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) 94 383 43 58 100 9 $2,019,330
Iffraaj (GB) 100 360 31 43 67 2 $1,006,634
Darci Brahma 110 368 32 47 73 3 $976,553
Tavistock 69 269 23 32 63 2 $880,912
Alamosa 67 234 24 29 46 3 $750,446
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
O'Reilly 125 423 34 45 94 6 $1,428,713
Zabeel 119 440 39 52 94 5 $1,292,645
Volksraad (GB) 100 341 24 28 57 3 $869,509
Pins (AUS) 76 269 27 35 66 3 $789,628
Montjeu (IRE) 53 221 23 32 57 1 $615,382
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Showcasing (GB) 7 15 4 5 8 1 $185,025
Iffraaj (GB) 2 4 2 3 0 1 $87,250
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 2 5 1 3 1 0 $46,620
Savabeel (AUS) 9 13 3 3 4 0 $46,285
Pins (AUS) 1 3 1 2 1 0 $40,310
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Savabeel (AUS) 18 61 9 15 15 3 $731,360
Burgundy 14 51 6 10 15 2 $378,910
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 6 22 3 6 10 1 $318,950
Power (GB) 21 72 9 15 19 0 $228,160
Darci Brahma 30 80 9 12 15 1 $219,125
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