Renowned global horse transporter International Racehorse Transport (IRT) has signed a two-year extension on its sponsorship of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV).
IRT is a loyal supporter of Victoria’s breeding industry and at this time of year plays an integral role in bringing an elite group of shuttle stallions to our state.
It is equally important to the State’s thoroughbred breeding sector in facilitating the export of locally bred and sold yearlings to places such as South Africa, New Zealand and various jurisdictions of Asia.
The extended agreement sees IRT retain naming rights to the official Victorian Stallions Roster. IRT will also continue to have a prominent presence on TBV communications and at TBV events including the Victorian Owners & Breeders Race Day at Caulfield and the Victorian Breeders Awards.
Managing Director, Chris Burke, proudly affirmed IRT’s commitment to Victorian breeders through the transport of shuttle stallions and Victorian bred exports.
“First and foremost, IRT is well aware of the massive contribution breeders make in supplying horses to the racing industry, without which there would be no racing for us to enjoy,” Burke said.
“IRT shuttles stallions to Victoria each year, and we are grateful for the opportunity to bring in new bloodlines for breeders to access.
“We also appreciate our role in giving overseas purchasers the confidence that they can buy a Victorian bred yearling at an Australian sale and through a professional company, fly their horse back to their destination in good hands.”
Echoing Burke’s sentiments, TBV President, James O’Brien, is delighted that IRT has agreed to an extended partnership.
“IRT has been a trusted and loyal partner of TBV’s for several year now. They are critical to the operation of Victoria’s breeding industry, particularly with respect to shuttle stallions and yearling exports,” O’Brien explained.
“IRT shares our ambition to deliver positive outcomes for the Victorian breeding industry, and their direct support enables us to do exactly that.”
IRT recently delivered a raft of globetrotting stallions to Victoria for the imminent breeding season, ensuring our breeders have continued access to quality bloodlines and gene pools.
Those stallions include Americain (Swettenham Stud), Brazen Beau (Darley), Cable Bay (Woodside Park), Frosted (Darley) Highland Reel (Swettenham Stud), Jimmy Creed (Spendthrift), Street Boss (Darley), Toronado (Swettenham) and Warrior’s Reward (Spendthrift).