On Wednesday Septemeber 25, about 70 Canterbury standardbred breeders joined together to celebrate and recognise the achievements of their fellow members at the Canterbury Standardbred Breeders’ Awards Evening.
Gold pins were awarded to over 50 members for breeding a horse that achieved a mile rate of 1.58 or greater (pacing) and 2.00.0 (trotting).
The New Zealand Standardbred Breeders’ also presented to breeders a raft of trophies for Group and Listed race success, and a new award to the breeder of an NZ record-holder at season end. In total over 20 members were recognised on the night in these categories. For a list of members who received awards visit our website www.harnessracing.co.nz.
There were six main awards presented. These were:
Contribution to Canterbury Breeding – awarded to Noel Kennard for his tireless enthusiasm and involvement in the harness racing industry. Noel has had a long association with harness racing as an administrator for various breeder’s associations, as a stallion owner and manager and more recently syndicate promoter and manager.
Professional Person of the Year – awarded to HRNZ Keeper of the Stud Book Wayne Reid. Wayne has worked at HRNZ for 34 years, starting as a Statistician in the days when every horse had a hand written card. Wayne then went on to become handicapper and subsequently the Keeper of the Stud Book in 1997.
Lifetime Breeding Achievement – Spreydon Lodge established by the late Wayne Francis is a major contributor to the breeding industry. Consistently one of the top ten breeders Spreydon Lodge bred 309 winners over the last five seasons. Quality performers from this grand nursery and racing stable include Franco Nelson, Franco Emirate, Nearea Franco, Franco Jamar, Franco Ledger and Franco Nelson to name but a few.
Canterbury Broodmare of Excellence – Love To Live, dam of Terror To Love bred by Terry McDonald. Two-time New Zealand Cup Winner Terror To Love needs no introduction, he is currently sitting on 22 wins from 50 starts with earnings of $1,544,667. Love To Live is also dam of Bad All Over who enjoyed eight wins and Cee J P winner of one race by Falcon Seelster.
Trotting Breeder of the Year – Trevor Casey. Trevor is a long time supporter of harness racing who bring enthusiasm and a significant contribution to the industry, particularly excellence in trotting. This investment is paying dividends with a string of winners to his name. Escapee, Daenerys Targaryen, Springbank Sam and Stent being last season’s top performers for Trevor as a breeder and three of them as owner.
Pacing Breeder of the Year –Jennifer and Bob Sandford. Venus Serena was the stand-out 2YO filly for this season. Bred and owned by the Christchurch couple, the multiple Group 1 winning filly is entering her 3YO season on stakes of $247,635 from five wins.
Chairman John Mooney hosted the evening and thanked members for their interest in the industry and continued support. John said: ”the feedback from the studs and from individual breeders about this season is very positive. People are saying that are looking to increase the number of mares they are breeding, with several new breeders starting out with two or three mares.”
John also said that next year CSBA is looking to host a joint Canterbury Awards evening with the owners and licence holders. “Working together in recognising individuals and their achievements will strengthen us all” he said.