The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Morgan Horse Sale enjoyed tremendous attendance, high quality consignments and the highest per-head average in over a decade at $4,640 (including no-sales), verifying that the market for Morgan horses is certainly on the upswing.
Remarkably, consignor Amos Yoder, Jr. held the top five high selling positions in this year’s sale, an endorsement of the fine Morgan horses he continues to bring to the sale barn that buyers are willing to pay top dollar to take home. In the number one spot was lot number 67, FMG’s Generation of Ladys (No Star x Kauffmans Lovely Lady), a black 2012 mare in foal to Cool Whip (Mizrahi x Kim’s Bellegante) for an October 2016 arrival. At $12,500, this elegant mare was just $2,250 ahead of the second high selling horse, lot 88, HTLD Commander’s Shadow (KJM Soul Commander x Lilac Lane Miss Sunshine, by No Star), a 2014 dark bay stallion. Just coming two years old, Eldon Lambright was the breeder of this fine youngster and received $10,250 for his efforts.
In third position with a final bid of $9,300 was lot number 34, WVS Orangeblosom Special (No Star x NSM Midnight Lace, by Hollybrook Stage Rage), a tall, fancy mare with a lot of style, in foal to a son of World Champion Merriehill Home Stretch.
Proving that a powerful, black and well trained driving horse is still a valuable commodity, lot 47 and lot 97 sold for $8,700 and $8,600 respectively. Big Mack (Legendary Alex Kazam x Hidden Carral Betsy) is a 16.1 hand gelding that commanded the attention of astute drivers in attendance. GAF Tom Shoe’s Black Tux (Tom Shoe x GAF Black Magic), a six year old black gelding, was beautifully presented and bidders rewarded Yoder with suitable bids.
Attracting matching final bids of $8,000 each were lot 17, Heidi’s Sweet Tahoe (JMF Shanghai Knight x Heidi Swiss Miss), a 2009 black 16 hand gelding consigned by Elk Creek Stables for Amos Fisher, and lot 18, Wrangler’s Magic Flash (M-U-R Magic Wrangler x GAF Black Magic), a 2011 black gelding consigned by Amos Yoder, Jr. for Larry Campbell. Close behind them at $7,900 was lot 4, Magestic (Lone Ranger x BBY Rebell’s Charm), a five year old bay gelding consigned by Elk Creek Stables for Daniel Fisher.
Rounding out our top ten at $7,900 and $7,700 were lot 41 and lot 8. MDMH Magic Lady (Legendary Alex Kazam x De Ala Socorra), a beautiful, big black mare in foal to JMF Wind Walker, consigned by Ernie Yoder for long time sale supporter Derawnda Morgan Farms in Canada. SMSE Skyline Black Star (ICF Reasonably Certain x Shell Creek Black Ashes), a wonderful black gelding with lots of chrome for those who want to turn heads on the way to town, brought a nice price for consignor Mars Stables.
As one sale attendee described, “When the first horse went through at the start and commanded over $5,000, we all went running to the sale arena to see what all the fuss was about. It never stopped after that, everyone was buying and even the weanlings and yearlings were bringing good money. It was a great sale!”
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