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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Commercial equine production in New Zealand. 3. The racing and sport industries

Charlotte F. Bolwell A , Chris W. Rogers A C , Erica K. Gee A and Sarah M. Rosanowski B
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A Equine Research Centre, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University, Private Bag 11222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand.

B Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health, Royal Veterinary College, The Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 7TA, United Kingdom.

C Corresponding author. Email: c.w.rogers@massey.ac.nz

Animal Production Science - https://doi.org/10.1071/AN16753
Submitted: 17 November 2016  Accepted: 9 May 2017   Published online: 12 July 2017

Abstract

The present review examines the commercial production of racing and sport horses in New Zealand, describing the size and scope of the industries, the management and feeding, and the training and wastage of race (Thoroughbred and Standardbred) and sport horses. The number of horses per head of population in New Zealand (30/1000 people) is high by international standards and the main equine industries generate ~2% of national gross domestic product. In New Zealand the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry dominates organised equestrian activity (economically and numerically). Furthermore, this Thoroughbred bias has an influence on equestrian culture and may explain, in part, the high proportion of Thoroughbred sport horses registered for eventing in New Zealand, which is in contrast to other international sport-horse populations. An understanding of the production, management and structure of the racing and sport industries in New Zealand is paramount to ensure the health and welfare of the equine athlete and the continuing success of the industries.

Additional keywords: dressage, horse, Standardbred, showjumping, Thoroughbred.


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