Hoosier Breeding Farms Open Stall Doors to Owners Looking to Bring Mares to Indiana

For the second year, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and its three breed development programs, has activated a Broodmare Boarding List to help breeders who are looking to participate in one of the commission’s lucrative breed development programs in 2019.

The database was the brainchild of marketing director Megan Arszman because she saw a need to help not only breeders who don’t know where to look for boarding, but also for the farms themselves to help promote their availability.

“With the November 1 deadline for registering mares for the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program looming and breeders starting to make breeding decisions, it just makes sense to put the list back online,” says Arszman.

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 2020 foal.)

Thoroughbred stallions looking to make Indiana home must be registered by October 15. If a stallion has been previously registered in Indiana and misses the deadline, there is a late fee required. New stallions are not required to pay a late fee.

While the deadlines for the other two programs have passed, there’s still time for interested breeders to join the lucrative regional programs.

Standardbred breeders wishing to participate in the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program must have their mares registered by August 1 for foals to be designated as “Indiana Sired and Bred.” Standardbred stallions must be registered by October 1, but they may be registered after the deadline with a late fee tacked onto the registration fee, unless he is stallion standing his first season in Indiana.

Quarter Horse breeders who want to take part in the Indiana Quarter Horse Breed Development Program must have their mares registered by July 1. However, mares can be registered after July 1, she must be bred back to an Indiana registered stallion for a 2020 foal. Quarter Horse stallions must be registered by November 1. If they are registered after November 1, there is a late fee of $100, unless it is a new stallion and that fee is waived.

Farms participating in any of the breed development programs, as well as veterinary hospitals and breeding facilities, have offered their contact information to the commission for the list. If any Indiana farms or facilities are interested in being on the list, they can still contact the office. If an owner is looking for a farm, they can click on “Barn Listing” on the Indiana Horse Racing Commission website’s left-hand toolbar, or by clicking this button: https://www.in.gov/hrc/2712.htm

The commission will not and does not recommend a certain farm over another. The list is just to offer a starting point in the horse owner’s search—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 foals.

Owners can download the registration forms, or even register their horses on the commission website (http://in.gov/hrc).

(from IHRC news release)