Close to 200 breeders attended the Stallion Expos held in Southland and Canterbury this week, and the feeling from both events was that breeders are optimistic about the future.
CSBA Vice Chairman Dennis Bennett gave a rousing address to open the Addington meeting. He congratulated NZMTC on the new $500 bonus to breeders who are members of NZSBA, and reported that Amberley Trotting Club will match it. He also thanked HRNZ for funding the DNA fees.
"I sense a little bit of optimism out there. Personally, I will be increasing my mares bred from four to eight this season,” said Dennis.
He looks forward to more recognition of breeders from HRNZ and clubs in the next few years.
This optimism is the result of a number of initiatives coming to fruition: HRNZ absorbing DNA costs; breeding bonuses at Addington Raceway; studs coming to the party with great discount schemes; and a wide range of breeding incentives across the country.
These positive initiatives are a welcome respite from what has been a hard slog for breeders over the last five years. It is pleasing that our Association’s views, which we present on behalf of breeders, are being heard and acted on.
All of the major studs were represented at the Stallion Expos, each giving a presentation on their upcoming draft—many ‘in demand’ stallions already with closed (or near to closed) books.
If you are yet to make a decision on your breeding choices this year, we recommend that you talk to the studs as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
We thank all of the studs involved for both their financial support and time given to make these evenings a success, and wish all breeders a fruitful season ahead.
Executive Manager, NZSBA