This is the only stallion season auction that brings together thoroughbreds and quarter horses in one sale, and one where all proceeds go to help former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic career-ending injuries.
The Starquine.com Non-Guaranteed Thoroughbred Season Auction is previewed on Monday, January 9th. The auction starts at 9:00am on January 10th and ends on Wednesday, January 12th at 9:00pm. begins Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. and ends Thursday, January 26 at 10:00 a.m. Sales feature stallions from Kentucky, Florida, New York, California, Texas and other states.
Since the all-volunteer Jockeys and Jeans was founded by a group of former jockeys in late 2014, it has raised $2.6 million for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, including more than half a million through sales of stallion seasons donate
This is the third year that Quarter Horse seasons have been sold solely through the efforts of legendary Quarter Horse Jockey, GR Carter. Thoroughbred season sales slightly outpaced Quarter Horse seasons in the first year, but last year Quarter Horse seasons took a slight lead.
“Unfortunately, career-ending injuries happen to jockeys in both industries, and this is a great example of the two coming together in a meaningful way to provide funding for those whose lives have been changed forever while participating to horse racing, a sport we all know and love,” said President of Jockeys and Jeans Barry Pearl.
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PDJF pays a monthly stipend of $1,000 to up to 60 riders from both industries who have suffered catastrophic career-ending injuries. Two-thirds of them are now quadriplegics or paraplegics. “They have given so much of their lives to a sport that has made me and so many others so successful,” Carter said. “And we all owe it to them to give something back.”
Pearl noted that today’s rising cost of living has hit many on a fixed income hard, which includes nearly all PDJF recipients. “It’s no exaggeration to say that for many disabled former jockeys, $1,000 each month helps keep a roof over their heads and puts food on their tables. But we’re grateful so many generous people from both sides of horse racing stepped in to prove that this is one community, and one that really cares.”
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