LAST WEEK we spoke of the terrible horse float accident in Tasmania when four horses from the Ben Yole stable lost their life and the five occupants of the towing vehicle suffered various degrees of injuries – Some serious.
I am one of the biggest sellers of race horses in NZ and have had nothing but good experiences with Stu. With his honesty he makes sales an easy process for both parties. I also use Stu and Marg for all our insurance covers I need organised along with flights when required for my horses.
Mark Jones - Overport Lodge - Christchurch
It’s our experience from mares and foals, to race horses and stallions, Stuart and Marg excel in providing the best service at competitive rates.
Anne Anderson - Lauriston Bloodstock - Victoria
We have dealt with Stu and Marg buying horses along with having flights and insurance organised for the past five years.
We highly recommend them to anyone we talk too.
We trust them with all our clients and for the best interests of Lucky Lodge.
Lucky Lodge loves buying horses through Stu and Marg’s Bloodsock business and will keep doing so.
Robert and KerryAnn Morris - Lucky Lodge - Menangle - NSW
“I couldn’t recommend Stu and Marg highly enough.
I’ve built up a good relationship over the years and they go above and beyond to make things as easy and as smooth as possible and have always looked after me.
The stable has purchased plenty of horses through them and wouldn’t think of using anyone else.
I wouldn’t be alone in saying they have a great reputation and have all of their clients trust.”
Brad Hewitt - Goulburn - NSW
"I have been fortunate enough to have had many horse sale and purchase dealings within the harness racing industry through the services of Stuart Valentine.
The transactions throughout each of the dealings were run very smoothly and professionally and most of all, with integrity.
A big winner for myself personally was the constant updated communication.
I can highly recommend the use of Stuart Valentine's services."
Yours - Cran Dalgety - Director - Kentuckiana Lodge Ltd
"I have known Stuart and Marg for almost 20 years.
During this time I have bought countless broodmares and racehorses through them.
Without exception, the service from start to finish and including everything from purchase to insurance to transport has been first class.
They are are people of extreme integrity and I would highly recommend their services to anybody looking to purchase a standardbred."
Yours - Harvey Kaplan - Director - Harshell Investments Pty Ltd / Jordash Breeding Trust.
“Yorkshire Park has for sometime been dealing with Stuart and Marg Valentine in our efforts to find suitable broodmares for our standardbred business in Australia.
We have certainly been pleased with the support in the subsequent purchase, insurance arrangements and transport of the required breeding stock of our business.
The level of communication and ongoing support during and after the purchase has been first class."
Yours - Dennis & Brenda Bice - Yorkshire Park - Victoria
“We have a strict policy in only dealing with the best. That includes our broodmares, racehorses, trainers and drivers to simply cut down the percentages of getting beat.
This policy extends to New Zealand. Stuart prides himself in getting all our requirements completed in a no fuss, honest, professional manner.
These include, sourcing great value race horses for sale, top value broodmares, yearlings, agisting, breaking in and insurance.
One year we spent over $300,000 in yearlings at the Christchurch sales. Now that's a lot of horseflesh to trust someone to look after.
Year in year out Stuart and Margaret have provided that trust.
We had complete confidence that on our return to Australia our juveniles would be handled and looked after by the best in NZ.
We simply don't use anyone else.”
Yours - Mark Congerton - Lancaster Park Pacing Complex - Perth - West Australia
"We have brought to date a large number of horses through Stuart and Marg.
The information on them has been very correct.
They are always happy to help with price (Landed in Australia etc) and attain any information off trainer we need.
A pleasure to deal through."
Yours - Amanda Turnbull - Bathurst - NSW
"In the years I have been involved in purchasing standardbreds from New Zealand, the last three or four have been arranged by Stuart Valentine.
These transactions were extremely smooth, without any need for me to get involved at all.
Stuart's professionalism and genuine concern for the welfare of the horse has continued after the sale and I would not hesitate to recommend his business to anyone wanting to source a "going" racehorse from New Zealand."
Yours - Doug Manger - Booval - Queensland
“I'm more than happy to supply a testimonial for Stuart and Marg in how professionally they run their business as I have had sold and bought through them for a number of years.
If I remember correctly it would have been way back in 2003 when they sold the first horse for myself in the broodmare Foxy Mama and still do so today, including the sale on my behalf of Passionate Fella to Queensland.
In between Stuart has purchased a couple of bargains on my behalf, including the mare Cantina who at the time had 34 starts for just 1 win.
She went on to win another 3 races in just 10 starts and time trialed for us in 1.54.1 (a NZ record at the time) before being retired to stud where she is now one of my most valuable broodmares.
Another was the racehorse Western River purchased for just $500 out of a Mixed Sale by Stuart.
Horse qualified for us 2 or 3 months later at first ask and had 2 starts for a win and a 2nd and was then sold for many times its original price.
At all times in either selling or buying we have found that they have got things done quickly and most ethically and have no hesitation in recommending Stuart and Marg if you are looking to buy or sell.”
Yours - Rodney Dickson - Bon Accord
“I've had dealings through buying, insuring and transporting horses through Stuart and Marg for many years now.
I have found their service's to be impeccable.
If there's something specific you are looking for, whether it be a racehorse or broodmare give Stuart or Marg a call and they will do their best to search out your requirements.”
Yours - Dallas Harvey - Young - NSW
“I have had the pleasure to know Stuart and Marg Valentine for too many years that I care to remember.
During this period of time, I have had business dealings with them selling racehorses, broodmares and buying horse insurance.
I have always found Stuart and Marg pleasant, trustworthy and dedicated to their business.
Their integrity is beyond reproach.
Their service standards are second to none. I have no hesitation in recommending their services to any potential clients.”
Yours - Ron Burrell - Highland Park - Queensland
“Over the years we have had clients sell their racehorses through Stu and we have always found him to be honest, open and all transactions transparent.
The added value for our clients in dealing with Stu is that he has often organised insurance for their horses in work with us or their breeding stock and young ones.
Either selling or organising insurance he puts the whole package together to our clients best advantage.”
Yours - Carla and Robbies Holmes - Amberley - South Island
“I have known Stuart and Marg Vallentine professionally for many years during which time I have purchased a number of broodmares both in New Zealand and Australia.
In all my dealings and negotiations Stuart and Marg have been very transparent by keeping myself and the vendor updated either by phone or by email.
They provide photos of all horses and I have found their descriptions of the horses to be accurate.
Stuart provides regular updates on all horses for sale, both racing stock and breeding stock.
I have also found that Stuart is willing to make enquiries on horses that I may be interested in and has always replied to these enquiries expediently.
For the broodmares that I have purchased in New Zealand Stuart has been able to organize transport and all paperwork and export documentation required.
He has also organised more than suitable agistment at reputable agistment farms, having quoted competitive agistment rates.
Stuart has gone above and beyond the call of duty in negotiating a free return when I had the misfortune of losing a foal during foaling.
His knowledge and contacts in New Zealand harness Racing have been invaluable.
I am extremely happy with the service that Stuart and Marg have given me, and I have no doubt that they will sell me more horses in the future.”
Yours - Gerard Moloney - Swan Hill - Victoria
"We have dealt with Stuart and Marg for many years and have purchased several horses in that time, always at the cheaper end of the market because that is our price range.
Horses, just to name a couple, like Hershey NZ a $500.00 purchase (plus Boat). She won $14,500.00 for us including 2 wins at Harold Park. Hanginthere NZ, who Stuart obtained for us for just Aust$1,050.00, plus boat, she won a Stawell Trotters Cup etc and approx. $38,000 dollars in stakes for us.
Although we have never met Stuart or Marg in person we regard them as friends because that is the way they treat you.
They go out of their way to make sure you get the right horse for the right price.
We could not recommend them highly enough for their honesty and commitment to seeing everything goes right with your purchase. Do yourself a favour and deal with no one else as we do.”
Yours - Gregory Moss and Debra Wicks-Moss - Grenville, Victoria.
"We have found Stuart and Marg easy to deal with.
Excellent communicators and above all else what should happen does happen!!"
Yours - Tony Dickinson - Alta Breeding Co Ltd - Waiau Pa.
“I have dealt with Stuart and Marg Valentine over several years buying several going horses.
All horses got to me in good condition and have gone on to perform at or above expectations.
The dealings have been done with honesty and integrity by Stuart and I would definitely trust him to source out a good buy at any price range!”
Yours - Rodney Summers - Navarre - Victoria