At Warrendale Sales, we've had many big name owners, trainers, bloodstock agents and pinhookers come through and look at our horses. Adele Dilschneider, who owns many horses in conjunction with Claiborne Farm such as the Breeders Cup Classic winner and only horse to beat the great Zenyatta (Blame), came through several times as she narrowed down her list. We've had Barclay Tagg, Gretchen and Roy Jackson (Barbaro's owner), Doug Cauthen (brother to Steve Cauthen who rode Affirmed in his triple crown conquest), Todd Pletcher, the list goes on and on.
My job is to greet the people who come in to view the horses, let our grooms and handlers know which horses to get out for them and find a spot to view the horses. Sometimes it can get really crazy with a lot of people coming to see our horses and a lack of room and timing things so we have enough showmen to walk the horses. While this is going on, we may have vets coming in to perform a vet check on a horse for a potential buyer. So we're juggling people and horses all day long. I come home exhausted every night!
|Adele Dilschneider and her bloodstock agent, Jane Dunn, view one of our horses.|
|Kitty Taylor, the principle owner of Warrendale Sales keeps her eyes on the action as several groups are out viewing their selected horses.|
|One of our showmen stand a horse for a potential buyer.|
While we are showing, we also have horses that are preparing to go into the ring. They get the royal beauty parlor treatment so they are spit shining spectacular. We use all the horse show tricks to whiten up any white markings and shine up their mane and tails. They have been brushed so often that their dapples gleam in the light.
|A Bernardini/Caroni filly gets shined up before she heads to the sales pavilion.|
|The barn crew watching the action in the sales pavilion as one of our horses goes through the ring.|
|Big Brown/Cold Awakening colt that sold for $825,000 and was the 2nd highest price at the sales that day. He was bought by Demi O'Byrne and will probably be trained by Todd Pletcher.|
Well I have to head back to the sales which continues through the 21st.