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) 114 641 55 86 150 10 $2,982,370
Iffraaj (GB) 124 597 43 58 118 5 $1,809,348
Tavistock 78 432 37 65 94 4 $1,544,277
Darci Brahma 125 662 53 73 146 1 $1,494,340
Pins (AUS) 100 517 38 62 104 4 $1,262,784
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
O'Reilly 152 798 59 96 173 9 $2,885,338
Zabeel 152 746 60 91 164 8 $2,306,265
Volksraad (GB) 130 586 39 52 94 4 $1,564,393
Stravinsky (USA) 83 437 32 49 84 3 $1,481,308
Generous (IRE) 32 157 14 23 25 1 $927,323
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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 21 3 6 8 2 $384,025
Power (GB) 12 35 3 5 12 1 $187,650
Snitzel (AUS) 4 8 3 4 2 1 $179,000
Showcasing (GB) 16 33 4 4 8 0 $155,425
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Sire Horses Start Winner Wo Pl ListWin Stake
Iffraaj (GB) 35 128 10 14 35 3 $1,100,750
Savabeel (AUS) 42 220 21 30 56 3 $838,025
Makfi (GB) 17 79 8 11 20 2 $642,200
Zacinto (GB) 29 127 13 19 30 1 $503,765
Per Incanto (USA) 42 200 16 26 34 2 $445,810
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