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New equestrian event comes to middle Tennessee

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sale topper My Minuet and American Saddlebred trainer Janet Crampton were paired up following the Hales' spring sale earlier this year.
(Photos courtesy Courtney Church Photography)
James and Jackie Hale saw a need and answered it. Owners of a successful Saddlebred training facility and consignment sales operation, the couple decided to take action when the Tattersalls sales pavilion in Lexington, Ky., closed last year.

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."

The beautifully-decorated sale aisle provided an excellent environment to present a horse.
(Photo couretesy Courtney Church Photography)
The Hales call Columbiana, Ala., their home. The Saddlebred's stomping grounds lay in Kentucky. So why would they want to take the risk of moving the auction from Lexington to middle Tennessee?

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.

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