Every Standardbred horse should be treated with respect, compassion and understanding and shall receive a standard of care which allows them to enjoy a good quality of life while in the racing industry and on retirement.
Responsible re-homing of Standardbreds is an important issue for racing internationally. The NZ Standardbred Breeders’ Association is committed to ensuring that as many of our retiring horses as possible are retrained and re-homed for second careers as sport or pleasure horses.
Standardbreds throughout New Zealand have successful careers after racing in many equestrian disciplines including showing, trekking, show jumping, endurance, competitive trail riding, cowboy challenge and eventing.
The New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association works closely with Harness Racing New Zealand to ensure we are providing viable pathways for Standardbreds to enjoy their retirement and post-race career.
Standardbreds are fast becoming a well-known breed in the show ring throughout New Zealand. They are admired for their ease of training, loyal nature and beauty.
Julie & Colin De Filippi
In 2016 the NZBSA brought Julie De Filippi on board as our Ambassador for Standardbred Showing, with the goal of lifting the profile of the Standardbred in the showing disciplines.
We have also worked closely with both the North Island Standardbred Association and the NZ Standardbred Riding Association to ensure all views are considered when representing the breed. This has included annual grants of $1000 to both Associations.
Three years ago there were only a handful of Standardbred Rings at A&P Shows around the country. On the back of Julie’s hard work, last showing season there were over 40.
By bringing in a set of standardised classes and qualifying entry conditions in line with the RAS, the Standardbred breed has worked its way back into Horse of the Year with its very own ring.
For more information on Standardbred Showing including dates, classes, schedules and rules, you can visit www.nzstandardbredshowing.co.nz. You can also contact Julie by email: Julie@thebreeders.co.nz
Horse of the Year (HOY)
Champion In-Hand Standardbred of the Year: Eagles Nest & Brad Hamilton
There is a strong contingent of Standardbreds that compete annually at Horse of the Year. This is the crème de la crème of New Zealand’s premier equestrian competition, featuring a range of horse and rider combinations from multiple disciplines.
With over 1,600 riders and 1,800 horses competing for lucrative titles and prize money, the show is a feature on all equestrian calendars.
The quality of the Standardbred ring at HOY has continued to go from strength to strength and the breed is starting to get the attention of the eventing industry.
Competing at Horse of the Year can be a huge thrill but it can also be a little confusing with all the information and qualifications that are required.
If you have any questions, please contact Julie and she will assist you further. Or visit the HOY page on the Standardbred Showing website.
For full HOY Results click here.
Harness Education & Rehoming Opportunities (HERO)
Harness Racing New Zealand is currently in the process of launching an exciting new initiative; Harness Education & Rehoming Opportunities (HERO). HERO was initially launched in July 2015 as a joint initiative of Harness Racing Victoria and the State Government via the Victorian Racing Industry Fund and Harness Racing New Zealand are proud to be joining this venture. HERO promotes life after racing options for retired Standardbreds, with an emphasis on developing positive pathways for horses exiting the competitive environment and encouraging industry participants to factor retirement into their day to day welfare programmes.
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