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16th February 2006

Equine Statues & Equine Walk of Fame
Just 2 hours south east of Auckland on the main southern highway is the small town of Cambridge with its charming rural/English atmosphere.  The Cambridge region is famous for its many equine achievemnets.  World-reknowned studs, training and bloodstock facilities are based in and around the town.

The stud farms around Cambridge have produced many successful racehorses including 12 Melbourne Cup Winners plus Olympic Three Day Event Winner “Charisma”.

Nearby is Lake Karapiro where the New Zealand Olympic Champion Skuller, Ron Waddell honed his skills.

In boxing terms; pound for pound or for size and numbers, Cambridge has to be the most successful equine breeding region in the world.

In recognizing the value of the industry to the region the district council recently commissioned a series of eighteen themed mosaics which are now placed into the new cobblestone footpaths along the main street of Cambridge.  A bronze plaque with each mosaic identifies the following horses, Zabeel, Vice Regal, Sir Tristram, Foxbridge, Might & Power, Octagonal, Sunline, Mainbrace, Tulloch, Balmerino, Empire Rose, Ethereal, Eight Carat and several others.  There is also a Melbourne Cup and Inter Dominion wall of fame.

The Melbourne Cup wall of fame includes a plaque immortalising the names of the 12 Melbourne Cup winners bred in the area.

For horse lovers a visit to Cambridge is very worthwhile.  The focal point is the recently unveiled magnificent bronze statue of a mare and foal placed outside the Cambridge Town Hall.

Stud tours can be arranged through local bloodstock expert Barry Lee.
Phone: 64.7.8275910 or email barry@barrylee.co.nz.