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) 104 469 49 69 111 8 $2,273,210
Darci Brahma 110 492 46 58 113 0 $1,100,525
Tavistock 70 288 28 43 58 2 $1,035,317
Pins (AUS) 92 367 28 39 81 4 $890,749
Iffraaj (GB) 105 399 30 39 72 5 $805,723
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
O'Reilly 133 564 49 71 125 7 $1,936,063
Zabeel 132 526 49 70 118 7 $1,545,445
Stravinsky (USA) 69 290 28 40 54 3 $1,164,383
Volksraad (GB) 103 405 27 35 63 3 $1,111,203
Al Akbar (AUS) 39 154 11 14 29 3 $623,640
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Commands (AUS) 1 4 1 2 1 1 $564,075
Savabeel (AUS) 3 10 3 4 5 1 $272,025
Power (GB) 9 20 2 4 7 1 $163,900
Showcasing (GB) 7 16 2 2 3 0 $102,425
Pins (AUS) 5 9 2 3 1 0 $98,975
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Savabeel (AUS) 37 156 18 25 42 3 $637,050
Zacinto (GB) 24 83 7 10 20 1 $403,675
Makfi (GB) 15 51 3 3 15 1 $331,575
Iffraaj (GB) 24 73 6 7 17 3 $327,100
Per Incanto (USA) 37 142 16 19 25 2 $306,250
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