We caught up with Nigel Auret, who in conjuction with his wife Adaire, bred the Per Incanto x Petite en Jeu colt who was sold at this week's NZB Karaka Yearling Sale for 400k. They also operate Letham Stud in Wanganui.
How many mares do you breed from:
We have cut down a lot recently and have a bout 10. Rohaise is a family favourite who will be around for a long time.
What else do you have in your bloodstock portfolio (youngstock, racehorses etc)
We have all their yearlings, 2yos, 3yos and a few racehorses.
Do you make your own mating decisions or seek advice from others – if others who?
Adaire, my wife, and I usually discuss things and do it; and we also chat to our sons Fraser and Hamish.
Do you have a favourite cross?
Not really, we do take note of some crosses but don’t tend to make them a priority
Proven stallion or new season sire?
Best breeding advice you have received?
Decide what to do, do it, and then stick to your guns.
Who do you admire in the thoroughbred breeding industry?
Anyone who gives it their all and sticks with it, but naming one person it would have to be Sir Patrick Hogan.
If you could own any broodmare (past or present), who would it be?
What advice would you give to someone entering the industry as a breeder?
Get the best advice you possibly can but don’t give up
Proudest moment as a breeder?
Racing our two Group 1 winners – Pompeii Pearl and Saint Cecile
Finish this sentence: The best part of being a thoroughbred breeder is…
Mating our own mares, nurturing the foals they have to become successful racehorses. We are in it for the love of horses at the end of the day.