Story: Horse and greyhound racing

Horse breeding

With its temperate climate and lush pasture, New Zealand is recognised as an ideal country for breeding thoroughbreds. This 1968 documentary, Bred to win, shows several leading horse studs and some of the horses they bred for sale at the National Yearling Sales, then held at Trentham, near Wellington. Traditionally, Australians were the main overseas buyers of New Zealand yearlings, but in the early 2000s buyers from the Asia–Pacific region became prominent.

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Reference: Bred to win. National Film Unit, 1968

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Mary Mountier, 'Horse and greyhound racing - Thoroughbred breeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Mary Mountier, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Nov 2015