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TSE/Tattersalls Spring Sale

TSE/Tattersalls opened its 2006 season with The Spring Sale held on April 14 and 15 at the historic Red Mile Pavilion, Lexington, Ky. Lot No. 1 opened the sale with a $9,000 final bid, generating the excitement that accompanies the prospect of a new purchase. Top sellers were interspersed evenly throughout the two-day session, exposing the myth that one needs “a good spot” for advantageous selling. Forthcoming consignments kept the audience in attendance even as the perfect spring weather beckoned Easter in the Bluegrass.

The Spring Sale catalog contained 213 entrants. The average price for horses sold was $3,695, an 8.8 percent increase over last spring’s average. Outs constituted 22 percent of the total, while RNA’s (Reserve Not Attained) contributed 11 percent to the overall figures.

Current World Champion My Good Bye topped the sale with a purchase price of $25,000. Kelley Hollowell of Calhoun, Ga., signed the ticket shortly after the captivating mare failed to reach her reserve in the sale ring. Consigned by Mrs. Julian Gregory, Dalton, Ga., My Good Bye holds both the 2004 and 2005 Three-Gaited Pleasure Rider 16-17 World Championships, as well as titles from numerous other well-recognized shows. She was presented at public offering with Lance Williamson in the irons for agent Melinda Moore, Harrodsburg, Ky.

Harlem Charm, a consignment from Dirk and Natalie Vandeventer, Paradise Valley, Ariz., stirred interest and competitive bidding during his workout in the ring. Crystal Everett expertly presented the three-gaited entrant as Kim Crumpler, Simpsonville, Ky., laid the groundwork. The expressive chestnut gelding by Santana’s Charm has been shown successfully and consistently in the three-gaited division, with his most recent win being the amateur championship at the 2005 Illinois State Fair. Now sporting a full mane and doing seamless lead changes, he looks to be an able contender in a variety of divisions. Harold Denton, Bullet Concrete Materials, Inc., Conroe, Texas, selected Harlem Charm for $20,000.

Melinda Moore not only acted as agent for the sale topper but also for April Hi Lite, owned by Frank and Penelope St. Charles of Versailles, Ky. Presented by Lance Williamson, the charismatic and talented bay mare strutted down the straightaway thinking that she was much larger than her listed 15.1 hands. Commanding a price of $19,000, she is now the property of Catherine Munsey, Boone, N.C.

Cindy Gadberry Harris, Joplin, Mo., showed no hesitation when it came to the final gavel on Taking A Chance. This grand gelding took control of the gallery when he hit the entrance gate and continued to command attention during his stay. The three-gaited park entrant was showy and game, representing himself well in the pavilion. Roger Meade, Lebanon, Va., acted as agent for his daughter, Darlene M. Rose, who capably presented her gelding to a final bid of $19,000.

Rob Wilson, Smithfield, Ky., guided Attaché’s Elegance down the straightaway and the pair kept the gallery well entertained. The Holt Oaks Farm LLC, Louisville, Ky., consignment had a commanding presence and her coloring made her stand out in the sale ring. Already a proven winner with a respectable showing in the ladies over 15.2 class at the 2005 Kentucky State Fair, Attaché’s Elegance was mannered and confident during her presentation. She is by multiple World Champion sire Attaché’s Absolute, and her second dam is World Champion The Royal Princess. The bid board lit up an $18,000 price tag when the gavel fell to Jo Waddell, Cedartown, Ga.

Platinum Stock Farm, Charleston, W.Va., selected Nondairy Creamer for $13,000. Just a three-year-old, this gelding was offered to the public doing five-gaits and comfortable in a full bridle. This young entrant is by World Champion Callaway’s Gold Rush and out of the winning show mare Feather Light, by CH Courageous Admiral. Nondairy Creamer was a consignment from Spencer R. Mains, Boone, N.C., and offered to the public with Lance Williamson up for agent Melinda Moore. Nondairy Creamer sold with an engagement to the National Three-Year-Old Futurity.

The unmistakable spotted mare, Tin Roof Sundae, was one of the later entrants into the pavilion and kept the gallery in their seats. Big and beautifully marked, this mare was up-fronted and wore her ears for the entirety of her ring work. Tin Roof Sundae boasts wins at Rock Creek, Shelbyville and Harrodsburg, along with impressive ribbons at Lexington and Louisville. Ashley Isenhower, Reflection Stables, Simpsonville, Ky., rode the colorful mare to a $12,500 bid for consignor Ann Marie Brickzen of Shelbyville, Ky. David Yungkau, Burlington, Ky., is listed as new owner.

Tommy Richardson, Lenoir City, Tenn., was the final bidder on Lot No. 139, Desert’s Supreme Dream. The well-bred five-gaited entrant was consigned by Sharon S. Anderson, Welcome, N.C., and ridden by Gary Altizer, Crockett, Va., acting as agent. Just a junior horse, Desert’s Supreme Dream was well settled in his gaits and demanded a $12,000 signature before exchanging hands.

Regime Change was purely professional under the guidance of Midge Hunt, Raleigh, N.C., up for Dr. Kimberly Blackwell, Little River Farm LLC, Hurdle Mills, N.C. The three-year-old three-gaited gelding wore the curb like a seasoned campaigner and entertained active bidding with his equitation work. Impeccably turned out, he displayed the presence of a show contender to the satisfaction of new owners Crystal Seals and Peggy Brown, Bulls Gap, Tenn. A $12,000 final offer sealed the exchange of ownership on this young gelding by Star Material.

The very useful Blues Traveler made good use of his ring time and proved his worth as Milo Jones, Tomball, Texas, added his signature to the $10,000 ticket. Already shown to top finishes at notable shows throughout 2004 and 2005, the expressive gelding appeared ready for the pleasure or park division. This worthy gelding was a consignment from Kathrine Abbot Conflenti, Whitestown, Ind., with Mike McIntosh acting as agent.

Eatonwood’s Jane was offered to the public by Linda Kay Hendricks, Lenoir City, Tenn., with Don Harris Stables, Cox’s Creek, Ky., listed as agent. This striking, deep chestnut mare displayed attitude and athleticism as she passed the inspection of Jeremy Harper, Prattsville, Ariz. The young Eatonwood’s Jane is by World Champion sire Casindra’s Sultan, a full brother to WGC sire WC Sultan’s Great Day. She looked to be a sound purchase for $10,000.

A.E. Nelson, Santa Rosa, Calif., offered Secret Crush to the public with Alliance Stud, Simpsonville, Ky., listed as agent. Elegantly ridden by Danette Musselman, this young mare was poised and precise while performing for prospective buyers. Secret Crush has consistently won top honors in the park pleasure division for the last two years and as a five-yea-old appears ready to continue winning for new owner, Brian Turner and Randy Evans, Knoxville, Tenn. The beautiful bay mare is by multiple World Champion sire Rifles and Roses and lists Champagne Amore, by Champagne Fizz as her dam. A $10,000 bid sealed the purchase.

Proven show horses and show-ready three-year-olds prevailed at the spring offering. With the beginning of the 2006 season, buyers were eager to purchase finished horses, and The Spring Sale had many useful entrants. Auctioneers kept pace with bidding and horses on deck were warmed and ready to lend to the timeliness of a professional sale. Each day’s session began promptly at 10:30 a.m. and finished by 5 p.m., so that buyers and consigners could take advantage of an evening with friends and Lexington in spring.

The second of the three 2006 TSE/Tattersalls sale offerings will be held July 12,13,and 14.

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