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Waikato Annual Stallion Parade well attended

The weather gods were shining on the Waikato Branch when they held their annual JLT Bloodstock Stallion Parade last weekend.

"The weather was fantastic on both days and that really helped to get the people out and looking," according to Waikato Branch president Mark Devcich.

"We had good numbers on both Saturday and Sunday, naturally Saturday was a bit quieter due to the races and other sporting commitments but on Sunday we had a big turn out.

"The new season's stallions were exceptionally popular and I would say that at the peak on Sunday afternoon there would have been around 250 people viewing the likes of Rip Van Winkle (IRE) at Windsor Park."

On Saturday the parade which is a self drive affair, was held in the afternoon only and featured the Matamata based stallions. Waikato Branch Committeeman Keith Lunn was in fine form as the compere when the parade commenced at Ancroft Stud where the first season stallion Tiger Prawn(SAF) and El Hermano were both on view. Waikato Stud paraded their new sire Paco Boy (IRE) along with their leading sires O'Reilly and Pins (AUS). Also on the roster were Savabeel, Fast'n Famous(AUS) , Rios and No Excuse Needed(GB).

First season stallion Shocking(AUS) was the headline act at Rich Hill Stud, where Any Suggestions (AUS), Sir Percy(GB) and Pentire (GB) were also paraded, but it was Pentire who was being toasted when Mufhasa won the Makfi Classic at Hastings, his sixth group one race later in the afternoon.

It was an early start on Sunday when the tour kicked off at Highview Stud the home of Align(AUS), Danroad (AUS) and Sufficient. Next stop was Dormello to view Duelled (AUS) followed by first time participants Bluegables Farm who stand first season sire Shamoline Warrior (AUS).

Over to Paxton Park the home of Shinko King(IRE) and their new stallions Gorky Park and Prince Conti and then the star line up at Windsor Park, where there new boy on the block Rip Van Winkle really stole the show. Breeders also viewed the champion stallion Thorn Park (AUS), along with Thewayyouare (USA), Mastercraftsman (IRE), Falkirk and Guillotine.

Lunch was served at The Oaks after their stallion line up of Darci Brahma, Sahkee's Secret (GB), Roc de Cambes and Bachelor Duke (USA) was viewed, and after lunch Battle Paint (AUS) was paraded at Chequers Stud.

Cambridge Stud paraded Lucky Unicorn, Tavistock, Stravinsky, Keeper and Zabeel before the final stop at Brighthill Farm where Eagle Mountain (GB), Patapan (USA) and Perfectly Ready (AUS) were on view.

"Talking to broodmare owners on the tour they all seem to be waiting until the last minute before they make their bookings especially those with the less commercial mares. However according to the studmasters bookings for the top end stallions seem to be quite steady. It's a great weekend to catch up with fellow breeders and share some thoughts on the state of the industry.

"One of the highlights of the weekend is our Breeder of the Month dinner which is held on the Saturday night at the lovely Longlands Restaurant in Matamata. It was a great night with about 80 guests. It was the third time we have hosted this dinner which honours the smaller breeders for their achievements during the year.

"We present twelve awards one for each month and it's just a simple way to recognize the commitment and dedication of breeders and owners and of the wonderful performances of their horses."

A full list of the award winners follows:

BREEDER OF THE MONTH AWARDS 2010-2011

August 2010 Better Than Ever(French Deputy/Songfest)
Jumbo Jet Trophy Gr 3 Singapore
Breeders:Helen & Graham Bax

September 2010 Spare a Fortune (Spartacus/Seek a Fortune)
Marton Metric Mile Gr 3 1600m
Breeders:N Delahunty, Mrs J Hennessy, C Hussey, G King, T King.

October 2010 She Rules (Commands/Shes Country)
Cuddle Stakes Gr 3 1600m Trentham
Breeder: Whakanui Stud

November 2010 Elblitzem (Elnadim/Arduous)
Nicolas Feuillatte Stakes Gr 3 2000m Ellerslie
Breeder: David Smith

December 2010 Ego (E Dubai/Buckling)
Concorde Handicap Gr 2 1200m Ellerslie
Breeders: Monty & Judy Henderson

January 2011 Hidden Asset(High Chapparel/Fragile Asset)
Championship Stakes Gr 2 2000m Ellerslie
Breeders:Bev & the late Bill Punch

February 2011 Folding Gear(Johar/Royal Show)
The Yalumba 162 Gr 2 1800m Caufield
Breeder:Chequers NZ

March 2011 Our Star Pupil (Pupil/Stark Vader)
Windsor Park Stud Japan Trophy Gr 2 1600m Tauranga
Breeders: J Burn, G Cookson, A Fahy

April 2011 Don Domingo (Don Eduardo/Blue Heaven)
Hawkes Bay Cup Gr 3 2200m
Breeder: Miss Barbara Perry

May 2011 Karlos (Krona/Just JoJo)
Waikato Hurdles 3200m
Breeders:Sheryl McGlade, N Morrison & the late Y Morrison

June 2011 Indikator (Sandtrap/Lady Daintree)
Kiwifruit Cup L 2100m Tauranga
Breeder: Peter Setchell
July 2011 Clint (Casual Lies – Torch)
Breeders:C K Phua


The Auckland Branch of the NZTBA will be hosting their stallion parade this Sunday (September 4th) commencing at the New Zealand Bloodstock Centre at Karaka at 10.30 am., the itinerary is as follows:

10.30am NZB – Man of Power(AUS), Sirocco(ARG) and Buffalo Man (CAN)
11.25am Te Runga – Castledale(IRE) and Strategic Image (AUS)
12.00pm Westbury – Captain Rio(GB), Cecconi (AUS), Faltaat (USA), Librettist(USA) , Makfi(GB), Postponed(USA) , Red Giant(USA) and Swiss Ace(AUS)
1.00pm Haunui – Don Eduardo, Iffraaj(GB)and Showcasing(GB)

Refreshments will be served at the now fully operational Haunui Farm in Karaka at the conclusion of the tour. Breeders who visit all four locations on the day can go into the draw to win a service to either Buffalo Man, Don Eduardo , Man of Power , Sirocco , Strategic Image or Swiss Ace for the 2011 breeding season.

As well there will be a draw four two $100 lunch vouchers to St Margaret's Café kindly donated by New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance.

All enquiries to Linda Campbell on 027 2799 283 or Mark Chitty on 021 663 995


- Michelle Saba