Great British Stallion Showcase goes virtual for 2021
National Hunt and Flat sires to be featured over the next few weeks
With the traditional opportunities to view sires currently being denied, the virtual Great British Stallion Showcase has been launched in its place.
The initiative created by the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA) and Great British Racing International has been created in lieu of the TBA’s Flat Stallion Parade and the National Hunt Stallion Showcase, both of which were unable to take place in 2021 due to Covid-19.
The interactive Great British Stallion Showcase website houses photos and videos of each stallion, along with audio clips from stud managers, pedigrees and fees.
Reflecting the theme of the annual live showcases, it features first- and second-season Flat stallions such as Masar, Mohaather and Kameko, as well as National Hunt stallions of all ages.
Claire Sheppard, chief executive of the TBA, said: "While sadly the restrictions around Covid-19 have disrupted this year’s renewals of our annual Flat Stallion Parade and National Hunt Stallion Showcase, we wanted to offer breeders the next best opportunity to explore and view the outstanding stallion offering in Britain this year.
"We look forward to further promotion of the featured stallions over the coming weeks through behind-the-scenes footage and content across digital channels, including bespoke social media assets that have been provided to each stud involved."
Overbury Stud manager Simon Sweeting added: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to showcase Jack Hobbs, Schiaparelli and Frontiersman in the Great British Stallion Showcase.
"It is of course disappointing not to be able to meet breeders in person at the traditional Stallion Parade at Goffs UK’s January Sale. However, this is the next best thing and I hope breeders can enjoy seeing the stallions in comfortable surroundings."
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