CBA Publishes Booklet on Buying Sales Yearlings

The Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association has published "Buying Sales Yearlings, Plain & Simple," the third installment in its series of educational booklets.

"We felt that this is one that kind of needed to be done," said Bayne Welker, president and chairman of the CBA. "And to be a little bit biased, I think it is the best one we have been able to put out so far."

The CBA has printed 15,000 copies of the 39-page pamphlet, and it is being distributed to yearling buyers, members of the Kentucky legislature, and veterinarians. It will also be given out at the Keeneland September yearling sale, which begins Sept. 10, and will be available online at the CBA's Web site,

"We have mailed it out to every North American yearling purchaser that bought a yearling for $40,000 or more last year, so it went out to about 550 people," Welker said. "We have also, in the context with what's been going on with the Sales Integrity Task Force, sent it out to every legislator in the state."

Although the first two booklets in the "Vet Work – Plain and Simple" series were written by Frank Mitchell, the third pamphlet was an in-house project.

"It will have the same feel and the same similar illustrations that have been done (in the past)," Welker said. "There is a Q&A session with about 15 trainers, and Frank did participate in some of the interviews with the trainers, but as far as the content, it was all pretty much produced in-house this year."

The third installment of the series follows behind "What is Scoping?" and "OCDs in Sale Horses."

"(The series) has been hugely popular from the requests that we have had," Welker said. "The first two have been sent around the world, and I hope this one continues to follow suit."


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