May 2011 - In many parts of the world the month of May is a month of celebration. In this part of the world there is a celebration between two of the major standardbred breeding farms Alabar and Stallion Station with announcement of a merge of their stud operations. “It just makes so much sense that in these tough times for the breeding industry we have pooled our resources” said Stallion Station Director Gary Lyons. “With the savings of administration and advertising costs the new entity can now pass some of these savings onto broodmare owners in the form of reduced service fees” he added. With the new structure the Stallion Station premises at Toolern Vale Victoria will be closed and Courage Under Fire and Major in Art will relocate to Alabar’s property at Echuca in Northern Victoria. Whilst Mach Three (pictured above) and Art Official will move to the Alabar property on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand. The $4 million earner Mister Big will also be part of the new entity and will stand at a property yet to be decided. “This is a fantastic deal for Alabar to now add the proven sires Courage Under Fire and Mach Three to our roster, as well as three young horses who won in excess of $7 million between”, them stated Alabar Australia General Manager John Coffey. One of the Stallion Station Directors Robert Watson, now trading under the Soho Standardbreds banner, will support the new venture to the hilt with many of his 80-90 broodmares. The announcement of Service Fees for these five new additions to the roster, plus other Alabar stallions will be made in July and there is bound to be some good news in that announcement for Broodmare Owners.The Australian sires list (as at 21st May) reveals just how powerful this Alabar/Stallion Station entity will be with – Village Jasper, Courage Under Fire, Art Major, Armbro Operative, Mach Three and Grinfromeartoear, occupying six of the top nine positions on the Sires Premiership for 2010/11 season.The reports emanating out of Canada also suggest that the Alabar stallion Jeremes Jet is on the verge of something exciting. Two of Canada’s leading trainers, Casie Coleman and Jeff Gillis are singing the praises of their Jeremes Jet 2 year olds.