Arqana, Tattersalls Ireland and Osarus have agreed on revised dates for their 2020 August and September yearling sales, the details of which were revealed on Wednesday.
The Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale will run from Sept. 21 to 23, beginning one day earlier than originally planned. Arqana will shift its flagship yearling sale, initially set for Aug. 15 to 17, to Sept. 24 to 26.
Osarus's September Yearling Sale will be amalgamated with the Arqana October Yearling Sale on Oct. 19 to 23, with a small number of Osarus yearlings also to be rerouted to the Arqana Autumn Sale on Nov. 16 to 18.
Tattersalls Ireland Chief Executive Officer Matt Mitchell said, “These are unprecedented and difficult times, but all of us at Tattersalls Ireland, Arqana and Osarus are pleased to have been able to agree terms for a revised sales schedule which we strongly believe will work well for all concerned. There has been a real spirit of cooperation between our respective firms and discussions have at all times been conducted with the best interests of Irish and French breeders and the wider bloodstock industry as the primary concern.”
Arqana President Eric Hoyeau added, “We are delighted to have reached a mutually beneficial agreement with Tattersalls Ireland which has allowed Arqana to reposition the August Yearling Sale without disruption to the smooth running of the European yearling sales calendar. We were also conscious that Osarus faced similar challenges with their September Yearling Sale and we are pleased to have been able to accommodate their requirements in the best interests of French breeders at all levels of the market.”
Osarus Managing Director Emmanuel Viaud also praised the industry for working together, saying, “The amalgamation of the Osarus September Yearling Sale with the Arqana October Yearling Sale is a wonderful example of the industry working together for the greater good. The Osarus team is looking forward to working with Arqana to achieve a vibrant and successful joint fixture in October.”