About

Located in the harness racing heartland of Canterbury, New Zealand, Nevele R Stud is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier standardbred breeding farms. 

Founded more than three and half decades ago, Nevele R has been home to numerous top stallions over the years, including stud stalwarts Holmes HanoverFalcon Seelster and Live Or Die.

This season we are proud to offer a stallion roster that includes some of the best credentialled North American and Australasian pacing stallions available along with a diverse line-up of quality trotting stallions.

Exciting additions to our stallion ranks in 2020 are the 2018 US 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year, Captain Crunch, and the fastest trotting stallion on Australasian soil, Marcoola.

Captain Crunch is the richest and fastest son of harness racing’s hottest and most commercial young sire at the moment, Captain Treacherous, and was the fastest ever winner of the North America Cup and the only 3-year-old pacer in history to record three sub 1:48 wins.

His maternal line is also one of North America’s best current families with his dam a half-sister to the world champion pacers Sweet Lou and Bettor Sweet, as well as the dam of Dan Patch Award winning filly Youraremycandygirl.

Marcoola is the New Zealand all-comers trotting record holder with a sublimely dominant 1:53.8 win in the 2019 Ashburton Flying Mile and is superbly bred being by the sixteen time NZ Trotting Stallion of the Year Sundon from a maternal family that boasts New Zealand’s greatest ever trotter, Lyell Creek, NZ Trotter of the Year Kahdon and three Dominion Handicap winners in the first three generations.

This coming season we’re looking forward to the arrival of four-time Group One winner Ultimate Machete’s first foals.

In 2019 we welcomed the first crop of foals by multiple Derby winner Vincent and were thrilled at the outstanding types that he typically left.

His weanlings proved incredibly popular at the 2020 New Zealand Weanling Sale and the champion son of Art Major has continued to receive terrific support from breeders, serving good books on both sides of the Tasman in his second season at stud in 2019-20.

Both Always B Miki and Creatine have got off to strong starts in the Northern Hemisphere with their first crop of two-year-olds, with both siring stakes winners as at late July and Always B Miki in particular looking like he will make a big impact as the Grand Circuit North American two-year-old races get under way in the coming months.

The 2020-21 season will see their first Southern Hemisphere stock on the track.

A Rocknroll Dance relocates to Australia where he has enjoyed considerable success in the past two seasons, siring the triple Group One winning Australian Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year No Win No Feed and the recent Queensland juvenile Group One winner Big Wheels, along with a slew of other stakes winners and the Group One place-getters Franco Ecuador and Fire And Sword in 2019-20.

Gold Ace stands his sixth season at the stud and was represented in 2019-20 by the handy 1:53.3, five-win Australian bred 3-year-old Max Power and the consistent Distinguished Taste in New Zealand from his first crop of foals.

In the past twelve months our headline trotting stallion Father Patrick has cemented his reputation as North America’s hottest young trotting stallion, with 2019 producing a barrage of highlights for the stallion – including siring the 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year and US Trotter of the Year Greenshoe – who trotted in sub 1:51 for an incredible six of his wins last year, the highest priced standardbred yearling to ever sell at auction at US$1.1 million, and leaving three out of four of the top age group money earners in North America.

Fully booked in the Southern Hemisphere for the past two seasons, he got off to a great start down-under with multiple 2-year-old winners in both New Zealand and Australia.

Andover Hall was crowned Australia’s leading sire of two-year-old trotters in the 2018/19 season with his multiple Group One winning daughter Jaxnme voted Australia’s 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year.

His Australian bred progeny continued to perform to the highest level with a staggering 39% of his Australian starters to date stakes race performers and the stallion having produced four top three Australasian Breeders Crown finishers from his first two crops.

In New Zealand Andover Hall ranked third on the three-year trotting siring premiership by both stakes won and individual winners.

Muscle Mass continued to be one of the leading trotting percentage sires worldwide in 2019-20 and his flag bearing North American son Six Pack, already the fastest three-year-old trotter in history, continued to set multiple world records and was crowned the US Older Male Trotter of the Year for 2019.

The Stud boasts first class facilities, skilled veterinarians, an experienced and knowledgeable 24-hour foal watch service and has consistently high on-farm in foal rates season after season.

The farm itself spans 500 acres of mostly irrigated pasture – allowing us to provide an ideal environment for your mare and foal during their stay.