Ontario Racing (OR) offered an update on the Mare Recruitment Program (MRP) and the Mare Purchase Program (MPP), a pair of Thoroughbred Horse Improvement Programs (TIP) launched last fall. A total of 79 in-foal mares have been registered through the MRP, which offers Cdn$5,000 to breeders as an incentive to bring an in-foal mare to Ontario to foal, through Jan. 14. Of these, 42 have submitted to be bred back to a registered Ontario Sire during the 2020-21 breeding season, an incentive worth Cdn$2,500. The Mare Recruitment Program, which offered a $500,000 cap in incentives, is fully subscribed for the 2019-20 breeding season.
Additionally, a total of 17 submissions have been received for the Mare Purchase Program (MPP), which offers eligible applicants 50 percent of the purchase price of an in-foal broodmare–up to a maximum of Cdn$15,000–at various recognized pubic auctions. Currently, seven will be sent to a registered Ontario sire, also a Cdn$2,500 incentive. Nearing the conclusion of the breeding stock sales’ season, breeders may still participate in the Mare Purchase Program through Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale Jan. 13-16; the OBS Winter Mixed Sale an. 28-29; and the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale Feb. 10-11.
For more information about the Mare Purchase Program and Mare Recruitment Programs, visit www.ontarioracing.com/Industry/Thoroughbred-Improvement-Program.