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Sixth Horse Ambulance for New Zealand
In preparation for the restart of racing in New Zealand, a sixth horse ambulance will be delivered to Auckland, reports nzb.co.nz. Otago equine veterinarian Dr Peter Gillespie and his colleague Dr Bill Bishop came up with the idea of a national horse ambulance service eight years ago and Dr Gillespie acknowledges the hard work and determination of New Zealand Horse Ambulance Trust (NZHAT) Chair Martin Burns to help make it happen. NZHAT has worked closely with NZ Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing NZ and the NZ Equine Veterinary Association to bring the vision to life. "It's incredibly satisfying to personally deliver the sixth horse ambulance to Auckland. We've planned a few stops along the way to demonstrate its capabilities and to formally acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors," said Dr Gillespie. NZHAT is a Charitable Trust which was formed in mid-2016 with the objective of funding a fleet of equine ambulances to help improve the health and welfare of horses across New Zealand. NZHAT comprises members of the New Zealand Equine Vet Association, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing New Zealand, the Racing Integrity Unit and Equestrian Sports NZ. TNZHAT aims to protect the wellbeing of horses competing at race meetings and equestrian events, to assist injured horses, and to promote animal welfare standards. NZHAT is proud to acknowledge major sponsors Cambridge Stud, Kevin and Jo Hickman of Valachi Downs, NZ Bloodstock and the NZ Equine Veterinary Association, along with the generous support of the late Dr Charles Roberts, the Bendigo Valley Sports Trust, the Salient Trust and the Rodmor Trust. The six mobile units in operation are based in Auckland, Waikato, Manawatu, Canterbury and Otago/Southland.