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Winter Debates, Seminars & Tours keep NZTBA busy

National's Lindsay Tisch, one of five MPs speaking at the NZTBA's Election 2005 Seminar on 16 June

National's Lindsay Tisch, one of five MPs speaking at the NZTBA's Election 2005 Seminar on 16 June
The winter gives many thoroughbred industry people the chance to take a well-earned holiday after the long months of hard work during the spring, summer and autumn.

Paradoxically, it's often the busiest time of the year for the NZTBA and its regional branches. The annual Stallion Register is compiled each April and May (Volume 32 will be published in mid-June), and the Annual Report must be issued before the Association's AGM, to be held this year on Friday 1 July.

Breeders always enjoy the opportunity to inspect weanlings by a range of sires. It's a valuable aid to decision-making for the coming season, and a chance to catch up with friends along the way. The NZTBA Central Districts branch hosts a Weanling Bus Tour on Sunday 5 June, visiting five farms in the Manawatu and Wairarapa regions.

The Waikato branch has responded to growing discontent with political apathy towards the thoroughbred industry by organising the Election 2005 Seminar at Te Rapa on 16 June with speakers from all the main parties:

Sue Bradford - Greens
Deborah Coddington - ACT
Damien O'Connor - Labour
Winston Peters - NZ First
Lindsay Tisch - National

Each politician will be asked to speak for ten minutes on his/her party's racing policy, and will be supplied with five questions one week before the seminar. Questions may be sent by email to the NZTBA's chief executive or by post:

Private Bag 99908
Michael Martin

The meeting will then be opened to the floor for questions. A lively evening is guaranteed!

Most years the NZTBA also organises a series of winter seminars, on equine health and other topics. The 2005 guest speaker is delightful Welshman David Powell, an equine veterinary scientist at the Gluck Equine Research Centre in Kentucky. He's taking time out from the British & Irish Lions Rugby Tour to deliver lectures in Palmerston North on 29 June and Matamata on 7 July. His topics include disease risks associated with the international movement of horses and new fertility research in Kentucky.

For contact details and more information about these events see the NZTBA Diary on our Home Page

- Susan Archer


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