Story: Horses

Cardigan Bay

Along with Phar Lap, Cardigan Bay is one of New Zealand’s most famous racehorses. Cardigan Bay was a Standardbred harness racer. In harness racing the horse pulls a two-wheeled cart, or sulky, which seats the driver. Cardigan Bay lived from 1956 to 1988, and was the first Standardbred horse to win more than US$1 million. His fame was commemorated in this 1970 New Zealand stamp.

Listen to a commentary of Cardigan Bay’s triumphs in 1963, when he won both the Inter-Dominion Championship at Adelaide, Australia, and the New Zealand Cup at Addington, Christchurch.

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Emma Meyer, 'Horses - Recreation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2023)

Story by Emma Meyer, published 24 Nov 2008