I have a question, first for stallion owners: Are SSAs overall a good thing?
It seems like a good thing. For the stallion owner you get quite a bit of publicity for your stallion for the donation of a breeding. You also support a group that is important to you - your registry, your local GMO, whatever group you choose to donate to. You usually get a breeding to your stallion and a foal on the ground.
For the group, it’s usually a major fund-raiser, and a promotional opportunity.
But there are now so many Stallion Service Auctions that I wonder about the overall effect. What proportion of breedings are sold now through SSAs, and almost always for lower than the normal stud fee? If it’s a significant proportion, what effect does that have on a the stallion owners overall? Does it make it less financially viable to stand a stallion?
Stallion owners: What is your experience with SSAs? How many do you participate in? Do you feel that your participation leads to an increase in the number of breedings you get outside SSAs, at full price?
Mare owners: What proportion of breedings do you buy from SSAs? How many stallions do you normally bid on? If you don’t win your bid, do you go to that stallion owner and pay the normal stud fee?