After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Waikato Branch of the NZTBA were looking forward to a bumper weekend in the Waikato this week with the gavelhouse.com Waikato Stallion Parade book-ending the Ebbett VW National Breeding Awards.
Last night’s announcement that New Zealand would move to a Level 4 lockdown, has unfortunately curtailed those plans
The gavelhouse.com Waikato Stallion Parade weekend has been postponed to Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th of September and will be run in accordance with relevant Alert Levels at the time and may revert to a Virtual Stallion Parade if required.
The Ebbett VW National Breeding Awards have been rescheduled to Saturday 25th of September with the venue – Mystery Creek Event Centre – and start time of 6pm – remaining the same.
Waikato NZTBA President, Dave Duley, said, “We are so disappointed that this has happened, especially for our sponsors and everyone who has supported the weekend. But we are in very uncertain times and the main priority is that everyone is safe.
“With the breeding season set to kick off on September 1st, we want to give breeders all over the country, every opportunity to see as many stallions as possible and we are hopeful we can do this with live parades on the 4th and 5th of September. If not, we will be working hard with all of the studs to put together a virtual stallion parade that will be easily accessible to as many as possible.”
NZTBA CEO, Justine Sclater added, “Having to postpone the Ebbett VW National Breeding Awards for the second-year running has been a big blow to everyone involved. Obviously, everyone’s health and safety is of paramount importance and we can only hope we can all get through yet another difficult and uncertain time.
“Everything is in is in place for the awards and we can only hope that we can get to enjoy a fantastic event when it is safe to do so.”
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