October 2013

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AGM RACEDAY FUNCTION

Thank you to everyone who made the Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association and Eliza Park International Raceday such a huge success.

We had a great crowd, the BRC put on tremendous food (I would highly recommend them as a function venue to anyone) and we were both informed and entertained by our special guest speaker, Dale Monteith.

Dale was the former CEO Director of the Victoria Racing Club and a committee member of the Australian Stud Book and shared not only his experience but some great ideas about how we can move forward in this state. Bart Sinclair was a fantastic host, and certainly not afraid of putting the hard questions out there.

I would like to make special mention to our sponsors – Eliza Park International, Magic Millions, Banchory Stud, Raheen Stud, Eureka Stud and Fitton’s Insurance. You all played a vital role in enabling us to host this function and I hope your guests enjoyed the day.

TBQA Award Winners

The Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association is proud to announce the award winners for the 2012/2013 racing season.

In a coup for Queensland’s premier stud, Glenlogan Park has won three of the four categories this year.

Champion Sire is Show A Heart for the FIFTH consecutive year. This is an amazing achievement. For a stallion to consistently produce the top class gallopers and black type winners and place getters over this period of time is tremendous.

Another Glenlogan Park sire, Real Saga, has really hit the ground running on debut, winning two other categories – Leading 2yo Sire and Champion First Season Sire.

“We’re thrilled with the performance of the whole team of sires at Glenlogan and these two stallions in particular are really leading the way,” said Glenlogan Park Manager, Steve Morley.

“Show a Heart has been setting benchmarks for plenty of years now and continues to go from strength to strength, whilst Real Saga would have to be one of the most exciting stallions to ever come from this State having finished fourth on the National Sires list for Leading 2yos, which is almost unparalleled.”

Once again there were excellent candidates for the Broodmare of the Year with the dams of Shoot Out (Pentamerous), Buffering (Action Annie), Lady of Harrods (Royal Conspiracy), Lights of Heaven (I’m in Heaven) and Luckygray (Damah Lady) all making the list following tremendous Group wins and placings.

After robust debate, the TBQA committee decided that Pentamerous should be awarded Broodmare of the Year due to Shoot Out’s two Group One wins – the George Main Stakes and Chipping Norton Stakes.

Pentamerous is owned by prominent racing and breeding identities Linda and Graham Huddy.

“We are so excited and amazed to have won this award,” said Linda.

“It’s an honour and a real highlight for us. So many people breed for years and never get an award like this, so it’s pretty amazing.”

The Huddy’s purchased Pentamerous in August 2009 from Oaklands Stud with a Ferocity filly at foot and put her to Encosta De Lago but that filly unfortunately had to be put down due to illness. She has since had two full brothers to Shoot Out, a now 2yo and a yearling, both of whom the Huddy’s plan to keep and race. She is due to foal shortly, again to High Chaparral and the Huddy’s then plan to put her to Exceed and Excel this season.

“She’s a lovely horse, very kind and sensible with a lovely temperament that she has passed on to all her foals, I think that has a lot to do with how well they perform,” stated Linda.

“She’s a nice big mare and seems to be doing something right. Mares like her certainly don’t come along every day.”

Mr Nolan would like to congratulate both Glenlogan Park and Linda and Graham for their tremendous results this season.

HENDRA VIRUS VACCINATION CONCERNS

about the strong push by a number of organisations and veterinarians to make Hendra Virus Vaccinations mandatory. I realise the threat to human lives that this virus poses, but I think we are now taking the matter to extremes. There is not a Hendra Virus epidemic, and it has been shown that if horse owners and vets take proper precautionary measures, the risk of exposure is minimal.

Vets are complaining that breeders aren't vaccinating all their horses, therefore putting their lives at risk when they are called to a sick horse at a stud. But people need to remember that Hendra Virus is extremely difficult to contract, in fact all cases of human fatality has been related to autopsies carried out on infected horses, not simply contact with the animals.

With that in mind, my main objection to making this vaccine mandatory is the unknown risks it poses to foals, yearlings and broodmares, along with the potential devastating impact on our export market leading to the economy.

Until further testing is completed and the vaccine is deemed safe for all stock, it's impossible for Studs to vaccinate all their horses.

At this stage it's a limited vaccine and can only be administered as such.

The cost to vaccinate is also extremely prohibitive for many breeders.

It's fine for vets to want us to vaccinate, but we're not allowed to give the injection ourselves and vets are charging a fortune to administer it. They want to be protected, but they are still charging fees that many breeders just can't afford. Maybe the vets should start offering to vaccinate for free?

When more thorough testing is completed and the vaccine is deemed safe for all horses, and vets offer a better deal on their administration prices that the take up for the vaccine will improve dramatically.

But until those aspects are resolved, all sectors of the equine industry need to understand and respect the situation we are in and work with what we've got.

I also pose the question that we know Hendra can be contracted and carried by dogs as well as horses, so why isn’t the canine industry also being targeted?

R&D LEVY

Congratulations to the Thoroughbred Breeders Australia for successfully garnering breeders’ support of the Research and Development Levy.

The proposal is for a charge of $10 per mare covered per season and paid by the stallion owner, and a charge of $10 per mare returned per season and paid by the broodmare owner, to be implemented from 1 August 2014.

For 60.3% of voters to be in favour of the levy is a tremendous result for the TBA and our entire industry. I would like to congratulate Chauncey Morris, James Peters and Peter Macfarlane for all their hard work in the months leading up to this ballot, it has certainly paid off.

The TBA must now present a formal submission to the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If approved, the levy will be matched dollar for dollar by the Australian Government and will provide about $1 million per annum for R&D projects.

The TBA has said they will be focused on delivering practical outcomes for the Thoroughbred and racing industries including the production of more commercial yearlings, improvement in reproductive techniques and the management of exotic diseases.

This R&D Levy will be vital for the breeding and racing industry. Thank you to all the breeders who supported this move of common sense. I am sure that through this Levy we will see more beneficial research projects that specifically relate to breeding and racing and this can only result in improvements for our industry and greater returns for breeders.

THOUGHTS WITH THE TURKINGTON FAMILY

Our thoughts and prayers remaing with commitee member and Wattle Brae Stud owner, Gary Turkington, his wife Phoebe and their family.

Gary and Phoebe's 16 year old daughter, Paris, was severely burned in a tragic accident at a friend's house in late August, after one of the other teenagers at the house poured methylated spirits onto a previously well-contained fire.

Paris is making slow but steady progress in a Brisbane hospital and will need to undergo extensive treatment.

The TBQA committee has wished the family all the best for the long road ahead. Our love and support goes out to Gary, Phoebe and their family and our best wishes to all the staff at Wattle Brae Stud who have also been impacted by this tragedy.