Despite the craziness involved with change of location and a pop up six inch snow and ice storm in Tennessee, the Reese Family pulled together to bring some outstanding mules to their annual January Colt / Mule Sale for customer's consideration. The top team was a little different than what is acustom in the South. They were greys, ages 4 and 5, and a Horse Mule and a Mare Mule with a final bid of $26,000 (if my notes are correct). This team relocated to Georgia.
Approximately 10 pairs reached the $20,000 mark with two of these teams being 'no sold' by owners. Rufus, Richard & Rilla carried on the legacy of Reese Mules to have some of the nicest mules consigned for the auction.
A team really grabbing the crowds attention found a new home in Indiana. They were coming two year olds, built nice, matched well and in great shape. This team stopped the hammer at $20,250
Rilla Reese (Sale Office Manager) released the following statement after the sale: Top pair brought $26,000; Top 5 teams averaged $23,900; Top 10 teams averaged $20,425.
The good solid teams brought top money. This sale did have a high 'no sale' average, but this is not fault of the sale management. Many were 'no sold' as the sellors felt they could obtain a better price at a later date.
All of the usual buyers were not at this sale and this was more than likely due to the weather. Even with this obstacle, Reese Mules put some extremely nice stock in the ring and buyers at the sale were serious and ready to spend some money.
Photos to be posted soon; complete sale is available for view on Dixie Longears You Tube Channel, which can be linked from the home page.