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The highly anticipated 2015 Register of Standardbred Stallions is winging its way to over 3000 standardbred breeders and harness racing participants. The Register provides readers with accurate, comprehensive information on which to base breeding decisions. This years' issue has forty pacing stallions and twenty-four trotting stallions listed. The Register is one of the positive contributions the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association makes towards supporting breeders. We are proud to produce this high quality publication, which contains the details of the stallions available in New Zealand. Our members rate this publication at over 90% for its value as part of the membership subscription. If you would like to receive a copy please contact kiely@harnessracing.co.nz. The digital version is available to view at http://issuu.com/nzsba/docs/sires_2015-16/5?e=3384664/14984747 Kiely Buttell Executive Manager

New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association (NZSBA) is pleased to announce that Equibreed NZ Ltd have signed up to become Gold Partners. Currently Equibreed have a successful sponsorship arrangement with the North Island Standardbred Breeders' Association, this has been enhanced by having a national presence via the Gold Partner status with NZSBA. Equibreed NZ Ltd are based in the rolling countryside of Te Awamutu. Headed by Dr Lee Morris a registered specialist in veterinary reproduction, Equibreed NZ has a wide range of services that are relevant to NZSBA members. Services they offer include infertility treatment, artificial insemination, low dose insemination, embryo transfer and embryo freezing, mare infertility treatments, management of difficult mares and control of oestrous during racing to name but a few. Dr Morris works with all of the major studs and stallion owners around New Zealand and can provide on-farm mare management during the breeding season. The practice boasts outstanding facilities including stallion handling barn, phantom mare, laboratory, separate mare facilities, crush and 80 acres of rolling pasture for them to enjoy. Dr Morris commented on the partnership with NZSBA: "We are excited to be involved with the NZSBA - it is a win-win as we have a lot of new technology to share with the industry which we know will improve the efficiency of breeding in NZ. This will be a great partnership that will facilitate the spread of knowledge to the breeders - watch this space!" NZSBA is looking forward to providing our members with up-to-date information on the latest breeding research and techniques. Please support our Gold Partners, their financial contribution allows the NZSBA to continue to grow and provide a range of membership benefits. Kiely Buttell Executive Manager

New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association (NZSBA) received some welcomed news this week when their application to the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) as an Affiliated Breed Society was accepted. This has been a goal of the Association since standardbred classes were excluded from the prestigious Horse of the Year Show in 2013. The affiliation to RAS now means that standardbreds can hold their own breed specific classes at A & P shows, ultimately leading to classes at Horse of the Year (HOY), the Group racing of equestrian circles. Kiely Buttell, NZSBA Executive Manager, was delighted at the news. "I have been an advocate of Life After Racing since joining the Harness Industry back in 2007. When I was alerted to the news that standardbreds were unable to compete in 'breed specific' classes at HOY, I contacted the RAS to see what could be done. "To their credit the RAS have been fantastic to deal with and confirmed yesterday that our application has been accepted. We now start the journey to get standardbred classes back at HOY in 2015." To affiliate with RAS, NZSBA set up a 'pleasure horse membership' aimed at participants who re-home standardbreds after they have retired from racing. NZSBA has members from all over the country who are willing to make the trip to Hastings to compete at HOY. The standardbred as an equestrian prospect is growing in popularity. Previously much ridiculed for being 'jug heads' or 'wobblers', the modern standardbred has developed into a stunning breed in temperament and looks. They can easily hold their own against their thoroughbred cousins and many are enjoying successful careers in a variety of disciplines. Kiely Buttell | Executive Manager  

The recent announcement by New Zealand Sires' Stakes Board (NZSSB) outlined a raft of positive changes and new initiatives to address industry challenges. New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association (NZSBA) has been heartened by the willingness of the NZSSB to undertake a review of Group Races with Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ). The Board is to be commended for being forward thinking and open to change. NZSBA Chairman, John Mooney said, "The Sires' Stakes Board should be congratulated for these new initiatives. These series are accessible to all owners and breeders. The prize money is extremely attractive and provides a great incentive to continue breeding." He added, "I especially welcome the increased number of qualifying races for 2YOs, the new 4YO and older races and the new Harness 5000 series. I encourage owners and breeders to participate in the series." Stakes increases are always welcomed. With close to 50% of breeders also retaining ownership in their stock, this financial gain will also filter down to the coal face of the industry. It has been no secret that field sizes are struggling. NZSBA is pleased that entry into the two-year-old Sires Stakes races has been expanded to include form from non-Sires Stakes races. This will encourage greater participation. The creation of five new four-year-old and older conditioned races for pacing mares and trotters is especially welcome. We hope this will encourage the greater retention of horses that have not won Group 1 races. With industry support this will grow into more opportunities for our aged horses. The Harness 5000 is an innovative idea to give greater opportunity to the progeny of stallions who stand for $5000 or less. This allows for the owners of 'grass roots' horses to enjoy racing for a slice of the $40,000 on offer in stakes. NZSBA continues its strong support for NZSSB. The association appoints three members to the Board. We congratulate the Board and staff on the work done to ensure there are optimal racing opportunities for our stock. Kiely Buttell Executive Manager 03 339 4168 | 021 274 4770 | www.harnessracing.co.nz

The new Breeders’ Bonus scheme that commenced on 17 January this year is proving to be a real winner amongst breeders who have won a race at Addington. Furthermore, and what is good news for Breeders, the initiative will continue for the 2014-15 season. Fifteen New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) race meetings have been held between January and June, with 97 bonuses paid out at a total of $48,500. Kiely Buttell, Executive Manager of the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders’ Association (NZSBA), commented that 35 new members have joined the Association since January and that can be put down to the new bonus scheme. “At only $89.95 for an annual subscription and the chance to earn $500 each time your horse wins, many breeders have taken advantage of the opportunity. Both The Met and the NZSBA have received excellent feedback and jointly we are delighted to reward members’ efforts in breeding winning racehorses.” “Moving forward to the new season and to be eligible for the bonus, you will need to be a fully paid up member by 31 August 2014. That’s the only difference in conditions from last season.” The scheme is open to any member of the NZSBA who breeds the winner of a totalisator race held at an NZMTC meeting at Addington Raceway, subject to conditions. They will be eligible for a $500 bonus payment. Full terms and conditions are available at www.addington.co.nz or www.harnessracing.co.nz Ged Mooar                            Marketing & Commercial Manager Executive Manager    

‘‘A BLIND man can see what’s happening, we’re running out of horses.’’ With that stark statement, North Auckland trainer Ray Green issued a warning that unless Harness Racing New Zealand got off its hands and did something to address the problem, the game would quickly die. Green went on the attack this week with the revelation that the number of mares served was down another 6.6% and for the first time in decades New Zealand’s foal crop will dip below 2000. Alarmingly, the number of mares bred is down to 2832, a drop of 28% on 10 years ago. And Green says that’s all down to the wonderful policy HRNZ had adopted to arrest the decline - ‘‘it’s called let’s do nothing.’’ ‘‘Breeders are quite rightly getting pissed off - the owners aren’t there to buy their horses any more because the costs are too high and stakes too low. And HRNZ is the enemy because it has done nothing to counter that.’’ Green, trainer for the powerful Lincoln Farms operation, said they had recently sold talented pacers Medley Moose, Hawkeye Bromac and Imhisdaughter to Australia because it made no sense to keep racing them here. ‘‘Medley Moose is a beautiful horse, I would love to have kept him, but we had a good offer for him and it would have been hard to win that sort of money here. The handicapping system is such that with one more win he would have been up against Terror To Love. You just have to sell them.’’ Green said owners are continually weighing up whether to take a punt and keep their horse or to sell them. ‘‘If an owner thinks his horse can win two more races, and perhaps another $10,000, if an Australian wants to give him $50,000 for his horse, it’s a no-brainer. ‘‘The Auckland Trotting Club, struggling to fill its fields, is offering higher stakes, hoping people will retain their horses. But horses will still be handicapped out of it too quickly and people will still want to sell them.’’ Green cited the case of a two-year-old in his stable who had won three races.‘‘He’s a c2 but if he wins another race over $15,000 he’ll start next year as a c3 horse and to get a run he’ll have to go in standing starts and have Besotted, our c9 horse, breathing down his neck.’’ Crazily, Besotted, who has never won a race over $15,000, is still rated an M0 in Australia and could go to Sydney and win two or three races really quickly. ‘‘They need to create more opportunities for horses to be viable here if they want to keep them. But people will not wait forever. Like cars, horses depreciate as they get older, and the more a horse wins here, the less it is worth over there. ‘‘The game’s going to die unless something is done but  the powers that be don’t seem to be interested.’’ HRNZ chief executive Edward Rennell said Green was completely wrong to say nothing was being done to solve the problem but there was no silver bullet. ‘‘Yes, the number being bred is of concern but what is encouraging is the wastage factor is less.’’ Rennell said the breeding decline was a worldwide problem. In Australia, standardbred breeding numbers dropped by 33% in the last 10 years and by 47% in North America, according to a report it commissioned from the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders’ Association. The thoroughbred code faced the same issue, he said. Rennell said while the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club had introduced a breeders’ bonus - in the last three months 34 $500 bonuses have been paid out to breeders of tote race winners at Addington - HRNZ did not agree that all stake payouts should incorporate the same bonus, a French initiative being promoted by Studholme Bloodstock’s Brian West. ‘‘There is a limited pool of funds and if you pay some of that to the breeders that’s less that goes to the owners,’’ Rennell said. ‘‘And we are trying to make ownership more attractive and viable.’’ Rennell said HRNZ had increased the minimum stake to $5000 this season and stakes were up overall by 6%. It would be examining whether to increase the $80 payout to every starter. HRNZ was also looking at reducing the number of races next season by 2%. In the 2005-06 season, 2435 races were run while that number rose to 2743 last year, putting more strain on field sizes. Discussions were also underway with the Sires’ Stakes Board, the breeders and two principal clubs on whether changes were needed to age group and premier racing. ‘‘But we think that the changes to the handicapping system are working because field sizes are up from 10.4 starters per race to 10.6.’’ While that might not sound much, it was a significant improvement when it covered 2700 races. Rennell said the handicapping sub-committee was meeting next week to review the performance of the new system and its age group concessions and would make a recommendation on whether it thought the drop back provision should be reduced from 10 starts. The challenge for HRNZ was not only to get more horses to the races but to better use the horse population – if every horse raced just once more in a season, field sizes could be maintained. Rennell said the number of horses sold to Australia was actually down on previous years. ‘‘It averages around 850 a season but that’s down 50-100 because of the new import levy.’’  Overall, exports were similar with about 100 sent to China. WASTAGE COSTS BREEDERS $11 MILLION HALF OF all the standardbred horses we breed never get to the races. And that disturbing fact, rather than the continuing decline in numbers, will be the immediate focus for the industry’s main breeding body. The annual cost to breeders of the high level of wastage is put at $11 million in a paper by Kiely Buttell, executive manager of the NZ Standardbred Breeders’ Association. ‘‘At an average service fee of $6000, plus vet costs, stud handling fees and agistment charges of a further $1500, the annual (wastage) cost to breeders is $11 million.’’  While figures show the percentage of the foal crop wasted dropped from 61% in 1995 to 53% in 2005, Buttell says the continuing high level is a major conern. ‘‘There will always be a percentage of the foal crop that is born with defects, die at an early age or suffer accidents that will impinge on their racing viability. ‘‘But we need to understand the percentage of horses that are deemed unviable for non injury related reasons and identify solutions to address this.’’ The NZSBA would also be focussing on conception rates. Only 71% of mares served in the latest breeding season were confirmed in foal, a figure which has been static in the last 20 years despite improvements in artificial insemination in other breeds. "Serving a mare three times and not getting her into foal is a massive cost to breeders.’’ Buttell said the association had engaged Palmerston North trainer and equine researcher Jasmine Tanner to scope a research project to investigate the quality parameters of chilled standardbred semen in New Zealand in order to improve conception rates in mares and increase the economic viability for broodmare owners. Funding would be sought from the NZ Equine Research Foundation but the industry might have to foot some of the bill itself, she said. Evidence suggested it was the smaller hobby breeder who was exiting the game, citing rising breeding costs along with declining stakes. That was a problem when breeders here raced 50% of horses. BARRY LICHTER Courtesy of the Sunday Star Times

The new Breeders’ Bonus scheme that commenced on 17 January this year is proving to be a real winner amongst breeders who have won a race at Addington. With six New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) race meetings being held over January, February and March and 56 races eligible for the bonus of $500, 34 bonuses have been paid out at a total of $17,000. This equates to a high 60% pay out on the qualifying races. Kiely Buttell, Executive Manager of the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders’ Association commented that “32 new members have joined the Association since January and we can put that down to the new bonus scheme. At only $89.95 for an annual subscription and the chance to earn $500 each time your horse wins, many breeders have taken advantage of the opportunity. Both The Met and the NZSBA have received excellent feedback and jointly we are delighted to reward members’ efforts in breeding winning racehorses.” The scheme is open to any member of the NZSBA who breeds the winner of a totalisator race held at an NZMTC meeting at Addington Raceway, subject to conditions. They will be eligible for a $500 bonus payment. Full terms and conditions are available at www.addington.co.nz or www.harnessracing.co.nz Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Executive Manager                

NZ Standardbred Breeders' Association Chairman, John Mooney and Executive Manager, Kiely Buttell travelled to Southland this week to hold a breeding forum for harness racing Southern members. Over 25 breeders attended the meeting chaired by Southland Standardbred Breeders' representative Mark O'Connor. Good robust discussion ensued and the meeting covered a wide range of topics. The yearling sales was high on the agenda, with many recognising positive aspects of the sales and PGG Wrightson for their prompt payment to vendors, a major benefit. However there are some issues that breeders would like NZSBA to take up with PGGW. It was agreed that a national approach to communicating with the auctioneers should be developed rather than the fragmented regional system that is currently in place. The 15-year decline in breeding numbers and breeders was covered by a presentation from John Mooney. Trends show that we have lost many smaller breeders while the Top 25 breeders are breeding the same total number of mares. Costs are a significant issue as is wastage of horses bred. While harness racing has increased the number of horses getting to the races about 50 percent do not make it. NZSBA will continue to work with HRNZ to analyse the available data so as to provide better information of the targeting of funding to particular races. Race programming and stakes were discussed including some of the anomalies in the southern programs. John mentioned some examples in the programming fillies races in the fortnight ahead of a $15,000 Nevele R Fillies Heat worth $15,000 which ended up as a $8,000 five horse non-tote event. The result: no future NRS fillies heats in Southland. Given that breeders in NZ race over 50 percent of horses, and they like to see their horses race, the meeting discussed other changes that clubs could make that would see older horses racing in NZ and not sold to Australia. Several of those present asked if it was sensible for some of Southlands premier cups to be open to the Open class horses when a C4 to C8 or C9 condition may encourage more locals to retain racehorses for these events. The HRNZ infohorse system was discussed, a superb research that horse owners and breeders should be utilising. NZSBA will look at how best to educated industry participants on how to use the infohorse database to its full advantage. Prior to the forum Southland breeders raised with John issues about the quality of chilled semen and the low in foal rates for particular stallions. John was able to announce that NZSBA will seeking research funding to work with the studs to look at the viability of introducing an NZ standard for transported semen as well as random testing of semen delivered around the country. There are two issues concerning breeders. Firstly, in foal rates have not changed from around 71% in the last 20 years which is very poor compared to other livestock breeding. Secondly not being able to get a mare into foal after three cycles is extremely costly to a breeder in direct costs and the loss of not breeding a foal in that season. NZSBA has prepared a draft research request which it will discuss with breeders and some of the studs. A research oversight committee will be established with breeder, stud and vet representation. A number of action points were taken away from the meeting and will be developed over the coming months. NZSBA Chairman John Mooney, commented on the forum "This was an excellent meeting. It is very important that breeders as the front line investors in our sport and industry understand more and more about what drives the financial returns. It is not just about the yearling sales. Breeders have to be interested in how clubs are programming races to attract evenly rated horses that attracts punters; how stakes are distributed; and, how clubs are funded. I am often amazed how few industry participants realise that one of the main drivers of funding for HRNZ and clubs in the average field size at our meetings. While animal health and husbandry are critical to breeding a sound horse of equal important is a sound business model for our code" Similar forums will be held in Canterbury and North Island over the next few months. The NZSBA will hold its annual conference in Christchurch on Friday 16th May, more details to follow. Kiely Buttell | Executive Manager    

Last Friday night (17th January 2014) was the first race meeting of 2014 for the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club and also the start of the much anticipated $500 Breeders' Bonus initiative. Four bonuses were won on the night. The NZMTC and the NZSBA congratulate the NZSBA members who each won $500: Spreydon Lodge, breeder of Fernleigh Rebel, winner of the Gotta Go Cullen Mobile Pace for three-year-old and older C0 Pacers. Russell and Carolyn Nelson, breeders of Crackaheiny, winner of the Active Electrical Mobile Pace for four-year-old and older C2 to C3 pacers. Alta Breeding Co Ltd (Tony Dickinson), breeder of Alta Jerome, winner of the PGG Wrightson Sale of the Stars three-year-old and older C1 pacers. Gaby and Julie Maghzal, breeders of Lothario, winner of the Hydroflow Trot for three-year-old and older C1 trotters. The $500 is paid to any member of the NZSBA who breeds the winner of a totalisator race at a NZMTC meeting, held at Addington Raceway. Kiely Buttell, NZSBA's Executive Manager said "it is never too late to join the NZSBA. An $89.95 membership fee could give breeders an instant $500 return! " Full terms and conditions are available at www.addington.co.nz or www.harnessracing.co.nz Kiely Buttell, NZ Standardbred Breeders' Assn  

It was an easy decision for the Executive of the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders’ Association and sponsor PGG Wrightsons’ to make, awarding Scuse Me bred and owned by Charles Roberts with the Prestigious Broodmare of Excellence award. Scuse Me’s progeny reads like a ‘who’s who’ of racehorses and the mares are going on to breed champions of their own. She was chosen due to her overall lifetime contribution to the breed. This award ranks her as one of New Zealand’s top broodmares of all time and took into account her successful racing career, that of her progeny and descendants following. Scuse Me who is nearing old age at 20 years old, is by B G’s Bunny out of Super Smooth. During her race career, Scuse Me won the Group 1 Great Northern Oaks and recorder her fastest recorded mile rate, 1.53.3, set at Alexandra Park when winning the Group 2 Noel Taylor 4YO Mile. Retired after the 1998 season all of Scuse Me’s progeny that went on to race have won, with superstar mares Imagine Me and Adore Me being the pick of the bunch. Below is a summary of her progeny, outlining their achievements on the track and as broodmares: Megabucks by Life Sign born 1999, winner of 5 races before being exported to the United States where he went on to record a mile rate of 1.49.6. Splendid Dreams by Dream Away born 2001, winner of 2 races. Dam of multiple Group race winners Hands Christian and Christen Me both by Christian Cullen. La Filou by In The Pocket born 2002, winner of 1 race. Dam of winners Fagan by Dream Away and The Dip by Bettor’s Delight. Coca Vicola by Il Vicolo born 2003, winner of 1 race. Dam of winner Makah Warrior by Sands A Flyin. Pardin Me by In The Pocket born 2004, winner of 1 race in New Zealand. Exported to Australia where he won a further 10 races. Imagine Me by Dream Away born 2005, winner of 9 races including Group 3 North Island Breeders Stakes. Dam of one foal yet to race. Toledo by Christian Cullen born 2006, winner of 7 races. Exported to Australia in 2012. Abide With Me by Christian Cullen born 2007, winner of 4 races. Idolise Me by American Ideal born 2008, winner of 3 races. Exported to Australia in 2013. Adore Me by Bettor’s Delight born 2009, winner of 12 races including five at Group One: HarnessJewels 3YO Diamond, Canterbury Breeders NZ Oaks, Nevele R Fillies Series Final, Northern Oaks andSires Stakes Fillies Championship. Congratulations Charles on breeding a wonderful mare and we wish you continuing success in the seasons to come. Kiely Buttell Executive Manager, NZSBA

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. Kiely Buttell Executive Manager

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. Kiely Buttell Executive Manager, NZSBA

The New Zealand Breeders' Association (NZSBA) is pleased with the recent announcement by Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) to cover the costs of DNA testing for all breeders in New Zealand. This is a direct saving to breeders of $110 per horse and a strong signal that breeders' voices are being heard and policies designed to assist financially in a small way. The NZSBA is a strong advocate for the breeding industry and has a direct representative on the HRNZ Board. The two associations meet twice a year to tackle industry issues and put forth views from the breeding community. Chairman John Mooney had this to say about the recent announcement: "By absorbing the $220,000 annual cost HRNZ has signalled in a practical way support for current breeders. We welcome HRNZ's intention to look in the next year or so at also absorbing the cost of foal registration if our code's overall funding permits. This would eliminate a further $300,000 paid by current breeders." "NZSBA at its Executive Meeting on Sunday decided to research in detail the various breeders' bonus schemes in Australian and other places. Various ideas have been tabled. We are aware of one of two actual proposals being developed now. We recognise that these schemes are usually funded out of the money for stakes and/or direct grants from government. The latter source is not likely to be an option in NZ. NZSBA will report to breeders after its November meeting on the options it will be discussing with HRNZ for future seasons." We thank HRNZ for listening to the stakeholders and taking a step to help with spiralling costs to Breeders. Kiely Buttell Executive Manager  

The N.Z. Standardbred Breeders Association's Golden Girls Series is well underway once again this season.

The second Annual Breeders Conference was held at the Hornby Workingmens Club in Christchurch last Friday.

Are you a new harness racing breeder and need some guidance? Then the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association's 'Buddy System' is for you.

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