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) 119 704 57 85 165 12 $3,362,940
Iffraaj (GB) 125 755 55 82 145 4 $1,826,517
Darci Brahma 140 733 56 86 153 5 $1,788,604
Tavistock 90 548 38 64 126 3 $1,653,419
Per Incanto (USA) 117 687 50 76 157 4 $1,451,435
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Zabeel 154 851 60 100 187 8 $3,088,847
O'Reilly 166 877 65 88 210 9 $2,593,150
Pins (AUS) 101 551 42 67 123 4 $1,771,353
Volksraad (GB) 128 675 38 56 110 4 $1,538,666
Stravinsky (USA) 91 517 40 56 99 1 $1,111,282
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 3 10 1 5 3 1 $769,370
Savabeel (AUS) 16 41 6 9 10 3 $347,585
Showcasing (GB) 12 34 7 8 12 2 $333,835
Exceed And Excel (AUS) 2 6 1 1 2 1 $205,625
Iffraaj (GB) 4 12 2 3 2 1 $132,813
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Savabeel (AUS) 28 140 13 23 32 3 $1,367,670
Dalghar (FR) 18 81 5 10 18 1 $741,245
Roc de Cambes 21 92 6 8 19 1 $707,570
Power (GB) 27 135 17 31 32 2 $513,755
Burgundy 20 94 8 13 23 2 $496,625
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