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Annual AHS Stallion Service Auction
The 2015 AHS Stallion Service Auction is open in February!
Bidding opens Feb. 2nd, and closes Feb 22nd. This year’s auction offers 60 stallions, the highest number of quality stallions available in years. It is your chance to bid on your favorites and some very exciting new stallions to the auction this year! Follow the link below to register now and view the exquisite selection offered this year!
AHS Stallion Service Auction: New Format & Expanded Audience for 2015!
Lexington, KY: AHS is proud to announce the 2015 AHS Stallion Service Auction will be conducted online by Tim Jennings and Sporthorseauctions.com. The 2015 AHS Stallion Service auction, scheduled to open for bidding on February 2, 2015 and close on February 22, 2015. The AHS Stallion Service Auction is currently being promoted on the Sporthorseauction's website with it's own page that links to the AHS site.
Choice Lots are also being utilized for the AHS Stallion Service Auction. Each group of stallions included in a Choice Lot will share an auction page. That means that there is limited room for information photos and videos for each stallion. We will include links to external information for each stallion on a Choice Lot page. Stay posted for new updates, join the bidding, support AHS and get a great deal on the stallion of your choice.
The annual AHS Stallion Service Auction is your opportunity to purchase a breeding at a discount price and at the same time help promote the American Hanoverian horse!
For complete and detailed information on any ancillary costs associated with breeding to each stallion, always call the phone number listed on each stallion's page before you place your bid. Booking fees or deposits for shipping, collecting, containers or mare care are usually required by stallion managers prior to breeding your mare. Please note that any such fees associated with the purchase of any of the donated breedings are the responsibility of the mare owner. Also note that residents of Kentucky purchasing breedings to stallions standing in Kentucky will be required to pay a 6% State Sales Tax on the bid amount, which is payable to the AHS.
The proceeds of the auction benefit all American Hanoverian breeders, mare owners and stallion owners through increased promotion of the American Hanoverian in advertising, event promotion and our significant awards programs.
For complete and detailed information on any ancillary costs associated with an item, please contact the AHS Stallion Auction Representative Nancy Connolly (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly BEFORE YOU PLACE YOUR BID. Bids are binding and cannot be withdrawn - NO EXCEPTIONS.
AHS Stallion Auction Specific Questions
For questions regarding AHS Stallion Auction entries, please contact the AHS Stallion Auction Representative
Nancy Connolly (email@example.com)
AHS Stallion Auction Billing and General Membership Questions
Please contact Sandy Clevenger at the AHS Central Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Congratulations You Have Won a Stallion Service Auction Bid -
Helpful Hints for Success
First of all we want to thank you again for your donation to the American Hanoverian Society Stallion Service Auction, and congratulations on placing the winning bid! We realize all auctions work differently and all stallion managers have different breeding approaches. We want each of our winners to have a great breeding experience, and hope this list of helpful hints assists you in that goal. For those of you who are new to breeding your mare, below you will find a bit of a step-by-step guide as to what is the best way to proceed.
First and foremost, contact the stallion owner. Introduce yourself as the winner of the AHS stallion auction bid on this stallion. Even if you contacted the stallion owner prior to winning the bid, contact them after the bidding to clarify exactly what the terms of the breeding are. Please note that we ask all potential bidders to contact the stallion owners prior to winning the bid, but we also realize that sometimes in the fever of an auction, someone may bid on a stallion they weren’t originally planning on. Either way, the first step is to know and understand the terms of the breeding. Below are some of the stallion season terms that vary from stallion to stallion - so go thru this check list! One Golden Rule that never changes (and perhaps the single most important factor to getting your mare in foal) is to plan ahead!
Terms that vary in every stallion season purchase
- Is the stallion available via cooled or frozen semen?
- What are the dates of the breeding season?
- Are there any dates during the breeding season that the stallion will be unavailable – shows, clinics, etc?
- Live Foal Guarantee
a. How does the contract define a Live Foal.
b. Is there a guarantee or not?
c. If so, how long is the guarantee good for and what are the terms?
- Collection Fees
- Shipping Fee
- Shipping Container Fee/Shipping container deposit
- Collection days-What days of the week is the stallion collected on, and what type of advance notice do you need to give before the stallion is collected
**Please take note here of time zones and how this may affect communication
- What is the preferred method of communication with the stallion owner, and for you as the mare owner?
- Will the breeding manager ship again if the mare does not get in foal? Is there a limit to the number of collections/shipments (or doses in the case of frozen semen) per season or in total for the contract?
- Must the breeding be used in the current breeding season?
Please do not take any of these terms for granted, check on all of them so you are clear.
What can I do to increase my chances of success?
As a mare owner you have many things in your control that can improve your mare’s chances of conception. PLAN AHEAD! Start thinking now, when do you want to start to try to breed your mare, knowing that it will most likely take more than one cycle unless all the stars align. Have your mare in optimal health prior to breeding.
As early as possible, start watching your mare’s cycle so you are familiar with her behavior and patterns. Talk with your vet about what time of year you hope to have your mare conceive. Mare cycles are influenced by many things, including the amount of daylight. If you want to breed early in the season (say in March), talk to your vet about putting your mare under lights at night to “fool” her into thinking it is later in the year than it really is. Many start this around December/January depending on the area of the country you are in. Your vet can make a recommendation here for your program and plan
Throughout this conversation you will often find the statement , “Talk to your Vet!” So the first question then comes up, do you have a good reproduction vet? No matter how much you or the stallion owner tries, without a vet that understands, and is experienced in equine reproduction you will encounter difficulties. If your current vet has not done much breeding, ask who they recommend. Other breeding farms in your area are also a great resource – who do they recommend? Sometimes, new breeders face the issue of being in remote locations where only one vet may be available. You have two options, either send your mare to a breeding facility and board them there throughout the breeding procedures, or, make sure that you and your vet have a good equine reproduction specialist to consult with during the process.
Plan on ultrasounding your mare during a cycle prior to your planned breeding cycle, so that you and your vet can determine her follicle formation and pattern. It is always cheaper to add a few extra ultrasounds and know when to plan to breed on the following month, than to miss a cycle, or not time the breeding correctly, necessitating an additional breeding. The month prior also allows you to give the stallion owner a “heads up”, as to timing.
Once you have determined what the stallion terms are, have selected a vet, and are familiar with your mare’s cycles you have started on the right track. This article is not intended to get into the details of the breeding process. There are many resources available on line that you may access for clinical information.
We cannot stress the importance of communication throughout the breeding process. As they say, it takes “two to tango”, and both of you, the mare owner and the stallion owner, want the same thing: a successful breeding and healthy foal! With careful planning, great communication, and a little luck it will happen. We want to thank you again for your purchase of a breeding and we look forward to seeing your Hanoverian foal!