These past few months have been objectively different and perhaps difficult in everyone's lives. There might barely be anyone who can claim to have not been affected. Individuals and businesses alike. Tony Bott and his Evergreen Stud is also no exception. We came across quite a few innovations in the way business approached their strategies this year. Tony Bott too has a few ideas to share here.
Tony Bott has been in the business for quite some time and is in tandem with the finer nuances of this world that an untrained eye might not be able to notice. However, Tony has a few things up his sleeve here and he does not mind us asking.
Q: How have your learnings from the COVID19 economic situation as well the restrictions affected your 2020 breeding strategies?
A: During Covid 19, the economic situation was impacted greatly due to restrictions of people's movement and border closures. Sales attendance there for suffered from a resultant drop in the volume of sales, particularly with yearlings. The top end of the market was still strong but there was a distinct lack of competition in the lower to the middle market. The broodmare market seemed to be less affected.
It was abundantly obvious that the buyers were seeking the progeny of commercial, proven stallions in the main, hence our focus this season was mainly proven stallions for our mares. Due to concern regarding border closures we also elected to utilize stallions in our home state rather than risk possible entrapment interstate of our mares.
Q: Could you tell us about your top 5 – 10 weanlings currently on the ground which would become the highlights of your yearling sales’ in 2021 and if you could tell us more about why these pedigree nicks would result in making these weanlings elite racehorses?
A: Our 5 top yearlings for next year’s sales will be:
Q: And finally, could you tell us about your top mares and who they are currently in-foal to?
A: They are as follows: