'Tis the season for breeding

It is officially breeding season in Horse Country so we wanted to share some (family friendly) information all about how we will get the next generation of champions. There's much more to know than we could cover in a blog post and infographic, so we do hope you'll visit one of our stud farms for more of the story!. But we can get you started with our Breeding Season 101.


When a thoroughbred foal is born, it must be registered with The Jockey Club that it was produced from a "live cover". Industry practice requires thoroughbreds to be conceived naturally, not with AI or other methods. While it is primarily tradition, is also ensures honest and accurate progenies.

Why do foals have two birthdays? Much like the live breeding requirements, this boils down to tradition. All foals born in the northern hemisphere share the birthday of January 1 and it helps to standardize sales and racing qualifications.


On any of our farm tours that discusses breeding, you'll learn all about the safety measures and tools the staff uses to keep all horses and people happy and healthy.

Stud fees are set every year based on the success of a stallion and his progeny. Currently, the highest American stud fee belongs to Tapit at $300,000.

Kentucky is the leading state for mares bred and foals born. We are the Horse Capital of the world for a reason! Learn more with The Jockey Club's State Fact Book.

Want to learn more about the thoroughbred breeding process? Book your visit to a Horse Country location!

Want to print out the infographic? We made a printer-friendly version just for you!