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It's safe to say that the Hales have been to a sale or two, know how to utilize new technologies, and can tell a good horse when they see one. Still, establishing a new sale would be a risk.
"We just felt like someone had to address the issue and do something," James said. "Being in the horse sales business, we understand first-hand the need for a means to disperse horses that must be sold."
(Photo couretesy Courtney Church Photography)
Well, it's centralized. And the Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro seemed an ideal venue. As a bonus, some of the best hospitality in the south can be found in the area.
The Saddlebred is not a total stranger to Tennessee, either. Although the breed's hotbed is located in Kentucky, the American Saddlebred horse has a deeply-rooted history in middle Tennessee.
The Saddlebred is the product of generations of selective breeding, and like the Tennessee Walking horse, it owes its existence to the great families of horses from colonial days. In fact, many of the same equine families were utilized to establish each breed.
What's more, perhaps the second most popular Saddlebred showcase behind Louisville's World Championships was held for decades in Nashville at the Music City Horse Show.
The breed will again return to Middle Tennessee Oct. 18-20. The plan is to have a sale by day and show by night. The Fall Finale Horse Show will begin Thursday night, with the Southern Saddlebred Sale kicking off on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.
The weekend will get off the ground with a reception at Arrington Vineyards on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5-7 p.m.
If you'd like to watch the sale or the show online, there will be a webcast on the USEF network, and phone bids will be accepted. There will also be pages for each entry on the sale's website at www.southernsaddlebredsales.com.