Walt Robertson, a fixture in the auction stand at Fasig-Tipton sales for more than 30 years, will retire at the end of November from his day-to-day involvement in the Kentucky-based company and from his role as senior auctioneer.
“It’s been a great ride, it’s been a lot of fun, and I have a lot of great people behind me, but there always comes a time (for it to end),” said Robertson shortly after Fasig-Tipton made the announcement of his retirement in a press release issued Oct. 11.
Robertson, who will turn 62 Oct. 22, started with Fasig-Tipton as a bid spotter in 1975 and, shortly thereafter, progressed quickly up through the management and auction team. He was general manager of the Kentucky division of Fasig-Tipton under John Finney and later succeeded C. Timothy Cone as the company’s president in 1992. Robertson held that position for 17 years and, after the acquisition of Fasig-Tipton in 2008 by Dubai-based Synergy Investments, he was appointed chairman of Fasig-Tipton’s Advisory Board of Directors.
“Walt is a great horseman, a great auctioneer and an even better person. He will be sorely missed,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning.
Robertson holds the distinction of having sold four Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners through Fasig-Tipton auctions. He was the auctioneer, in 2006, of The Green Monkey, who set a world Thoroughbred auction record with his $16 million price at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training..
“Fasig-Tipton has occupied pretty much all my working life,” Robertson said, “and over the last couple of years it has been part of my mission to bring in younger people to our management team and auction staff. I am happy in the knowledge that the company is now stronger in both these departments.
“I will continue my involvement in farm real estate auctions through Swinebroad-Denton in Lexington. I would like to thank Fasig-Tipton for all the opportunities and enjoyment in the Thoroughbred industry it has provided me and my family.”