Whether it's a single-day sprint or a two-week marathon, it takes a lot to get through a Thoroughbred auction.
Every veteran member of the bloodstock industry has their own rituals and habits to kick-start long days of showing, selling, and buying, and sustain that energy until their last horse goes through the ring. In this edition of INQUIRY, we'll take a look at some of the ways bloodstock industry members get through the sales by asking them to fill in the blank in the statement, “I can't start the sale without…”
Mark Taylor – Taylor Made Sales Agency
“Rolaids. No matter how many horse sales I do, no matter how many I'm at, I'm an absolute nervous wreck. In the days leading up to it, I just completely wash out. The stress, just wanting to do well for the customers, basically.
“Take Saratoga – I've done this for a long time, and it should be old hat, and you just go through the thing, but when you get up here and people have sent their horses all the way up here and you want it to go well, every show, I'm constantly tearing apart our own performance – did we get the horse shown good enough? Did we have the right person on the shank? Could we get them a show ring that was long enough? It's a repeated stress attack that happens about 600 times a day.”
Craig Bernick – Glen Hill Farm & Thoroughbred Idea Foundation
“Berocca. It's an effervescent tablet that has 100-times every vitamin you'd need, and I have to have that in the morning before I come to the horse sales.”
Fletcher Mauk – Small Batch Sales
“Doing three weeks' worth of work in one day before the sale starts, because the next three weeks are blown. It's just getting all the other jobs done so I can focus exclusively on this.”
Hanzly Albina – Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services
“A cigar. I like all kinds. Right now, my brand is a Montecristo Open Eagle.”
Stuart Morris – Morris Bloodstock Services
“My guys. Without my crew, I can't do anything. I'm very blessed and fortunate to have a great crew of very loyal, hard-working fellas that would stand in front of a bus for me if they had to. Without them, I can't do it.”
Carrie Brogden – Select Sales & Machmer Hall
“Lots of red wine. Cabernet.”
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