CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:  New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Board Directors

Applicants are sought for three positions of directors of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Incorporated. New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing is responsible under the Racing Industry Act 2020 for governing, administering, promoting and advancing the sport of thoroughbred racing in New Zealand.
Applicants will bring proven corporate governance experience and understanding of governance policies and processes, strategic insight, and guidance of change.
Additional skills and attributes sought from the combination of successful candidates include:
  • experience in transforming organisations in times of change;
  • experience in driving culture change;
  • financial management;
  • creativity and critical thinking;
  • experience in data-rich and IT-intensive business;
  • experience in promotion-dependent business; and
  • governance of property matters.
A position description is attached here.
Applications should be submitted in writing to NZTR’s Secretary, James Dunne, at [email protected], and must reach NZTR by 5 pm on 17 October 2020.


Senior Handicapper and Race Planner

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has an exciting opportunity within their Racing Operations department for someone who is passionate about the thoroughbred industry.

NZTR is seeking a Senior Handicapper for an immediate start into a fast paced and varied environment.

The core responsibilities of the role are:
  • Assign weights and ballot orders to horses in a race.
  • Review, analyse and assess race performances with a view to allocate handicap ratings.
  • Communicate with trainers, owners and other external stakeholders.
  • Deliver in-depth statistical analysis of races to assist various committees in their deliberations.
  • Develop policies and procedures.
    Co-ordinate and provide service to the pattern process, both domestically and internationally.
  • Work with overseas handicappers on International ratings.
Reporting to the General Manager of Racing and Infrastructure you will be involved in all facets of Racing Operations. You will be required to work some weekends and public holidays and must be prepared to be called upon on any given day.
A copy of the position description can be found here.

You are passionate about the horse racing industry and have extensive experience in form analysis. Prior handicapping experience is an advantage. You must be reliable, honest and have extremely high integrity. You should have a high level of competency with Microsoft suite, particularly excel.

If this sounds like you, send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] to be received no later than 5pm Friday 9 October.

Drivers Required - Class 2 or 4 

Full Time - Christchurch, Palmerston North & Waikato based drivers required

Majestic Horse Floats has been established since 1938 and is New Zealand’s leading provider of transport to the equine industry. To ensure our national market leading presence we are developing the size and scope of our driving teams around the country.

Ideally you come from within our industry and have a flexible can-do attitude as no two days are the same and we operate 7 days per week. Your geographical knowledge and customer leading focus set you apart from others you work with.
We have a fleet of 33 trucks around the country and there is interisland and overnight travel expected. You will be expected to work 6 of every 7 days, with 1 weekend off per calendar month.

This is a salary remunerated position.


We deal with a variety of horses some of which may be young or haven’t been handled much, you must have the skills and patience necessary to load these horses safely.

To express interest, please either phone or forward your CV to:
Ward Austin, CEO, Majestic Horse Floats
email: [email protected]
mobile: 027 540 9259

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa and a class 2 or 4 license.


Senior Management Role

For decades Westbury Stud has been known as one of NZ’s leading Thoroughbred operations.  Our commitment to rearing the best racehorses is first and foremost at Westbury Stud, aptly summed up by our company philosophy of Passion, Dedication, Reward.  

Westbury Karaka is currently looking for an experienced and proven ‘horseperson’ to join our senior operational team.  Offering the successful applicant, the opportunity to join a progressive and motivated team at a world class property. The successful applicant will report directly to the Stud Manager and be able to ‘step up’ and lead the operation (or department) when required.

Candidates must be proficient, confident horse handlers, and possess a high standard of organisational and planning skills.  A sound knowledge and experience in the day to day handling and managing of stallions, broodmares, foals, weanlings and/or yearling preparation is essential.

The successful applicant will have a passion for providing the utmost care, education and preparation of our stock with knowledge across all facets of the Stud.   Your enthusiasm and attention to detail with a strong work ethic will see you lead, motivate and inspire our team.  Previous experience in a senior stud position is required.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we are only able to accept applications from people who hold the rights to work in NZ (work visa, resident or citizens) and are currently in New Zealand.

Those interested in applying should send a two (2) page CV with a cover letter outlining their relevant experience to [email protected] 

Nutrition/Feedroom Coordinator

Westbury Stud is currently seeking interest in positions at both our Karaka and Matamata farms in the role of Nutrition/Feedroom Coordinator. The feeding of horses is a critical aspect of our business and the roles require people with dedication and accuracy in this area.

The people we are looking for should possess an interest and background in horses - but this may not relate specifically to stud work - while the successful applicants would receive full training on the requirements of the role.

Anyone interested in applying for these roles should possess,  

  • Good communication skills, being able to relate effectively to managers, staff, feed suppliers and stockists
  • Meticulous detail in areas of feed quantities, preparation of feeds, ordering stock etc
  • Good mathematical skills, as calculating and measuring accurately is imperative
  • Physically fit and strong, as the role requires an active person with heavy lifting involved
  • Efficiency in the recording of feed purchasing, packing slips, and associated documentation
  • The ability to ensure a clean, tidy, and well organised environment at all times
  • Excellent time management in the preparation of feeds daily
  • Be able to work alternate weekends (not full days), and public holidays as per a roster
  • A forklift licence is an advantage, or be willing to train to obtain a licence

Please note: All necessary PPE will be provided, but people with allergies may find the environment unsuitable due to dust and feed ingredients associated with some components.

Should you have experience in the equine world, in particular in the racing or stud industry, the potential exists for you to be involved in a motivated team focused on breeding superior racehorses. 

Those interested in applying should send a two (2) page CV with a cover letter outlining their relevant experience to [email protected]

Curator/Track & Facilities Manager (for the full job description click here)

Position Purpose: The Counties Racing Club is an established Thoroughbred Racing and Training venue based at Pukekohe Park. The current 2019/2020 Season is a milestone for the Club as it celebrates its Centennial in May 2020 The Curator/Track and Facilities Manager is responsible for leading the team that provides the maintenance and management of the Clubs four turf tracks, sand track, plough track and other horse training related infrastructure as well as the grounds and Park surrounds and all the Parks facilities (excluding the motor racing circuit). The Track and Facilities Manager will be involved in liaison with various departments from NZTR, in particular the Racing Integrity Unit and other related parties to ensure the Club is best placed to continually attract the patronage, be that with Trainers or NZTR, that allows the Club to meet its Strategic Plan.

Some of the key areas include:

  • Leading the team that provide high-quality range of services, including tracks for racing and training activities
  • Maintaining all tracks to the standard as set out by in the NZTR guidelines
  • Provide customer focused safe surfaces for Trainers at Pukekohe Park
  • Directing the team to conduct the Clubs race meetings
  • Liaising with contractors and/or suppliers in relation to tracks maintenance
  • Work in collaboration with the Clubs other Managers; Administration, Marketing and Sponsorship, Events & Motor circuit          

If you are interested in this position, please contact Greg Mitchell [email protected]


Baker/Forsman Racing Stables - Cambridge Foreperson

A vacancy exists for a Foreperson in the leading racing stable in NZ, situated in Cambridge.  It would suit a person with knowledge of the horse industry.  The applicant would need great organisational skill and experience in supervising staff.

The salary would reflect the importance of the position.

If you want a glimpse into working for the Baker / Forsman Racing Stable, see LOVERACING.NZ's video with their Strappers Aleisha Legg and Emilia Putkinen here.

Contact: To apply or for more information contact [email protected], or Andrew Forsman 027 553 3773 or Murray Baker 027 446 3381

Baker/Forsman Racing Stables - Cambridge Stablehand

A vacancy exists for Stablehand personnel.  It is a full-time position with 5.5 days working per week.  It would suit a person with knowledge of the horse industry and could lead to further roles and a career in the horse industry.

The salary would reflect the importance of the position.

Contact: To apply or for more information contact [email protected], or Andrew Forsman 027 553 3773
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