Choosing  a Name

The naming of a horse can often be one of the most contentious and hotly debated topics between owners. However, naming a horse can also be one of the most creative and fun parts of the registration process.

Names are often based on that of the sire and the dam, the following are some examples of some clever names using this method: 

KAASINO ROYALE - by Kaapstad from Dannevegas
VOCULL - by Cullen from The Voice
THE MODEL - Truly Vain from The Vision
ISLE FLOOREM - Dance Floor from Summer Isles
BAREALL - Victory Dance from Starkers

And if the horse is by the sire Howbaddoyouwantit, you can get some great names like:

ALL NIGHT LONG 
BAD
CANTDOWITHOUTIT
CANTGETENOUGH
HARD AND FAST
HOWMUCHYACHARGING
I'LLTELLUWHATIWANT
INEEDITSOBAD
NOW
POP YOUR BUTTONS
REALLY BAD
RIBCRUSHER
WEWANTITBAD

Most owners have individual methods or preferences for selecting a name.

Listed below are some useful hints to bear in mind when naming a horse:

  • Names cannot exceed 18 characters, including the spaces.
  • Don't apply for names whose spelling or pronunciation is similar to names already registered.
  • A name cannot be reused until 15 years has elapsed since the foaling of a similar named horse.
  • Names for broodmares cannot be used again until 12 years has elapsed since that name last appeared in a Volume of the Stud Book.
  • Names of winners of Group One races are protected.
  • Name of a Stallion cannot be used until 15 years after it last appeared in a studbook.

* Please note this name search facility is only a guideline, all naming applications are subject to the registration process.

A name application form must be completed by all owners wishing to register a name for a horse. On this form you should list in order of preference the name you have selected together with other details about the horse like breeding, age and importantly the brands and markings that appear on the horse.

 

For further information contact:

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing
P O Box 38 386, Wellington Mail Centre
+64 4 (0)4 576 6240
E-mail office@nzracing.co.nz