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) 82 274 30 41 69 6 $1,504,080
Iffraaj (GB) 93 285 28 37 52 2 $862,399
Darci Brahma 98 281 30 38 54 1 $726,165
Tavistock 60 204 16 23 48 2 $663,022
Per Incanto (USA) 91 262 22 26 60 2 $524,243
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
O'Reilly 115 328 26 34 71 3 $1,066,253
Zabeel 110 353 28 38 77 4 $973,900
Volksraad (GB) 86 247 21 24 39 3 $641,479
Pins (AUS) 65 196 21 26 46 3 $586,980
Montjeu (IRE) 49 177 20 27 46 1 $490,125
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Showcasing (GB) 5 8 3 4 3 1 $117,125
Iffraaj (GB) 2 2 2 2 0 1 $44,750
Pins (AUS) 1 3 1 2 1 0 $40,310
Nadeem (AUS) 1 2 1 2 0 1 $34,375
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 2 4 1 2 1 0 $33,120
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Savabeel (AUS) 13 36 7 11 7 3 $621,610
Burgundy 13 36 4 7 11 2 $310,535
Highly Recommended (AUS) 16 34 6 7 4 2 $185,900
Jimmy Choux 19 47 6 7 12 1 $139,550
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 6 16 2 2 9 0 $137,125
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