CHARLES FIPKE, who will be honoured with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit when the Sovereign Awards are held by the Jockey Club of Canada later this year, will waive stud fees for mare owners who have breeding contracts to his North American stallions. Fipke will also offer zero-fee contracts for those who want to breed their mares to his stallions.

The offer is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to hardships for horsepeople throughout the continent, in particular, small breeders.

In a press release advertisement, Fipke said, “Small breeders will be especially affected by the economic conditions, and they are the backbone of this industry,” Fipke said. “None of my stallions stand for more than $5,000, and they are primarily supported by small breeders. Because I own my stallions outright and don’t have any shareholder responsibilities, I am able to do this, with the support of the farms where they stand. I’m passionate about the game and will continue to support my stallions, and I’d like to show my appreciation for outside breeders who do so as well in these trying times.”

Fipke has seven stallions at stud including two in Ontario at Colebrook Farms in Uxbridge, ON: Perfect Timber and Danish Dynaformer.

The Canadian-born Fipke has been in racing and breeding for 40 years and has bred and raced champions such as Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Perfect Shirl and Queen’s Plate winner Not Bourbon.