Revived Sales Integrity Task Force Holds Organizational Meeting

May 08, 2007

Meeting for the first time since its announced resurrection almost three months ago, the revived Sales Integrity Task Force left its May 7 gathering at Keeneland with proclaimed vows of providing quick and satisfying results.

Re-formed i... Read More


Thoroughbred Owner Files Suit Over Heel Nerving Disclosure

April 06, 2007

Trainer Richard Mandella and owner B. Wayne Hughes have been named as defendants in a lawsuit brought by a Thoroughbred owner in Arizona for allegedly failing to disclose that a surgical procedure had been performed on a horse claimed from Hughe... Read More


More Convention Health Reports

March 23, 2007

A summary of the Western performance horse forum from the 2006 AAEP Convention hosted in San Antonio, Texas. ... Read More


Officials Meet on Proposed Kentucky Horse Sale Legislation

February 14, 2007

Negotiations over proposed Kentucky legislation that would require disclosure of ownership and veterinary records of horses sold at public auction were held Feb. 13 at Keeneland in Lexington, with some tentative settlement plans discussed that... Read More


Proposed Kentucky Horse Sales Legislation Tabled

February 14, 2007

Proposed Kentucky legislation that sparked controversy in the Thoroughbred auction community was tabled Feb. 14 after a compromise was reached between the bill’s backers and several entities related to the commonwealth’s signature... Read More


Measuring Future Performance

August 23, 2006

Buying a racehorse can be a gamble against time, soundness, and better competition, but never more so than when buying yearlings.

But researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have found a correlation that might hel... Read More


Surgeries and Steroids

August 22, 2006

A survey of buyers of Thoroughbred weanlings, yearlings, and 2-year-olds discovered that surgeries to correct conformation defects have a significant influence on whether or not someone will buy a horse at public auction.

In fact, 28.4%... Read More


Buyers Surveyed on Disclosure of Surgeries

July 01, 2006

Thousands of Thoroughbred buyers were sent surveys asking what they think about the mandatory disclosure of surgeries that cause permanent changes in the conformation of sale horses.

Distribution of the questionnaires began in mid-April. The... Read More


Buyers to be Surveyed on Mandatory Disclosure of Surgeries

April 25, 2006

Thousands of Thoroughbred buyers soon will be receiving surveys asking what they think about the mandatory disclosure of surgeries that cause permanent changes in the conformation of sale horses.

Distribution of the questionnaires was... Read More


AAEP Calls for Ban on Anabolic Steroids in Sale Horse Medication Guidelines

December 14, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' Task Force on Medication Issues at Public Auction has released its recommendations for medication usage in horses presented for sale at public auctions. They include the banning of anabolic... Read More


Companion to 'Equity Act' Introduced in U.S. House

November 02, 2005

Companion legislation to the Equine Equity Act, which grants financial concessions to the horse industry, has been introduced in the United States House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis of Kentucky introduced the bill Oct. 27. Sen... Read More


Shipping Mix-Up Sends Studs To the Wrong Countries

October 01, 2005

The search for the Thoroughbred stud Dubai Excellence has turned to Ukraine. This is where the horse thought to be Samood, who was identified as the stallion believed initially to be Dubai Excellence in Australia, is meant to have gone, sources... Read More


Sales Integrity Program Committee Addresses Concerns Over Surgery Disclosure

August 02, 2005

The monitoring committee for the Sales Integrity Program is taking action to address some consignors' concerns about how the Thoroughbred auction industry will handle the disclosure of invasive joint surgeries and other procedures designed to... Read More


Bigger Thoroughbreds Sell Better

August 01, 2005


"Pedigree, conformation, and the racing performance of siblings are the main selection criteria utilized by buyers to evaluate the athletic potential of... Read More


Kentucky Senator Introduces Legislation to Promote Horse Industry

July 29, 2005

Equine Equity Act will provide tax relief for horse owners

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Thursday (July 28) designed to promote investment in the horse industry by removing provisions of federal law that favor... Read More


What's My Horse Really Worth?

April 01, 2005

Sometimes circumstances make it necessary to determine the actual monetary value of a horse. If an owner purchases a mortality insurance policy on a horse, for example, it is necessary to know approximately how much it will cost to replace ... Read More


Importing and Exporting Horses: World Travelers

March 03, 2005

With the advent of the Internet, cheaper airline travel options, and popularity of foreign breeds, more people are importing and exporting horses between countries. But whether home or abroad, purchasing or selling a horse is seldom simple.... Read More


Panel Discusses Veterinary Disclosure, Accountability

November 09, 2004

The issue of full disclosure of veterinary procedures for horses offered at auction generated lively discussion during the Nov. 2 Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club meeting in Lexington. The Sales Integrity Task Force is preparing a... Read More


Purchase Exams: Safe and Sound

July 01, 2004

Buying that first horse can be exciting and scary. Getting that dreamed-about horse is the exciting part, and being concerned that you don't make mistakes in choosing the right one is the disconcerting and worrisome part. In this article, we'll... Read More


Purchase, Design, and Management of the Farm

August 20, 2003

So you want to have your own horse farm. Should you build or buy? Hire a real estate agent or go out looking on your own? What about once you've acquired a facility--how do you manage the soil, fencing, employees, security, and manure? Four... Read More


Numbers Fall For Keeneland November Sale; MRLS Blamed

September 26, 2002

Keeneland will catalog 3,597 lots for the November breeding stock sale in Lexington, Ky. The number is down by 12.6% from last year's figure of 4,119. Tom Thornbury, Keeneland's associate director of sales, identified the effects of mare... Read More


Horse Auctions: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

September 01, 2002

For some, a horse auction is an excellent place for buyer and seller to meet and arrive at fair market value for an animal. To others, a horse auction is the place where good money was spent on a horse which couldn't, or didn't, perform up to... Read More


Pre-Sale Questions

September 01, 2002

A pre-sale veterinary examination for a horse of any age in any discipline should address two questions. Can this particular individual, in the opinion of the examiner, be expected--barring illness or injury--to reach competition in a timely... Read More


Radiographs and Selecting Racehorses

August 22, 2002

Veterinarians should select racehorses at auction, not "radiographically clean horses," Thoroughbred farm Three Chimneys' resident veterinarian Jim Morehead, DVM, told Australia's leading equine veterinarians at a yearling radiographic seminar... Read More


Basics of Being an Employer

August 01, 2002

You probably know the employment drill all too well--you place an ad in the local newspaper or on the bulletin board at the feed/tack store, ask your friends for a few names, interview some job prospects, review your budget, review your budget... Read More