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) 118 692 57 84 165 12 $3,348,630
Iffraaj (GB) 124 710 54 80 138 3 $1,757,839
Darci Brahma 140 701 56 83 148 5 $1,726,905
Tavistock 87 515 38 63 118 3 $1,603,345
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 28 145 13 25 42 2 $1,436,700
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Zabeel 152 787 57 91 173 8 $2,967,322
O'Reilly 162 813 59 81 194 9 $2,479,465
Pins (AUS) 98 517 40 63 115 4 $1,713,916
Volksraad (GB) 123 636 35 50 105 4 $1,460,046
Stravinsky (USA) 90 488 37 52 95 1 $1,058,457
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Fastnet Rock (AUS) 3 10 1 5 3 1 $769,370
Savabeel (AUS) 15 40 6 9 10 3 $347,585
Showcasing (GB) 10 31 6 7 12 2 $319,775
Exceed And Excel (AUS) 2 5 1 1 2 1 $205,625
Iffraaj (GB) 4 11 2 3 2 1 $132,250
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Savabeel (AUS) 28 140 13 23 32 3 $1,367,670
Dalghar (FR) 18 79 5 10 18 1 $740,620
Roc de Cambes 21 86 5 7 18 1 $700,320
Burgundy 20 87 8 13 22 2 $494,875
Power (GB) 26 129 16 29 31 2 $475,945
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