Sports Snaps with Gus Underwood: Kath McIntosh’s faith in harness racing

By Kyabram Free Press

KYABRAM veterinarian Kath McIntosh is one person who has put a lot of faith in the future of the harness racing industry in Australia.

Over the past few years Dr McIntosh has been developing a state-of-the-art breeding complex on the outskirts of the town and is now starting to reap the rewards of her efforts.

Standing stallions, foaling down mares and preparing yearlings for sales are just some of the services being offered by her business, Northern Rivers Equine Veterinary Clinic, a 230ha irrigated property on Gray Rd.

A spanking new 17-box barn and an eight-horse walker are among the property’s most recent additions.

Dr McIntosh branched into standing standardbred stallions in the 2017-18 breeding season with trotter Ten No Trumps her first stallion.

Last year Northern Rivers stood Yankee Rockstar and this stud season has added American imports Mel Mara and American Ideal to its stallion roster.

Dr McIntosh has built a healthy relationship with one of New Zealand’s highest profile and respected trotting studs, Woodlands, which formerly stood American Ideal.

American Ideal has been a real winner for Northern Rivers, attracting a full book of 200 mares while first-season stallions Mel Mara and Yankee Rockstar have each had about 40 bookings so far.

During the current breeding season Northern Rivers has a workforce of 10 people, including three other veterinarians, to handle the hectic workload.

Some 90 foals have already been bred at the property this season.

While there is an emphasis on the harness racing industry, Northern Rivers still offers all the normal veterinary services.

KYABRAM Cicket Club skipper Kyle Mueller was snapped up with the second draft pick for the inaugural Goulburn Murray Big Bash Twenty20 franchise competition to be held next month and early February.

Paul Newman, coach of the Hurley’s Hotel Hounds franchise, also opted for his Kyabram teammate Jackson McMclay as well as Fire Brigade’s Brenton Campbell, Tongala’s Darin Ohlsen and Echuca’s Matt Hinks in his squad in the draft held in Shepparton on Sunday.

Newman said he missed out on Kyle Mueller’s brother Cade, who went to the Rohan Larkin-coached franchise, but was surprised to also get Katamatite gun Jed Wright in his squad of 15 players.

Kyabram Cricket Club will be looking for its second win in Cricket Shepparton’s Twenty20 competition when it hosts Tatura tomorrow night.

Kyabram won its first-round clash in the competition against Waaia last Thursday in front of a good crowd.

Paul Newman (36) skipper Kyle Mueller (37) and Paul Parsons (34) enabled Kyabram to comfortably chase down Waaia’s competitive score of 5/132.

Tatura won its first-round clash with Old Students, so tomorrow night’s clash is vital for both sides.

GOTAFE Goulburn Valley League announced a loss of $13,154 for the 2018-19 season at its annual general meeting last week.

But this included $20,000 paid out in club grants to the Kyabram and Echuca clubs during the season to go towards a new netball shelter and a kitchen upgrade at each club.

The club grants program commenced in 2017, with $120,000 from the sale of the League’s Dunkirk Ave office placed into a separate account, with $10,000 allocated to each club.

GVL chairman David Roff said his board was pleased that the actual operating result for the season was a profit of $6,846.00 after the grants payments, which the board believes is a more than acceptable outcome.

There was no change to the structure of the GVL board at the meeting, with Freddo McMahon, Mick Williams and Brett Stevens all being returned to the board for a further two years.

KYABRAM has a connection to one of the AFL draftees.

Grant Kemp, the father of Echuca’s Brodie Kemp, who was picked by Carlton with pick number 17, lived and worked in Kyabram in the 1990s.

Grant Kemp was a more than handy footballer with Kyabram and cricketer with Kyabram Fire Brigade.

And Brodie was over the moon at the fact that his favourite AFL footballer, Blues captain Patrick Cripps, presented him with his Carlton jumper at the draft.