Welcome to NZ thoroughbred breeding 

The New Zealand thoroughbred industry is one of the most successful in the world. In 2015-16, the industry produced 3500 foals and exported 1700 horses at an estimated value of $138 million. So, what is the secret of New Zealand's remarkable success as a thoroughbred breeding nation?

High quality pasture, large open paddocks and a mild climate that encourage the natural development of strength, soundness and competitiveness in horses is the easy response. The deep bond between New Zealanders, the land and their horses is harder to explain. From this bond stems the vital, hidden ingredient - horsemanship.

A base of around 70 commercial stud farms and 100s of private breeding operations throughout the country gives the New Zealand thoroughbred breeding industry both diversity and depth. International quality stallions, both resident and on shuttle duties, cover books that reflect not just the families who have adapted best to the stringent demands of Australasian and Asian racing, but also the growing presence of similarly successful bloodlines from the northern hemisphere.

Today, international thoroughbred owners, breeders, agents and trainers are drawn to New Zealand as a source of quality racehorses who compete for the rich prize money of Australia, Asia, and beyond; as a five star base for broodmares; and as a nursery for young horses destined for sales.

Investment in New Zealand's thoroughbred industry is attractive for:

  • The high-class horses that are consistently bred here, in an environment rivalled by Ireland and Kentucky.
  • The industry's strong historical, social and administrative base with very few barriers to foreign investment. There is no restriction on foreign ownership of bloodstock in New Zealand. Bloodstock can readily be exported from New Zealand to virtually any country in the world with minimal quarantine requirements.
  • By international standards, we have low costs of production, sales preparation and training and a well established base of professional skills.

For more information on the New Zealand breeding industry, please visit the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

 

Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Savabeel (AUS) 114 669 56 83 160 11 $3,303,905
Darci Brahma 135 651 53 80 134 5 $1,673,490
Iffraaj (GB) 122 648 45 68 127 3 $1,601,664
Tavistock 84 475 33 53 111 3 $1,448,295
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 28 140 13 25 41 2 $1,430,650
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Zabeel 141 710 52 82 154 8 $2,805,887
O'Reilly 154 753 57 78 178 9 $2,405,590
Pins (AUS) 94 477 38 57 109 4 $1,639,256
Volksraad (GB) 120 591 33 48 97 4 $1,425,896
Stravinsky (USA) 87 444 35 49 84 1 $991,167
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 3 10 1 5 3 1 $769,370
Showcasing (GB) 10 30 6 7 12 2 $319,775
Savabeel (AUS) 13 37 5 8 10 2 $316,335
Exceed And Excel (AUS) 2 5 1 1 2 1 $205,625
Iffraaj (GB) 4 11 2 3 2 1 $132,250
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Savabeel (AUS) 27 136 13 23 32 3 $1,367,170
Dalghar (FR) 16 71 5 10 15 1 $734,870
Roc de Cambes 20 79 5 7 16 1 $698,320
Burgundy 19 80 8 13 19 2 $490,125
Power (GB) 25 124 16 29 31 2 $475,695
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