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Changes To Stud Book

Judy Davies Resigns

Judy Brannigan (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Judy Davies has left (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

In a notice issued on Monday, 26 February, Judy Davies confirmed that she has left her position at the NHA’s Stud Book on Friday, 23 February 2018.

Judy joined the NHA in September 2017 as Acting Stud Book Keeper.

The NHA has confirmed that Hazel Kayiya, currently with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will join the NHA effective 1 April 2018 and that “the management of the Stud Book will be amongst her responsibilities.”

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15 comments on “Changes To Stud Book

  1. karel says:

    Should we be worried?

    1. Barbara says:

      yes, we should be worried. Dates and deliveries from the stud book were just picking up and starting to be correct, now —? In June the audit is due to come from the European Union and everything must be above board for the new protocol. I find it very strange that the management of NHR would allow a change in such an important position at a time like this.

      1. saddle says:

        Join the dots at the top folks….all will become clear!!

  2. Brian says:

    Who knows? Last time if I remember some horses needed a name change. Might be yours next Karel

  3. John Kinsley says:

    I think we should be worried. My understanding is that Judy’s reasons for leaving may make the NHRA quite uncomfortable. As a breeder who pays regular fees I believe all breeders are due an honest response from the NHRA Executive.

    1. James George says:

      Judy had a 6 month contract beginning September 2017.So contract has come to an end February 2018

  4. Where does the Stud Book go now? Breeders in South Africa need to be extremely worried about the future. Judy WAS our great hope for the future of breeding in this country, she was Mrs Fixit! ( still could be)
    The ineptitude of The Board is astounding, they wouldn’t be allowed to run a tuck shop anywhere else. Maybe a serious investigation is called for?

  5. King Viking says:

    Not Good news when Judy joined the NHA in September 2017 she was given an enormous task to achieve , This can only be a step backwards . Why cant the NHA keep the correct staff in place for long periods of time . There must be some reason . When are we going to learn ?

    1. Francise says:

      Those at the top!

  6. Lindi Garlicki says:

    Shocking that someone of Judy’s caliber is lost to us – the response from the Stud book department over the last few months was amazing – she really went above and beyond!

  7. Chris Swart says:

    Good managers leave because of bad management above them.
    This is meant to be an industry with the highest level of integrity


    When you consider the dots between the top and the disgraced, integrity has been compromised and the problem with a lie is once it’s told, you’ll never catch up with it.

    The audit will reveal all but too late she cried

  8. Ian Jayes says:

    You only have to walk into the NHA offices to see the changes that have taken place and it certainly looks like they have not been for the better.

  9. sharon kruyer says:

    Judy was an absolute Star! Was such an improvement.

  10. Don says:

    Well well well, and here we are….where to from here? More skilled and knowledgeable staff have been ousted since Judy…and now Mr Barends has been exposed. Could the board take action and fix this mess please.

  11. old breeder says:

    I find it very interesting how horses change colour when they move to South Africa.

    As an example : Hassan Adam’s striking horse Time Thief left Australia as a BROWN horse.
    He is now a BAY.

    We also do not have BLACK horses in RSA.

    All horses here are BAY or Chestnut or Grey.

    Never mind what the rest of the Horsey world says .

    We here in RSA will lead the way — all the way .

    OR : Are we taking “political correctness ” to ridiculous extremes ?

    You ask and you will get a very verbose explanation from our learned Prof Heknows

    His reply would have made Hitler’s spin doctors proud !

    How could the rest of the world be so stupid as to not be able to tell a horse’s colour ?

    I always ignorantly thought that the colour was for visual identification.

    I never dreamt that it actually denotes the genetic mitochondrial chromosomal makeup of the said animal.

    Well , we live and Learn.

    Learn to shrug off the laughter of the rest of the Horsey world.

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