03/02/2016 5:47PM

Two groups in Louisiana join forces for yearling auction


The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Equine Sales of Louisiana will join forces in the yearling auction market, according to a release form both entities. The LTBA plans to suspend its annual yearling sale for the next five years, with the auction to be conducted by Equine Sales, which is in Opelousas, La. The LTBA had put on the yearling auction through its Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana.

Equine Sales announced the yearling sale will be held Sept. 7. The LTBA will assist with advertising, promotion, and other aspects of the auction. In the past, the company had put on a yearling sale in West Monroe, La.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and its members are the number one priority here,” Tom Early, president of the LTBA, said in a release. “Moving forward as a unified group will only solidify the future of the industry in Louisiana.”

The sale Sept. 7 is the traditional consignor select sale put on by Equine Sales. 

“We are thrilled to have the endorsement of the LTBA and truly believe that by working together we can grow the market for Louisiana-bred horses, both nationally and within the state,” Foster Bridewell, sales director for Equine Sales, said in a release. “We expect to have robust interest from both consignors and buyers for this joint yearling sale, especially with the support and promotion of the LTBA.”

 Equine Sales is scheduled to have a 2-year-olds in-training auction May 10.