We’re back. The team behind Go Jump Racing hosts its second annual Owner/Trainer Symposium and Steeplechase Sale Sunday, April 10 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va.
The event will include a panel discussion on owning, training and caring for steeplechase horses moderated by NSA Promotion and Growth Committee member Joe Clancy of thisishorseracing.com plus plenty of time for networking with members of the steeplechase community.
Far and away the most noteworthy part of the day, however, will be a sale of steeplechase prospects. In its second year, the sale will feature an estimated 15 Thoroughbreds with steeplechase potential on sale to the highest bidders. The prospects will be offered in an open auction format like the sale of yearlings or 2-year-olds or horses of racing age at Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland and other Thoroughbred auctions complete with a repository of veterinary records and a sales catalogue.
“We’re excited about the potential behind this endeavor,” said Al Griffin, chairman of the event. “We learned a lot last year, and we hope to bring in a mix of horses that will appeal to owners and trainers.” Horses will have the opportunity to gallop and/or school, and will be stabled on the grounds to help buyers and sellers.
Interested in being a seller?
Details, details, details. Know that we want your horse but also know that we can’t take every horse. This is a select sale of steeplechase prospects. Someone will review your horse’s credentials and may do a personal inspection before approving the entry.
Live Auction: We want horses that are “for sale” – 100-percent, no partnerships, no shares, no fractional ownerships. The ideal prospect is fast enough to win on the flat, bred for turf and/or stamina and younger than 6 years old. The entry fee is $400 per horse and includes use of a stall for the day, plus a sales listing on the Go Jump Racing website. You may set a reserve. A 5-percent commission on completed sales will be retained by the National Steeplechase Foundation. Got a horse? Get us some details.
Silent Auction: For lack of a better term, that’s the description used for our secondary sale. This is for trainers with horses and/or owners looking for partners in specific horses. We’ll provide table space. You provide the details. Yes, you can bring a horse, but it’s not going through the ring like the others. Cost to participate is $250; if you bring a horse and need a stall, the fee is $400. As with the live auction, a 5-percent commission on completed sales will be retained by the National Steeplechase Foundation.
To inquire about selling a horse, contact Al Griffin at drg@GEOrtho.com or (540) 219-1400.
Interesting in being a buyer?
We don’t charge bidders and potential bidders, but we want to know you’re coming, what you’re looking for and how we can help. First-time owners are welcome and encouraged to attend. We’ll connect you with an advisor. Interested in attending?
The day includes lunch and refreshments available for purchase. Admission is free.