They may have had reserved spaces in the underground garage and the arm of an escort wearing a bolo tie and Stetson, but they didn't get to do any dancing in the Little America Motel ballroom Saturday afternoon.
They - more than 40 horses with names like Stardator, Impressioner, Danes Double, Mr. Pat and VCR Carousel - spent their time in the opulent ballroom walking around a small ring as an auctioneer, with his sing-song call, sold them to the highest bidder."Twenty-five, twenty-five, twenty-five . . . half . . . Now, folks, this comes from one of the best blood lines. We're going to need a little bit more to move this one . . . Twenty-five, five . . . Do we have twenty-five six? Twenty-five six, twenty-five, six, twenty-five six . . . The man says he doesn't have enough that much money today. Sold!" auctioneer Randy M. Anderson said as he sold VCR Carousel for more than $25,000.
Anderson's wife, Shelia, who runs the books from RMA Sales Management Co. of Emery, said that holding the auction in the hotel is unique.
"It really is unique especially when people see the horses come in under the chandeliers," she said.
Among all the gold leaf, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and horse manure, it was the animals that were king. The hotel closed off its underground garage and turned it into temporary stables.
It was the third year in a row that about 2,000 top horse breeders and enthusiasts have gathered from as far away as Canada to buy and sell quarter and paint horses. Along with the auction there was a Western fashion show and livestock dog demonstration.
At the fashion show everything from prairie skirts to a $400 pair of snakeskin cowboy boots went on display.