The ESNZ BREEDERS PROJECT
NZWA President Jody Hartstone is involved with the Equestrian Sports New Zealand / Massey University programme to improve the quality and supply of sport horses in New Zealand.
This initiative aims to bring New Zealand’s sport horse breeding in line with best practice world standards. Greater depth and integrity of horse pedigree data combined with results on one platform will provide a complete pedigree and performance package for potential buyers including the export market.
The New Zealand sport horse industry has only a few large scale commercial breeders, with the smaller hobby breeders being the most numerous. Compounding this, sport horse breeding is fragmented with an estimated 30 different breed organisations providing variable levels of support and registration for breeders.
The New Zealand sport horse industry is estimated to have a contribution to New Zealand’s GDP of an equivalent value of the racing industries (~$NZ1.1Billon). However, as an industry many aspects of equestrian sport lack both vertical and horizontal integration. At present the lack of vertical integration, from breeding to sport, limits identification of suitable breeding products and limits the flow of product into sport and onto the export market.
The lack of centralised recording of non-racing horses also provides a significant biosecurity risk for the industry, as control measures cannot be implemented based on reliable metrics.