TUNICA, MS – In a word, the Delta Select Equine Sale was – underwhelming. There were less than 100 entries, and of those 100, about 10 were Big Lick and the rest were flat shod. The top-selling entry was about $4,000.00. There was no Spot Light feature. Observers say less than 100 people were in attendance.
Sale proprietor David Landrum, also WHTA BOYZ VP, moved the event from Kentucky to Mississippi hoping to sell Big Lick horses in a friendly environment.
It didn’t happen.
In 2012, the Kentucky Horse Park told David Landrum it wanted no part of the Big Lick on its grounds. Horse Park management required Landrum to hire IWHA HIO (International Walking Horse Association) to inspect the Kentucky sale entries in 2012 and 2013. No Big Lick horse was sold at the Lexington sale in either year.
Historically, the Kentucky After Christmas Sale kicked off the Big Lick year. There were be 400+ entries over four days, people packed the sales arena, and the momentum for a successful show season would be underway. A Spotlight feature would provide World Championship caliber Big Lick horses at auction on Saturday night with $500.00 entry fee.
The “Mississippi Option” didn’t work out.
So now the sore Big Lick plan is to put it all on a new two-day historic event at the Celebration grounds in Shelbyville this Friday, February 28, and March 1, 2014.
It will be interesting to see what the USDA plans to do to protect the young horses at this event.
More on that to come.