Pedigree Pointers with Gareth Downey – Breed What The Market Wants

As we have now had time to digest the results from Karaka, it is very pleasing to see that 75% of the turnover at Karaka was from progeny of stallions standing in New Zealand.  This reinforces the often-heard view that buyers come to the Karaka Sales primarily to buy NZ-bred horses.

If we look at these NZ-based stallions and rank them according to total turnover produced from their progeny, we can see that the top nine stallions produced 74% of this NZ-based turnover.  Waikato Stud is the only Stud to be standing more than one of these nine stallions – and we are in fact standing four of them!  These four stallions are Savabeel, Sacred Falls, Ocean Park and Pins.  In fact, the progeny of stallions standing at Waikato Stud contributed 38% of the entire NZ-based stallion turnover at Karaka!

We are very aware of the wonderful position this puts us in, in terms of helping all of us as breeders have access to these outstanding stallions.  We are so grateful to all of our fellow breeders who have helped us to get these stallions to New Zealand, and to then be able to afford to keep standing them here.  Of course, it is ultimately the appeal these stallions have in the marketplace that drives all of this.  We again thank very much each and every purchaser and underbidder of all the yearlings by our sires at Karaka – and we genuinely wish you all the very best of luck and success with them.

Seemingly flowing on from the success of our stallions at Karaka, there has already been a very steady stream of enquiry for bookings to our stallions for next season.  If you are interested in the possibility of breeding to one of our stallions next season, we would love to hear from you.  Please get in touch via or 021 433 073 – or please do head to our newly upgraded website and check out all the latest information on our stallions at

We are very proud of our stallion line-up that we have available for you to use in your breeding programs, and we would love to discuss the options with you – even better, come to the farm and we can show you the stallions and have a chat in person.  Please get in touch to arrange a day and time to suit – we look forward to hearing from you!

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