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) 105 539 54 80 126 10 $2,796,110
Iffraaj (GB) 109 453 33 43 86 5 $1,572,213
Darci Brahma 111 543 48 61 126 0 $1,257,640
Tavistock 73 330 31 48 73 2 $1,174,967
Pins (AUS) 97 431 35 53 90 4 $1,128,209
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
O'Reilly 138 650 52 84 134 9 $2,620,913
Zabeel 140 599 51 77 135 7 $1,977,355
Volksraad (GB) 110 460 31 40 73 3 $1,358,018
Stravinsky (USA) 74 341 29 44 66 3 $1,343,108
Generous (IRE) 27 120 12 19 20 1 $840,573
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Commands (AUS) 1 4 1 2 1 1 $564,075
Savabeel (AUS) 3 14 3 5 7 2 $368,525
Power (GB) 10 24 3 5 8 1 $173,650
Snitzel (AUS) 2 4 1 2 1 1 $155,250
Showcasing (GB) 9 20 2 2 3 0 $116,425
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Iffraaj (GB) 26 86 6 8 23 3 $1,027,600
Savabeel (AUS) 37 178 20 28 45 3 $776,700
Makfi (GB) 16 59 4 6 15 2 $599,325
Zacinto (GB) 25 100 9 14 24 1 $444,525
Per Incanto (USA) 39 167 16 24 30 2 $409,750
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