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"Let's roll." Those two words have come to symbolize an attitude of capability, integrity and determination when facing any large undertaking. They were adopted by TSE/Tattersalls as a slogan for the 2002 sale season. The Fall Sale implemented the phrase to perfection at the Tattersalls sale pavilion on October 24, 25, and 26 in Lexington, Kentucky. The cadence was established immediately, and it was sustained in each of the four sessions. The end result was an exciting sale, which boasted the second highest average for horses sold at TSE/Tattersalls in recent years.

Consignments from some of the most recognizable names in the Saddlebred industry helped to establish a $5,091.00 average, while RNA's (Reserve Not Attained) remained consistent with prior sales. "We couldn't be more pleased," stated TSE/Tattersalls President Ed Teater. "We have worked very hard to distinguish ourselves as a reputable and successful venue for offering horses to the public. This sale met all of our expectations," he added.

The Fall Sale consisted of three individual day sessions and included top selling consignments from The Jean McLean Davis Trust, George Knight, Elisabeth Goth, David Rudder, Dr. Alan R. Raun, James W. Orr, and Edmund Perwien, among others. Friday night hosted the inception of the UPHA Classics Incentive Yearling Sale. Sunrise Stables and John T. and Nancy Trent Jones led the consignor list by achieving the highest purchase prices for yearlings in this innovative session that averaged a healthy $6,120.00.

Saturday hosted the sale topping entry, Bayou Belle. Presented under saddle by Dianna Rannells for The Jean McLean Davis Trust, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, with George Knight acting as agent, this proven mare commanded a $39,000.00 bid to obtain new ownership. Boasting wins or reserves in both open and ladies classes at many major shows, this expressive mare appeared mannered and ready for the amateur division. The well-bred Reserve World's Champion Bayou Belle is by twice Five-Gaited World's Grand Champion CH Man On The Town. Presented to perfection, Bayou Belle was purchased by Spencer Mains of Boone, North Carolina.

Larry Hodge acted as agent for consignor Elisabeth M. Goth, Lebanon, Kentucky, for numerous important entrants in the Fall Sale. The striking, black two year old gelding, The Dragon, topped this group by demanding a $35,000.00 bid. Gregory Maldonado presented this youngster in the pavilion, where the captivating colt excited the crowd with his mature carriage and athleticism under saddle. This excellent selection is now the property of Janene Steggeman, Brookfield, Wisconsin, Rick Wallen acting as agent. He is by multiple fine harness World's Champion Exalted Effect and out of fine harness World's Champion Fortune, who immediately followed him and established her presence in the sales ring. Fortune is well remembered for holding three fine harness World's Champion titles in three consecutive years. This elegant mare is by CH Foxfire's Prophet, and her dam is the renowned three-gaited World's Champion CH In Reality. Besides The Dragon, Fortune is also the dam of sales entrant My Fabulous Fortune, who commanded $12,500.00 in the same session. This celebrated mare sold in foal to Five-Gaited Reserve World's Grand Champion War Image and collected a $30,000.00 signature from Kaaba, Inc. of Paris, Kentucky.

Saving Nine was yet another in the Elisabeth Goth consignment. Earning Dr. Alan R. Raun's favor and $30,000.00 signature, this captivating gelding is also a proven winner of the show ring, capturing the 2001 Two Year Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding (Division 1) World's Championship. He is by War Image and lists as his dam twice World's Champion Elegant Stitches. Presented under saddle by Gregory Maldonado, he looked to be a top prospect for either the fine harness or three-gaited division.

Another notable consignment in this grouping was the five-gaited junior mare Suki Snowlet. Cheryl Innis of Somers, Connecticut, signed the receipt as the gavel fell on $27,000.00 to seal ownership. Sporting a game trot and an explosive rack, this impressive mare was consistent enough to be suitable for the amateur division. By CH Sky Watch, she is out of the stakes winning five-gaited mare and proven producer CH Astra Music. Her performance in the pavilion reflected her distinguished heritage.

Joan Hamilton of Springfield, Kentucky, added Hollywood Nights to Kalarama's fine collection of broodmares when she finalized her $25,000.00 bid. Well respected for her progeny, Hollywood Nights is the dam of three-time Three-Gaited World's Grand Champion Hollywood Excellence and sold in foal to Attache's Thunderbolt. Her weanling by War Image, Dramatic License, preceded her in the sale and was purchased by Melinda Moore, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, for $20,000.00. Ms. Moore also purchased the War Image weanling Purple Heart for $20,000.00. Purple Heart is an embryo transplant foal of the well-known World's Champion Harlem's Strong Will.

David B. Rudder of Lexington, Kentucky, consigned the proven winner Great Day Rising with Larry Hodge acting as agent. With titles from many major shows, including one World's Championship and two Reserve World's Championships already to his credit, this striking chestnut gelding proved himself again in the sales pavilion. Bidding built momentum as Great Day Rising performed five gaits with winning attitude. Deborah Orr Visser selected this seasoned campaigner for $35,000.00. He will return to his home in Springfield, Kentucky.

A Callaway's Blue Norther daughter, Kalarama's Blue Flame, stepped into the ring and insisted on $30,000.00 from Raymond Shively, Rockport, Indiana, to procure ownership. This Paul Hamilton and Larry Hodge entry entertained fast bidding as she executed five gaits. Kalarama's Blue Flame is a half sister to the winning fine harness mare Harlem's So Rare, as well as to World's Champion Kalarama's High Roller.

The current Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Rider 16-17 Reserve World's Champion, Simply Tasty, entered the in-gate with a magnificent trot and continued to thrill the audience during his stay in the pavilion. Dakota Willimon rode the gelding with a confidence that came from her experience with him at major shows across the country. Commanding a $28,000.00 final bid, Simply Tasty is now the property of Kathy and Brynn Crotty, Charleston, West Virginia.

Janet Crampton, acting as agent for Edmund Perwien, Bellville, Texas, had her homework complete and was left to the reward as she rode Impressive Man to an impressive performance. This three-gaited pleasure and park competitor has been shown successfully, and looked ready to carry a new rider into the winner's circle. Tillman Stables, Inc. of Antioch, Illinois, made the final offer as the bid board reflected the $23,500.00 price tag.

Another expertly presented entry was Dear Talk, consigned by Jean McLean Davis, and ridden by Dianna Rannells for George Knight, agent. This pretty, light chestnut three-gaited or park gelding commanded a $20,000.00 final bid from William Norton, Wellington, Ohio.

Friday evening's session hosted the inception of the UPHA Classics Incentive Yearling Sale. Yearlings purchased during this sale session became eligible as three year olds in 2004, when shown in UPHA Classics Classes, to compete for incentive money raised from the proceeds of this sale.

Robert and Monica Ollson purchased the sale-topping Classics Yearling, King Crimson, consigned by Sunrise Stables of Versailles, Kentucky. This beautiful bay colt is the son of CH The King Of Highpoint and out of You Got The Look, half sister to five-gaited Reserve World's Champion Idle Affair. This very talented colt was the final offering of the session and sold with numerous engagements. He was purchased for $25,000.00.

Marching Orders, by Merchant Prince, sire of World's Grand Champion Sweet Treat, etc., was consigned by John T. Jones and Nancy Trent Jones, Union, Kentucky. The long necked, expressive chestnut gelding boasts the CH Caramac daughter, Callaway's Finders-Keepers as his dam. A $23,500.00 transaction successfully completed the sale of this fine yearling to Fox Grape Farm, Inc. in Roanoke, Virginia.

The Fall Sale completes the 2002 auction agenda for TSE/Tattersalls. "This was the culmination of a remarkable year for the horse industry," stated President Ed Teater. "Our averages have continued to increase while our RNA's have remained consistently stable. I find this to be extremely encouraging in our present economy. We look forward to the challenge of continued improvement in both our sale and in the industry as a whole in 2003."

The first of a series of three sales hosted by TSE/Tattersalls in 2003 will be The Spring Sale, scheduled for April 11 and 12. For more information, contact Teater Saddlebred Enterprises, Inc., 6268 Harrodsburg Road, Nicholasville, Kentucky, 40356, phone (859) 885-7283, or fax (859) 887-5780.

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