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Almost half the people working in New Zealand's equine industry live in the Waikato, with many based in and around Cambridge.

The Waikato has more than 600 workers in the industry, working at local studs, for local trainers or for support businesses such as veterinary practices.

mare-and-foal cambridge-isiteDriving the industry are sales of New Zealand thoroughbred horses which generated more than $150 million from the export sales of more than 600 animals in 2011, which represents a 50% increase over the previous decade. Most of that income is generated within the Waikato region.

Cambridge and its surrounding rural area is often called the Equine Capital of New Zealand - and not without good reason.

Many thoroughbred (gallops) and standardbred (harness racing) trainers are based in the district. The town has produced Olympic champions such as eventer Sir Mark Todd, and his most famous horse, Charisma.

As well as those involved in the professional side, Cambridge also provides facilities for horse lovers whose interests are as varied as playing polo, trekking or simply enjoying time with a pony or two.

Cambridge.co.nz website has a full section on all aspects of the Equine Industry. Please visit our Equine section for more information.

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