Gold­ner Horse Trans­port – a Brief His­tory

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James Gus­tav (J.G.) Gold­ner started the com­pany in 1945 and wound up in the head­lines for trans­port­ing four race­horses, on what was then a ‘con­trolled route’ be­tween Ade­laide and Mel­bourne be­cause of post war petrol ra­tioning, a rule that was even­tu­ally over­turned. One of the horses on board was 1950 Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Comic Court, strapped by a young Bart Cum­mings and trained by his father Jim. Gold­ners has al­ways been a pro­gres­sive com­pany with J.G'S daugh­ter Beryl be­com­ing Chair­man of the com­pany on his death in 1978, and a pi­o­neer amongst women in busi­ness in that era. Hav­ing started work­ing at Gold­ners in 1988, Mark A. I. Ker, J.G.'S great grand­son, be­came a Di­rec­tor of the com­pany in 2003 to tran­si­tion from Beryl's lead­er­ship. Mark ex­panded Gold­ners across east­ern Aus­tralia, es­tab­lish­ing a new head­quar­ters in Syd­ney in 2007. Cham­pion train­ers John Hawkes and Bart Cum­mings were an in­te­gral part of this move with both in­sist­ing on hav­ing the Gold­ners' ser­vice when they moved to Syd­ney. In 2013 the com­pany be­came part of Stone­house Cor­po­ra­tion, a pri­vate Aus­tralian com­pany based in Mel­bourne. Chair­man Charles Jen­nings con­firms “Gold­ners re­mains ded­i­cated to our mis­sion of pro­vid­ing the best equine trans­porta­tion avail­able in Aus­tralia, and con­tin­ues in­no­vat­ing, in­vest­ing, and fo­cus­ing on the qual­ity of our ser­vice to our long­stand­ing and loyal clien­tele”.

GOLD­NERS HAS LONG BEEN THE ‘GO TO’ TRANS­PORT COM­PANY FOR LEG­ENDARY TRAINER, THE LATE BART (J.B.) CUM­MINGS AND

HIS AS­SO­CI­ATED PROP­ER­TIES AND OWN­ERS GO­ING BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN HIS MAIN STA­BLE

WAS AT MOR­PHETTVILLE IN ADE­LAIDE.

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