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The new insurance scheme "is a major benefit for TBA members"

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TBA scheme offers cover for vets fees

THE Thoroughbred Breeders' Association has introduced a new bloodstock insurance scheme as a benefit of membership, which includes up to £5,000 annually towards veterinary fees incurred for lifesaving surgery for each horse insured.

To qualify, each horse must be covered on a TBA mortality insurance policy for a minimum of £10,000, be under 15 years of age and not have had a previous instance of colic, or previous related surgery or condition.

The scheme, which is underwritten by Amlin Plus, has come about as a result of the TBA's recent restructuring to meet new Charity Commission requirements.

TBA chief executive Louise Kemble explained: "With the opportunity for commercial interests to be expanded, following the restructuring, we are actively pursuing new ventures to attract revenue to help fund the association, and insurance is a natural step for us.

"The new scheme is a major benefit for TBA members, and it will help breeders cover themselves against the potential and substantial impact, that expensive lifesaving operations could have on their finances."

TBA council member Ron Huggins added: "We believe this will be an extremely attractive policy and a much-needed boost to breeders in difficult times.

"We hope all members will check their existing terms against the attractive rates of the TBA bloodstock insurance scheme and take up the cover."

Types of cover available for TBA members include all risks of mortality and theft insurance, including European transits, broodmare barrenness, foals from 24 hours or 30 days old and stallion infertility.

A few places are available on the TBA's annual stud farming course, being held at the British Racing School in Newmarket from December 8-10.

Presentations from industry and veterinary experts cover a range of topics from mare reproduction and stallion management to sales preparation and infectious diseases.
Speakers include experts from the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Rossdales and the Royal Veterinary College. Guest speaker is Joe Pagan of Kentucky Equine Research, who will present the latest thinking on breeding stock nutrition.

Cost is £365 for TBA members, and £500 fornon-members.

 

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