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TSE/Tattersalls Sale Right On Target




For two days in July,
Lexington was the place to be if one wanted to let the outside world slip away and take advantage of being surrounded by the business of American Saddlebreds. While the Lexington Junior League Horse Show conducted classes in early mornings and evenings at the Red Mile, TSE/Tattersalls conducted its Summer Sale between show sessions. On July 13 and 14, in the historic Tattersalls Pavilion, the Summer Sale presented a catalogue of 180 entrants to the public.

There were sale toppers to be sure, but there was also a quantity of well-presented consignments that represented themselves admirably in various divisions, selling at respectable prices. Notable agents such as Sunrise Stables, Todd Walker, Nelson Green, Carter Cox, James Nichols, John Jones and Lewis Meadows each presented such useable offerings.

A $27,000 ticket sealed the transfer on the sale-topping show mare, Right On Target. A consignment from Abbey Gessmann, Grimes, Iowa, she was expertly ridden through her five gaits by Danette Musselman of Alliance Stud, Simpsonville, Ky. Shown successfully in the five-gaited division, most recently as a juvenile mount, she has garnered championships or reserve championships at such major shows as the American Royal, Midwest Charity and Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses to name a few. The eight-year-old mare is by World’s Champion sire Reedann’s Top Gun and out of Reedann’s Town Gossip, by CH The Talk Of The Town, making her a full sister to Hit The Target, Top Gossip, etc. Kasey Trent, Princeton, W.V., was the final bidder on this exceptional mare.

The Liberty Tribune, a consignment from Fred and Sherry Morrow, Granada Hills, Calif., was offered to the public with Kayla Wooters up for agent Ed Cockriel, Lexington, Ky. The perfectly presented three-gaited gelding was the epitome of a show horse as he wore the bridle and used his ears for his entire work in the ring. Elegant motion and an arrogant carriage were testament to his show career; straight-line lead changes were testament to his adaptability. The Liberty Tribune began his successful career as the American Royal’s Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Champion. He has continued with accomplishments in the amateur division. By Desert’s Supreme Memories and out of Charlotte Griggsby by Sultan’s Americana, this eight-year-old entry looked a good buy at $21,000. Carson Kressley, New York, N.Y., signed the ticket.

Tom Sworm of Durand, Mich., selected the three-year-old mare Rap Music for new owner Cassidy Dolby, Linden, Mich. The first foal of Shout, by Money Market LS, she lists her second dam as a full sister to world’s champion producer and Reserve World’s Champion Seymour’s Wind Chimes. Her third dam is a full sister to six-time World’s Champion CH Shaman. By World’s Champion sire Fascinating Rhythm SLS, the young mare exhibited her three gaits, wearing the bridle well and appeared ready for a substantial show career. She sold with an engagement to the National Three-Year-Old Futurity and is UPHA Classics nominated. A $16,000 bid transferred ownership of the Gaynor Roberts Shane, Windermere, Versailles, Ky., consignment. Steve and Tiffany Wheeler, Autumn Hills Farm, Nicholasville, Ky., served as agents for the seller.

Rob Tanner, Versailles, Ky., up for Bruce Dixon and Anne M. Smith, Atherton, Calif., prompted Angel Wind through the entrance gate and she took care of business. The classy three-year-old mare is by Periaptor, sire of World’s Champion CH Lady Periana and many more. Her dam, Heavenly Watch, is also the dam of the grand five-gaited World’s Champion Pluto and World’s Champion Cary’s Moonraker. Her second dam, Half Penny Manor Calamity Jane, is a Hall of Fame Broodmare. The royally bred Angel Wind was catalogued as a three-gaited or park entry, and was entertaining as she worked, demanding activity from the gallery. The bid board lit a $13,000 final sale as R. Alan Failor, Woodinville, Wash., was handed the ticket for signature.

Harlem’s Who’s Your Daddy, by Harlem Globetrotter, was chosen by Morgan Shindler, Fulton, Mo., for $13,000. The versatile bay gelding is a seasoned veteran of the show ring with success in the junior exhibitor five-gaited division. The expressive Harlem’s Who’s Your Daddy had an impressive trot, smooth slow gait and an ample rack, which encouraged bidders’ consideration. Steve Hanks, Statesville, N.C., acted as agent for consignor Jean Myers, King, N.C.

The Hackney cob tail pony Highlander demanded a $12,5000 bid to transfer ownership to Arlie Fiveash, Augusta, Ga. A consignment from Gina Stopher, Collinsville, Texas, he was agented by John Shea, Covington, La. Highlander was cocky and sure in the sale pavilion, prompting commotion from the gallery. His wins this year include the Hackney Pony Championship and Amateur Hackney Pony class at Gasparilla Charity, as well as the Open and Hackney Pony Championships at both Tampa Charity and Mid-South Spring Premiere.

There were many additional notables during the course of the two-day sale. Commanding ticket prices between $7,000 and $10,000 were such entrants as Perfect Again, Endolane Queen, Callaway’s In The Limelight, Hey Big Spender, Bess Of Luck, Bewitched In Harlem, Charlaton, Never Worry and the broodmare Highpoint’s The King’s Flame and her 2006 foal.

The Summer Sale included a catalogue of 180 consignments. The average per horse sold was $3,658. Outs constituted 19 percent of the entrants, with RNAs (reserves not attained) contributing only 6 percent, a sharp and welcome decrease from the previous sale.

“With a smaller catalogue, we were pleased with the strong market for useable horses that were capably presented and sold here,” stated TSE/Tattersalls President Ed Teater.

The final of the three 2006 TSE Sale offerings will be held October 26, 27 and 28. Entries close Tuesday, September 12.

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