Goldners Horse Transport have been putting horses first for the past 75 years and will continue to do so for an indefinite time. The brainchild of James Gustav (J.G.) Goldner and his wife Ethelene, the company started with modest beginnings, transporting horses from Morphettville Racecourse in 1945.
After J.G’s passing in 1978, his daughter Beryl assumed the Chairmanship of the family business. Beryl was a female pioneer in Australian business, especially in the transport of horses. With her brothers, Donald and Maxwell, as shareholders, she worked long hours to ensure that Goldners quality service was always delivered.
The success of the Goldners business and the continual building of a reputation for the best interstate service for equine transportation allowed an expansion across eastern Australia, and the establishment new headquarters in Sydney in 2007.
In 2013, in order to ensure that the horse industry continued to receive Goldners quality service for many years to come, the company became part of Stonehouse Corporation, a private Australian company based in Melbourne.
Proving their desire to provide the highest quality service, the Goldners fleet includes DVR cameras on all trucks as well as larger ventilation and many other safety and wellbeing features. In 2017, Goldners partnered with Charles Sturt University to conduct a detailed research project on the effects transportation has on horse health and welfare.
Today, with a rigorously maintained fleet and experienced staff, Goldners continues to be a trusted name within the industry and one dedicated to the safe and reliable transportation of your equines. Among the 27,000 horse movements they make each year, Goldners can count 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter as a very happy customer.
It is well known that to have a successful company you must have a strong leadership team.
Clare Oxley is the Chief Executive Officer of Goldners Horse Transport. Over the past 12 months in her role, she has proven to be a passionate and astute businesswoman, who is dedicated to creating long-lasting and quality connections within her team and the people to whom they provide their service.
“Having a passion and an understanding of horses and our clientele is critical in this industry”, she said.
Clare’s interest in horses started at a young age. Training under Olympic Gold medallists Stuart and Karen Tinney for at least 20 years, she went on to become a professional Event rider.
It was Year 10 work experience with trainer Ron Quinton at his Randwick stable that sparked Clare’s interest in the thoroughbred racing industry and led her to start her own successful horse clipping business of both performance and thoroughbred horses across Sydney. She juggled this with track rider duties at Rosehill Gardens for Chris Waller and her own thoroughbred re-education business from her agistment property in Dural.
Upon his retirement from racing, Chris was later to send to her his first Group 1 winner and Doncaster Handicap winner Triple Honour. After his retraining into a new career, Clare and Triple Honour became an exceptional eventing team with many successes. This unfortunately ended when he break a leg and he now happily lives in retirement in Hawkesbury and Clare visits as often as she can.
Entrepreneurial in nature, Clare designed and implemented the first ever mobile saddle fitting service whilst she was Store Manager of Dural Horseland. The ‘try before you buy’ service allowed customers to have saddles fitted correctly to their horses at their homes. This is now a national service which most saddleries now offer.
An introduction via Centennial Park Vets veterinarian Tim Roberts led to Clare working for Gerry Rose, owner of Nature Vet, as Product Manager. Through her work with Nature Vet, Clare was involved in the development, manufacturing, sales and international exportation of Equine Health Supplements. This role lead to other high level Sales, Marketing and Management roles within the equine industry, including Chief Executive Officer of Biocel Australia.
Knowing that you’re only as good as the team around you, Clare has a highly qualified and dedicated team of 30 staff working together at Goldners. The team has a strong female contingent including Michelle Tomlin (Accounts), Nikki McGettigen (Operations Assistant), Chloe Von Hollander (VIC & SA Operations Assistant), Heather Berney (Driver) & Kerry McDermont (Driver), as well as new recruits Claire Bird (NSW & QLD Operations Manager) and Lucy Dwyer (NSW & QLD Operations Assistant).
With Clare at the helm, Goldners Horse Transport remains dedicated to their mission of providing the best equine transportation in Australia, continuing their innovation, investment and focus of their quality service to their longstanding and loyal clientele.
*This story first appeared in the current Autumn/Winter Ladies In Racing magazine.
*Goldners CEO, Clare Oxley.