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Ken and Karen Breckon purchased Yarndley Farms on August 1, 2007 from long-time friends and owners of the farm, Sandy and Jan Yarndley. Now some two-and-a-half years later the harness racing business is thriving according to Yarndley who still works for the company in a consultancy and advisory role.

Saturday February 14 saw many breeders around the country holding their collective breaths, on what would unfold over the four days of yearling sales held in Auckland and Christchurch. Many let out a sigh of relief, as horses began to sell and the figures painted a better picture than most expected.

The prophets of doom and gloom who predicted the third day of the NZ Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch would be an abject failure were silenced today as results were again better than expected.

A clearance rate of 83 percent and an average of just over $25,000 ensured the second day of the PGG Wrightson Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch today would be successful. Senior auctioneer Paul Davies said buyers endorsed the buoyant state of the industry with a positive signal of confidence that only augured well for the industry's future.

The resourceful depth of the New Zealand harness racing industry, even in troubled world-wide financial times, again emerged in Christchurch today when figures held up better than expected on the first day of the PGG Wrightson Premier Yearling Sale.

Christian Cullen and Art Major shone above all other sires at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on Saturday. They averaged $67,018 and $78,125 respectively at the one-day sale conducted by Pyne Gould Guiness Wrightson. Third best was Mach Three with $44,000.

Breeders could have been forgiven for thinking it was 'buyers revenge' an hour into today's Australasian Classic Yearling Sale in Auckland. Then as the auctioneers started to clear their throats, and their lunch settled, the markets gradually took a turn for the better.

Former world champion and one of the greatest pacers in history, Rocknroll Hanover will have four foals presented at PGG wrightson's Australasian and New Zealand Premier Sales in Auckland and Christchurch starting this Saturday (February 14).

Ray Kennedy believes if the product is there buyers will still dig deep at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 14, despite the current downturn in the world-wide financial market.

Prominent Waiau Pa breeder, Tony Dickinson looks set to create a personal milestone at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 14, but he is also very aware that the world-wide economic climate could play its part.

Studholme Bloodstock's Brian West has been presenting standardbreds at the annual yearling sales for more than 20 years but none of his draft have impressed him as much as the 11 colts that he will sell at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch from February 16-18.

Sonya Paynter has harness racing blood gushing throughout her veins. Before she had children she worked for Sean McCaffrey at Cambridge. The mother of two still lives in the Waikato but these days runs Mistique Lodge not far from Cambridge Raceway.

Twisted Stick Lodge owners Blair O'Connell and Lynair McLachlan would love to make a nice wee profit at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch from February 16-18 - if not they could be confronted with a BYO and bring-a-plate wedding the following month.

Stonewall Stud at Clevedon has a reputation of selling quality yearlings at the annual yearlings sales. Mercurio, Anvil's Best Ever, Absolute Magic, Twist N Shout, Prom Queen and Matai Man are just some of the quality standardbreds that have gone on to good things for their respective owners.

Prominent Waiau Pa breeder, Tony Dickinson looks set to create a personal milestone at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 14, but he is also very aware that the world-wide economic climate could play its part.

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