A great horse preparer for yearling sales plays a crucial role in presenting young horses in the best possible condition to potential buyers. Victoria has some of the best in the business, Courtney Slater, Monique Burnett, Rachael Benns, Haley Lang and the queen mother herself Annie Dalton just to name a few:

Here are some key attributes and skills that contribute to being an effective horse preparer for yearling sales, just like the ladies above:

  1. Experience and Expertise:
    • Extensive experience working with horses, especially young ones, is essential.
    • In-depth knowledge of horse anatomy, behavior, and nutrition is crucial for proper care and presentation.
  2. Attention to Detail:
    • A keen eye for detail is necessary to identify and address any physical imperfections or health issues in the yearlings.
    • Attention to grooming, conformation, and overall presentation is crucial.
  3. Communication Skills:
    • Effective communication is essential for collaborating with veterinarians, farriers, and other professionals to ensure the well-being of the horses.
    • Clear communication with potential buyers during the sales process is also important.
  4. Patience and Calm Demeanour:
    • Working with young horses requires patience and a calm demeanour. This helps in building trust and reducing stress in the animals.
    • Patience is also important during the sales process, especially when dealing with potential buyers.
  5. Understanding of Sales Process:
    • Familiarity with the sales process and knowledge of the expectations of potential buyers can help in tailoring the presentation of each yearling to attract interest.
  6. Adaptability:
    • The ability to adapt to different horses with varying temperaments, backgrounds, and needs is important.
    • Adaptability is also valuable when dealing with unexpected challenges or changes in circumstances.
  7. Networking Skills:
    • Building and maintaining a network within the horse racing and sales industry is crucial for business success.
    • Networking can lead to connections with potential buyers and other professionals in the field.
  8. Ethical Conduct:
    • Integrity and ethical conduct are essential in the horse racing industry. Trust between sellers, preparers, and buyers is built on honesty and transparency.
  1. Business Acumen:
    • A successful horse preparer should understand the business side of the industry, including pricing strategies and market trends.

By combining these attributes, a great horse preparer contributes significantly to the success of yearling sales and ensures that the horses are presented in the best possible condition for potential buyers.

All these magnificent ladies will be on hand this weekend at Oaklands Junction to help, guide and support buyers through that maze of which yearling is for you.