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Strong line up for May 'Breeders' Conference'

05:25 AM 03 Apr 2012 NZST
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New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Assoc
New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Assoc

The first New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association conference will be held in Christchurch on Friday 18th May 2012. A great line-up of harness racing industry leaders, personalities and successful breeders will speak at the day event prior to the New Zealand Oaks Premier race night being held at Addington Raceway.

NZSBA have secured sponsorship from Cullen Breeding and Noel Kennard which allows the NZSBA to host Australian harness legend Brian Hancock, who will be guest speaker for the event.

Brian is coming to New Zealand to share his breeding philosophy "Breeding For Success" along with what the Australian market needs and breeding in NSW today.

Media pundit and harness racing personality Michael Guerin will act as conference MC and will speak on harness racing in the media, importance of punters and where the industry should be heading.

John Mooney, NZSBA Chairman will open the conference and give a talk on the industry today and where to in the future.

HRNZ CEO Edward Rennell will give an insight into industry funding, the importance of punters and HRNZ's strategic direction.

NZ Racing Board Chairman Michael Stiassny will speak on racing and wagering in New Zealand, the political reality of racing in Wellington, the importance of internationalisation and what harness can do to maintain market share.

Graeme Henley Alabar Studmaster will speak on the realities of acquiring quality stallions in today's market.

The Breeding Panel - will consist of Ken and Karen Breckon (North Island), Dennis Bennett (Canterbury) and Mark O'Connor (Southland). Michael Guerin will interview the panel on a variety of subjects, what motivated them to breed, strategy behind successful breeding, things they wouldn't do again. Panel will be open for questions and answers.

Earlybird prices are $86.25 (inc GST) for NZSBA members and $109.25 (inc GST) for non members, earlybird pricing finishes on 20th April 2012.

To book please visit call Kiely on 03 339 4168 or email


8.45 - 9.15 am      Registration

9.15am                John Mooney, NZSBA Chairman - NZ Industry Today, Where To?

9.35am                Edward Rennell - HRNZ and the future

10.15am              Morning tea

10.30am              Michael Stiassny- insights intothe NZ Racing Industry

11.10am              Michael Guerin - marketing harness in a challenging world

11.30am              Graeme Henley - realities of stallion ownership

12.10pm              LUNCH

1.00pm                Brian Hancock - philosophy ofbreeding

2.00pm                Equine health update - speaker TBC

2.30pm                Breeding Panel - Ken & Karen Breckon, Dennis Bennett, Mark O'Connor

3.30pm                CLOSE


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