To influence and contribute to creating a viable and sustainable industry for Standardbred breeders in New Zealand.


To be a knowledgeable, engaged and respected racing industry leader enabling breeders to pursue their dreams.


Demonstrating knowledge & passion
Obsessive about serving members
Having high standards
Vigilant and adaptive

N.Z. Standardbred Breeders’ Association Inc. (The Breeders) exists to create value for the breeders of Standardbred horses.

The Mission challenges The Breeders to contribute to bringing benefits to the breeders of Standardbred horses in New Zealand. It states why we exist.

The Vision is saying that to achieve our mission The Breeders as an organisation needs to be an industry leader. Not just within harness racing, but racing more generally.

Racing operates under a social contract with the diverse community called the public of New Zealand. A contract that permits us to race horses and dogs for many purposes including the enjoyment of breeders and owners and wagering. The contract operates in an atmosphere of changing social values and increasing transparency.

Our Core Values are our DNA. They set the foundation for everything we do. They guide behaviour and influence decisions. We are passionate about breeding and our sport. It is sometimes very hard in the face of troubles, but passion motivates harness racing in this country.

We are obsessive about serving our members through our six focal areas. Being obsessive demands high standards or implementation and service delivery. We will be vigilant and adaptive in observing influences and changes that affect our sport, seeking evidence to drive new solutions and approaches and encouraging adaptation.


Recognition and Rewards – showcasing breeders for their breeding commitment and achievements.

Public Relations – High quality internal and external communications with all industry stakeholders about breeding successes, industry issues and policy proposals.

Enhancing Productivity and Welfare – Produce research and provide advice and information to improve productivity and quality of breeding, improving efficiency in the use of the horses we bred, and enhancing the quality of life for Standardbreds after racing.

Sustaining Breeders Incomes – increasing stakes and opportunities for trotting and pacing fillies and mares, supporting affordable and sustainable breeding bonuses and incentive schemes and working to improve sales outcomes.

Advocacy – delivering high quality representation and advocacy on racing and harness issues at a governance and grass roots level.


The Breeders was established in July 1973 as the national representative body of breeders through a federation type arrangement with independent regional organisations.

There are three independent affiliates (North Island, Canterbury and Southland) who each appoint two people to the Executive.

The Executive meets twice a year and holds telephone hook-ups as required. [Our 5 industry relationships are demonstrated in figure 2.]

We employ a full time Executive Manager at our office co-located with Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) in Christchurch. The Executive Manager is responsible to the Chairman and Executive for the day-to-day delivery of this Business Plan.

The Breeders have 600 financial members, with partners totally around 1,100 individuals. This is 63% of those who bred a mare in the last season. Members are firstly members of a regional affiliate and then deemed to be members of The Breeders:

  • North Island Standardbred Breeders Inc – 133 members
  • Canterbury Standardbred Breeders Association Inc – 335 members
  • Southern Standardbred Breeders Inc – 135 members


We report our achievements annually to our members at an Annual General Meeting. Members are given a Chairman’s Report and Audited Financial Statements. Copies of these documents can be found in the Members area of the website. Our audited financial statements are filed with the Registrar of Incorporated Societies at societies.govt.nz .