Congratulations to the Virginia Harness Horse Association and Ongait.com, who combined forces last week to conduct an online auction of breedings to Virginia stallions that raised $5,500 for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation!
Thanks especially though to stallion owners who donated breedings and made this initiative such a great success — Dan Chansky, Gideon Brenneman, Scott Woogen, Bill MacKenzie; John Wagner, Bruce Schadel, Matt Sloane, Eli Stoltzfus, Laurie Poulin, Cristy Yoder, Mary Martin, Tracy Bradshaw, Kim Vincent & Bart Cavanaugh. And thanks to Maurice Chodash at On Gait who coordinated everything and of course, all the horsemen who bid on and won breedings.
The no reserve online breeding auction was available to 12 of the 16 Virginia-based standardbred stallions. The potentially cost saving prices were available on Glendening, Gregory Pecs, Jeneral Patton, Journeyman, Kandy Korn, Mr. Julian, Reverse Smith, Royel Millennium, Secular, Shibboleth Hanover, Winning Fireworks and Yankee Royalty.
Bidding closed on the seasons alphabetically on Friday March 11 between 12 Noon and 1:40 PM.
The VHHA recently introduced a new Sired Stakes program that rewards the stallion owner, breeder and owner of the mare in addition to carding $60,000 Sire Stakes races run by age, sex and gait for program participants as 2 and 3-year-olds. Initial response to the program has been encouraging. A total of 16 stallions will stand in Virginia this year compared with three in 2021. More details are available at vhha.net.