Bloodstock South Africa’s move to provisionally reschedule our National Yearling Sale from late April to 20 -22 May was made a week in advance of the announcement of the three week lockdown which comes into effect at midnight tonight.
Now the New Zealand government’s announcement on Monday – the same day that SA President Cyril Ramaphosa published our directive – that the country is to go into lock-down has seen New Zealand Bloodstock make the obviously difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Karaka May Sale, which was due to be held on Friday 15 May.
They report that after consulting with a number of vendors and buyers, the overwhelming feedback from them was to cancel the Sale and investigate alternative options.
“Even though the lock-down period may finish in four weeks, it is highly likely that travel and public gathering restrictions will remain in place. We want to give our vendors and buyers some direction and clarity, thus we have made the call now,” commented Managing Director, Andrew Seabrook.
Gavelhouse.com provides a great opportunity for those clients that still wish to offer their horses to the market. As recent results demonstrate, the success of the online sale keeps going from strength to strength. New Zealand Bloodstock is confident that its subsidiary will handle the overflow well.
Upcoming dates on gavelhouse are as follows:
– 13 April auction – entries due 6 April
– 27 April auction – entries due 20 April
– 11 May auction – entries due 4 May
– 25 May auction – entries due 18 May
– 8 June auction – entries due 2 June
– 22 June auction – entries due 15 June