The core function of a bloodstock agent is to assess and purchase horses on behalf of clients. Some Bloodstock Agents also syndicate horses and must have the appropriate qualifications and accreditation to do so. Bloodstock agents must have strong client relation skills and an outstanding knowledge of thoroughbred breeding, horse conformation and value.
Bloodstock Agents will be particularly active at weanling and yearling sales where they are looking for purchase new stock on behalf of clients. Some agents specialise in the trade of 'tried' (already raced) horses from interstate or overseas.
Bloodstock Agents generally work on a commission basis or maybe employed by owners or trainers.
The path to becoming a Bloodstock Agent is not necessarily a fixed one that has specific qualifications. Some major bloodstock/sales companies around Australia may cadet roles to train people in bloodstock fundamentals.
The Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia was formed in 1988 to "maintain, improve and develop the standards, status and services of Bloodstock Agents throughout Australia to present and promote the views of its members". More information on their code of conduct and ethics can be found on their website: