BREED NSW scheme announced a bonus for breeders.

Harness Racing NSW announced a $15 million prizemoney and incentive package aimed at strengthening the racing and breeding industry in the state.

The NSW breeding industry is the big winner from the announcement, with breeders given the incentive of up to  $2250 for every live foal bred from a NSW-based mare by a Colonial stallion based in New South Wales.

A colonial stallion is a Australian or New Zealand born stallion based in NSW.

The breakdown of payments starts with $250 for a 42-day positive test for mares located in NSW, then $2000 for a live foal from a live foal from a colonial stallion from a NSW mare.

If the foal is from a NSW mare and an overseas stallion in NSW the payment then drops to $1500, while if a NSW mare has a foal from a stallion located outside NSW it will be eligible for a $1000 payment.

The breakdown on payments is as follows:

Owners of broodmares physically located in NSW from the commencement of the 2022 breeding season (1 August 2022) will receive the following

  • $250 on a 42 day pregnancy test;
  • $1000 on the HRNSW registration of a live foal; and an additional
  • $500 for live foals by stallions physically standing in NSW which have been accepted into the “Breed NSW” Scheme.

The Colonial Stallion Scheme ($500 cash rebate) which was introduced by HRNSW several years ago remains in place.

Harness Breeders NSW President Flora Robson said “This is great news, it certainly a step in the right direction for breeders.”

Another incentive that started this week is the Harness Breeders NSW Pathway stakes for three-year-old who are NSW Breeders Challenge eligible restricted to regional centres kicked off at Bathurst with a full field on May 4.

There is one race a month in the four regional centres Western, Riverina, Hunter & Metro all races are wort $9,999 and once you win one your ineligible also ineligible is any 3yo who won $30,000 or mores as a two-year-old.

The breakdown on payments is as follows:

Owners of broodmares physically located in NSW from the commencement of the 2022 breeding season (1 August 2022) will receive the following

  • $250 on a 42 day pregnancy test;
  • $1000 on the HRNSW registration of a live foal; and an additional
  • $500 for live foals by stallions physically standing in NSW which have been accepted into the “Breed NSW” Scheme.

The Colonial Stallion Scheme ($500 cash rebate) which was introduced by HRNSW several years ago remains in place.