About Us

Waikato Stud is a world renowned Thoroughbred nursery dedicated to the breeding, rearing and development of elite racehorses.

The stud was originally purchased by American, Nelson Bunker Hunt in 1967 and encompassed 465 acres of idyllic Waikato pasture. Its modern day reputation as a birthplace of champions, began in 1993 following its purchase by Garry and Mary Chittick.

Currently owned and operated by son Mark Chittick, the Matamata-based nursery has grown to 1700 acres and has forged an undisputed record as New Zealand’s number one producer of international G1 winners.

Recognised as Australasia’s leading Gr.1 breeder of the last decade, Waikato Stud realised a record of six individual top-flight winners of nine Gr.1 events in 2008-09. This elite team was made up of Vision And Power (Doncaster Handicap, George Ryder Stakes), Metal Bender (Rosehill, Randwick Guineas), Alamosa (Toorak Handicap), Swick (VRC Classic), Markus Maximus (WA Derby) and Daffodil (AJC Oaks, NZ 1000 Guineas).

Waikato Stud averages 12 stakes winners per season and has bred 31 individual Gr.1 winners of 65 Gr.1 races.

Waikato Stud’s 31 Gr.1 horses bred comprise: Alamosa, Alf, Arenti, Costume, Courtza, Critic, Daffodil, Derobe, Diademe, Glamour Puss, Great Command, Guyno, I Do, Imposera, Kapchat, Kinjite, Lachlan River, Legs, Marju Snip, Markus Maximus, Metal Bender, O’Reilly, Our Pompeii, River Rough, Sacred Falls, Scarlett Lady, Slight Chance, Starcraft, Swick, Taupo Retreat and Vision And Power.

The stud created history in 2005-06 when it became the first New Zealand breeder to produce a Gr.1 winner in Europe; a period in which they also bred five individual Gr.1 winners in five different countries. Of these, star ambassador Starcraft triumphed in two Gr.1 races in Europe, earning him the World Champion Older Turf Miler title and a third consecutive title as New Zealand Broodmare of the Year for his dam, Flying Floozie.

Waikato Stud has been awarded the Leading Vendor at Karaka in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.
Stud patriarch Garry Chittick was inducted into the NZ Hall of Fame in 2016, and his services to the industry were further acknowledged through his receipt of the Racing Excellence and Outstanding Contribution Award in 2006.

Gr.1 Stallions to have stood at Waikato Stud since its establishment 50 years ago comprise: Pretendre, Decies, My Friend Paul, Brigand, Magnesia, Barcas, Diagramatic, Ace of Aces, Zephyr Bay, Pompeii Court, Dahar, Masterclass, Defensive Play, Centaine, Danasinga, O’Reilly, Pins, No Excuse Needed, Savabeel, Fast n Famous and Rios.

Of this 21 G1 producing Waikato Stud Stallions, eight have been awarded champion sire status. These stallions include: Decies, Pompeii Court, Dahar, Centaine, O’Reilly, Pins, Savabeel and No Excuse Needed.

The stud's exciting 2017 Roster of Stallions comprises Savabeel, Sacred Falls, Ocean Park, Pins, Tivaci, Rock ‘n’ Pop and Rios.

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