Keeping Up With Lorna Moore

18 June

Very few have been able to stand the test of time and achieve the success which Lorna Moore has experienced. Her breeding philosophy is simple but effective, “if I believe in a mating, send the mare at least twice to that stallion”, it is a formula that has seen her breed a magnitude of Group performers.

Growing up in Kawhia, Lorna always had an interest in horses however it was a move to Australia with husband Gary which truly ignited the fire and passion for breeding and racing thoroughbreds. When Gary became fruitfully involved through racehorse syndication Lorna decided it was her turn and eventually set about sourcing a broodmare to establish a small breeding operation, unaware it would be the start of a successful venture and ultimately become a lifelong passion.

When purchasing a Showdown mare from Stockwell Stud Lorna had immediate success producing a city winner in Australia, giving her the confidence to reinvest in a second mare, also by Showdown, named Show Games.

Looking back, it was a decision to purchase a share in Zabeel that Lorna credits much of her success to, and the mating between the great stallion and Lorna’s Show Games mare soon became a wonderful success story for the Moore’s who retained and raced the subsequent foal, known as Bazelle.

Bazelle took them on a ride most can only dream of winning the Group 1 Auckland Cup and the Group 1 Zabeel Classic, as well as campaigns which sent her to Australia including a start in the 2005 Melbourne Cup - little did Lorna know purchasing that share at an auction the outcome would see her the breeder of a horse titled New Zealand Champion Stayer.

The connection with Zabeel continued when Lizzie L'Amour won the 2017 Group 1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes, which provided Zabeel with his 46th and final Group 1 winner, putting him one clear of his sire, the famed Sir Tristram. Lizzie L’Amour went on to be victorious in the Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes along with a host of successful black-type performances.

Lorna can still be found working as hard as ever on her immaculate Matamata property named Zabeel Park, with Lizzie L’Amour now a prized member of the boutique broodmare band and Lorna’s desire to breed the next Champion could not be greater.

We caught up with Lorna during to find out a little bit more. 

What race would you travel back in time for?

First Group 1 win with Bazelle.

Race you would most like to win?  

Cox Plate. It’s the most prestigious WFA race in the world.

Best horse you have seen?  


Favourite stallion of all time?   

Zabeel. An absolute Champion.

Favourite stallion at Westbury Stud?  

Reliable Man – Class racehorse, great pedigree, outstanding type who is now leaving Group 1 winners

If you could be anyone in the racing or breeding industry for a day who would it be and why?

Chris Waller – That must be exciting but he often looks so worried!

Best piece of breeding advice you’ve received?  

Have patience & if you believe a mating try it at least twice ideally more.

Life Lesson/Life motto?  

Be hardworking, be optimistic & put thought and consideration into every decision.


Photo credit: Trish Dunell