Why a Race Horse?
Well, this question can be answered easily, albeit not exhaustively: beauty, aesthetics, speed, the excitement of winning, the flair of the race course, the tension before a race, the immense pride following a victory, the personal exposure to the animals, meeting interesting people, tradition … This and much, much more speaks in favour of acquiring a race horse of your own.
Now you are bound to think: Fair enough, but who can afford this? In contrast to a belief widely held by the general public, owning race horses is no exclusive privilege of the Rich and Famous of this world and not associated with utterly fabulous wealth.
An acquisition price of €5,000.- and above, with no upper limit, is your “entry ticket”, and you stand good chances of owning a horse that will bring you much joy and will also generate earnings. The monthly costs for a race horse amount to approximately €700.- and cover training, feeding, stable fees and the like. Costs for the services of a farrier and, if necessary, a veterinarian have to be added to this amount.
Still too expensive?
In this case joint ownership is advisable, i.e. an association of several persons who own one or more horses. The advantage is obvious: All expenses are shared. At relatively little financial expense it is thus possible to practise one of the most beautiful and traditional hobbies actively and to spend many fulfilling hours at the race course as a race horse owner.
You do not want to share and cannot or do not want to raise the finance necessary for acquisition?
Leasing a race horse constitutes another possibility. Under this arrangement no acquisition costs become due. The operating costs are borne by the lessee. The amount as well as the duration of the leasing agreement are negotiable, in most cases it is standard practice to agree for the lessee to pay a specified percentage of the earnings generated by the horse under lease to the lessor upon maturity of the leasing agreement or at regular intervals.
Do I have to tend to the Horse?
No, you do not. You need not clear out the stable, feed the horse regularly, exercise and prepare him/her. Every active race horse is trained by a licensed race horse trainer. It is him and his qualified staff who cater to the special needs of your race horse.
How do I obtain a Race Horse?
Have we sparked your interest in a race horse? Then please contact us or turn directly to one of the trainers.
In order to avoid unpleasant surprises as a “novice” to horse buying, consulting an expert is strongly recommended. We will be happy to advise and assist you in any possible way. Whether you purchase a young horse that has not yet proved him or herself (yearling, two-year-old), but whose heritage and appearance make it look promising, or a horse that has already entered several races and has demonstrated a certain performance: both instances require expert knowledge, sensitivity, and especially a large portion of luck.
As a matter of fact, dreams can come true. This is borne out by a beautiful story that took place only recently: the horse Overdose was purchased as a yearling at approx. €3,000 in 2006 and is one of the most successful horses in Europe to date, with accumulated lifetime earnings of more than €220,000.-.
The Racing Stable
It is tradition for the new owner / the members of the new joint ownership association to found a racing stable using a pseudonym (Dreamy Stable, Amigos Stable, Quadriga Stable, etc.), but it is also possible to enter races under the owner´s own name. The data is registered with the Direktorium für Galopprennsport or the Zentrale für Traberzucht- und Rennen. The startup-costs amount to approx. €200.
Subsequently the stable colours are created, and from then onwards all horses of the respective owner / the joint owners race under these colours, which are also worn by the jockey/driver. Pundits can therefore tell the owner of a particular horse from his or her colours.
It is also possible to purchase shares in a horse already in training in order to test the waters for a while before venturing to acquire a racehorse of one´s own. In this case it is not necessary to found a separate stable.
I will be glad to provide personal advice in all matters relating to the acquisition of a race horse ( +43 664 2264790 Dr. Isabella Copar), you can turn to any trainer (on site), the office of the Direktorium für Vollblutzucht in Österreich (Ms. Karin Schweigert 02254 9000 1509), the Zentrale für Traberzucht und -Rennen (Phone: 01 728 00 46-48), or the office of the AROC (Phone: 02254/ 9000/ 1500).