‘Rearing and Pre-Race Training’ was the topic at last Sunday’s Stakeholder Engagement Workshop, held at The Meadows.
More than 60 participants attended, as well as a number of GRV staff, firstly welcomed by Alan Clayton, GRV’s CEO, who set the context for the day’s discussion. Following Mr Clayton’s address, GRV’s Chief Information Officer Andrew Gibson gave a presentation on how many dogs bred make it to the track; the number of litters produced per breeder (most breeders produce one or two litters per year); and the destination of retired greyhounds and the rate of re-homing.
Then came the panel discussion featuring leading members of the greyhound racing community: Ray Borda, Peter Griffin, Karen Leek, Sandra Reed and Len Jones. Moderated by Troy Harley, the discussion was lively, informative and revealing, and was followed by questions from the floor. After lunch attendees were broken up into groups, including someone from GRV in each, to work through these two questions:
- What things can be done in the rearing and breaking stage to improve the rate of greyhounds getting to the race track?
- What things can be done during rearing and breaking stage to contribute to greyhounds being successfully re-homed as pets?
The suggestions of each working group were then presented to the whole room, following which Alan Clayton gave a closing address, summarising the key points that came out of the day.
Everyone who attended the workshop consistently said how useful the workshops were, and urged all participants to attend. A common general theme that came out of the day was that it was the responsibility of all participants to work with GRV to help establish and ensure a sustainable future for the sport.
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