A 14-year-old sorrel stallion, "Ladies Choice," consigned by Marvin H. Heil of Riverton, Wyo., sold for $10,000 Saturday at the Top of the West horse sale in Salt Lake City.
The Wyoming horse has sired several champion show, quarter and pleasure horses.More than 50 of the top performing quarter, racing, paint, gaited and show horses went across the auction block. Several thousand dollars in sales were recorded.
The glass-chandeliered and mirrored ballroom of the Little America Hotel was turned into a sales ring with bleacher seats for several hundred people for the event staged by RMA Sales Management Co. of Emery, Emery County.
The show ring featured such horses as Alydash, a son of Alydar and grandson of Native Dancer, a former Kentucky Derby winner. A stud fee of $800 was bid for Alydash and the money donated to the Utah State 4-H Horsemanship program.
Typical of the sales were Miss JO JO Eternal, sold by DaLaine Fowers of Orem. A bid of $3,000 took this performance quarter horse who has participated in several halter, reining, barrel-racing and pole-bending championships.
Another spectacular performer, Hansomes Lady, 1987 Reserve National Jumper, was ridden in the show ring by her owner, Elizabeth J. Fox of Salt Lake City. In addition to jumping championships, the horse also is trained in dressage and as a hunter. Miss Fox parted with her favorite for $2,000.
Not all the bids were high enough to take away champions. For example, the owners of Reb Policy's Son owned by Son Syndicate of Layton, was taken out of the ring when no bidder offered the minimum $7,500. Reb Policy's Son is out of Red's Policy, the world champion sire in 1986 and the ninth all-time leading sire of money winners.
Before the sale two hours of veterinary seminars were conducted on covering the care of newborns and proper nutrition.
A feature of the event was a fashion show with 18 models wearing and displaying both English and western clothing. Several booths featured the latest in tack and other accouterments for today's horse lovers. Various association groups also had displays at the sale.
Anderson was sales manager and auctioneer.
He said nearly 200 bidders registered for the auction, making it one of the top auctions of its kind in the West.