RTIP Bloodstock Project
An exciting new RTIP initiative designed to give additional insights and opportunities to students interested in the equine side of the industry was launched during the 2018 fall semester. The creation of the RTIP Bloodstock Project began with the generous donation of seed money from Dana Parham and will continue to offer a hands-on engagement experience for many years to come.
Students met with bloodstock agent and RTIP alumnus, Kathy Berkey; they became the “client” during her visit to the UA and learned the strategies used when purchasing a broodmare for a commercial operation. Not only did the students learn theory, but they put that information into practice as they scoured the Keeneland November catalog for potential broodmares using the parameters set.
After sharing her long list of potential mares and reporting the physicals on those mares, the short list was created. After some of the initial selections went beyond the budget, Kathy was the successful bidder and signed on two mares that became the property of the Race Track Industry Program.
Students are looking forward to participating in every aspect of the decision-making process–starting with next season’s stallion selection to strategies for selling the foals the mares are currently carrying.
Meet the new members of the RTIP "teaching" faculty