Where to source your horse is obviously one of the big decisions a new owner has to make. There are a few options to match almost any budget and below is a brief outline of where to consider.
In Ireland, Goffs, Tattersalls and Goresbridge auction houses provide opportunities throughout the year to purchase at any of their public sales. Anyone can attend these sales, even just as a spectator so it is well worth taking a day to see for yourself how each sale
works. Attending with an experienced bloodstock agent or trainer makes the sales experience all the more worthwhile. For further information and links to the various sales, visit our Sales Section.
Horses can be purchased privately either from another owner or a trainer who has a horse for sale. Seeking the advice of your future trainer or a bloodstock agent will assist in the purchasing of horses privately. These experts will be important in vetting
your horse and ensuring everything is in order before making the purchase. If bought out of a yard, the horse may already have some racecourse experience and form to consider.
Claiming races offer the opportunity to purchase horses directly out of the race at the advertised set fee. All horses running in the race will be available for purchase after the race and the advertised price can never be exceeded. The horses will have proven form to base your decision on and offer owners a source of horses that are ready to run. More information can be found in our Claiming Races Section.
Leasing allows an owner to enjoy the thrill of ownership without the initial expense of buying a racehorse. A lease is drawn up between the two parties, with the lessor (person who owns the horse) and lessee (the person who will race the horse) agreeing to the terms and conditions. Some leases can be free while others can have an agreed fee. This can be an excellent introduction to racehorse ownership without the commitment of purchasing. Any trainers and bloodstock agents will assist you in finding a horse to lease. More information can be found in our Leasing Section.
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