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
Zed 31 71 8 9 9 1 $232,788
Shinko King (IRE) 21 35 3 3 7 2 $225,115
Yamanin Vital 6 12 4 4 2 3 $212,600
Iffraaj (GB) 52 87 11 12 14 0 $201,472
Darci Brahma 35 51 6 8 8 1 $165,335
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
O'Reilly 40 74 8 10 20 1 $246,310
Royal Academy (USA) 15 26 4 7 3 2 $196,363
Zabeel 51 78 7 8 22 0 $187,490
Exploding Prospect (USA) 4 8 2 2 2 1 $165,125
Montjeu (IRE) 26 50 8 9 15 0 $147,685
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Nadeem (AUS) 1 1 1 1 0 0 $6,250
Spirit Of Boom (AUS) 1 1 0 0 1 0 $2,000
Swiss Ace (AUS) 1 1 0 0 1 0 $1,000
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Highly Recommended (AUS) 6 6 3 3 1 1 $71,375
Super Easy 3 4 1 2 0 1 $59,375
Jimmy Choux 5 8 2 2 1 1 $39,875
Burgundy 6 7 1 1 1 1 $34,325
Pins (AUS) 1 2 1 1 1 0 $22,625
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