Welcome to the NZ Breeding Section

The New Zealand thoroughbred industry is one of the most successful in the world. In 2010-11, the industry produced over 4000 foals and exported 1600 horses at an estimated value of $150 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 which reflect not just the families which have adapted best to the stringent demands of Australasian and Asian racing but 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 to compete for the rich prizemoney 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, 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 where you will find a wide range of facts.

 

Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Savabeel (AUS) 97 362 44 60 88 6 $1,718,210
Darci Brahma 103 393 39 47 90 0 $868,860
Tavistock 68 235 26 35 41 1 $637,582
Pins (AUS) 89 286 22 29 58 3 $592,086
Alamosa 76 291 22 31 66 1 $586,727
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
O'Reilly 123 466 38 54 102 6 $1,363,605
Zabeel 124 429 43 58 96 6 $1,255,345
Stravinsky (USA) 58 225 22 29 44 2 $860,598
Volksraad (GB) 95 321 21 28 48 2 $747,578
Kaapstad 61 232 17 24 40 2 $514,870
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Power (GB) 8 16 2 4 6 1 $137,200
Savabeel (AUS) 3 7 2 2 4 1 $77,025
Super Easy 2 4 1 2 0 1 $40,975
Showcasing (GB) 6 12 1 1 3 0 $34,925
Lonhro (AUS) 1 3 1 1 1 0 $33,150
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Savabeel (AUS) 34 118 17 22 34 2 $521,125
Zacinto (GB) 22 62 4 6 15 1 $367,500
So You Think 2 6 1 3 1 1 $239,500
Per Incanto (USA) 34 113 12 13 20 2 $234,575
Swiss Ace (AUS) 16 46 6 10 7 2 $222,825
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