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TSE/Tattersalls Fall Sale A Resounding Success

By any definition, TSE/Tattersalls Fall Sale, held October 28, 29, and 30, was a resounding success. A grouping of 518 entrants, which included the prestigious Callaway Hills fall consignment, saw the best average per horse sold in seven years. The varied and notable catalog brought standing-room-only crowds, contributing to the excitement. An active gallery and historic bloodlines filled the Lexington, Ky., sales pavilion with an atmosphere of anticipation. The result was the second largest grossing sale in the history of TSE/Tattersalls.

The overall average for horses sold was $6,366, an increase of 63 percent from the 2003 Fall Sale. RNA’s (reserves not attained) remained steady at 7 percent of horses cataloged while outs retained their hard-earned decline, holding firm at 17 percent. The Callaway Hills selection contributed largely to the success, but prices for all consignments were up and held through the end of the final session.

The much anticipated fall consignment from Callaway Hills Stable on Friday evening brought record attendance to the pavilion and a $20,194 average. The exclusive session consisted of 52 entries from the renowned stable located in Jefferson City, Mo. Bob Brison expertly directed the presentation of 46 young products of the historic Callaway breeding program as they were offered to the public. Five broodmares pronounced in foal to Callaway stallions were capably presented by Kenda Benn. In addition, a stallion service to Callaway’s Blue Norther was cataloged and offered to an enthusiastic crowd. Gifford Weldon represented Callaway Hills with his attendance.

The dynamic Callaway’s Mystical Moment headlined the consignment and topped the overall sale by commanding a final $260,000 bid. The two-year-old mare captured the attention of everyone as she entered the gate, the excitement in the gallery continuing to build with each pass. Her presence in the pavilion, with Bob Brison up, exemplified the best of the breed. By the multi-titled five-gaited World’s Champion Callaway’s Born To Win, Callaway’s Mystical Moment is out of Abacus Claudia, a half sister to Callaway’s Claudette, dam of famous four-time World’s Grand Champion CH Callaway’s Copyright. This exceptional filly sold to Misdee Wrigley’s Hillcroft Farm, Paris, Ky, and will now be under the direction of Larry Hodge.

John T. Jones acted as agent for Fox Grape Farm, Roanoke, Va., when he signed the $87,000 ticket for Callaway’s Connotation. The yearling gelding is by World’s Champion CH Caramac and out of Callaway’s Anticipation by The New York Times. Gifted and animated, he entertained an active bidding audience.

Impressive and game under saddle with Bob Brison up, Callaway’s Think Again encouraged participation from the crowd as he performed five gaits. The three-year-old stallion is by the famous World’s Grand Champion sire Callaway’s Blue Norther. His dam is a full sister to stakes winner and sire Callaway’s The Gipper, and his second dam is the Hall of Fame broodmare Patty’s Dream. This royally bred young stallion sold for $80,000 to Maribelle Granger, Dayton, Ohio, and his training will be resumed under the direction of Mark Webster.

Well-started under saddle and lighting up the ring was the two-year-old filly, Callaway’s Blue Jet. By Callaway’s Blue Norther and out of Hall of Fame Broodmare Callaway’s Agatha Christie, she is a full sister to famous World’s Champions Adelita, Callaway’s Blue Agate, and more. Callaway’s Blue Jet looked to be an equally important contributor to her family line as she took control of the pavilion. James D. and Anna Karleen Stewart of Oakdale, Tenn., were the final bidders as the $75,000 price tag lit the bid board.

Vicki Reed selected the young broodmare entry, Callaway’s Angel’s Touch, for her Three Gables LLC, Hinsdale, Ill. Angel’s Touch is a full sister to Ms. Reed’s well-known former five-gaited show horse, CH Callaway’s Misha. In foal to Callaway’s Blue Norther, Callaway’s Angel’s Touch commanded $50,000 to become the sale topping broodmare.

Wearing the bridle like a seasoned campaigner, Callaway’s Wanna Bet demanded a $47,000 signature before exiting the arena. Another fine two-year-old by Callaway’s Born To Win, this filly is a half sister to world titleholders Callaway’s Merry-Go-Round, Callaway’s County Fair and Callaway’s Buttons And Bows. Robert Ratte, North Oaks, Minn., purchased Callaway’s Wanna Bet as well as the $20,000 yearling prospect, Callaway’s Born To Ride, also by Callaway’s Born To Win. Both fillies will be under the direction of Tom Scott, Princeton, Minnesota.

Hillcroft Farm, purchaser of the sale topping Callaway’s Mystical Moment, also obtained ownership of Callaway’s Midnight Madness. With Burt Honaker in the stirrups, this charismatic two-year-old gelding entertained bids as he performed for the public. A $32,000 ticket sealed the transfer on this young son of Callaway’s Main Man and Callaway’s Martha Mia.

Callaway’s Due North exhibited his aptitude for ring work as the two-year-old performed five gaits for the gallery. Out of Callaway’s Zerelda, he is a full brother to the multi-titled and current Ladies Five-Gaited World’s Champion Callaway’s Banner Headline. Under the direction of Bob Brison, the capable gelding garnered the interest of Larry Hodge, Springfield, Ky., who made the final $25,000 bid.

In addition to the exceptional consignment of horses presented, Callaway Hills also offered a unique opportunity to purchase a 2005 stallion service to the multi-titled former show horse and well-known sire, Callaway’s Blue Norther. By the legendary Will Shriver, Callaway’s Blue Norther boasts an extensive listing of World’s Champion sons and daughters. Two of his offspring, World’s Grand Champion CH Callaway’s Forecaster and World’s Champion Callaway’s Hakuna Matata, retain honors as the two highest priced horses to be sold in the TSE/Tattersalls pavilion. The season was acquired by Glenn Werry, Edwards, Ill., for $20,000.

Friday evening’s session was a large contributor to the Fall Sale’s success. Also contributing was a host of notable consignments presented throughout the day sessions. The Kalarama Farm Reduction Sale of 51 entrants enticed bidders during Saturday’s session. Entries from DeVault Farms, LLC, The Jean McLean Davis Trust and George Knight, James Orr, Paul L. Turman II, Linda Dake Wilford, Tony Ricker and Woodhaven Saddlebreds, Inc. each exceeded the sale average by a huge margin.

Matt Shiflet acted as agent for the Paul L. Turman, II, Barboursville, W. Va., consignment Callaway’s Blackbeard. Capably ridden through the sale by Kristen Shiflet, the five-year-old gelding exhibited his talent while retaining his demeanor and performing the slow gait and rack with athleticism and a willing attitude. Ricky D. Cook and Bruce Williams of Rockwood, Tenn., selected this son of Callaway’s Blue Norther for $60,000.

Melvin Blankenship, Princeton, W. Va., selected the South African bred Studcor Limited Edition. The Kalarama Farm, Springfield, Ky., consignment was guided down the straightaway by Gregory Maldonado, up for Larry Hodge, agent. Holding possession of a winning record in South Africa, he was cataloged as suitable for a lady, amateur or junior exhibitor. This formidable five-gaited entrant was impressive enough to earn $35,000 before taking leave.

The James W. Orr, Lee’s Summit, Mo., consignment I’m Sneaky Pete was agented by Larry Hodge of Springfield, Kentucky, and perfectly presented by Gregory Maldonado. By CH Heir To Champagne, and out of Mountjoy’s Special Token, he shares both the coloring and talent of his full brother, CH Token Favorite. Already shown with success in the five-gaited open, ladies and pleasure divisions at major shows in the Midwest, I’m Sneaky Pete appeared capable of continuing a successful career for new owner Paula Brown of Odenville, Ala. I’m Sneaky Pete was purchased for $26,000.

Larry Hodge once again acted as agent for James Orr on his second CH Heir To Champagne consignment, Sox Appeal. This beautiful three-year-old three-gaited mare, a full sister to Reserve World’s Champion Wrapped In Roses WRF, was capably shown under saddle by Chantel Coetzee. A $25,000 final offer sealed ownership on this promising young mare, now the property of Jan C. Lukens, Ravena, N.Y.

Hollywood Nights, dam of World’s Grand Champion Hollywood Excellence, was the second highest selling broodmare. A consignment from Joan Hamilton, Kalarama Farm, she is in foal to Blue O’Shea, and commanded a $20,000.00 final bid from Marion Hutcheson on behalf of Candace Chazen, Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

The three-year-old gelding Man Of Your Dreams was a consignment of The Jean McLean Davis Trust and George Knight, the latter acting as agent. Walt Bullard presented the three-gaited or three-gaited pleasure mount in impeccable order. Peter Archer signed the $20,000 ticket for Florence Merkin Trust, Walworth, Wisc.

Another entrant reaching the $20,000 mark was the three-gaited park mare, Mondi, a consignment from Tony Ricker, Fairview, Texas. Ed Millet expertly guided the gifted daughter of Merchant Prince through her gaits. She is now the property of Libby Mathers, Tremont, Ill.

The recipe for success always begins with the right ingredients. TSE/Tattersalls Fall Sale began with tradition before adding an exceptional catalog of consignments. A large number of participants, actively staying the three-day course, added a steadfast and willing contribution to the mix. The result is an unqualified encouragement to our industry.

The first of a series of three sales hosted by TSE/Tattersalls for 2005 will be The Spring Sale, scheduled for April 15 and 16. 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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