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) 112 607 54 85 141 10 $2,949,920
Iffraaj (GB) 119 535 39 54 104 5 $1,730,948
Darci Brahma 119 607 52 69 138 1 $1,430,215
Tavistock 76 391 35 58 85 3 $1,392,442
Pins (AUS) 100 488 36 59 101 4 $1,227,659
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
O'Reilly 147 738 54 90 162 9 $2,790,963
Zabeel 147 685 57 84 150 7 $2,141,765
Stravinsky (USA) 79 399 31 48 78 3 $1,457,408
Volksraad (GB) 121 515 33 43 86 3 $1,455,743
Generous (IRE) 30 139 12 20 21 1 $886,573
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Commands (AUS) 1 5 1 3 1 1 $695,325
Savabeel (AUS) 6 19 3 6 8 2 $384,025
Power (GB) 11 30 3 5 10 1 $180,150
Snitzel (AUS) 2 5 2 3 1 1 $161,500
Showcasing (GB) 13 27 3 3 6 0 $135,425
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Iffraaj (GB) 31 108 9 13 30 3 $1,086,850
Savabeel (AUS) 40 200 20 29 51 3 $821,825
Makfi (GB) 17 68 7 9 16 2 $621,450
Zacinto (GB) 27 114 10 15 28 1 $466,365
Per Incanto (USA) 40 189 16 26 34 2 $445,060
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