Breckon Farms Leading The Way For New Zealand Harness Racing Industry
Ken and Karen Breckon have enjoyed the highs of being at the pinnacle of New Zealand harness racing.
Their champion trotter I Can Doosit added another trophy to the Breckons’ cabinet when he was awarded the title of North Island Trotter Of The Year for the 2012/13 season.
A season earlier the Breckons were named New Zealand Harness Racing Owners Of The Year after their horses dominated the New Zealand harness racing scene in no uncertain terms.
In that dream season the eight horses they raced as a family and 11 they raced in syndicates won 34 races and more than $1 million.
The couple own and operate Breckon Farms from a state of the art picturesque harness racing farm at Ohaupo in the Waikato which specialises in breeding, owning and selling horses.
Ken Breckon has been passionate about harness racing almost all of his life and has been actively involved since 1995. His father, George, and grandfather Joe Bowyer were racing men.
Karen is also deeply passionate about harness racing and has been involved with the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders (North Island branch) Association.
Ken and Karen Breckon purchased Yarndley Farms on 1st August 2007, from long term friends and owners of the farm, Sandy & Jan Yarndley and they both pay tribute to Sandy and Jan Yarndley for what they inherited at Breckon Farms.
“We are good friends and are grateful for what they have done in the past. Megaera was the best racehorse we have owned and she was a daughter (10th) out of Aberfeldy, who has been on the farm since the 70s,” Ken Breckon said.
Ken Breckon believes one of the reasons harness racing is thriving was because technology and advancement has meant the world has become a smaller place.
“I have raced horses in America and in future I see more Northern Hemisphere horses racing down here. I think one day soon there will be an even closer association between the two and possibly more world-wide harness races and competitions.”
Breckon Farms plans to set the benchmark in terms of communications with owners and this will be illustrated through its first foray into racing syndication through the development of The Good Sports Syndicate which comprises eight fillies.
“We will be supplying syndicate members with a constant flow of information through newsletters and our cutting edge Facebook page and other social media platforms,” said Ken.
“We want to be number one in the field of communication with owners in the New Zealand harness racing industry,” Ken says. “Owners thirst for information and knowledge and that is what we will provide them with.”