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) 110 588 54 82 138 10 $2,877,360
Iffraaj (GB) 119 523 38 52 100 5 $1,702,573
Darci Brahma 119 599 52 68 136 1 $1,408,090
Tavistock 76 380 35 58 84 3 $1,384,442
Pins (AUS) 100 479 35 58 98 4 $1,197,909
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
O'Reilly 147 722 54 88 157 9 $2,741,713
Zabeel 147 674 57 84 150 7 $2,139,390
Volksraad (GB) 121 514 33 43 86 3 $1,455,743
Stravinsky (USA) 78 383 30 46 74 3 $1,436,408
Generous (IRE) 30 137 12 20 21 1 $886,573
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Commands (AUS) 1 5 1 3 1 1 $695,325
Savabeel (AUS) 6 19 3 6 8 2 $384,025
Power (GB) 11 30 3 5 10 1 $180,150
Snitzel (AUS) 2 5 2 3 1 1 $161,500
Showcasing (GB) 13 25 3 3 6 0 $134,675
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Iffraaj (GB) 31 105 9 12 28 3 $1,070,350
Savabeel (AUS) 39 196 20 29 51 3 $819,575
Makfi (GB) 17 67 7 9 16 2 $621,450
Zacinto (GB) 27 112 10 15 28 1 $465,365
Per Incanto (USA) 40 184 16 25 34 2 $432,560
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