Congratulations Lope The Line on 2x Equine Sports Medicine 2YO Championship! Sale Results, Super Sire Winners and MORE!
Saturday, Sept. 7- There is something wonderful in starting the morning off with music, and that is just what you were able to do at the Reichert Celebration! The Reichert Stakes Sale was held today, run by Alan Parker Auctions. Alan Parker had asked the talented Sawyer Family Band to play this morning before the sale kicked off. This wasn’t just any band, either. David and Kathy’s two children were twelve and ten years old!
Twelve year old Leah played the fiddle and guitar with the ease of someone twice her age, not to mention yodeling and singing her own songs! “She wrote her first song when she was about three,” chuckled her mother, Kathy. “She wanted a cowboy hat, and couldn’t get it. She’s been writing ever since.” Both David Jr. and Leah play the fiddle and piano. Leah also plays the guitar, and David the mandolin. David was adopted from Russia, but both kids really grew up in Texas. “The kids absolutely love it,” Kathy smiles. “They play western and old time music. The kids are in the Cow Town Opera, and we are the core of the Cow Town Cowboy Church band.”
Both Leah and David have plans for the horse world. “Leah just absolutely loves to ride,” Kathy shared. “She would pay for her own riding lessons from money earned in fiddle competitions. David is learning how to rope!” Leah now gets riding lessons for free from a “generous couple from the Cow Town Church” so she can save up money to buy a new fiddle. Both of the kids are sweet as can be, and have such talent. All four of the family members are musically inclined, and Leah’s father backed her up the on guitar and vocals.
It was a great way to lead into a wonderful sale! The sale started around 10:00 am, with an introduction from Alan Parker. Alan Parker Auctions has been able to hook up video cameras alongside their online bidding site, Proxibid, so that interested parties can not only bid online but watch a live version of the sale. They were also able to sell horses not on location this year! The horse was actually was somewhere other than Fort Worth, but had a video playing that was bid on.
JR Reichert also introduced the sale, and talked a bit about what buyers can expect for next year. There has been some “revamping” of classes, as stated previously by JR and operations manager Jon Barry. Those yearlings bought at this year’s auction are eligible for Stakes classes, where the purses are huge! The 2014 Two Year Old Open Western Pleasure Stakes class has a check for first place for $30,000, with a total purse of $$56,000! Two Year Old Non Pro has a purse of $22,000, and the Hunt Seat Stakes has a total purse of $2,250. The two different trail Stakes classes have large purses as well, not to mention the new Pleasure Series classes for 2014! JR has decided, based on participation in this year’s futurities and stakes classes, to host seven Pleasure Series classes for next year: Two Year Old Open, Two Year Old Color Breed Non Pro, Three Year Old Open, Two Year Old Non Pro, Two Year Old Limited, Three Year Old Non Pro and Two Year Old Open Color Breed.
JR had a few other words to say about the future of this show and sale as well: “Combined total payout for next year between the Pleasure Series and Stakes classes is $162,725.00. The sale brings in about $150,000, and it costs me about $99,000 and some change. Now, that doesn’t add up. So to all you nay-sayers, I am here for a lifetime. [...] I do not give up, and I will be here until I am 100 years old. I put up $100,000 of my own money because I believe in this program and I love the horses and I love the people. That’s what my family does.”
Great words to represent a great family, who has done a lot for the pleasure industry. The sale began with hip number 35, which carried over from the POA sale from Thursday. Five broodmares went through the sale, sold bred to or with a breeding to: These Irons Are Hot, No Doubt Im Lazy, Suddenly A Sonny and The Top Secret. Six Hunter Under Saddle prospects were up next, all eligible for the 2014 HUS Stakes. Two embryos were sold as well: Embryo 1 was Lazy Loper x Watchit Im Good sold for $9,500 and Embryo 2 was Born To Be Blazing x Watchit Im Good sold for $7,000.
The Western Pleasure prospects began at hip number 100. Several horses were available for sale remotely by video only, and several were able only for sale on site- no online or phone bids would be accepted. Consignors have that option when they first sign up. High seller of today’s event was hip number 188, Ms RL Flashy Goodbar! The bay filly is by RL Best of Sudden and out of Ms Flashy Goodbar (Zippos Mr Goodbar), consigned by Julie Voge for Mark and Rebecca Pine. Olivia Hoecker purchased the adorable filly for $50,000, and we caught up with trainer Josh Robinson, who says they “plan to do the Masters with her next year. She’s got impeccable bloodlines. Olivia has three studs, who would probably cross great with this filly. She’s an exquisite mover, just beautiful.”
Olivia also purchased second high seller hip no. 204, No Doubt Im Cool, by No Doubt Im Lazy out of Only Cool Movin (Invitation Only). This sorrel filly sold for $40,000 from agent Haylo Farm for Stanley & Susan Scott, LLC. Congrats to Olivia! Looking forward to seeing these fillies in the show pen.
The Western Pleasure Super Sires program has been generating quite the stir in the pleasure industry! The program has 16 stallions enrolled, in which offspring of such are eligible to show in the Super Sires class. The class is voted on by a panel- both location and specifications. This year, the class is a Three Year Old Non Pro Western Pleasure Class- Open and Limited divisions. A total of $91,000 in cash was given out tonight, plus bonus prizes! Bonuses went to highest placing Limited Non Pro in the Open, highest placing Novice Non Pro in the Limited, highest placing color breed in both divisions, highest placing home-bred in both divisions, and breeder of winner of both divisions.
I spoke to Liz Hay, the executive director of the program, before it started. “It’s going to be very exciting. The interest in it has been unbelievable!” The class itself had a great showing from all over the country. Nine entries were first in the Limited Non Pro division, and exciting it was! The exhibitors jogged down the centerline towards two deputies guarding $91,000 in cash. $42,400 of that was going to the Limited Non Pro division, and $42,600 to the Open. In a unanimous decision by the judges, Suddenlee Single won first place, ridden by Brittany Bevis! The pair took home a check for $11,024, as well as the Reichert belt buckle and other prizes. Second place was also unanimous, going to Willybuptonogood, owned and shown by Michelle Brickham! The pair took home $8,056 for second place, as well as the Color Bonus for $500, and the high placing Novice bonus: $1,500 and a pair of Rod Patrick boots! Prizes also included a donated Blue Ribbon saddle, won by Nick Weiss riding Cool Blazer, who also took 7th. A Harris headstall was won by Yvonne Myers, riding Hes Suddenly Hot (9th place). Home-bred bonus and fourth place went to Anneene Miller, riding Ever So Hot.
The Open division boasted six horses, with a all six female riders vying for the championship of $13,632! The first place prize went to Touched Softly, ridden by Katie Johnson! Katie also took home the high placing Limited rider, winning herself another $1,500 and a pair of Rod Patrick boots. Second place went to Hubbout Forever, ridden by Alicia Porter taking home $9,372! The pair also won the home-bred bonus, as well as a gift certificate for $250 to JBH Equine Reproductive Medicine. Shelley Ruth Donovan, who placed fourth aboard Only In My Sleep, won the drawing for the Blue Ribbon saddle.
After the Western Pleasure Class, a very special event took place. JR Reichert’s close friends had a little boy named Ty Storm, who had an injury at birth that resulted in cerebral palsy. “JR was our best man,” shared Ty’s father. “He’s really ‘Uncle JR.’ Ty just loves him.” Ty absolutely loves the horses, but his family has had a hard time paying his medical bills. JR donated a mare two years ago by Invitation Only: Invitation Chex. This mare was bred to A Touch of Sudden, and the resulting colt was auctioned off here tonight to help raise money for the family. No consignment fees, no string attached, all proceeds go to benefit Ty. The colt was sold to Toby and Tiffany Tortenson for $8,000, but that’s not all…
The donations started pouring in, all starting with JR donating $1,000, and a girl from Austria donating a second $1,000. I couldn’t even keep track of all the names, they were coming in so quickly! $500 donations came from (but not limited to) Carl & Trisha Yamber, Jim Chafin, the Cannizzaros, Alan Parker, Sliss Quarter Hrses, GoodRide, Woods Western, Twin Cities Featherlight… the list goes on and on. The total amount donated equaled $22,500, including the purchase of ten stalls donated by JR and bought by Carl Yamber. “It exceeded my expectations,” said JR, holding a happy Ty on his lap. Ty showed in the ApHC show here at the Reichert this year and last year. There will be a colt sold out of this mare every year to be auctioned off. “It was totally unplanned,” said Toby of his new purchase. “I just flew in an hour and a half ago. It’s a great cause.” We can’t wait to see how next year’s auction continues.
A second mounted shooting competition provided some entertainment as the show prepared for the Equine Sports Medicine Two Year Old Open Stakes Championship!
The class boasted nine horses, all competing for the $10,000 first place check. After a great class, the horses retired to the rail as the judges sent in the scores. The exhibitors broke out in… cinnamon roll? The Sweet Shop and the Reichert Scholarship foundation had joined forces to raise money to help support the great youth scholarships that are awarded at the Reichert Celebration. Hannah Jewelry had donated a diamond ring, hidden inside one Sweet Shop cinnamon roll. The popular treats sold for $10, and one lucky Mr. Danny Dordy fro Arkansas found the 14k ring.
After all the rolls were devoured, the placings began. After some back and forth judging, Lope The Line proved he was just as good in the Open division as the previous Non Pro first place! Rusty Green rode Adam Kober’s gorgeous mare by Lazy Loper to the championship, winning the $10,000 check, Buckle, use of a Four Star trailer for a year, donated by Wayne Hodges. Second place went to Take Me Home Tonite, ridden by Erin Lieurance and winning $6,250. The Tom Powers champion Flashy Looking Touch ridden by David Archer took third place and $3,750, and second Tom Powers champion Patrick Heeley with Sleepy N I Know It took fourth.
An enormous congratulations to all exhibitors, owners, trainers, breeders and anyone who had a hand in the amazing array of horseflesh that came through the sale and show pen at the Reichert today. It was truly amazing to see such champions across the board, and I can’t wait to see what some of them do in their coming year!
Be sure to check out our 2013 Reichert Celebration page for more news, photos, videos and results! Tomorrow is the final day of the 2013 Reichert Celebration Championship. Good luck exhibitors!