2021 National Breeding Awards
The Ebbett VW 2021 NZTBA National Breeding Awards will be held at the Mystery Creek Events Centre on Saturday, 21st August.
The gala event will recognise the 19 individual Group One winners bred by New Zealand-based breeders, who between them won 30 elite races in Australasia.
The winners of the Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan Breeder of the Year, Eight Carat Broodmare of the Year, and the three Champion stallion trophies - Dewar (Australasian earnings), Centaine (Worldwide earnings) and Grosvenor (New Zealand earnings) - will also be crowned.
In addition, the winners of the Mary Lynne Ryan Young Achiever and the Personality of the Year will be announced.
This year a new award has been added to the trophy line up – the Luigi Muollo Small Breeder of the Year.
The award will recognise a New Zealand breeder, whose operation consists of a small broodmare band, who has represented true breeding merit in quality of racing performance during the year in review.
"It is fantastic that Luigi saw fit to sponsor this award in recognising a breeder who has a smaller broodmare band but still achieves at elite level," New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association chief executive Justine Sclater said.
"We have commissioned a perennial trophy from artist Nicola Lewis on behalf of Luigi. We are also excited to present in person the Breeder and Broodmare trophies that Joan Egan made possible last year.
"I'd also like to acknowledge the vision and support of the Waikato Branch of the NZTBA in making this a National event for all New Zealand breeders to come together and celebrate a stellar year of breeding achievements."
The evening will be hosted by MC's Steve Davis and Emily Bosson with guests able to enjoy Quartz Reef bubbles and canapes on arrival, followed by a gourmet plated main meal and dessert paired with wine from NZTBA sponsor, Soho.
A range of items will be on offer this year during the silent and live auctions with guests able to bid on the night.
As part of the weekend's events, the Waikato branch of the NZTBA will also host the 2021 gavelhouse.com Stallion Parade.
The tour will take in around 13 stud farms and view more than 35 stallions on offer to breeders for the upcoming breeding season.
A detailed itinerary for the weekend will be available from next week, tickets for the dinner can be purchased online https://www.nzthoroughbred.co.nz/nztba-awards-dinner/ any enquiries can be directed to [email protected] or 07 827 7727.