Bloodstock agents are hired to buy and sell horses for breeding and racing.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Assist owners in evaluation of horses based on pedigree and either provide appraisal or determine asking price
- Visit farms that breed horses to select foals for purchase
- Acquire shares in stallions on owner’s behalf
- Meet with potential buyers to discuss their needs and determine which horse or horses would best fit them
- Attend auctions and bid on behalf of clients
- Facilitate the process of purchasing horses including determining commission and establishing credit
- Recommend equine veterinarians, boarding facilities and trainers to patrons
- Also advise clients according to their purpose for their horse (i.e. mating recommendations, racing plans)
- Determine when breeding horses are failing and notify owners
- Maintain records of purchases and sales
- Remain abreast of changes in the horse market and industry trends
What education and training is required?
There is no specific required degree or training to become a bloodstock agent, but knowledge of or a degree in equine science is beneficial. There are also certification courses available to become more knowledgeable about equine science or the racehorse industry.
To pursue a career as a Bloodstock Agent:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, anatomy, animal science, and mathematics.
Where can I work?
Bloodstock agents may work for auction companies, bloodstock agencies, breeding farms or racing companies, but they are typically self-employed and are hired by racehorse owners or horse breeders. Some bloodstock agents may also sell equine insurance.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a bloodstock agent will be fair over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
- Equine Science Society
- American Association of Equine Practitioners
- American Society of Equine Appraisers
- National Thoroughbred Racing Association
- State Thoroughbred Breeders Associations
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