THE RECENT running of the New Zealand Free For All came up with an interesting sideline once everything was done and dusted.
Since being given a standardbred broodmare as a teen I have been involved in most aspects of this great industry of ours - Harness Racing.
For over twenty years we have been lucky to earn a living from Harness Racing - An industry and sport that you just can't get out of your blood, not only because of what it is but also for the many terrific lifetime friends you make and the people you meet.
We have had "hands on” involvement as in the early years of this millennium Margaret and I purchased a property in the strong Mid Canterbury harness racing area of New Zealand where we established the agistment and semen base known as Tinwald Acres.
Later sold as a going concern, Tinwald Acres was held in high regard by many a New Zealand and Australian breeder where they could have their valuable mare and progeny looked after in a most professional manner.
A number of those clients who supported us while establishing and operating Tinwald Acres are still clients today in some way.
Many of you may remember us from the NZ based website standardbredsonline.com which early in 2008 we "dreamt" up the idea of selling harness racing stock via a monthly “live” online auction situation. After sizeable time of planning and marketing standardbredsonline.com was born and launched in September 08.
After 11 months of operation and over 190 horses sold from Perth to Queensland - From Whangarei to Invercargill and everywhere in between, an outside approach was made to buy the site as a going concern and in October of 2009 we suddenly were no longer the owners of that very successful concept.
That “Brainwave” saw many years later other ‘On Line” selling platforms like Gavelhouse and now used by such large auctioneering companies as Magic Millions Ltd, William Inglis and Sons, New Zealand Bloodstock, Australia Pacing Gold, Nutrein Equine etc as their latest selling tool - I guess we were well before our time on that one !!
At all times over the last twenty years we have been heavily involved acting as a broker in the selling of horses privately.
Mostly "going" New Zealand racehorses into Australia. We also have organised the sales of a number of commercial broodmares over those years plus the odd stallion.
This only started by word of mouth as our name was referred on.
WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT IT IS OUR INTEGRITY, HONESTY AND THE SERVICE WE PROVIDE THAT IS THE MAIN REASON THAT BUYERS COME BACK AND / OR REFER OUR NAME ON.
We have many clients whom we consider our trusted friend but have never shaken their hand.
Unlike most Bloodstock Agents / Brokers we reinvest in the industry.
For a number of years we have been proud race sponsors at both Bathurst Harness Racing Club and the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club along with building up our own commercial breeding and racing interests.
At present we have “in foal” mares at a leading Christchurch based stud along with a leading New South Wales semen base and a leading Queensland stud.
Over the years through our annual Punters Corner Charity Punting Competition we have donated many hundreds of dollars to some most deserved organisations.
To date these include NZ Trotting Of Fame, Mid Canterbury Riding For The Disabled, South Canterbury and Districts St Johns Ambulance, Auckland Hospital Starship Foundation, Queensland Mini Trotting, Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue, Burrumbuttock Hay Runner, Queensland Junior Harness Racing Association and the Team Teal Ovarian Cancer Campaign.
We trust www.standardbredsallinone.com not only gives our business further credibility but also an extra tool to help us to sell on behalf your horse or for you to buy your next winner through us in a "no fuss - no stress" professional manner.
We also hope www.standardbredsallinone.com gives all harness racing participants a "must see" site to check what is available, what is happening in the Australasian market place and also in the breeding world.
Enjoy our site and as always many thanks for your valuable time.
Stuart and Margaret Valentine