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KZN Yearling Sale Cancelled

Tough decision taken by BSA

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 15 June 2021 that Adjusted Alert Level 3 will be in place from 16 June 2021.

In a press release published on Friday 18 June, Bloodstock South Africa state that the company is committed to align to any updates from the South African Government with regard to the respective restrictions.

As such the upcoming KZN Yearling Sale has had to be reviewed in terms of the new legislative restrictions imposed as a result of the announcement to move to the Adjusted Alert Level 3.

Having taken into consideration the compliance implications of hosting a sale at Suncoast Casino in Durban under the Adjusted Alert Level 3 Restrictions and more importantly the focus on the safety of the people attending such a sale – from our vendors and their grooms coming in from all over the country, to buyers and racing enthusiasts, as well as staff, it was decided that it would be in the best interests of all parties to cancel the upcoming KZN Yearling Sale.

It goes without saying that Bloodstock South Africa will be guided by any updated rulings from the South African Government and would always adhere to the respective regulations.

The board of Bloodstock South Africa is very aware of the logistical and financial pressures that the above changes will place on breeders but feel the decisions taken are required to manage any potential impact to the lives of everyone concerned during the 3rd wave and hopefully allow time for the vaccination programme to be accelerated.

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4 comments on “KZN Yearling Sale Cancelled

  1. Donald Bradshaw says:

    Understandable , but a SEVERE blow to the breeders especially the smaller operations who rely on this sale for survival !

  2. Ignatius says:

    I do not think all options was used here. There are other alternatives like moving the sale to a online sale platform wich they already have. This should have also been thought off months ago as we always knew another wave was expected.
    I think this is a very bad decision from Bloodstock SA without trying to come up with alternatives. And also a very short notice since the level 3 lockdown was announced.
    Has all the relevant party’s like breeders etc. been contacted and taken into consideration?
    World wide we had to adapt and bring in new ways to keep the clock ticking.
    I, for one think this is just very bad management from Bloodstock SA.

    1. Editor says:

      Ignatius Fourie, have sent to BSA for comment/response

  3. Tracy says:

    How is it possible that all other sporting events have carried on regardless. How do the yearling sales differ in any way ? Have the actual auction in an open air setting. How awful for the breeders.

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