Beyond the Barriers NZ is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to promote the versatility and suitability of retired racehorses as pleasure and sporthorses within New Zealand in a way which is beneficial for both the Thoroughbred and sporthorse industries.

Aimed at raising awareness about the successful transition of the New Zealand thoroughbred into equestrian careers and ultimately increase their re-homing opportunities, Beyond the Barriers NZ was formed in 2014 by Gina Schick and Nicky Wallace, who are both dedicated to increasing the opportunities for the New Zealand thoroughbred beyond a racing career.

"Beyond the Barriers NZ provides a forum to educate and communicate with people who may be able to provide suitable post-racing homes for thoroughbreds, as well as those in the sporthorse industry who want to become involved in the TB industry " - Gina Schick


Post racing a large percentage of Thoroughbreds are retrained in a variety of sport horse disciplines to compete around the world, earning their long-standing reputation as the ideal equine athlete.

National and International super stars including Parklane Hawk, Glengarrick, Clifton Promise, Tangalooma, Ready Teddy, Ombudsman and Dunstan Flower Power are all New Zealand Thoroughbreds.


The New Zealand thoroughbred industry is one of the most successful in the world.

International thoroughbred owners, breeders, agents and trainers are drawn to New Zealand as a source of quality racehorses to compete for the rich prize-money of Australia, Asia, and beyond; as a five star base for broodmares; and as a nursery for young horses destined for sales.


  • In 2012-13, the industry produced over 3,800 foals and exported 1,500 horses at an estimated value of $130 million.
  • Over 5,610 horses raced during the season, competing for a prize pool of approximately $47.4 million.
  • Approximately 24,000 people are direct participants in the thoroughbred industry as employees, breeders or owners.
  • Approximately 15,000 are directly employed in the thoroughbred industry.
  • The racing industry (tri-code) has a value added contribution to the GDP of $1.483 billion – the same size as the fishing industry. Thoroughbred racing is responsible for 73% of this total.


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