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36 What allows New Zealand-bred horses and their breeders to compete so successfully in world racing? There are four factors that seem most important to me. The skills and dedication of the people involved in breeding, rearing and developing young horses in New Zealand are simply outstanding, and they also recognise the importance of investing in the next generation of horsemen and horsewomen. The sustained commitment by breeders to particular female families constantly impresses me, and produces wonderful results for New Zealand. The investment by studs in both locally-bred horses proven in Australasian conditions, and high-class European performers has been vital, and it's great to see the success of Zabeel, O'Reilly, Pins and Keeper; Pentire, Montjeu, Stravinsky and Volksraad. It took a while for us to re-stock our stallion ranks after the market collapsed in the early 1990s, but we've now got a strong group of proven and up-and- coming stallions who are doing a really fine job for New Zealand. And there's no doubt that our environment still gives us a natural advantage -- that's possibly more important now than ever before. What's the biggest change affecting the New Zealand industry over the past 25 years? Without doubt, the rise of racing throughout Asia and the emergence of new markets there, especially Hong Kong and Singapore. That's given breeders fresh options for selling their horses, and has under- pinned a whole generation of associated businesses in sale preparation, agistment, breaking-in and so on. New Zealand is well and truly established as a hugely respected nursery for Asian racing and that's something we can all be proud of. And it's very exciting to see New Zealand Bloodstock open an office in Singapore in 2009. How do you view the New Zealand industry's relationship with Australia? Very warmly, as the source of many of our most loyal and successful clients, the home of a world-class racing industry, and the other half of a great Australasian breeding industry! What specific New Zealand government policies have encouraged bloodstock investment? The specified write-down changes made in 2006, after years of industry lobbying, properly reflect the thoroughbred breeding industry's value to the New Zealand economy, and have definitely encouraged new and continued investment in breeding stock. What's the NZTBA been doing recently to support breeders? Our focus is very much on supporting our members' participation as breeders and owners, so in recent months we've held a series of seminars around New Zealand, offering practical advice from taxation specialists and bloodstock agents. They've talked about how to assess bloodstock with a critical eye, set up appropriate ownership structures and choose the best channels for selling different types of horses into different markets. The seminars were very well attended in every region, and it was heartening to meet so many people keen to maximise their bloodstock's performance and opportunities, and make their investment sustainable. What's the biggest challenge breeders face within New Zealand? Our ongoing challenge is to convince the New Zealand Racing Board and NZ Thoroughbred Racing that breeders and the breeding industry are an integral part of domestic racing, and warrant both their attention and their strategic investment. As well as simply supplying the horses that domestic racing needs to function, eighty per cent of NZTBA members currently race horses in New Zealand, and most of them take that involvement very seriously indeed. There's still enormous potential for New Zealand racing and breeding to grow, but it will take a vision beyond the wagering product to make that happen. What were your highlights of the 2009 racing year? Daffodil's decisive AJC Oaks win franked the quality of the NZ One Thousand Guineas, and her return at four to win at Group One level in New Zealand, and run fourth in the Caulfield Cup was outstanding. Black Mamba's consistent performances in quality American company have also been very exciting. Q&A WITH MICHAEL MARTIN ichael Martin began his career in the New Zealand thoroughbred industry with eight years as owner-manager of an agistment & sale preparation farm near Cambridge. Three years as Marketing Director with the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Association followed, before a five-year stint in Tasmania, where Michael was Chief Executive of the Tasmanian Racing Authority and TAB board member. He has been Chief Executive of the NZTBA since 1997, and an active owner- breeder for almost 30 years. M MICHAEL MARTIN and his wife Susan Archer
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