LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 26th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Stallion Season Auction will be held Monday, January 4 - Saturday, January 9, 2016. The fundraiser consists of a five-day online auction and culminates with a live Select Stallion Season Auction on January 9 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky.
“Our team of volunteers is working very hard to gather extremely high-quality stallion seasons at the industry’s largest annual fundraiser,” said Mike McMahon, TCA board member and chairman of the auction committee. “We hope bidders enjoy the value and exclusivity available in the auction.”
The majority of TCA’s seasons will be offered during the online auction. Online bidding will open at 9 a.m. on January 4 and continue through 5 p.m. EST on Friday, January 8. Telephone bidding will be available on Friday, January 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST. Interested bidders may register to bid by visiting www.tca.org.
Approximately 10 seasons will be sold in the live Select Season Auction on Saturday, January 9. 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 online 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, 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 Lael 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 26th annual TCA Stallion Season Auction including season donations, sponsorships and advertising please visit www.tca.org or call (859) 276-4989.
In 2015, TCA granted over $515,000 to more than 67 charities working within Thoroughbred retraining, rehoming and retirement; backstretch and farm worker services, research and equine-assisted therapy. During the last quarter of a century, TCA has granted over $21 million to more than 200 charities that successfully meet the criteria set forth in its annual grant application.
TCA’s mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. TCA raises money for distribution to charitable organizations that work to uphold its mission. From 2000-2014, more than 95% of TCA’s expenditures were allocated to program services including direct grants. For more information please visit www.tca.org. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).