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New Zealand Equine Industry Education & Training

There are many education, training and career development options in the New Zealand equine industry. The purpose of this page is to provide:

    • contact details for further information about training options
    • an overview of how New Zealand equine training has developed since 1980
    • a summary of the NZTBA’s involvement in the field, specifically with
      the New Zealand Equine Training Scheme (supported by NZTBA Waikato)
    • details of the three NZTBA Scholarships (offered and funded by NZTBA Wellington and Auckland, and Trelawney Stud – see the Scholarships page).

    • Continuing education oportunities, including NZTBA seminars &
      the Bomac Lecture Series, for other industry participants


New Zealand Equine Industry
Training Organisation


New Zealand Equine Training Scheme
Sally Waters
Course Tutor
Ph: (07) 823 1595
Mob: 0274 942 850
Email: sallywaters@xtra.co.nz


NZTBA Scholarships & Seminars
Nicola Griffiths

Administration Manager
Ph: (07) 827 7727

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing
Guide to NZ Industry Education & Training options


New Zealand Equine Academy 
Sally Waters
NZ Equine Education Trust
PO Box 38 386
Ph: (07) 823 1595
Mob: 0274 942 850
Web: NZ Equine Academy 

Bomac Lecture Series
NZ Equine Research Foundation
c/- Bev Stern
Manawatu Racing Club
Ph:  (06) 356 4940
Fax: (06) 354 2885
Web: www.nzerf.co.nz/bomac.html 

Overview & History

The first formal New Zealand equine training programme was the Apprentice Jockey School established in Hastings in 1939. It's now the New Zealand Equine Academy and is based in Cambridge. Remarkably, it then took more than forty years until the New Zealand Equine Cadet Scheme, for stud grooms, harness drivers, farriers and stable-hands, was established in 1980, under the leadership of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.

The Scheme’s first field officer was Mary-Lynne Ryan who supervised up to 83 cadets at any one time, and whose work with them and with employers was outstanding. She was assisted by Jeanette Broome, one of New Zealand’s most respected private breeders. The contribution of these two remarkable women was critical to the successful development of the Scheme.

In 1985 the first oral and practical examinations to assess the skills and knowledge of stud grooms were held at Windsor Park Stud.

In 1987 the name of the scheme was changed to New Zealand Equine Training Scheme and programmes for racecourse managers and apprentice jockeys were added. 

In 2000 racing stable management was offered to trainees holding positions of responsibility on studs and in racing stables.

In July 1992 government passed the Industry Training Act which formally established a framework for industry to take control of the development, implementation and administration of industry training programmes. The National Equine Training Committee was granted Industry Training Organisation (ITO) status in June 1993. 

The growth of the Equine Training Scheme was paralleled by the involvement of the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Waikato Polytechnic and Flock House in equine education. Over the years, alternative learning programmes have emerged at community level, in secondary schools, other polytechnics, private training establishments, and more recently e-learning and Massey University. Marcus Oldham College in Australia also attracts New Zealand students.

Thoroughbred breeding education & the NZTBA scholarships


Although the Equine Training Scheme is now part of the broader field of industry training for which the Equine ITO is responsible, the Scheme’s thoroughbred breeding course continues to be supervised and strongly supported by the NZTBA Waikato branch. Course content includes: equine care, equine health, husbandry, equine industry, equine training, farriery, thoroughbred racing, self-management, social and cooperative skills, OSH, communications, agricultural vehicles and machinery.

In 1991 the NZTBA Wellington branch recognised the need to offer promising young people opportunities to study and work abroad by establishing two Overseas Training Scholarships, to the National Stud Diploma courses at the English & Irish National Studs. Since 2006 the Taylor family of Trelawney Stud have sponsored one of these Overseas Training Scholarships which is known as the Keith Taylor Equine Scholarship. The last scholarship sponsored by the NZTBA Wellington branch was in 2007 and the Taylor family continue to sponsor one scholarship each year.

In 2002 the NZTBA Auckland branch established the International Management Scholarship, for people likely to benefit from higher-level experience in all aspects of stud management. The Scholarship is funded by the Sunline Trust, set up by NZTBA Auckland with proceeds from a dinner celebrating the champion Sunline in 2002. The success of NZTBA scholarship students while overseas, and upon their return to New Zealand has been notable. 

Continuing education opportunities

These include:

    • NZTBA-organised seminars  & forums organised at venues throughout the country, usually during the winter period, for NZTBA members and others.  Topics range from the care, feeding and management of broodmares and foals to equine genetics and backgrounders on industry issues & initiatives.

    • Bomac Lecture Series - organised by the NZ Equine Research Foundation and sponsored by Bomac, these usually feature three or four speakers on recent equine research. The Series is usually scheduled during the April-August period.

    • The NZ Equine Research Foundation also initiates, sponsors and publishes research in many equine topics. Its publications are widely distributed throughout the New Zealand equine industry. The Foundation's trustees include NZTBA chief executive Michael Martin.

    Details about each year's NZTBA seminars and Bomac Lecture Series are posted in the News section of the NZTBA wesbite.




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