WESTERN Racepix can take photos of your yearlings for you to show prospective clients as well as for the Magic Millions catalogue and other sales.
Simon Merritt from Western Racepix said yearling photography was completely different to race photography.
“Yearling photography requires a lot of patience to get the yearlings to stand correctly with their ears forward,’’ he said.
“I use an app on my phone that makes horse sounds that helps a lot with getting their ears pricked.
“But getting their legs in the right position takes a lot of skill by the handler.
“Sometimes we can get the shot in 30 seconds, but sometimes it can take 20 minutes or longer.’’
Mr Merritt photographed almost 100 yearlings for this year’s Magic Millions Perth sale, on numerous farms from Busselton to Gingin.
“The photographs are uploaded to the Magic Millions online catalogue and then used by potential buyers to assess each yearling. “Having a good photograph of your yearling is a very important marketing tool, especially for interstate or international buyers who may not get the opportunity to view the horse before the sales.’’
This year Western Racepix’s Magic Millions photographs included two of Gingin-based Gold Front’s top selling lots – Lot 296: Filly, Sire: Sizzling, Dam: Kezzabelle, Buyer: Aquanita Racing (WA) $105,000 and Lot 256: Filly, Sire: Choisir, Dam: For Your Eyes Only, Buyer: Aquis Farm / Blue Sky Bloodstock / Portelli Racing (QLD) $150,000.
Sue Olive from Gold Front said photographs were an important part of selling the yearlings.
“Clients see the photos and then make their minds up as to which ones they want to look at,’’ she said.
Mrs Olive said the yearlings were all prepared before a sale.
They are handled and made to stand correctly for photos and for showing clients, exercised daily using an automatic walker and a treadmill and were all on individual diets.
“Simon at Western Racepix is so easy to deal with and his patience and professionalism is a credit to him.’’