11/14/2003 1:00AM

Stallion parade not just for looks


The Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers Inc. will hold its annual parade of stallions and trade show Sunday, Nov. 23, starting at 10 a.m. Stallions will be housed in the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's north wing, the area near Barns 14 and 18. Stallions will be shown to prospective breeders prior to participating in the stallion parade, which beings at 1 p.m. at the adjacent Ocala Equestrian Complex.

An anticipated 30 or more stallions will participate in the annual parade. Newcomers to the Ocala stallion ranks include Lambholm South's millionaire and champion Lido Palace. Cloverleaf Farm II will show its millionaire resident Repent along with Classic Cat. Lou Roe Farm will send all three of its new stallions: Gulf Storm, Pure Precision, and Skip to the Stone. Rising Hill Farm will show the trio of Invisible Ink, Deputy Wildcat, and Fappie's Notebook. Briggs & Cromartie will send over Smooth Jazz.

The farm managers' extravaganza has a dual purpose. Purpose No. 1 is to provide a showcase for horses and horse-related goods and services. Purpose No. 2 is to raise money for scholarships and other forms of philanthropy.

Said Debbe Wojack, executive director of the farm managers: "Our goal is to help those in our industry who need help - I am talking about people. FTFM is not horse rescue - I have the highest admiration for horse rescue and those types of organization. FTFM steps in when someone who works in our industry needs a helping hand. For example, the exercise person who gets hurt and needs money to eat while waiting for other support systems to kick in. The FTFM generates scholarships for those sons and daughters of horsemen who need scholarship assistance. And, we don't require these students to take courses related to our industry. They can use the scholarship money to become musicians or hair dressers. It's up to them."

Wojack solicits donations from horse goods and services suppliers. "We use the silent auction method," she said. "See something you want - a bale of hay, a bridle, a tractor - bid on it."

The farm managers has signed up about 300 donors, said Wojack. Starting at 11 a.m., breeders will be able to bid for seasons from more than 100 stallions, most of whom are based in Florida. There are, however, a some stallions in the silent auction who are resident New Yorkers, including Dream Run, Freud, Good and Tough, and Precise End from Lakland North; All Gone, Badge, Entepreneur, Manlove, and Sea Salute from Liberty Stud; and Crusader Sword and Token from Questroyal.

"Each stallion will have a minimum bid," said Wojack. "At 1:30 p.m. the auction closes and the winning bids are determined. In a silent auction like this, bidders can revisit their bids as many times as they want and up the bids to beat the competition."

Farms offering stallion seasons in the silent auction include: Adena Springs South, which offers four, with Running Stag, a Grade 1 millionaire, perhaps the best known; Padua Stable, which sends the trio of Exchange Rate, Delaware Township, and Dance Master; and Rising Hill Farm, which has 12 stallions on the silent auction list, and some of them - Wild Cat, Dr. Caton, Fappie's Notebook, and Invisible Ink - have two seasons on offer.

Other stallion stations with multiple stallions in the silent auction are Clover Leaf Farm II, with Classic Cat, Flame Thrower, Honor Glide, and Repent; Double Diamond Farm, which has Cloud Cover, Northern Afleet, Proud and True, and Wekiva Springs; Hartley/DeRenzo and Walmac South, which lists Diligence, Full Mandate, Is It True, Quaker Ridge, Successful Appeal, and Tiger Ridge; Signature Stallions, with Middlesex Drive, Cohiba, and The Silver Move; Stonehedge Farm, which offers French Envoy, Sword Dance, Untutable, and West Acre; T-Square, which lists Metfield and Monsieur Cat; and Ups and Downs Farm, with Juggernaut, Migrating Moon, Palance, and Weekend Cruise.