This year’s Suffolk Showcase will be our 8th year running this exciting event!
It will be held on the backside of Suffolk Downs:
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time: 9AM – Noon
Where: Backside, Suffolk Downs
You Can Find Directions on the Suffolk Downs Site: http://www.suffolkdowns.com/directions.html
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is the Showcase?
The Showcase is NOT an auction: rather, it is a presentation of horses for sale by trainers and owners. There will be a catalog posted on the CANTER website on the 18th that you should download and bring with you if you are attending.
- Who owns the horses that will be in the Showcase?
The horses presented during the Showcase are trainer-owned horses–not CANTER-owned horses. Accordingly, if you are interested in learning more about, or purchasing a horse, you will need to speak with the trainer listed in the program. CANTER merely acts as an informational resource–we do not represent the trainers, nor do we have any financial interest in the sale of horses. Please note that CANTER does not warranty the horses: any representations about the horses are those of the trainer or owner, not of CANTER New England.
- What kind of horses will be included in the Showcase?
In past years we’ve had horses as young as 2 and as old as 11–mares, geldings, stallions–there is a mix of every type of horse that you’d find on the backside. Some are suitable for any discipline: eventing, hunter/jumper, dressage; others may be best suited as pleasure horses, or companions.
- What do I need to bring/do to prepare for the Showcase?
We will post an online catalog of the horses that will be presented in the Showcase. You should print this out and make notes about the horses that you are most interested in–it gets overwhelming to take in all the horses on the morning of the Showcase if you do not come prepared! Make sure that you bring some pens or pencils; we will not have a supply on hand and you will want to take notes. Wear comfortable layered clothing; Suffolk is near the ocean and it may be nippy in the morning, but get quite warm toward noon. You may end up walking around the barns to see the horses you are most interested in, so wear comfortable shoes. Boots or paddock boots are best, in case it is wet. You may want to bring a camera/video recorder to get some additional shots. A weight/height tape can also come in handy.
- Am I prohibited from bringing anything on the backside?
Yes. Dogs are not permitted, nor are private cars. We strongly discourage bringing your children–there are lots of horses in close proximity and the potential for injury of little ones is too high to risk it. Also: please leave glass jars/mugs/bottles in the car. And remember: as you cannot ride the horses on the backside, there is no need to bring helmets, tack or saddle pads onto the backside.
- Will I be able to ride the horses at the Showcase if I am interested in buying one?
No. Unfortunately, due to liability and safety issues, attendees are not allowed to try out horses. It is a different way of buying a horse compared to what is typical outside of the track, so we suggest that you bring along a trainer or experienced friend if you are not someone familiar with horses coming off of the track. The upside is that you can find some amazing horses at incredibly reasonable prices if you feel confident that you have the skills, patience and time to retrain a horse.
- Are these horses still racing?
For the most part, yes. Trainers are in the business of running races, and they never know how quickly a horse will sell, so it is common for a horse to continue to run even while it is listed for sale. As a result, most of these horses are very fit–keep this in mind when you are bringing one home–they do need time to make the transition to farm life!
- Do I have to bring cash and a trailer?
Every trainer is different, so while some may be willing to take a deposit, or hold a horse, many will not. Generally they view this as a “cash and carry” affair. While you should take the time you need to carefully consider a potential commitment–and horses are a big commitment–do keep in mind that there will be other attendees who do arrive with cash in hand.
- Can I get a horse vetted at the Showcase?
We cannot guarantee that there will be vets available at the track to vet horses. You may wish to speak to your veterinarian to see if they are willing and able to do a pre-purchase on any horse of interest.
- I’ve heard that trainers just give them away at the end of the meet. Is that true?
While it may be true that some people have ended up with a “freebie”, most often we find that the sound, attractive, sane horses are in demand and so trainers do not end up giving them away. We do try and impress upon attendees that using the term “rescue” on the backside is frowned upon: the trainers do not view their horses as having to be “rescued” and may get offended if they hear you saying that you want to “rescue” a horse.
- When does the Suffolk meet end this year?
Live racing for the 2013 season runs through November 1st. Usually all horses are off the backside within 7 days of meet’s end.