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The New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association welcomes the arrival of New Zealand Bloodstock into the harness racing community.   You read that right.   Last Thursday the New Zealand harness racing industry was delivered the news that New Zealand’s leading bloodstock company was entering the Standardbred market.   The feedback since has been overwhelmingly positive. Breeders, vendors, purchasers and horsemen and horsewomen have all been quick to rejoice.   This comes as no surprise given in recent years, many breeders had voiced concerns surrounding the direction and future of the only platform they had to sell young bloodstock in New Zealand.   Marketing of the sales, health & safety concerns, along with a declining buyer bench were some of the pertinent issues at hand for vendors.   The future is now a lot clearer, and that future looks to be with NZB Standardbred.   “We have plans to take this to a whole new level – it won’t just be business as usual,” said New Zealand Bloodstock’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook this week.   “Sir Peter Vela (one of two brothers who established New Zealand Bloodstock in the mid-90s headquartered at the world-class Karaka Sales Centre) is really excited by the challenge and the opportunity to grow the company.”   With access to a range of proven bloodstock, finance, airfreight and insurance services, and increased promotion to domestic and international markets, the harness racing community is assured of a company working in their best interests on several fronts.   Seabrook says NZB prides itself on its lease-to-own scheme and its in-house finance division.   “All I know is our business got a huge shot in the arm in 1997 when, after being purchased by the Vela brothers, we opened up a credit arm and started financing both short and long-term.   “We see it as a pretty significant part of our thoroughbred business, giving people an opportunity to secure their future breeding stock, and it has been a very successful endeavor for us.   “For young trainers, especially, this will significantly change their approach to the sales,” commented Seabrook.   “After the 2017 Sales, breeders asked the NZBSA to advocate for changes with PGW,” said NZSBA Chairman John Mooney.   “The primary concerns were around the lack of marketing and the diminishing small buyers bench. We are confident that the NZB ‘machine’ will address these issues aggressively.   “They are a company whose sole focus is selling horses. Andrew Seabrook and his team have made it clear to ‘The Breeders’ that they will leave no stone unturned when supporting vendors.”   New Zealand Bloodstock has an illustrious track record of success as the source of New Zealand champions to the global thoroughbred market.   The New Zealand Standardbred is a world class equine athlete capable of dominating on the world stage.   The Australians know it, so too the North American industry.   NZB’s Andrew Seabrook is also aware of the dominance of the New Zealand Standardbred.   “Obviously, the thoroughbred breeding industry is much more aligned to international markets and the yearling sales rely heavily upon those buyers.   “But when one market dries up you have to try and develop other markets and we have people employed to do that.   “I think the New Zealand Standardbred has probably been more successful than the thoroughbreds in Australia in recent times and that’s something which should be promoted.   “The American market especially, looks to have been neglected in recent years.   “But with some good New Zealand-bred horses up there like Lazarus, we plan on making a splash in that market, too.   “We are quite excited about the future of this and are not going in to this lightly.”   Highlights   Yearling Sales: Yearlings will sell in their traditional February timeslot at both the Karaka and Christchurch venues. The entry fee will slightly increase by $50 (+GST) at each venue, however entries will be invoiced in January and deducted from the yearling sale proceeds.   There is a confirmed commitment to holding a Christchurch Sale.    Payments to vendors will be received within 30 days of sale.   Yearling, Weanling & All Age Sale: A big change to the current market will be the ability to sell yearlings at the Christchurch Yearling, Weanling & All Age Sale in late April – with all yearling stock going through each ring to be Sales Series eligible.   Breeders have been wanting this concept for years, and it can only be positive. Yearlings that need time or may suffer an injury close to February now have another opportunity to be sold for their vendors.   Two-Year-Old Sale: September 2019 will see a return of the Ready-to-Run format. This could potentially open a speculative buying market at both the Yearling and Weanling Sales. Particularly with NZB’s finance facilities such as pin hook funding.   Horsemen and horsewomen, and breeders have another platform to chance their arm on stock purchased or retained with a view to get them up and going for a sale at the 2YO Sale.   Finance Facilities: Through NZB’s own finance arm, pin hook funding and lease to purchase facilities on fillies and mares, purchasers will find life much easier to secure bloodstock at the Sales.   Marketing: The NZB marketing machine have already hit the ground running with digital media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram already in use with the Standardbred handle.   Sales Calendar   2019 New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale: Auckland Sale 17 & 18 February at Karaka Christchurch Sale 19 & 20 February at Canterbury Agricultural Park Entries Open: 01 July Entries Close: 01 August   2019 New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling, Weanling & All Age Sale: Christchurch Sale, 29 April   2019 New Zealand National Standardbred Weanling & All Age Sale: Auckland Sale at Karaka, May - date tbc   2019 New Zealand National Standardbred 2YO Sale: Christchurch Sale, September - date tbc     Brad Reid New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association  

The New Zealand Oaks may have had some Australian flavour too it, but the breeding story had a New Zealand recipe! Shez All Rock's dam was an $11,500 purchase moments before the 2011 Canterbury Earthquake at the PGG Wrightson Ltd Yearling Sales. George Tennent of Victoria (pictured left) discussed his tale of breeding the first filly since 1970 to win the New Zealand, Victorian & NSW Oaks. Read about here in our 50th edition of Breeders Update: https://goo.gl/oG7S8N   Courtesy of Brad Reid NZ Standardbred Breeders Association

Many are saying Saturday's Northern Southland Trotting Club harness racing fields are the best seen in the south for a long time and they're not wrong. The sight of a fresh crop of two year olds; split into fillies and colts and geldings races, is in itself great to see and that's just the start of the story here. The inaugural Haras des Trotteurs Southland Trotting Oaks has carded a field full of depth and is proof of the emergence of Majestic Son as a sire of quality squaregaiters. Six of the eleven starters in Saturday's feature for trotting fillies are by Majestic Son. And there's no doubting that Wintonian Michelle Caig will be on-course just to see Renezmae, a horse she bred and raised. Renezmae, the likely favourite, won the Group One Breeders Crown for two year old fillies in Australia last season. After racing tough at Ashburton in the Hambletonian Classic last month she ran a brave fourth. The trip away and the race at Ascot Park will improve her chances for the New Zealand Trotting Oaks in a fortnight. But a win on Saturday won't surprise either. There is no doubting that trotting is on the climb in this country and this inititive is one of the many good things to come out of the Southland region this season. The New Zealand Standardbred Breeders, led by John Mooney and Brad Reid, have been to the forefront in getting this $20,000 race off the ground and the Australian based Hara des Trotteurs have been quick to support the fillies feature. Another inititive this season in the south has been the Nuggets Series. Starting in August, all heats have been worth $12,000 and all winners and second placegetters have become eligible to race in the $20,000 final at Ascot Park on Saturday. All winners, with the exception of Ardtoo, have fronted up and it a race that looks like a preview for the Southern Supremacy Stakes Final on Diamonds Day at the end of next month. The highest rated horse by a mile is the Mark Jones trained The Bus at R81. He's won six races this season with the next best rated horse being Zealand Star (R70) the winner of three. This for me is the race of the day with favourite horses like Franco Santino drawing wide and The Bus and the highly rated Lawrence having to content with second line draws.  Then we get to the three; Group Three races, on a day where there seems to be no undercard. The Yaldhurst Hotel Northern Southland Trotting Cup has had many great winners over the years including Mossdale Connor, Isaiah, Terror To Love (twice), Stunin Cullen and Bondy. More The Better will probably be the favourite for Saturday distance feature. As a three year old, he really came on late in the season and put together a winning sequence of four while campaigning in Australia. His wins there included the Group Two Queensland Derby. He comes into this 2700 metre race fresh but having won two trials. He's won his only standing start in Australia last season.  The Group Three Southern Lights, sponsored by Pryde's Easifeeds, is another mouth watering affair. The return of Dark Horse, who has been fitted for her return to racing at the Winton Workouts, will bring many to the track.   Harriot Of Mot, who has a few ex- Southlanders as owners, looks to be her main rival. She won this race in 2016. Smokey Mac, who currently leads the four year old ranking for the Harness Jewels also lines up in this feature. Trainer Brett Gray will get a good idea as to where he's at by racing against the better class trotters.  The Caduceus Club of Southland, who sponsor The Super Nuggets Final, also sponsor the two year old fillies feature with Alabar Stud. It also carries Group Three status. This race has been around for sixteen years and some of the early winners were Western Dream and Beaudiene Bad Babe. More recently Joanne's A Delight, Delightful Memphis and Dizzy Miss Lizzy have won. There are some other intriguing battles as well on the day with Hail Christian up against Swamp Major in the last race and quality up-and-coming trotters BD Love, Zoey's Gift and Jaw D Nancy squaring off. The weather forecast looks good so all roads lead to Ascot Park on Saturday for what should be a bumper day of harness racing. See ya there.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness racing  

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! Im sure many of us felt like this after Cup Week, so we got the scoops on the breeding news that matters. * Corporate Banner | 2017 Broodmare of Excellence Winner * Ken Ford | Amaretto Sun * Gavin Chin | Lazarus * Ted Edwards | Great Things Happen * Panspacificflight | 100 wins from first NZ Crop * Update from the NZSBA Executive & many more! Click here to read: https://goo.gl/oQ8qZw Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association

Brian West & Studholme Bloodstock are synonymous with the New Zealand standardbred breeding industry. Having bred horses such as Secret Potion, Bit of a Legend, Wilma's Mate and now Lazarus, Brian was this year awarded New Zealand Breeder of the Year at the HRNZ Annual Awards. The man who identified his passion for harness racing at a young age boldly declared to the world he would one day own a farm full of horses. Sheldon caught up with Brian at his Coe's Ford farm to take a look back at his accomplishments, but also a look forward as to what the future holds for Studholme Bloodstock and our industry.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of NZ Standardbred Breeders' Association    

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! Harness Jewels Special | All 9 Winning Breeders! We caught up with the winning breeders from the 11th running of the Harness Jewels to bring you this special edition of Breeders Weekly. Click here to read: https://goo.gl/KJx1b2 Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! Lex & Heather Williams of One Over Lodge have bred many a good horse. They can now lay claim to being breeders of the first stakes winner of Muscle Hill in New Zealand! Also in this edition of Breeders Weekly; * New Zealand Oaks Preview * Angel Of Harlem | Barry Ward * Breeding Quinella for Cornwall's Click here to read: https://goo.gl/RgQPTU Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! Empire Stallions are across the line in bringing Two Time World Champion, Betting Line to Australasia in the flesh. Official press release on page 3! Also in this edition of Breeders Weekly; * GTH Aveross | A look back at 1st ever jewel winner * Kissmeimloaded | Tony Parker * Bill Keel story by Bruce Stewart & many more! Click here to read: https://goo.gl/xajdlE Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! Named after their mother and founder of Tuapeka Lodge, Bonnie Joan did the Southland family proud taking out their hometown Oaks at Ascot Park Racecourse! Also in this edition of Breeders Weekly; * Bitter-Sweet Northern Trotting Oaks * Habibti Ivy | Gaby Maghzal * Scientists Develop New Method For Keeping Horse Semen Alive... & many more! Click here to read: https://goo.gl/8D7Q9m Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! You better believe it! Last week the partnership of Stephen Hooper + David & Catherine Butt bred the quinella in the 2nd NZ Sires Stakes Board heat atAlexandra Park. Also in this edition of Breeder's Weekly: * 40 wins for Jaccka mare | Charlie & Ailsa Smaill * Peter Ryder | Bruce Stewart * Ged Mooar | Nevele R Stud & Much More! Click here to read: https://goo.gl/xFdhs8 Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! How about that Lady Chatto?! Looking to remain unbeaten in the G1 Gold Tiara at Bathurst on Friday. We caught up with her breeder Tom Richardson to hear how his patience with his breed has paid off! Also in this edition of Breeder's Weekly: * Question & Answer with Phil Williamson | 500 Trotting Wins * Chairmans Report | John Mooney * Frozen Semen | The Double Edged Sword & Much More! Click here to read: https://goo.gl/37Ouco Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid

The Breeders have been looking at ways through which we can better showcase our sport, industry and harness racing horses to New Zealand and the world. What is it that makes the Southland standardbred so special? Sheldon paid a visit to our southern most region and home to champion harness racers such as Cardigan Bay, Holmes DG, Young Quinn, Imthemightyquinn & more recently Arden Rooney. A place where the sunshine hours are long and the green grass is longer!#southland   Harnesslink Media  Courtesy of Brad Reid   

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! * Rex Peni | McDaknife * Roll With Joe | First NZ Winner * Emily Blunt | Addington Mile Record * Breeding Trifecta | Kevin Schuck * Braeside Lodge Yearlings & many more! Click here to view: https://goo.gl/oVVJsw Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In the first edition of the Breeder's Weekly for 2017 * Vin Devery | Chase The Dream * The Dynes(ty) | by Bruce Stewart * Gaelic Skipper obituary | Lew Driver * Ray & Maureen Beale | The Brooklyn Brawler * Yearling Sales 2017 & many more! Click here to view: goo.gl/rtFiYV Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid NZ Standardbred Breeders' Association

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants every Thursday/Friday. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this weeks Bumper Xmas edition of Breeder's Weekly! 191 Winners & Counting | Keith & Bevan Grice Murray Little | by Bruce Stewart Arcano | Maria Bickley The Horse $1 Bought | Duane Ranger Hidden Desire | by Peter Craig What do we know about Lepto? | Charlotte Bolwell & many more! Click here to view: https://goo.gl/9K8BBp  Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants every Thursday/Friday. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this weeks edition of Breeder's Weekly! Bags of Winners  | Cleland Murdoch 2016 NRM Breeders Cup Eve Function Another credit for Black Watch family!  Frozen Embryo's | Dr Lee Morris Lazarus | Stallion view Raptors Flight | Ross Britten & many more! Click here to view: https://goo.gl/Pl3mUb Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid

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