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Yahooligan and Nozomi Best The Spring Sale

TSE/Tattersalls kicked off its 2005 season with The Spring Sale, held April 15 and 16. Lexington, Ky, donned its most vibrant colors to welcome horses and visitors to the historic Tattersalls pavilion for the two-day sale. Perfect weather cooperated as resourceful offerings of horses and ponies were presented to the public. Spring breeds promise, and The Spring Sale complied as a versatile group of entrants changed hands.

The honor of top seller at The Spring Sale was a shared one as $25,000 tickets sealed the acquisitions of a pair of show ring veterans. Yahooligan and Nozomi, two bold and compelling chestnut geldings, each played to an enthusiastic audience as bidding ensued. Experienced TSE/Tattersalls sale buyers purchased both high-bid consignments.

Yahooligan was the first of the two top sellers to enter the sales arena. The handsome chestnut gelding was a consignment from Jacquelyn S. and Robert D. Shupe, Georgetown, Texas, and agented by Mike Hylton, Ventura Farm, Shelbyville, Ky. A veteran of the show circuit, Yahooligan holds possession of wins as a four-year-old in both the three-gaited pleasure and show pleasure driving divisions. His more recent top ribbons were in the five-gaited and five-gaited pleasure divisions and he was shown to all five gaits in the pavilion. The confident and versatile gelding, presented by Melissa Shields, entertained the gallery and brought a round of applause when the gavel fell on the final $25,000 bid. Tommy Richardson, Lenoir City, Tenn., took ownership.

Ed Millet, Versailles, Ky, piloted several exceptional entrants during the sale. Nozomi was his showpiece, and quickly caught the attention of bidders as he entered the ring. His charismatic demeanor was apparent from the entry gate and was evidence of his successful showings in both park and fine harness classes. Presented to the public under saddle, Nozomi loved the pavilion and looked game and willing during his stay. This consignment from Michael and Maureen Keating, Nicholasville, Ky., will make his new home with Melvin Blankenship in Princeton, W. Va. Once again, a round of applause celebrated the $25,000 price reflected on the bid board.

Paula Brown of Odenville, Ala., selected Love To Dance for $18,000. A consignment from Katie Morrison, Winston-Salem, N.C, this young three-gaited mare was exquisite with Steve Wheeler in the irons for agent Cash Lovell. Long necked and expressive, the chestnut mare used her talent to keep the gallery active. Love To Dance has already shown to high honors in juvenile three-gaited classes at both Lexington Junior League and Louisville. By the young sire Mountain Highland Dancer, she is out of Great Love, a full sister to Reserve World's Champion Midnight Express. She lists as her second dam three-gaited Reserve World's Champion Whisperwind's Endless Love.

The Amy Wilson, Carmel, Ind., entry, Albelarm Elegant Lady, was purchased by Curt, Tess, and Cynthia Piotrowski of Lenox, Mich. The lovely three-gaited mare has an extensive show history, beginning with the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Mare World's Championship title in 1996. In 2003, she was named Saddle & Bridle's Best of Breed Juvenile 17 and Under Three-Gaited Reserve Champion. Albelarm Elegant Lady is by Sultan's Starmaker and her dam is Hall of Fame Broodmare Globetrotting Lady. This royally bred walk-trot mare was capably presented by Keith Harger, Simpsonville, Ky., and was purchased for $17,000.

Breeding stallion, (SA) Tornaado, consigned by Joan Hamilton, Springfield, Ky., was presented in hand by Gregory Maldonado with Larry Hodge as agent. His show record lists successive wins in the Fine Harness Two-Year-Old, Three-Year-Old and Junior South African Championships before winning the 1997 Fine Harness Grand Championship of South Africa. Tornaado is the sire of World's Champion Dancing Up A Storm LCC, Reserve World's Champion Kalarama's Twister, Reserve World's Champion Tornaado's Storm Warnings, as well as many major stakes winners. He is by Vidaas Yokozuna, sire of South African Five-Gaited Grand Champions Parader's Lady and The Inferno. Tornaado's first dam is the South African mare and Ladies Fine Harness Champion Keepon Sarah Lee. An $11,500 offer from Mary Schmidt, South Charleston, W.Va., sealed the exchange of ownership.

Mountainview's Prom Queen was purchased by Skip Shenker, Mercer, Pa., for $11,000. This young three-gaited mare already has an impressive career, boasting top honors at Louisville in her two and three-year-old years. Recently shown by a junior exhibitor, the well mannered and gifted bay mare showed promise in the pavilion and kept the bidding lively. She is by Mountainview's Oh Heavenly Day and her dam, Mountainview's Carbonado, has produced six foals, all Kentucky State Fair ribbon winners. The Kirk and Susan Roetman, Stillwater, Minn., consignment was presented with Smith Lilly in the irons for agent Mercer Springs Farm.

The three-gaited entrants were particularly enticing, and Sultan's Crescendo was no exception. This bay gelding went a big trot and wore a perfect headset from entry to closing. He has extensive wins on the Kentucky show circuit in several three-gaited divisions, and has also garnered top ribbons at Louisville in the pony division. There was never a bad spot in the sale ring for Sultan's Crescendo; he loved the ring and was happy to share his enthusiasm. Karen Blankenship, Princeton, W.Va., bought this offering for $11,000. Sultan's Crescendo was consigned by Danielle Brooke Dunn, Burlington, Ky., with Chris Bowen up for Whistle Stop Farm, agent, Lexington, Ky.

Gregory Lane Stables, Ltd., Brookfield, Vt., is always active at the TSE/Tattersalls sales. Elaine Gregory made the final $10,000 bid on Tailored 'N Class Of Silver Oaks, a three-gaited pleasure gelding. His time in the sale ring was reflective of his winning career, with an honest talent and an eager disposition. Nancy and Bill Becker of Shadow Run, LLC, Nicholasville, Ky., acted as agents for the Susan K. Duncan, Silver Oak Saddlebreds, Silverton, Ore., entry.

The catalog for The Spring Sale consisted of 268 consignments. RNA's (Reserve Not Attained) remained consistent at 7 percent, with outs constituting 19 percent of the total. The average per horse sold was $3,403.

"We have seen our outs decrease from 27 percent to 19 percent from the last Spring Sale. Of course we miss any cataloged horses that don't come through the sale ring, but we are delighted to see a decline in that number, explained TSE/Tattersalls President Ed Teater. "A successful sale is a joint effort with willing consignors and active buyers contributing to the work of the sale company," he added.

The second of the three 2005 TSE sale offerings will be held July 13, 14 and 15. Entries close Tuesday, May 31. For more information contact TSE/Tattersalls at (859) 885-7283 or write Teater Saddlebred Enterprises, Inc., 205 Parks Lane, Nicholasville, Ky. 40356.

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