asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) whether any of the horses belonging to the national stud are raced at the present time; and, if so, under what arrangements;
(2) to what extent the national stud is at present maintained in order to secure a supply of adequate remounts for the Army; and for what other purposes the stud is maintained;
(3) whether all persons interested in the breeding of thoroughbred horses and desirous of leasing racehorses are assured of equal consideration by the management of the national stud, or whether arrangements are still in existence by which preferential treatment is given to certain persons in this connection?
One horse belonging to the National Stud is at present in training. Horses which it is desired to retain for stud purposes are leased for their racing careers, and no change has been made in the arrangement whereby such horses are leased for racing purposes to one particular individual. The breeding of the highest class of thoroughbreds, which is the function of the stud, exercises a beneficial influence on light horse breeding generally, but the stud's continuance is not now essential on military grounds.
No. It would be inadvisable, in the case of property like racehorses, to put them up to auction, and the only way we can deal with the matter is to select one individual and see if the arrangements are satisfactory. Up to now these arrangements, over a long period of time, have worked satisfactorily.