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Tattersalls Spring Sale

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The first of the TSE/Tattersalls annual sales was held April 9 and 10 in Lexington, Ky. Per tradition, the historic Red Mile Pavilion was host to the Spring Sale event, with 173 horses catalogued over the two-day course. Lexington rewarded those in attendance with spring weather and blossoms, welcoming horse enthusiasts back to the Bluegrass. The average per horse sold was $2,190 with OUTS constituting 21 percent of those catalogued, and RNAs (Reserve Not Attained) at five percent. Both day sessions ended late afternoon, giving attendees ample opportunity to experience activities including the festive American Saddlebred Museum’s Grand Opening of the impressive Showplace for Saddlebreds on Friday evening.

The aptly named Second Spring took home top honors of the sale. The five-year-old gelding was a consignment from High Hickory Farm, Simpsonville, Ky., and was presented to the public with Mike Tunstall, Finchville, Ky., as agent. The high-headed three-gaited chestnut by Worthy Son and out of CH My Sunday Shoes displayed an athletic trot, teamed with a quiet canter. Sound and sensible in the ring, he captured the attention of the gallery and accepted a $16,000 final bid from Elaine Gregory, Brookfield, Vt.

The very versatile Last Man Standing was selected by Denis Robert, Saint-Pie, Quebec, and should find great success in his new territory of Canada. Shown as a junior horse in fine harness, he garnered substantial accomplishment before tackling the under saddle division in 2008. His career through last year has him undefeated in both pleasure driving and under saddle. By CH Man On The Town and out of Hall of Fame Broodmare Dream A Dream, this outstanding campaigner was expertly presented and shows great promise and continued versatility in the show ring. Sarah Taylor was in the irons on behalf of Nelson Green, agent for Fischer Sisters LLC, Anchorage, Ky. The gavel fell on $15,000 as Last Man Standing’s work found completion.

The astute Deborah Richardson, Lenoir City, Tenn., signed the ticket for the three-gaited pleasure gelding Stonecroft Ring Leader. Beginning his show career in the winner’s circle from his first outing in the Weanling Breeders’ Stake at the Kentucky State Fair, he decorated the tack room in blue as a two-year-old in fine harness at Lexington Junior League and Rock Creek. Now seven, he is comfortable at the top of the show pleasure division. Colored for notice, the Robert and Kim Grom, Frenchtown, N.J., consignment was presented to the gallery, calling on past success and looking comfortably for more in the future. Clark Clouse, Versailles, Ky., was the agent and rider for the consignor; Stonecroft Ring Leader required $12,500 to exchange hands.

Another Hot Summer Night, the delightful three-gaited pony consigned by Fay Lowry and presented by Jim Lowry, Seymour, Ill., lit the bid board at $10,000 during his stay in the pavilion. This expressive entrant captured the attention of Kim Swartz, and he will make Hummelstown, Penn., his new home. Earning wins and top ribbons at major notable shows such as the Kentucky State Fair, Lexington Junior League, etc., he proved himself a winner once again before leaving the ring.

"For the most part, the Saddlebred industry has enjoyed a very stable and successful market during this uncertain economy," stated TSE/Tattersalls President Ed Teater. "Though both consignments and averages were down at the Spring Sale, our concentration has always been to offer a quality, fair and transparent marketplace for both buyers and sellers, and we will continue to make that our focus."

The next of the 2010 TSE Sale offerings will be The Fall Sale, Oct. 28, 29, and 30. Entries close Sept. 14. For information, please visit the website at or contact TSE/Tattersalls at (859) 885-7283.

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