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Around the World Show: Silver Linings at the 2014 Farnam Breeders Trust Select Sale

sale_dec1384They say every dark cloud has a silver lining, and that seemed to prove true for trainer Richard Spinks and his client Michele Martindale at the 2014 APHA Farnam Breeders’ Trust Select Sale, which took place Nov. 9 at the APHA World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas. After delivering the heartbreaking news that Michele’s reining horse had suffered a debilitating hock injury and had to be euthanized, Richard felt compelled to walk through the consignment stalls—fate intervened, and Richard was drawn to A Scenic Ride, hip 39 in the Yearling Select Sale.
“I walked back to the stall to look at another horse. When I got back there, they showed me this one. Ten minutes before we walked in, I called Michele and told her about this horse,” the Cypress, Texas, horseman said.Watching A Scenic Ride in the sale preview session, Richard knew the colt was a good one. Sired by A Scenic Impulse, the yearling sorrel overo colt is out of the Zippos Sensation daughter, A Sensational Zippo—both sire and dam have earned championships in big money Western pleasure futurities at the Reichert Celebration. Stanley and Susan Scott of Ocala, Florida, bred A Scenic Ride; he was consigned to the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Select Sale by the Scotts through agent Kathy Kennedy.

The combination of pedigree, conformation, movement and already-proven success in the show ring convinced Richard that A Scenic Ride was a good investment for Michele, and the quickly got the green light to bid on the colt. Bids on A Scenic Ride quickly escalated; the gavel fell at $67,000, and Richard took possession of the colt on behalf of his customer.

“When training a 2-year-old, it’s just like any investment: you want to start out with the best,” Richard said. “He has the jog, he has the lope, he has the conformation, he has the breeding—you can’t go wrong. The good ones are good in the beginning.”

Already the earner of more than $9,600 and a longe line champion, all indications point to a bright future for A Scenic Ride. Richard is excited about what the future holds for the colt, and he’s looking forward to bringing him back to the APHA World Show in 2015 for a shot at the Farnam 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Stakes and a share of more than $50,000.

“I’m going to make a prediction that this horse, as a 2-year-old, comes back and wins the World,” he said. “It’s exciting to have a good one and especially for it to be a Paint.”

View the full results from the 2014 Farnam Breeders’ Trust Select Sale online.


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