HRA Industry Notice – Additional Support For Breeders

Friday 30 August 2013

On the eve of the new breeding season, Harness Racing Australia (HRA) is pleased to announce that members recently agreed to new funding measures designed to support breeding activities within each State jurisdiction.

It is anticipated that up to $500,000 of HRA funds will be released to State Controlling Bodies (SCB’s) from 1 July 2014 via a funding deed which ensures funds are channeled into breeding related activities such as credit schemes, win bonuses or other localised programs determined by the individual State.

In making the announcement, HRA Chairman, Mr. Geoff Want said that, “The Australian Standardbred Breeding Panel Report of September 2011 continues to frame many of HRA’s initiatives to support breeders.”

“While there is much work still to be done, we are pleased to support measures aimed to motivate and stimulate breeders which will also flow on to benefit owners around the country.”

This announcement provides a further boost to breeders as we move rapidly towards the commencement of the breeding season. The owners of mares that conceive over the coming months will benefit from the planned injection of funds into the breeding sector.

Mr. Want explained that HRA had also recently completed other measures emanating from the Breeding Report including the collection of real time service data from studs and approval for a pilot Artificial Breeding short course via the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE in preparation for the 2013/14 breeding season.

Source: HRA