Beyond The Barriers

Thoroughbreds are incredibly versatile and New Zealand Bloodstock is proud to support Beyond the Barriers, a non-profit organisation who promote the versatility and suitability of retired racehorses as pleasure and sporthorses in New Zealand.

2019 NZB Working Hunter winner Gothenburg (NZ)

Beyond the Barriers run clinics, events and support a number of thoroughbred-specific prizes at events throughout the country. Their main event being the Dunstan Ex-Factor annual competition showcasing thoroughbreds who have had only 12 months sporthorse schooling since retiring from their intended career on the racetrack.

Selected thoroughbreds compete in three of the seven available classes and points accumulated across these classes determine the overall winner of Dunstan Ex-Factor. The classes provide riders with an opportunity to show a range of skills including jumping, dressage and freestyle which makes for great viewing for spectators.

2018 NZB Dressage Class winner Omaha (NZ)

Each Thoroughbred competing is profiled in a dedicated programme which provides information about their breeding and race history. A wide range of Thoroughbreds are represented in the competition with previous competitors including mares and geldings, unraced horses through to steeplechasers, Group 1 winners and even horses who are still racing, 4-year-olds through to 12-year-olds and horses that have been produced by professional riders through to teenagers with their first off the track thoroughbred.

Previous winners of the Dunstan Cup

2019: Miranda Horton and Cuzzie Charlie (8yo gelding by Thewayyouare out of Caernarfon)

2018: Dannie Lodder and Omaha (5yo gelding by Cape Blanco out of Last Celestina)

2017: Dannie Lodder and Moneyshot (6yo gelding by Perfectly Ready out of Penny Arcade)

2016: Donna Edwards-Smith and DSE Sunset Pass (8yo gelding by Yamanin Vital out of Janet's Choice)

2015: Samantha Felton and Ricker Ridge Mystery Man (5yo gelding by Sakhee's Secret out of Mystery Creek)


2017 NZB Showhunter Performance winner Bon Voyage (NZ)

NZB-Sponsored Class Winners

2019: NZB Working Hunter won by Gothenburg (NZ) (Rios x Rongonui) & Kate Woods

2018: NZB Dressage Class won by Omaha (NZ) (Cape Blanco) & Dannie Lodder

2017: NZB Showhunter Performance Class won by Bon Voyage (NZ) (Perfectly Ready)


The 2020 event takes place at Equifest from 27 - 29 November at Taupo's National Equestrian Centre. Find out more here