Owner Turns Down $7.7 Million Bid on Yearling

September 09, 2008

Owner Michael Paulson said he bought back Azeri's first yearling in the hopes of retaining a portion of the A.P. Indy colt to race. Paulson bought back the yearling for $7.7 million during the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sal... Read More


Additional Steroid Testing for Sale Horses at Keeneland

September 08, 2008

Keeneland officials plan to expand their testing program for exogenous anabolic steroids in sale horses to include the April select juvenile auction. That decision came after Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed emergency regulations Sept. 5 that... Read More


Hobby or Business? Defining your Equine Venture

August 31, 2008

According to the Internal Revenue Service, if your main objective is to make a profit, then you are considered a legitimate business.

Many people involved within the horse industry often do not view their small hors... Read More


Judge Denies Motion to Sell Curlin

July 11, 2008

A Kentucky judge denied a motion July 10 requesting a forced sale of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, a decision that was applauded by majority owner Stonestreet Stables, which clearly stated it has no desire to sell its part of the champion... Read More


California Considers Enforceable Horse Trusts

July 10, 2008

In California, legislation that provides for the judicial enforcement of trusts created by owners for the continued care of their horses has made its way to Governor Schwarzenegger's desk.

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Trusts (Book Excerpt)

June 19, 2008

Various kinds of trusts can be valuable estate planning tools, although trusts probably are not the cure-all for probate problems they sometimes are advertised to be.

Revocable Trusts

Revocable trusts also are known a... Read More


Horse Feed: Going Green?

June 01, 2008

Are horse owners willing to "go green" in the ways they feed horses and in the packaging of those feeds?

The 24th Alltech International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium covered a myriad of topics for all species, but... Read More


Rescue Highlights Danger of 'Free Horse' Offers

May 23, 2008

Dennis Rutherford of Elma, Wash., had the best of intentions when he offered his pair of retired Thoroughbred racehorses free to good homes on a popular giveaway Web site. Now he's warning other horse owners it's dangerous to offer something for... Read More


Horse Auction Operators Deal with Down Market

May 14, 2008

In a glutted market where some horses can be had for as little as $2, auctioneer Tim Jennings is trying to convince horse owners it's still a good time to sell their animals.

"We're telling people to compare how much they're spending o... Read More


New Florida Horse Sale Rules Published

May 12, 2008

The most recent version of rules governing horse sales in Florida were published for public comment May 9. The regulations are being touted as a successful compromise by some of those involved in the process.

The rules, which were developed... Read More


Tracking Sold Horses: Lucky Rescue of Little Cliff

May 10, 2008

During a visit to a known direct-to-slaughter holding pen in New Holland, Pa., Christy Sheidy, co-founder of equine rescue Another Chance 4 Horses, purchased a bay gelding. Thanks to a tattoo on his lip, Sheidy was able to identify the... Read More


The Steroid Debate

May 01, 2008

"Steroid" use has made headlines because of abuse in human athletes for the past decade, from Major League Baseball to track and field events. The topic has also become hot in the horse industry, from steroid use for bulking up young horses in... Read More


How Important Is That Airway Exam Grade?

April 17, 2008

The airways of many breeds of horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, are evaluated via an endoscope and graded before sale. The intent is to identify horses whose airways might have problems that could limit the horses' performance at maximal... Read More


Former Owners Relieved to Find Seized Mare Alive

April 17, 2008

In the five years since selling Promise, breeders Eppie Ferry and daughter Terry Vince of Middlesex, N.C., worried about the Arabian broodmare's welfare.

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Economic Slump: Effect on the Horse Industry?

February 04, 2008

Over the past few weeks many have discussed the odds of a recession in the United States. Economists' opinions are mixed as to whether we will have a true recession, but all agree that, at the least, the economy is currently slowing and a period of... Read More


Florida Sets Limit on Horse Auction Rules

January 25, 2008

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services claims it doesn't have the power to regulate certain aspects of horse sales in the state, but is prepared to publish proposed rules it says are intended to prevent unfair or deceptive... Read More


First Keeneland Sale Since New Steroids Rule; One Test Requested

January 14, 2008

Although Keeneland's January Thoroughbred horses of all ages sale was the first to be conducted under new policies allowing buyers the right to request testing for exogenous anabolic steroids in weanling and yearling purchases, there was only on... Read More


Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Closes with Record $340 Million Gross

November 19, 2007

Keeneland's record-setting November breeding stock sale came to a close Nov. 19, setting a new standard for gross receipts of $340,877,200.

In all, 3,381 horses were sold during the 15-day sale, an increase of 7.4% over the 14-day sale of... Read More


Two Thoroughbred Sales Companies Banning Steroids as of January

November 15, 2007

Keeneland Association and Fasig-Tipton Co. officials jointly announced Nov. 15 that the policy regarding exogenous anabolic steroids will be implemented for weanlings and yearlings beginning with their 2008 sales.

Keeneland and... Read More


Thoroughbred Broodmare Sells for World Record Price at Keeneland

November 06, 2007

English Thoroughbred champion Playful Act shattered the world record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect sold at public auction when her price soared to $10.5 million Nov. 5 on the opening day of the Keeneland breeding stock sale in Lexington.... Read More


Horse Sales Task Force Recommendations Draw Praise, Criticism

October 16, 2007

Preliminary recommendations aimed at self-regulation for the equine auction industry were unveiled by the Sales Integrity Task Force during a public forum held at the Keeneland sale... Read More


Sales Integrity Task Force Issues Recommendations

October 15, 2007

The Sales Integrity Task Force presented its initial recommendations Oct. 15 at Keeneland, suggesting the industry opt for self-regulation through the conditions of sale rather tha... Read More


Public Forum Set for Sales Integrity Task Force Recommendations

October 04, 2007

A public forum on preliminary recommendations by the Sales Integrity Task Force to the Kentucky legislature on auction transparency issues will be held at the Keeneland sale pavilion Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. EDT.

The 36-member task force, which... Read More


Keeneland September Sale Ends With Second-Highest Gross and Median Ever

September 26, 2007

When the Keeneland September yearling auction ended Sept. 25 in Lexington after 15 grueling sessions, consignor Tommy Eastham of Legacy Bloodstock was eager for more.

"I'm not ready to go home," he said. "As long as the horses are selling good... Read More


Keeneland Buyers, Consignors Impressed With September Sale Market

September 24, 2007

As the Keeneland September yearling sale approached the end of its long run in Lexington, the comments from consignors and buyers were nearly all positive. Here's what they had to say:

Jody Huckabay, Elm Tree Farm: "If you bring a nice horse... Read More