Stallion Auction: Bidding Procedures


To bid or for questions, please call (434) 977-3716.

You may pre-register to bid through Wednesday, February 14.

One Day of Open-bidding: Wednesday, February 14, 10 am-8 pm
Closing/Final Bidding: Thursday, February 15, starting at 9 am

(If you did not bid on Wednesday, you are not eligible to be in the final bid-offs on Thursday.)

Please read these conditions carefully for important information about the auction.

THIS IS AN OPEN AUCTION, welcoming breeders from all states. The resulting foals do NOT have to be foaled in Virginia or registered with the Virginia Breeders Fund.

All seasons will be sold on a no-guarantee basis unless otherwise noted.

Please note: The “Advertised Stud Fees” listed on our roster are NOT the sales prices/conditions for the seasons during this auction. They are the 2024 stud fees/conditions which are advertised publicly by the farms standing the respective stallions. We include them only for informational purposes for our bidders.

Stallion seasons may have reserves. The season donors request that the VTA keep these reserves confidential throughout the auction. The VTA sets opening bids on seasons with the goal that the reserves may be met through the normal course of the bidding. However, if a season fails to meet its reserve at the conclusion of the bidding, the VTA will make every effort to facilitate a satisfactory purchase agreement between the season donor and the high bidder.

Interested bidders may pre-register to bid. For more information on pre-registration, click button below.

The auction will run over two days. New bids will be accepted ONLY on Wednesday, February 14, between the hours of 10 am and 8 pm EST. Final bidding will be conducted on Thursday, February 15, among the high bidders on each season, to close the auction. (Please see Final Bid-off Procedure below.)

Bidding will be by telephone only. There will be no bidding via the internet or email. Current bids on seasons will not be posted online.

Minimum bid increments will be $100 on all stallion seasons.

The auction will close to new bids at 8 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 14th. At this time, new bidding will cease on each stallion season that has received bids. You must have placed at least one bid on a stallion in order to bid on that specific stallion on the auction’s closing day: Thursday, February 15. Only the top 5 bidders on each stallion season that has received bids will be allowed to continue bidding on these seasons on Thursday, February 15.

On Thursday, February 15 beginning at 9 am EST, the Virginia Thoroughbred Association staff will attempt to contact the top five bidders on each stallion season that has received bids in order to close out the bidding. Bidding will be closed on stallion seasons in alphabetical order by stallion name. Stallions will be assigned designated closing times prior to the start of the auction. Closing times will be posted on the VTA website and bidders will be informed of these closing times during the auction.

The CLOSING TIMES for the FINAL BIDDING (Thursday, February 15) will be posted on Wednesday February 14.

It is the responsibility of the bidder to stay in contact with the VTA office regarding the status of their bid(s) and position as a top five bidder.

In order to ensure confidentiality, only the top five bidders on a particular stallion season will be entitled to know the current bid on that stallion season on Thursday, February 15.

Select stallion seasons may be available after the auction closes. Such seasons will be available for outright purchase on a first-come, first-served basis at set prices determined by the season donor and/or VTA Stallion Auction Committee beginning at NOON EST, Friday, February 16.

The seasons available after the auction will be listed on the VTA website.

For prices on seasons available after the auction, please call Debbie Easter at (434) 531-2480.

A bidder’s bid during the auction is considered a contract. By placing a bid on a particular stallion season, the bidder is agreeing to purchase that stallion season if they have the successful high bid.

Payment for a season purchased is due upon receipt of the invoice from the Virginia Thoroughbred Association or the farm where the stallion resides.

Seasons MUST be PAID IN FULL PRIOR to mares being bred. Upon full payment for each season, the VTA will send a release to the appropriate stud farm with the name and address of the successful bidder, granting permission for the bidder to breed their mare. Additional paperwork and/or contract may be required by the farm where the stallion stands: it is the responsibility of the purchaser to make sure all required paperwork is submitted prior to the mare being bred.

Kentucky 6% Sales Tax: Seasons to stallions standing in Kentucky are subject to 6% sales tax on the sales price of the season. Purchasers of Kentucky seasons will be responsible for paying the sales tax and invoices for Kentucky seasons will reflect the additional charge for the tax.

Payment may be made by American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA, personal checks, or money orders.

3% Buyer’s Premium: All purchases made by credit or debit card will be subject to an additional 3% buyer’s premium and invoices will reflect the additional charge for the premium.