The Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will hold its 26th annual Stallion Season Auction on Jan. 4-9, 2016. The event features a five-day online auction of high-quality stallion seasons, culminating with a live Select Stallion Season Auction on Jan. 9 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
The annual auction is a major fundraiser for TCA, a charitable 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. The organization follows a “United Way” methodology, and provides grants to other Thoroughbred-related charities that help improve the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses and the people who care for them. Over the past 25 years, TCA has provided over $21 million to charities helping to retrain, re-home, and retire Thoroughbred racehorses, as well as equine research projects, equine-assisted therapy programs, and charities that provide services to backstretch and farm workers.
Most of the stallion seasons will sell during online bidding, which opens at 9 a.m. on Jan. 4 and will continue through 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 8. Telephone bidding will also be available on Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Interested parties can register to bid here, and more information for potential bidders is also available online.
The live auction on Jan. 9. will offer approximately 10 select seasons, as well as several non-season lots, including a Triple Crown ticket package, a John Deere utility vehicle, several different trips, and tickets to sporting events. A silent auction will also be offered. Bidding for all non-season items will be available during the online auction as well, with absentee bidding available at the live auction event.
Bidders or their authorized agents can attend the live auction in-person, but may also choose to bid on the 10 select seasons during the online phase, with the highest bidders earning the right to bid by phone during the live auction.
“Our team of volunteers is working very hard to gather extremely high-quality stallion seasons at the industry’s largest annual fundraiser,” said Mike McMahon, TCA board member and chairman of the auction committee. “We hope bidders enjoy the value and exclusivity available in the auction.”