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About Us

NZPH was founded in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand in 1995 by Warwick Hansen; an accomplished Grand Prix show jumper who decided New Zealand needed better bred horses to accompany the pool of talented riders. Hansen partnered up with David Kirk, a well-known New Zealander who captained the All Blacks to victory in the 1987 Rugby World Cup and is now also chairman of many established companies, including Kathmandu. Together, they turned their dream into a reality.

 The breeding and early producing of horses occurs on Haupouri Station; owned by the Hansen family, in Ocean Beach on the east coast of New Zealand. The property runs over 2,200 acres of picturesque farmland alongside five kilometres of white sandy beach that the horse are regularly trained on.

NZPH began with the purchase of 12 well-performed thoroughbred and local warmblood - cross mares and the signing of an agreement with Group France Elevage for the importation of frozen semen from the very best European sport horse stallions. In 2001, we accelerated our programme by importing five Selle Francais fillies, from here, and over the past 20 years we have built a top class broodmare herd including some of the best breeding lines in the world.

Insemination, foaling and the raising of our young horses all happens of Haupouri Station. Today, we aim to breed from 25 mares a year. Asides from basic handling, the young horses grow up untroubled on the hills in coastal Hawkes Bay in paddocks of up to 100 acres. We believe that this allows their bones and joints to grow strong, and they learn agility and develop quickness in mind and body in an environment far different from the small flat fields and boxes of the Northern Hemisphere.

We aim to break in our horses when they are rising 3 year olds, they learn the basics and then return to the hills for a spell. They return to training to increase their education as a rising 4 year old and then finally as a rising 5 year old they come in to begin their competitive career.

Each year we aim to improve our broodmare herd by selecting new younger mares with the right pedigree, talent and conformation who replace the less pedigreed mare. This way, our herd is kept fresh and up to date with the European market.