The 25th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Stallion Season Auction will be held Monday, Jan. 5 through Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. The six-day fundraiser consists of a telephone and online auction and culminates with a 25th anniversary celebration at the live Select Stallion Season Auction at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
“We are thrilled to be entering our 25th year of helping horses and people in the Thoroughbred racing industry,” said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. “The auction is our largest annual fundraiser and enables us to grant funds to qualified non-profit organizations each year. The auction is only possible because of the support of our donors, sponsors, bidders and advertisers and for that we are deeply appreciative.”
In 2014, TCA granted over $512,000 to more than 74 charities working within Thoroughbred rescue, retirement and adoption, backstretch and farm worker services, research and therapeutic riding.
The majority of TCA’s seasons will be offered during the telephone and online auction. Online bidding will open at 9 a.m. on Jan. 5 and continue through 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 9. Telephone bids will be accepted Jan. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST. Interested bidders may register to bid by visiting www.tca.org.
Approximately 10-15 seasons will be sold in the live Select Season Auction on Saturday, Jan. 10. Bidders or their authorized agents may bid on the select seasons by attending the live auction in-person or they may bid on the select seasons during the telephone phase with the highest bidders earning the right to bid by phone during the live auction. In addition to the seasons, the live auction will feature non-season lots such as a Triple Crown ticket package, a John Deere utility vehicle, trips, exciting experiences and much more. A silent auction will also be offered. All non-season items will also be available for bidding during the online auction with absentee bidding available at the live auction event.
TCA Stallion Season Auction sponsors include Brushwood Stable, Rosenberg Thoroughbred Consulting, PBI Bank, Candyland Farm, John Deere, Bourbon Lane Stable, Starquine.com, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland and Blood-Horse Publications.
For further information regarding the 25th annual TCA Stallion Season Auction including season donations, sponsorships and advertising please visit www.tca.org or call 859-276-4989.
TCA was formed in 1990 to raise and distribute funds for charities in the Thoroughbred industry which provide a better life for Thoroughbreds both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue, research and by helping the people who work with them. During the last 24 years, TCA has distributed over $20 million in grants to more than 200 Thoroughbred-related organizations. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).