With the November 1 deadline for registering mares for the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program looming, the program and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has started a database for those seeking a barn to ship their mare for the 2018 foaling season.
In order to be part of the Indiana-bred program, a Thoroughbred mare must be in residence in the state of Indiana, and have a program registration filled out, by November 1. The idea of the database is to help owners who might wish to participate in the program the first time and are not familiar with what farms might be available.
(If a mare is not in residence prior to November 1, nor their registration form has been sent in, owners will need to register the mare within 10 days of foaling and then breed back to a registered Indiana stallion for the 2019 foal.)
Program farms from across the state have sent in their information to the commission, and the commission is still accepting listings. If a broodmare owner is looking for a farm, they can email the commission at Thoroughbred@hrc.in.gov and a list will be provided to them.
The commission will not recommend a certain farm over another, just providing the list of farm addresses and contact information—it is up to the owner to choose. Likewise, it is up to the owner to contact the farms and pursue their own vetting process to see what farm is the right fit for their mare and their goals.
“We wanted to offer one more service to make it easier for our breeders and owners, and potential new Indiana-bred owners, to participate in our growing programs,” says Megan Arszman, Communications Coordinator for the IHRC.
Owners can download the registration forms, or even register their mares on the commission website at http://in.gov/hrc/tb.htm.