UK And Irish Breeders' Associations Enter Partnership In Support Of Sales Welfare Guidelines

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A yearling parades during the 2021 October Yearling Sale | Tattersalls/Laura Green

Ahead of the yearling sales season, guidelines for the sale of Thoroughbred breeding and young stock were published through a partnership between the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA) and the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (ITBA). These guidelines were created following consultation with industry participants and the support of both Tattersalls and Goffs. Available online, the aim is to help new industry participants navigate the sales preparation and selling processes for optimum equine health and welfare, while also providing transparency on Thoroughbred care before, during and after sales.

Ted Voute, Chairman of the TBA Sales Consignors' Committee said, “The British and Irish Thoroughbred breeding industries remain committed to advocating and promoting the highest standards of care and well-being for our horses through guidance and training. The publication of these guidelines demonstrate how we can work together to showcase our best practices to those outside our sector and help new entrants.”

Shane O'Dwyer, ITBA Chief Executive Officer added, “We are pleased to be partnering on this initiative with the British TBA to highlight the high standards within the Thoroughbred breeding sector. Nothing can replace the practical experience or training that our industries provide but working together we can help new participants across both markets find the key information they need to navigate the sales process and deliver optimum care for their horses.”

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