Welcome to NZ thoroughbred breeding 

The New Zealand thoroughbred industry is one of the most successful in the world. In 2015-16, the industry produced 3500 foals and exported 1700 horses at an estimated value of $138 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 that reflect not just the families who have adapted best to the stringent demands of Australasian and Asian racing, but also 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 who compete for the rich prize money 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, we have 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.

 

Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Savabeel (AUS) 67 189 23 31 46 3 $1,112,220
Iffraaj (GB) 81 224 21 29 39 1 $729,094
Darci Brahma 91 212 20 25 43 1 $557,455
Tavistock 56 149 13 17 36 2 $525,237
Per Incanto (USA) 82 193 14 17 45 2 $413,868
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
O'Reilly 99 246 21 27 51 3 $875,480
Zabeel 100 276 25 34 61 4 $814,675
Pins (AUS) 57 137 14 18 29 2 $422,665
Encosta De Lago (AUS) 45 122 10 10 27 2 $411,102
Royal Academy (USA) 25 74 8 13 16 3 $400,138
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Nadeem (AUS) 1 2 1 2 0 1 $34,375
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 2 3 1 2 1 0 $32,620
Exceed And Excel (AUS) 1 2 1 1 1 1 $32,475
Savabeel (AUS) 6 9 1 1 3 0 $26,685
Pins (AUS) 1 2 1 2 0 0 $20,310
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Savabeel (AUS) 9 23 6 9 2 2 $561,610
Burgundy 11 29 3 5 10 2 $262,975
Highly Recommended (AUS) 15 30 6 7 3 2 $183,650
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 5 13 2 2 9 0 $135,875
Jimmy Choux 16 35 6 7 9 1 $129,900
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