Austin, TX—The Texas Quarter Horse Association proudly announces the development of the TQHA Barrel Horse Stallion Service Auction, Futurity & Derby. Proceeds from the Stallion Service Auction will fund a futurity and derby for the offspring of stallions enrolled in TQHA’s Barrel Horse Stallion Service Auction. A portion of the proceeds will also go towards a stallion owner’s sidepot to award those who so generously support this program.
“This is a big deal for the state of Texas,” says TQHA President Ronnie Stewart, who stands noted barrel horse and racehorse sire Royal Shake Em at this Double S Farms in Holland, Texas. “This program brings together many facets of our horse industry—namely the racing and showing divisions—to the benefit of both. Barrel racing is the perfect bridge between the two, and it’s popular with our youth—the future of our association. It will be good for the horse industry.”
The Stallion Service Auction is only open to stallions standing in the state of Texas. The service auction will begin January 15 and end on February 15, 2013, at noon. Bids will start at one-half of the annual advertised stud fee or $300, whichever is greater.
All offspring of service auction stallions will eligible to compete in the 2013 TQHA Barrel Futurity and Derby, tentatively scheduled for November. The Futurity is open to horses 5-years and younger that have not competed prior to December 1, 2012. The total entry fee for the Futurity will be $150 with first payments due May 1, 2013.
The Derby is open to horses competing in their first two years after their futurity season. Horses competing as 5-year-old futurity horses can run as 6- and 7-year-olds, while horses running as 4-year-old futurity horses can run as 5- and 6-year-olds.
“Ultimately we’d like to have is this program become so successful that we can add a barrel horse section to our TQHA Yearling Sale and be able to award second career racehorses that make the transition from the race track to the arena,” says Stewart. “We’d also like to be able to grow our youth involvement. Without them our association doesn’t have a future.”
The first stallions coming on board are Royal Shake Em, Primetime Dream, Make It Anywhere, Simply Macho, Phantom Menace and Covert that stand at Stewart’s Double S Farm, and Chasin Firewater, Dallas Fuel, Hot Corona and Two Timen Fuel of JB Quarter Horses.
“I encourage all stallion owners and managers to become involved,” says Stewart. “This offers additional sources of revenue for your breeders and clients and adds strength to our industry in Texas. Our goal is to turn our barrel racing program into a $100,000 event, much like our TQHA Sire’s Cup on the racing side.”
Stallion owners interested in donating a stallion service should contact Barbara Linke, TQHA Executive Director at 800.945.6157, 512.458.5202 or via email at
. Interest parties can also visit with TQHA President Ronnie Stewart at 254.718.6741.
Additional information on the TQHA’s Stallion Service Auction, Futurity & Derby will be available at TQHA.com along with information on TQHA’s $5,000-added Black Friday Open 4D, held November 23, 2012, in conjunction with the TQHA Fall Classic at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan, Texas.