The 26th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction began yesterday at 9 a.m. and offers a wide variety of seasons, unique experiences, halters and other auction items. The six-day fundraiser opens with an online auction and culminates with a Select Stallion Season Auction on Saturday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. EST at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
The majority of TCA’s seasons will be offered and sold during the online auction. Online bidding continues through Friday, January 8 at 5 p.m. EST. Telephone bids will be accepted on Friday, January 8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST. More than 200 seasons representing stallions in 15 states are available in the auction. A link to the list of seasons and bidder registration is available here.
Ten select seasons and all non-season items will be sold in the live Select Season Auction on Saturday, January 9. Bidders or their authorized agents may bid on the select seasons by attending the live auction in-person or they may bid on select seasons during the online phase with the highest bidders earning the right to bid by phone during the live auction. For bidders that cannot attend the live auction but are interested in non-season items, absentee bidding is available.
The Select Season Auction will offer the following seasons:
Medaglia d’Oro (offered with a free return in 2017 should a live foal not be produced)
All seasons will be sold on a no guarantee basis unless otherwise noted.
In addition to the seasons, the live auction will feature non-season lots such as a John Deere riding mower, African safari, equine air transportation from H.E. Tex Sutton, a two-year lease on a 2016 Dodge Ram Crew Cab or 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, shadowboxed halters worn by Tapit, Orb, American Pharoah, California Chrome and Beholder and much more. A silent auction will also be offered. All non-season items will also be available for bidding during the online auction with absentee bidding available at the live auction event. The Select Season Auction will be hosted by Tom Durkin featuring music by The Wooks. Bourbon Lane Stable and The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program will be honored with TCA’s annual Allaire du Pont Leadership and Industry Service awards.
Stallion Season Auction sponsors include LNJ Foxwoods, Lael Stable, Rosenberg Thoroughbred Consulting, PBI Bank, Candyland Farm, Stoll Keenon Ogden, John Deere, Bourbon Lane Stable, Starquine.com, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, The Horse Magazine, L.V. Harkness, Flair Nasal Strips, Thoroughbred Daily News and Blood-Horse Publications.
For further information regarding the 26th annual TCA Stallion Season Auction including bidder registration and tickets please visit www.tca.org or call 859-276-4989.
In 2015, TCA granted over $515,000 to more than 67 charities working within Thoroughbred retraining, rehoming and retirement; backstretch and farm worker services, research and equine-assisted therapy. During the last quarter of a century, TCA has granted over $21 million to more than 200 charities that successfully meet the criteria set forth in its annual grant application.
TCA’s mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. TCA raises money for distribution to charitable organizations that work to uphold its mission. From 2000-2014, more than 95% of TCA’s expenditures were allocated to program services including direct grants. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).