Types of Ownership

Sole ownership

You will be the sole owner of the horse and will be closely involved with the decision-making relating to your horse. All the costs are chargeable to you - and you receive the majority of the prize money.


This can be a popular and enjoyable way for a group of friends to get involved and only two partners need to be registered as owners. The fun in deciding the name of the horse and choosing the colour of the silks it will carry is all part of the partnership. Racing as a group can be a really satisfying experience - there are not many greater thrills than seeing your horse win, surrounded by friends. The shared pleasure of success is a real buzz.

Company ownership

Does what it says on the tin. A company-owned horse can serve as a strong promotional aid for a business, build brand awareness and enhance team spirit among staff.

Buying a horse - the yearling sales

Most of the horses that come to Shalfleet arrive as yearlings, late each autumn. Many are bought at the key auctions that run from August to late October in France, America, Ireland and Britain. Europe’s major yearling sale takes place each October at Tattersalls, Newmarket. Jeremy purchases horses based on pedigree research and observations on conformation through personal inspection at the sales. He also trains for owner-breeders and is pleased to be asked to assess them pre-training at the respective farms where they have often been foaled.

Other sales

The yearling sales provide many yards with their horses for the following season and beyond. But Jeremy has also done very well at the breeze-up sales - auctions each spring for young two-year-olds, who are in training. Buys such as La Chunga and Sander Camillo, from America, and Fleeting Spirit and Strike The Deal, purchased in Newmarket, have gone on to make their mark in top-class races. The Horses-In-Training sale, conducted at Tattersalls, is exactly what it says and takes place late in October.

Get in touch

Buying a horse at the sales can be a less-than-straightforward exercise. The catalogues can often have more than 1,000 lots detailed and it’s tough to know where to start. That’s where Jeremy would be delighted to help you take the first steps towards owning a racehorse. He attends many of the major northern-hemisphere yearling sales and works with a number of experienced bloodstock agents who have scoured the catalogues, and often vast sales grounds, identifying what they believe are the nicest horses, catering for different budgets.