About us
The Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Federation is an organisation that values everything that is involved in racehorse ownership.

The Federation seeks to:
  • Act as an effective independent representative body for thoroughbred racehorse owners in New Zealand.
  • Consider industry issues and provide industry input and advocacy from a racehorse owners’ perspective – via its NZTR Board Representative.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance an owner’s industry involvement (financial, social, knowledge, enjoyment, satisfaction) and actively draw these opportunities to the attention of appropriate industry participants (e.g. NZTR, clubs, trainers and jockeys).
  • Support the ongoing publication of relevant information and articles of interest to the community of thoroughbred racehorse owners.
  • Provide existing and new members with quality information and assistance.
  • Improve the attractiveness of the industry to potential new owners and assist retain the existing ownership base.
  • Facilitate consultation with regional associations and provide a central conduit through which delegates can promote owner related initiatives and submissions.

You can download a copy of the NZTROF Constitution here for a detailed overview of who we are and how we operate.


At the NZTROF AGM on Sunday 14th October 2018, Bernard Hickey was elected as the new President. 

Past President Neil Oldfield’s many years in the role were acknowledged and he was thanked for all his work. 


Neil will continue on the Board and remain the Owners’ Delegate on the NZTR Members Council.

Read more about Bernard Hickey


Board Members: Bernard Hickey (President); Jim Keyte (Secretary); Allan Fenwick (Manawatu); Tony Lyndon (Hawkes Bay); Brian O’Dea & Neil Oldfield (Wanganui/Taranaki); Neil Miller & Sally Blyth (Auckland); Fiona Hurst (Central Southland); Karen Remetis (Waikato/BOP)


Executive: Bernard Hickey (President); Jim Keyte (Secretary); Allan Fenwick; Neil Oldfield (Past President); Neil Miller & Sally Blyth (Co-opted)

: Alan Galbraith


NTROF AGM 2017, Ellerslie, Sunday 17th September 2017

Seated, Left to Right: Neil Oldfield (Chairman) – Wanganui; Jim Keyte (Secretary); Barbara Keyte – Waikato/BOP; Mike Collinson – Manuwatu; Raewyn McKenzie & Frances Crimmins – Auckland; Brian O’Dea – Wanganui/Taranaki; Neil Miller – Auckland

Standing, Left to Right: Allan Fenwick – Manuwatu; Bernard Hickey – Hawkes Bay; Sally Blyth – Auckland; Fiona Hurst – Central Southland; Jenny Cowan – Waikato/BOP

Absent: Tony Lyndon – Hawkes Bay, Mike Gething – Auckland.


If you’re a racehorse owner, there are a number of benefits you will enjoy as a member of the Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Federation.

  • We provide connectivity with the community of thoroughbred racehorse owners;
  • We provide a forum for owner-related issues to be raised, debated and communicated;
  • We act as an effective advocate for thoroughbred racehorse owners, having NZTR Board representation;
  • We publish newsletters and information of interest for thoroughbred racehorse owners;
  • Our membership cards are recognized at many racecourse venues around the country, providing complementary entry and/or privileges;

The Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Federation has advocated for, and supported, many industry initiatives for the benefit of all racehorse owners - such as free nomination and acceptances and no jockey fees for Maiden, R70 and R80 races.

It goes without saying that the relationship between owner and trainer is an important component of racehorse ownership – download Agreement to Train a Racehorse for more information.

Racehorse Owners are the backbone of the racing industry, incurring significant cost to purchase and prepare horses for racing.

It is essential that Owners are well represented by an independent body that seeks to maximize their returns - financial, social and enjoyment.

Join the Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Federation and support the voluntary organization that is working for Owners.

The annual membership fee of $60 Single or $65 Dual will be the smallest investment you make in racing - but possibly the best.