, Ky.

Dancing Man, an eight-year-old stallion by the world’s grand champion sire Man On The Town, was recently put back to work, and was presented to the sale’s viewers under saddle by Juan Guillen. His dam is the good three-gaited mare Sleep Tight, by Jamestown and out of the famous World’s Champion Reedann’s Nighty Nite, dam of Master Class, previously mentioned. Dancing Man brought a great attitude and the impressive Jean McLean Davis selected bloodlines as a rare offering to the public and was rewarded with a $30,000 final bid. He will be moving to Cox’s Creek, Ky., under the direction of Ricky D. Cook.

The next exceptional offering of this exclusive breeding was another young stallion, the four-year-old A Special Man. Also by Man On The Town, he is out of Something To Talk About, a half sister to Three-Gaited Reserve World’s Champion Rich Woman. His second dam is the well known three-gaited World’s Champion Oh Dear!, a full sister to Reserve World’s Champion Dear Amelia and half sister to Oak Hill’s Dear Sir. A Special Man, broke to lines, was led through the sale by Dana DeVoss, and purchased by Kay Marschel, Dallas, Texas, for $26,000.

Melinda Moore, Lawrenceburg, Ky., purchased the broodmare Rich Woman and her 2008 foal by Master Class. As with so many of the Jean McLean Davis mares, Rich Woman had an accomplished career in the show ring, culminating in a Three-Gaited Reserve World’s Champion title. Her yearling, two-year-old and three-year-old offspring, all by Local Hero, preceded her in the sale to good response. Rich Woman is by Man On The Town and her dam is the previously mentioned and accomplished three-gaited World’s Champion Oh Dear!. A $24,000 signature was required for the package.

A beautiful yearling filly, by deceased fine harness Reserve World’s Champion Local Hero, entered the pavilion and convinced the bidders to stay seated and take notice. Oak Hill’s Sweet Briar impressed the gallery with her charisma and ability. The chestnut filly was colored for notice, with plenty of white and a flaxen mane and tail. Although the color made an impact, her athletic ability and long stretch made a lasting impression, leaving her to the selection of Rob and Jackie Tanner, Versailles, Ky. The special yearling is the first foal of My Sweet Briar (by Oak Hill’s Dear Sir), a later offering in the consignment. Oak Hill’s Sweet Briar sold for $21,000.

The aptly named In Contention, a consignment from Kelley Blackwood Palmer, Prospect, Ky,. ably performed five gaits in the straightaway for an attentive gallery. Expertly presented by Richmond DeHart for agent Peter Palmer, the inspiring chestnut gelding caused a commotion of bidding as he executed his work. Never backing an ear, and wearing a full bridle with proficiency, he was willing and capable in all gaits. In Contention was catalogued as a successful campaigner in the amateur and juvenile gaited divisions. James Wallen, Simpsonville, Ky., signed the $28,000 ticket for Rosemarie Pelfrey, Oklahoma City, Okla.

A weanling consignment from Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge, Springfield, Ky., held the audience captive and secured a $25,000 bid for purchase. Kalarama’s Jimmy Mac strutted into the gate before striking a pose, with George Haydon handling the lead. Fine and elegant, this exquisite entry was what one has come to expect of the Kalarama breeding program, and the dark brown, chiseled weanling didn’t disappoint. He is by world’s champion sire Harlem Globetrotter. His dam, Callaway’s Lady Mac, also produced 2008 world titleholders Harlem’s Worldly Lady and Kalarama’s Personality Plus. Rick Wallen signed the ticket for Mike and Jane Schallock, Delafield, Wis.

Bob Brison, New Bloomfield, Mo., presented Callaway’s Public Notice for consigner B & T Vonderschmitt LLC, Jasper, Ind. Professionally shown to five gaits, the New Bloomfield-bred gelding showed promise and consistency, emphasizing his catalogue claim of being ready for an amateur or juvenile rider. The five-year-old chestnut now resides in Greenville, S.C. Ben McDaniel was the successful bidder on the young show horse when the bid board lit on $23,000.

The well-shown and impressively bred broodmare, My Prom Night, made her appearance at the historic Red Mile Pavilion and found a new home. Consigned by A. E. Nelson, Santa Rosa, Calif., she listed Copper Coin Farm, Simpsonville, Ky., as agent. Beautiful in formal black, the mare is the well-respected former three-gaited stakes winner of major classes at Rock Creek, Lexington Jr. League and the American Royal, among others. My Prom Night is by Periaptor and out of Reserve World’s Champion All Roses, also the dam of two other notable world’s champions. A proven broodmare, My Prom Night is the dam of multi-titled and current Five-Gaited Amateur Mare Reserve World’s Champion The Light O’ Love, as well as the 2008 Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Midwest titleholder, Evening. This consignment sold in foal to world’s champion sire Wild-Eyed Warrior. A $22,000 signature from Shawn Stachowski, Mantua, Ohio, was required as the attractive mare left the ring.

A three-year-old finished mare was part of the Callaway consignment, and shown under saddle by Brandi Bushard. Wearing a full bridle and mannered in her gaits, she proved ready for a lady rider for her debut in the show ring. Callaway’s Here’s To Hope was prepared by homework, and impressed the sale’s top bidder, Vikki Vogel, Urbandale, Iowa, to make another purchase for Dream Acres LLC. The young chestnut is a product of Callaway’s The Gipper and out of Callaway’s Faithfully Yours, who followed her daughter into the pavilion. $23,000 was the signed bid for this fresh presence to the show scene.

Land O’Lakes, Fla., became the new home for Callaway’s Gentleman’s Agreement when Maria Gilman placed her final $20,000 bid over the telephone. The two-year-old three-gaited gelding by Callaway’s Capital News had already placed in ribbons in his debut in the two-year-old three-gaited division at the Kentucky State Fair. The sporty chestnut looked prepared and anxious to continue his new career. Solidly bred, he is a full brother to five-gaited winner Callaway’s Exclamation Point, and a half brother to major five-gaited stakes winner Callaway’s Born To Ride.

The versatile CH The King’s Reflection, Shelly Fisher up, made a good impression with the public and bidding ensued. The steady and consistent show ring personality has had multi-division success, showing to top ribbons in pleasure driving and riding at such major shows as Midwest Charity, the Kentucky State Fair and the American Royal. He also boasts carrying a rider to a reserve equitation championship at the prestigious Lexington Junior League in 2008. Extremely pleasing at his work, he accomplished straight-line lead changes and a flat walk for the gallery, before resuming an open trot. He was consigned by O’Conner Show Horses LLC of Centennial, Colo., with Tom Volz as agent. Jeanie Waddell, Cedartown, Ga., made the purchase when the gavel fell on $20,500.

Catalogued as a true find by consigner Brian Chappell, Perryville, Ky., Saleema added her own emphasis to the owner’s statement as she set down her business in the sale ring. Working equally cadenced on a collected trot or a loose rein for rider Johanna Kapioltas, this bold, dark bay mare proved trustworthy for any level of rider. Already a reserve world’s champion in the five-gaited division, the five-year-old daughter of Reserve World’s Champion Slam Dunk H.G. looked suitable to carry a rider in ladies, amateur or juvenile division. A great attitude combined with a trusted work ethic required Raymond Bible, Morristown, Tenn., to take notice, and he completed the sale with his $20,000 nod.

Fox Grape’s Limitless was all show in the ring for rider Steve Wheeler. A consignment from Fox Grape Farms, Inc., Roanoke, Va., the gelding was agented by Autumn Hills Farm LLC, Simpsonville, Ky. The junior horse was wearing a full bridle and driving off his hocks with a bold trot, looking ready for a good start to an industrious career. Sharon P. Ellington, Ripplemead, Va., selected the long-necked gelding with a take-charge attitude. He looks to be lots of fun, with no stop, and earned a $20,000 asking price.

A large catalogue of horses in the Fall Sale was a concern amidst a flailing economy, with questions on consignors’ minds. The answer was loud and clear; horses that entered the historic pavilion were well-received and earned great reward for their effort. The always-anticipated consignment of Callaway Hills Stable brought interested buyers, and the opportunity to purchase historic breeding from Oak Hill Farm held a full gallery captive in their seats. Other consignors of note were interspersed throughout the three-day catalogue, and buyers were present from beginning to end, paying honest prices for the entrants. The answer was, despite some rough times, the Saddlebred industry is healthy and retains its sound future.

The Fall Sale was the final of two sales for the year 2008. The 2009 Sales dates will be announced on the web site, For more information, contact Teater Saddlebred Enterprises, Inc., 205 Parks Lane, Nicholasville, KY 40356, phone (859) 885-7283, or fax (859) 887-5780.

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