What is HERO

  • HERO is a rehoming and re-educating programme designed to showcase the standardbred breed to the wider equine industry.
  • Initially launched by HRV in 2015 and adopted by HRNZ in 2021.
  • HERO is established in Canterbury and Southland and will be launched in the Northern region in the 21/22 season.
  • Horses are selected for HERO based on age, temperament, conformation, and soundness.
  • Horses are placed with a professional educator for approximately 8 weeks.
  • Horses will be schooled to a high level showcasing their versatility as a pleasure and competition horse.
  • Upon completion of their education the HERO horse will then be offered for sale with all proceeds returning to the HERO programme.

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Eligibility for the HERO programme

To enter the HERO programme horses must meet the following criteria:

  • 4-12 years of age
  • Sound
  • Good conformation
  • Good temperament
  • No stallions / colts


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