Over several months, Harness Breeders Victoria have been working closely with Harness Racing
Victoria to ensure that breeding activity is both protected and nurtured in the 2020 breeding season.
Many hours were dedicated to developing a proposal to the Victorian Government for a breeding
stimulus package, but this was unsuccessful.
In light of the inability of Government to provided much-needed support in our sector of the
industry, HBV have continued to consult with the finance and racing teams at Harness Racing
Victoria to devise improvements to the Vicbred scheme, making it even more effective for Victorian
breeders. To this end, we are pleased that our input into this process has been honoured, and that
breeders in 2020 will see improved economic benefit from their breeding activity through the HRV’s
recently announced changes.
HBV President, Nick Hooper is very pleased with what has been achieved in concert with HRV.
“This is an important first step in the reform and further development of the VicBred program”, he
said. “Our aim is to improve the return to breeders through, amongst other things, continued
increases to the First Win Bonuses. The current changes to the First Win Bonuses for foals conceived
in the 2020 Breeding Season are intended to stimulate breeding. This is especially so for breeders in
Victoria who support our best colts who are now standing at Stud in Victoria. A $12,000 First Win
Bonus is a substantial potential reward for those who do.”
The HBV committee have worked hard to ensure that breeders continue to be supported in what is
likely to be a difficult season for many, and therefore ensure the viability of the industry at large.
This consultation has been undertaken in concert to a raft of other activities designed to assist
breeders and help secure their investment, including the Breed To Succeed webcast series, and
improved delivery of the much-loved Stallion Guide, already available as an interactive online edition
and currently arriving in mail boxes. Importantly, HRV have flagged further announcements to come around nurturing the Victorian breeding industry in addition to these significant changes to the Vicbred futurity program.
We greatly appreciate the support of our members in making sure our voice is heard at the planning
table, and enabling us to deliver our wider program of support and recognition.
When the 2021 Foal Drop hits the racetrack, connections will be eligible for increased Vicbred First Win Bonuses, all up from $7,000 with an extra new tier for horses bred purely in Victoria:
Australian and New Zealand Bred Stallions registered in Victoria:
(If your stud has an Australasian-bred stallion standing in Victoria to add to this list, please let us know at email@example.com. Sires being stood by HBV member studmasters can be linked to directly by clicking on the stallion's name.)
Skyvalley - Aldebaran Park
Tennotrump - Staffordshire Park
Im Stately - Loddon Valley Standardbred Stud
Sundons Courage - Truscott Lodge
Blitzthemcalder - Golden Plains Equine
Down Under Muscles - Eldarin Park
Danny Bouchea - Rose Valley
Noopy Kiosk - Steeple Park Stud
Louey Louey Louey - Wynette Lodge
Devilish Smile - Wooltech Stud
Follow The Stars - Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital
Major Bronski - Mountainview Stud
Poster Boy - Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic
Yankee Rockstar - Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic
Soho Tribeca - Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic
Vincent - Alabar
The Storm Inside - Alabar
Soho Lanikai - Goodtime Lodge
Restrepo - Goodtime Lodge
Goodtime Sammy - Goodtime Lodge
Jilliby Kung Fu - Goodtime Lodge
Guaranteed - Goodtime Lodge
Not Over Yet - Muroombah Harness Racing Stud
Knight Sky Safari - Peppercorn Dell
Bells And Whistles - MCL Stud
Bull Mattgregor - Aussie Stallions (Steve Clements)
Caesar Augustus - Manor Park
Flying Jaguar - Ironshoe Lodge