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If you have an affinity with horses and are committed to the high level of care needed to nurture quality horses, you'll find a career here.

Breeding - Level 3

Targeting more recent graduates to the industry, this programme will provide the skills and knowledge to assist with all aspects of breeding, mating, and the early education of young horses providing a solid foundation for your career.   The course includes;

Assisting practically with:

  • Teasing
  • Foaling
  • Handling, routine health and nutrition of weanlings and yearlings
  • Routine care of paddocked horses

Knowledge with:

  • Reproductive physiology and cycling
  • Equine conformation
  • Pasture management
  • Prevention, identification, and treatment of ailments
  • Communicating and working in a team and legislative obligations in equine workplace

Duration: 13 months

 NZQA New Zealand Certificate in Equine Breeding (Stud Groom) Level 3

Breeding – Level 4 Apprenticeship

Formalise your workplace learning and gain an accredited Level 4 NZ qualification by completing this Breeding apprenticeship. 

Implement and monitor:

  • Stud farm breeding programme and teasing
  • Foaling, post foaling activities, foal development
  • Foal development
  • Educating weanlings to yearlings and managing health and nutrition
  • Yearling preparation programme through to sales
  • Assessing and evaluating conformation and action
  • Pasture and feed management
  • Preventative health programme
  • Health and safety plan for a workplace

Knowledge of:

  • Equine physiology and psychology
  • Fostering orphan foals
  • Managing conformation faults
  • Evolution of the thoroughbred
  • Evaluating potential and practical aspects of genetics
  • Evaluating pasture production methods

Duration:  21 months

Qualification: NZQA Level 4


Further your education in a learning environment!

Benefits of industry training

Students who successfully complete these courses have a number of competitive advantages in terms of a rewarding career in the thoroughbred industry, including:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Equine Breeding (level 3 and/or 4)
  • Eligibility to apply industry sponsored scholarships to the Irish National Stud
  • Increased employment opportunities both nationally and worldwide
  • Complimentary membership to the NZTBA whilst studying, including the Stallion Register


  • Employed in the NZ industry
  • Age at least 16 years, with no upper limit
  • Good health, sound character and motivation to succeed
    within the industry

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From Bloodstock Agent to Yearling Groom, there are many career opportunities within the vibrant New Zealand thoroughbred breeding industry.

If you are willing to work hard and have a passion for horses the thoroughbred industry can be a rewarding career path and many have travelled the world doing a job they love.


The Trades Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) was set up by the government as a response to Covid-19 and the impacts of Covid-19 to New Zealand’s employers and workforce in 2020. TTAF covers training costs, with approved TTAF programmes, that occur between 1st July 2020 to 31 December 2022 as set out by the government and Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) who look after the administration and auditing of TTAF with industry training organisations (ITOs).

This means that in TTAF approved programmes where training overlaps into 2023 some of the cost will have to be met by the learner or employer.

To help we have a table below with some examples on. A learner that is in a programme of training that spans into 2023 will have the proportional costs covered under TTAF until 31 December 2022.

The determined finish date for learners is taken from the programme duration set at the time the qualification is developed and calculated out based on enrolment date with an ITO. As you can see learners overlapping will have some training costs that cannot be claimed back; with learner 1 it is one month and learner 3 is 3 months in the example table.

NZEET will be able to advise on what can be claimed or you can touch base with Primary ITO. There are a couple of bits of paper work to be signed and submitted with your claim to Primary ITO and can be found here

A quick checklist requires you to submit:

  • Invoice to Primary ITO (to claim back fee)
  • Bank slip for payment details (Primary ITO to you)
  • Proof of payment to NZTR
  • Declaration (signed)

Racing Jobs (NZ) explores different career options and advertises current vacancies in the industry.

We offer breeding courses which cater for those starting out in the industry to those wanting to further themselves on a management level.

From stable assistant to jockey, the Primary ITO covers all facets of the racing industry in their courses offered in New Zealand.


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