09/27/2009 11:00PM

Sequel relocating its stallions


Sequel Stallions New York plans to relocate its stallions from its Hudson, N.Y., farm to Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y.

The Hudson farm, owned by Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger, may be leased for cattle interests the next year or so until the economy improves, Thomas said.

Sequel stands New York's leading sire Freud, top-ten sire Hook and Ladder, and top-15 sire Read the Footnotes.

The move allows Sequel to contract out the stallions' care and lower overhead while retaining full control of the horses' management and marketing. Sequel also has added Chris Bernhard of Hidden Lake Farm to handle stallion marketing and syndication.

Thomas said that Sequel and what she called its "support team" of breeders Chester Broman, Tony Grey, and Lewis Lakin have a mare base of between 35 and 40 mares, including 11 Sequel purchased last year. Sequel plans to add another 15 or so this year from fall mixed sales, where the market correction probably will mean bargain prices, Thomas said, and Sequel also is actively seeking a new stallion to add to its roster at Keane Stud.