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New chairman sought for National Stud.

Byline: Howard Wright

HOWARD WRIGHT

LEVY BOARD chairman Rob Hughes is on the look out for someone with a successful business record, a knowledge of horses and breeding and proven flair in the leisure sector, who can take the National Stud into a bright future when chairman Peter Player stands down at the end of his term in June.

Hughes confirmed yesterday that the post, which is to be advertised shortly, will in

future involve a far wider role

beyond thoroughbred breeding.

"The traditional National Stud is changing," said Hughes, "and the next chairman will be in charge of an establishment that also has the

capacity to become a heritage centre for the horse.

"We're embracing the exciting principle of broadening what the stud does well - standing stallions, boarding mares and acting as a centre of excellence for training staff, for instance - by capitalising on its ability to attract people from all over the country to look at and learn about all types of horses.

"That means building and developing a visitors' centre, and accommodating breeds other than the thoroughbred."

The future of the National Stud has been under serious discussion since the Government decided to close the Levy Board, which took over responsibility for the stud from the Ministry of Agriculture on its formation in 1963.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which currently oversees the Levy Board, has been persuaded to drop some of its controversial plans for the Newmarket-based stud, such as merging it with the Equine Fertility Unit, and aligning it closely with the breeding of sports horses.

However, the DCMS and minister for sport Richard Caborn remain in favour of the National Stud being handed over to a trust that will be charged with broadening its activities in the equine world and as a heritage centre.
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Date:Jan 10, 2003
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