New Zealand thoroughbred breeders will congregate in the Waikato next month to celebrate their achievements at the inaugural NZTBA National Breeding Awards.
The function will take place at the Don Rowlands Centre, Lake Karapio, near Cambridge on August 22 and will coincide with the annual gavelhouse.com Waikato Stallion Parade weekend.
The inaugural awards will include the Breeder of the Year Award and Eight Carat Broodmare of the Year Award, previously presented at the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards.
The prestigious Breeder of the Year Award will be renamed this year in honour of one of New Zealand’s most influential breeders, Cambridge Stud founders Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan, with the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association commissioning a bronze trophy by Cambridge artist Nicola Lewis.
The award winner will hold the trophy for one year and will also be presented with a miniature bronze to keep for themselves.
Nominations for the award will be made by the various NZTBA branches and the nominee must be a financial member of the NZTBA.
The evening will also honour Breeders of 21 Group One winners this season as well as New Zealand’s three stallion awards – the Dewar, Centaine, and Grosvenor.
Two individuals will also be awarded the NZTBA Personality of the Year and Mary Lynne Ryan Young Achiever of the Year.
NZTBA National Breeding Awards
When: 5.30pm Saturday, August 22
Where: Don Rowlands Centre, 601 Maungatautari Road, Leamington, Karapiro
2020 gavelhouse.com Waikato Stallion Parade
Date: August 22 and 23