Ag Report: April 13, 2012

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By The Staff

Robertson to kick off new

sale venture in Shelbyville


With the famed auction house Tattersalls closing its doors in Lexington Jimmy Robertson, a longtime Saddlebred breeder and trainer, said he started thinking about filling that gap. The auctions had become largely Saddlebred during the past few years, with fewer and fewer Standardbreds being offered at the Teaters’ auctions.

Robertson and his new business, Robertson Equine Sales, will get it all started this Sunday with tack at 8 a.m., and equine at 10 a.m., auctions at the Shelby County Fairgrounds’ Bradley Barn.

They will welcome in 118 horses this year, about half of what the spring Tattersalls sale would attract. Robertson said horses have come in from as far as California, and buyers have requested catalogs from as far as Washington state.

Robertson said this spring’s sale is mostly Saddlebreds with a few Hackney ponies, but he said he’d like to eventually expand to Standardbred show horses, too.

The sale will also be simulcast on the Internet by Richfield Video.

“This is a new endeavor for us,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot of support from the Central Kentucky community, and they seem so pleased that we’re putting this together. We’re going to have a lot of fun with it.


Alpaca show coming to Louisville

Alpacas and alpaca enthusiasts, as well as fiber art enthusiasts, will gather from across the country for the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) National Alpaca Show, which will be held this May 26-28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. This event is free.

Alpacas from across the country will be featured in the show ring competition, and artisans will showcase alpaca fiber and examples of felting, fiber arts, and more.

Dozens of vendors and farm displays will sell the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items.
On Saturday, an alpaca auction will begin at 1 p.m. and run until 6 p.m.  Admission is free, and a cash bar will be available.

The national auction is the premiere event of the year for the North American alpaca industry.

Bulletin board

§       Mount Eden Saddle Club’s first horse show of the season will be 6 p.m. Saturday. The horse shows will continue every second Saturday through Oct. 13. If there’s rain, the shows will be on the fourth Saturday. For more information, call 502-232-5071.

§       The Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association quarterly meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Shelby County Extension Office. For more information call, Irvin Kupper at 807-5617.

§       Waddy Saddle Club Horse Show will be at 6 p.m. April 21 at the Waddy Ruritan Club on Kings Highway. For more information, call 502-220-0929.

§       The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association will have its next show on April 21-22 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road. There also will be a show there on May 26-27. The organization’s Web site is in the process of being updated.

§       Cattail Creek and Walnut Way Farm will co-host an Interscholastic Equestrian Association saddle seat competition at 11 a.m. on April 22 at Walnut Way Farm on Shelbyville Road. Riders are involved in a riding program and attend weekly practice lessons. Horses for competitions are acquired from different sources by the hosting team. Riders select their mounts by “luck of the draw.” For more information, E-mail walnutwf@aol.com.

§       Shelby County Master Gardener Association will host the 12th Annual Shelbyville Garden and Art Fair at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 28 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds pavilion. Hundreds of perennial plants from members’ gardens will be offered for sale. Garden exhibits, arts and craftsman displays, as well as Kentucky horticultural organizations, will be on site. Music and food accompany the event. The Shelbyville Farmers’ Market will be open until 1 p.m. The Master Gardeners are seeking exhibitors for the fair. If interested or for more information, contact Carol Ison at 502-834-7222 or carolison@insightbb.com.


The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.