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) 116 670 58 90 156 10 $3,024,620
Iffraaj (GB) 127 645 48 69 127 5 $1,933,248
Tavistock 78 465 38 68 108 4 $1,613,427
Darci Brahma 126 688 53 75 154 1 $1,530,790
Pins (AUS) 103 541 38 62 107 4 $1,268,734
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
O'Reilly 158 856 63 105 185 9 $2,986,503
Zabeel 160 804 66 99 173 8 $2,390,740
Volksraad (GB) 133 628 40 54 99 4 $1,611,431
Stravinsky (USA) 87 463 34 52 88 3 $1,514,433
Encosta De Lago (AUS) 54 296 25 33 65 4 $977,550
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Commands (AUS) 1 5 1 3 1 1 $695,325
Savabeel (AUS) 7 23 3 6 8 2 $384,025
Power (GB) 12 39 3 5 15 1 $196,700
Snitzel (AUS) 4 8 3 4 2 1 $179,000
Showcasing (GB) 16 36 5 5 8 0 $161,325
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Iffraaj (GB) 36 146 12 16 40 3 $1,123,400
Savabeel (AUS) 42 229 23 32 56 3 $853,025
Makfi (GB) 17 83 9 12 22 2 $651,650
Zacinto (GB) 29 135 15 22 32 1 $528,015
Per Incanto (USA) 44 209 16 26 34 2 $447,060
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