Horses are brought into the sales ring by either catalog or hip number. If something has been printed incorrectly in the catalog, the auctioneer corrects that error. Anything said in the auction ring supercedes anything printed in the catalog. If something about a horse is announced in the ring, you have no recourse when you buy the horse and then find out the catalog statement was in error.
Renn Zaphiropoulos and his wife, Ree, are enthusiastic about the Shire draft-horse breed - so much so that they've dedicated their retirement years to the promotion of these strong, gentle horses. Their Diamond Z Shire hitch is appreciated by spectators at rodeos, parades and other events around the West, and they're always looking for new show venues.
If an auction house holds a demonstration session, be there with your catalog and any notes you've made, and be ready to add additional information. The demonstration sessions are critical to making power-shopping for horses efficient.
Down in Argentina, Senor Julio Falabella, who has continued the careful line-breeding program begun by his great-grandfather more than 200 years ago, might be called the father of the Falabella Miniature Horses.
Editor's Note: This story first appeared in Western Horseman's January-February 1942 issue. For more on the Pony Express, pick up the September 2006 issue for Jennifer Denison's "The Pony Express Paradox.