New Zealand's finest thoroughbred nursery
Cambridge Stud has long been New Zealand’s finest thoroughbred nursery.
Owned by Sir Patrick and Justine, Lady Hogan, Cambridge Stud has been responsible for standing the greatest stallions to have ever stood in New Zealand, Sir Tristram and Zabeel.
Add to that the fact that Cambridge Stud has been New Zealand’s leading vendor at the National Yearling Sales for the past 31 years-straight, it’s easy to justify the claim of this famous nursery being the very best in NZ and recognised internationally for its excellence as well.
Cambridge Stud was established in 1975 and during the nearly four decades since has been progressively developed into the showpiece property you see today, spreading over 1000 acres of the finest horse country New Zealand has to offer.
Sir Tristram arrived at Cambridge Stud in 1976; it was the beginning of a stud career which at one time saw him as the world’s leading sire for individual Group One winners. When the curtain came down on his long and illustrious career, Sir Tristram left a record of 45 individual Group One winners. He won the Australian Stallion Premiership on 6 occasions; won ‘The Dewar Award’ (NZ & Australian combined earnings for a NZ-based stallion) 9 times; was Champion Australian Broodmare Sire 6 times and Champion NZ Broodmare Sire 3 times.
One of Sir Tristram’s 45 Group One winners was his son from Lady Giselle, Zabeel. As fate would have it, Zabeel followed on in Sir Tristram’s footsteps as a world-class sire and to this day remains Australasia’s greatest active stallion. Zabeel has sired 41 Group One winners (to date); has been Australia’s Champion Sire twice; has won 14 Dewar Awards as well as four New Zealand Stallion Premierships. In the current season Zabeel is the leading Broodmare Sire in both Australia and New Zealand.
Sir Patrick Hogan gained his knighthood in 1999. Eight years earlier he was awarded the Companion of the order of the British Empire. He was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2005 and the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.
Sir Patrick and Justine, Lady Hogan have been voted New Zealand Breeder of the Year on four occasions and in 2004 were voted New Zealand Owners of the Year.
The Cambridge Stud-owned mares Eight Carat and Taiona have won five Broodmare of the Year titles between them. Eight Carat won the titled three years straight; 1995, 1996 & 1997 while Taiona won it in 1981 & 1983.
Other special achievements amongst the long list of honours for Cambridge Stud include the US Thoroughbred Times naming Cambridge Stud as the world’s leading stud in 2005 for percentage of stakes winners to runners for stallions standing at stud. In 2008, Sir Tristram was inducted in the NZ Racing Hall of Fame.