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The New Zealand Thoroughbred Short Film (Full Length) – 1950 Sport Documentary

The New Zealand Thoroughbred

Short Film (Full Length) – 1950 Sport Documentary

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This short film looks at New Zealand's thoroughbred scene in its post-war boom period. In 1950 New Zealand boasted the most thoroughbreds in the world by population, 200 stallions and 5000 brood mares. Some of the most famous sires of the time are featured as the film makers visit the leading studs of the day. The film begins with the outdoor birth of a foal at Alton Lodge (then owned by industrialist Sir James Fletcher and his son); and also visits Inglewood, near Christchurch: the oldest thoroughbred stud still standing a stallion in New Zealand.

Key Cast & Crew

Michael Hardwick

Editor

Bert Bridgman

Camera

Briton Chadwick

Narrator

In this good climate and on this good land, young thoroughbred’s mature naturally out in the open the whole year round. They’re even born out of doors.
– Narrator