Commissioned Research

In addition to research funded as a result of applications made to the NZERF Board, the Foundation has supported commissioned research in areas specifically identified by the Foundation as being essential for the successful development of the New Zealand equine industry. The outcome of industry surveys conducted by the NZERF (e.g. the 2009/2010 IER survey) contributes to identifying these research requirements.  We have funded four such pieces of commissioned research but recently limited funds have meant we have not been able to afford these bigger, more expensive but very worthwhile projects.
The commissioned research projects funded between 1997 and 2004 were:

An investigation into the health and performance in thoroughbred horses training and racing in New Zealand – Dr Nigel Perkins - Massey University. This was an excellent study from which a number of research papers were published. It is hoped that further work will follow to better understand the causes of thoroughbred wastage in NZ, especially as there has been real concern about the number of horses available to race.  The initiative of the NZERF to use the Australian Racing Incident Database (ARID) system to record raceday injuries means we will begin accumulating data to study. Report available here:
An economic analysis of the equine industries in New Zealand – Professor Rukmani Gounder – Massey University. This study, supported by the Pye Foundation, proved invaluable to the NZRB’s analysis of the economic impact of the Equine Industry on NZ’s GDP. Report available here:
Prevalence of gastric ulceration in thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses in New Zealand – Drs Tony Mogg and Janene Kingston – Massey University. As part of the funding of this study, the NZERF purchased for Massey University the first gastroscope in NZ, resulting in the ability to accurately determine the incidence of ulcers in NZ horses. Report available here:
Seasonality of helminth infections in horses at pasture under NZ (Manawatu) conditions – Dr Ian Scott – Massey University. This critical work has just been completed and has increased our understanding of which species of worms we have in NZ, and how frequently animals are re-infected when grazed on the same pastures. Final report issued October, 2011 available here: