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UPHA Classic Incentive Yearling Sale Highlights A Week Of Great Sales

The UPHA Classics Incentive Yearling Sale was held at the UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show on Friday, November 19, 2004. The sale was presented in Hale Arena under the expert hammer of Auctioneer Walt Robertson, with Alan Balch reading the pedigrees. The Saddlebred yearlings sold through the 2004 sale will be eligible for added prize money when they compete in the 2006 UPHA Classic Grand Championships. The sale's move seemed only fitting as the 25 consignees got their start at the show where they might ultimately be awarded a large purse of Incentive Sale prize money which will be in the range of $30,000 to $40,000.

Overall, the sale average per horse consigned was approximately $11,500. The sale topper for Virgil and Sandra Helm was The Final Edition, an athletic chestnut colt whose show ring promise excited the crowd of over 350. Fox Grape Farms signed the ticket on this impressive colt for the price of $100,000. Other top consignments included Hats Off To Harper, a consignment of Spencer Mains purchased by Tracy Garcia for $47,000. Mountainview’s Celestial Night, a part of the Jones Mountainview Saddlebred consignment, brought $27,000 from Martin Cockriel and Sam Garcia. A bay filly named Whispered Promises, a consignment of Dena Lopez, brought the final price of $16,000, finding a new home with purchaser Craig McGinnis. This was a well attended, exciting sale and plans are already underway for the 2005 Sale, which will be held at the UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show. While the market for promising youngsters proved its strength at the auction, the week in Kansas City was filled with many private sales of proven show ring winners. No fewer than a dozen sales were completed with several more in the works at press time.

Following her victory as the UPHA Three-Gaited Park Pleasure Classic Grand Champion, Holy Grail was purchased by Brittany McNamara with Betsy Webb as agent. Midge Hunt was the trainer and agent for former owner Kimberly Blackwell of Little River Farm who also enjoyed wins at Blue Ridge Classic and All American Classic with the daughter of Revival and New York's Crown Jewel.

Andy and Lynda Freseth of Hollow Haven Farm were the agents in a pair of noteworthy Royal sales. Patty Milligan of Milligan Stables was the agent for the buyers of both CH Like An Admiral and New York Style. CH Like An Admiral was in his second tour of duty with former owner Nancy Leigh-Fisher as they won the American Royal Five-Gaited Pleasure 39 & Over. It was a blue ribbon sendoff as the grand gelding will now carry new owner Carol Winters in grand fashion. Maguire Hall is the new owner and rider of National Three-Gaited Park Champion New York Style. Including a world title for former owners Guy and Karen Smith, 2004 was a breakthrough season for the gifted gelding with Lynda Freseth in open and Karen Smith in amateur competition.

Mike Roberts was the agent for both parties in the sale of the American Royal Junior Fine Harness Champion I'm A Lucky Charm. The Santana's Charm son was purchased from Parkview Farms by Wes Sorenson to compliment his string Fine Harness Champion mares under the direction of Mike Roberts Stables. This dynamic young stallion also earned victories during the season at Indianapolis Charity, Dayton and St. Louis.

The 2004 National Roadster To Bike Champion Main Man DDR is speeding to the west coast following his purchase by Marie Peyman and Bob Facciola of Woodhaven Farm. Former owner and trainer Merrill Murray started off with the speedster by winning the novice class at Bonnie Blue and went on to enjoy victories at Shelbyville, All America Classic and ASHAV before winning the unanimous National Championship.

Alden Farms is the new owner of the multi-titled equitation mount LA Blues, formerly owned by The Nichols Family. Ashley Alden was aboard the bay son of Callaway's Blue Norther when she was crowned the American Royal Saddle Seat Equitation Champion. Kenny and Donna Smith of Royal Scot Stables represented the Aldens in their purchase with Liz McBride-Jones serving as agent for the Nichols.

Bret Day of Grey Ridge Farm served as agent for both parties in the sale of The Social Butterfly. Following a victorious season on the west coast with former owner Jeffrey Fetzer, Bret Day took over the lines of The Social Butterfly in Kansas City for the Fine Harness Mares win. The six-year-old daughter of Local Hero and Radiant Ann is now the proud property of Gwen Carter Hymen.

Smith Lilly of Mercer Springs Farm was the agent in sales of pair of impressive junior horses. With Lilly as agent, Delores Barker sold the entertaining gray stallion Day's Grecian Gray to the Krentz family with Scott Matton of Knollwood Farms as agent. The four-year-old son of Sultan's Great Day and Attache's Galatea had earned Fine Harness titles from Bonnie Blue, Roanoke, and Blue Gray as well as the Four-Year-Old Fine Harness Sweepstakes reserve title from the All American Classic.

The stunning black Broadway's Mamma Mia! was selected by Phoenix Prophecies with Kevin Tomasko as agent from former owner Bill Beckley and former trainer Smith Lilly. Following wins at JD Massey, Rock Creek and Kentucky Fall Classic in her debut season, the daughter of Mountainview's Oh Heavenly Day was named the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic Reserve Grand Champion with Smith Lilly in the irons. Careen Dubuc will take over the reins of this charismatic youngster under the direction of Kevin Tomasko of Phoenix Stables.

Kevin Tomasko was also the purchasing agent for Starumphant for the Frost Family. Meredith Frost will show the winning performer in the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure division under the Phoenix Stables banner. Marsha and Gary Garone of Fairfield South are the former trainers and agents for the Darin Bemis family as Starumphant was the winning pleasure equitation mount for Jenna Bemis.

Cape Cod Farm has welcomed home World's Champion Undulata's Jimmy Hollywood as the new mount for Abby Campbell following his purchase by Kristin Campbell. The 2003 Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Pleasure 14-17 World's Grand Champion was formerly owned by the Edith Tomasko Trust and shown by Careen Dubuc under the direction of Kevin Tomasko of Phoenix Stables.

Dr. Alan Raun of Reedannland has sold the winning four-year-old five-gaited gelding The Party's Here to Kristen Koenig. Bill and Nancy Becker of Shadow Run served as agents for Koenig in the purchase of the son of Reedann's Top Gun and the winning five-gaited mare Party Train

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