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Booking fee question?

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Samantha
Yearling
Username: Dressage_diva333

Post Number: 57
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 12:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am standing a Welsh stallion at stud this year, and am wondering what the booking fee is all about? Do I need to charge it?
 

Jane
Breeding Stock
Username: Dizzykizzy

Post Number: 197
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 11:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I don't really know anything about this but I would think if you take a booking fee, people are less likely to mess you about ie book their mare in then not turn up!

I would make it non refundable.
 

Jenni Luttrell
Breeding Stock
Username: Bugrace2000

Post Number: 1000
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You dont have to charge it but if you book a slot then the mare is a no show you dont have anything to show for holding the spot. I would charge it and make it nonrefundable. In extreme cases you could refund it at your discression if you wanted. If you charge the booking fee they are less likey to change their mind mid-stream and leave you hanging. Think of it like holding a foal for someone without a deposit.
 

Debbie Burnett
Breeding Stock
Username: Horselady

Post Number: 447
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 01:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I also stand a stallion. I charge stud fee, which includes the breeding and collection fees together. I have a breeding contract which requires payment in advance, regitration paperwork etc all before the shipment is sent. So far no problems with it.

My contract is on my website under the stallion link if you want to take a look at it. Its pretty simple.

www.djscoloredcorral.com Go to the stallion link and under his picture you will see the contract link.

Deb
 

Catherine Owen
Breeding Stock
Username: Cateowen

Post Number: 192
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 02:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Samantha,
Speaking from my experience with Quarter Horse stallions,
Typically booking fees are approximately 1/4 the stud fee; i.e., a stud fee of $1,000 would include the $250 booking fee.

Booking fees are typically non-refundable. They are sent "in advance" when the mare owner decides to breed their mare to your stallion. As others previously stated, stallion owners typically use the bookings to a stallion to plan out their breeding seasons. You would hate to limit your book to say 20 mares and have several that didn't show up and then you have nothing to show for it. If someone is going to go ahead and send you several hundred up to even $1,000 for the booking fee to reserve a slot for their mare, then they are pretty serious about breeding to your stallion.

The booking fee does elimate some no shows and can really seperate the "talkers" from the "doers".

The booking fee is typically included in the stud fee.



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