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Jim Ware leaves Western Bloodstock

Auction legend, Jim Ware, the voice of NCHA sales for nearly two decades said Wednesday that he was leaving Weatherford, Texas based Western Bloodstock, the famed cutting horse sale company that he helped lead to national prominence.
Known for his uncanny ability to vividly describe the good qualities in sale horses and to recite multiple generations of their pedigrees by memory to packed auction crowds, Ware said he will focus on his personal properties in Texas and Louisiana and the development and sale of others.  “I love taking a piece of land, shaping its appearance for the better and then marketing that property.

Ware is also well known for his knowledge and implementation of stallion syndications.  “I am putting together a syndicate right now on one of the best 3-year-olds I have ever seen.  Austin and Stacy Shepard own this dynamite young stallion whose name is Bamacat.  He is by High Brow Cat and out of their great mare, MH San Tules Dually.  Ware, a native of Louisiana and a big LSU Tiger fan joked “I hope folks just won’t hold his name against him!”

Ware began his auction career as a graduate of the legendary Superior Auction School in Decatur, Illinois in 1975; the same year he graduated from high school. He literally grew up in the stockyards owned by his father and was the auctioneer for tack sales and other special events when he was no older than seven. His relationship with Hall of Fame Auctioneer Ike Hamilton resembled that of father-son more than the master and student.
“My association with Western Bloodstock has been a great ride, however, as they say, all good things must come to an end and I have decided this is the right time for me to make a personal change.  Ben Emison and Milt Bradford have been fabulous partners and as a team we broke every sale record imaginable in the cutting horse business.  Ware says, “I wish them and the NCHA nothing but the best in the future.”