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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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