Anne M. Eberhardt

John Deere to Provide Prize to Top NY Breeder

New York Breeder of the Year will be awarded John Deere equipment.

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced that its NTRA Advantage group purchasing program, in conjunction with New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc., will offer an additional benefit to the New York Thoroughbred Breeder of the Year. For 2012, NTRA Advantage partner John Deere will help recognize the outstanding breeder in New York state by offering the winner the choice of a John Deere 550 XUV Utility Gator (retail value: $9,300) or a John Deere Zero-Turn Radius 910A Commercial Mower (retail value: $9,600).

The 2012 New York Thoroughbred Breeder of the Year Award winner will be announced in April 2013 at the NYTB annual awards ceremony.

“We thank John Deere for presenting this award that will not just recognize, but reward, excellence in New York Thoroughbred breeding,” said NYTB executive director Jeffrey Cannizzo.

“The New York equine industry is extremely important to NTRA Advantage and to John Deere, and this award is a reflection of that,” said Bryan Pettigrew, senior vice president of NTRA Advantage. “We plan to start similar programs next year in Florida, Kentucky, and California. By working closely with numerous industry associations, we can give breeders and owners the type of incentives that help everyone—including our valued partners like John Deere.”

John Deere has been the official equipment supplier of the NTRA since 2001.