The seventh Jockeys and Jeans Great American Stallion Season Sale to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund will be previewed on Starquine.com Jan. 9, with bidding beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 10 and concluding 9 p.m. on Jan. 12. The sale includes both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse stallions based in states including Kentucky, Florida, New York, California, and Texas.
“Sadly, career-ending injuries happen to jockeys in both industries and this is a great example of the two coming together in a meaningful way to provide funding for those whose lives changed forever while participating in horse racing, a sport we all know and love.” said Jockeys and Jeans President Barry Pearl.
The PDJF pays a monthly stipend of $1,000 to 60 riders from both industries who suffered catastrophic career-ending injuries. Two-thirds of them are now quadra or paraplegics.
This is the third year in which Quarter Horse seasons are being sold, solely through the efforts of the retired legendary Quarter Horse Jockey, G.R. Carter. Proceeds from Thoroughbred season sales slightly topped Quarter Horse seasons the first year, but last year Quarter Horse seasons took a slight lead.
“They gave a big part of their lives to a sport that made me and many others very successful,” said Carter. “And all of us owe it to them to give something back.”