September Yearling Sales

September Yearling Sales

September in Central Kentucky is busy time for horse farms, especially farms that prep yearlings for the largest yearling sale of thoroughbreds, held over two weeks at Keeneland beginning on Monday, September 14 and going through Saturday, September 26. It’s a VERY nerve wracking time because so much is riding on the sales.  For farms that sell only yearlings (many sell offspring as both weanlings and yearlings, but some do not), it’s virtually the only income producing time of the year on a crop that takes two and a half years (from breeding the mare to selling the resulting foal) to “grow”.  You can get a horse all the way to the sales and a scrape loading in the trailer or case of sniffles can literally cost thousands of dollars. Rosecrest Farm has a filly in Book 3 of the Keeneland September Sale.  She’s Hip # 2118.  Here’s a link to her pedigree page Hip 2118 Because yearling sales are so important to this industry, the preparation of the yearling has become a specialized business.  Every yearling needs to arrive at the sale in top condition.  To achieve this attention to every detail must be taken from nutrition to grooming to exercise and training.  These yearlings are not just prepped physically, but also mentally.  If they haven’t been trained to walk and stand calmly they could be the best physical on the grounds, but the buyer would not be able to see that. Every farm varies how it preps yearlings.  They all groom them and maintain good nutrition but vary in the amount and type of exercising.  The farm that...