Prac­tice backs healthy horses

Matamata Chronicle - - Breeders’ Stakes -

Marks+Ewen & As­so­ci­ates Ltd have been keep­ing horses healthy since 1961.

Their as­so­ci­a­tion with the Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes at Mata­mata Race­course has spanned many decades, with founder Colin Thompson be­ing a life mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of the Mata­mata Rac­ing Club.

Bill Ewen is on the Mata­mata Rac­ing Club com­mit­tee.

As soon as the Mata­mata Rac­ing Club al­lowed ve­teri­nary busi­nesses to spon­sor the event, they jumped on board.

Prac­tice man­ager Emma Wil­liams said it made sense to as­so­ciate them­selves with the Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes, be­cause of their ex­ten­sive involvement in the equine in­dus­try.

‘‘Al­most all of our staff are in­volved in the equine in­dus­try. From minia­tures to cly­des­dales, we see and look af­ter them all,’’ she said.

‘‘With most of the horses we work with, we are there from the moment they are born. We ba­si­cally watch their ca­reers progress over the years.’’

Marks+Ewen & As­so­ci­ates have also per­formed race-day duty at Breed­ers’ Stakes for a few years.

‘‘A race can’t start with­out a vet.’’

Marks+Ewen & As­so­ci­ates Ltd are proud to be ma­jor spon­sors of Breed­ers’ Stakes and their lo­cal rac­ing club.

In 1961, Colin Thompson started the prac­tice that is to­day Marks+Ewen & As­so­ci­ates.

Jim Marks joined Colin in 1965 and went into part­ner­ship the fol­low­ing year thus be­com­ing Thompson & Marks.

David Christo­pher then joined them in part­ner­ship in 1978 but died in an ac­ci­dent dur­ing 1985.

Bill Ewen started with the prac­tice in 1979 as a grad­u­ate with dis­tinc­tion from Massey Univer­sity, gain­ing three awards in­clud­ing the Na­tional Dairy Prize in Ve­teri­nary Surgery, and joined Colin and Jim as a part­ner in 1986.

Colin, Jim and Bill con­tin­ued to build the prac­tice that al­ready had a sound dairy clien­tele and the sup­port of the rac­ing in­dus­try.

Among their achieve­ments they were in­volved in ground-break­ing pro­ce­dures.

Colin was the first vet­eri­nar­ian in New Zealand to use in­hala­tion anaes­the­sia on horses, Jim was the first vet to per­form ‘‘Tie Back’’ surgery (wind op­er­a­tion) for ‘‘roar­ers’’, and one of the first vets in New Zealand to use elec­tro­car­dio­grams in horses with bad per­for­mance.

Af­ter an ex­cep­tional ca­reer as a vet and busi­ness­man Colin re­tired from the prac­tice.

When Dan Shaw and Rob Moor­head joined the part­ner­ship, the prac­tice be­came Vet As­so­ci­ates Mata­mata.

In 2000 Jim and Bill reestab­lished the prac­tice as Marks Ewen & As­so­ci­ates.

As the lo­cal equine in­dus­try had grown, it was de­cided to sell the dairy prac­tice to Ar­jen & Alkie de Wilde who were both em­ployed by the prac­tice at the time, which has now be­come Land­mark Vets in Mata­mata.

It was then that the busi­ness was re­born and re-branded as Marks Ewen & As­so­ci­ates Equine Ve­teri­nary Hospi­tal with a new sole fo­cus of spe­cial­is­ing in equine.

Now with a new in­dus­tryspe­cific di­rec­tion the prac­tice has es­tab­lished its place in what is known as the rac­ing hub of New Zealand.

Over the past decade the clinic has been through growth and changes; Rob Moor­head was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent on a stud see­ing him fight­ing for his life.

Although re­cov­ered, Rob has re­cently re­tired from ac­tive ve­teri­nary prac­tice.

Dan Shaw has pur­sued a vet­eri­nar­ian ca­reer in Sin­ga­pore and sold his share in Marks+Ewen & As­so­ci­ates.

As the decade ticked over a new chap­ter started, Marks+Ewen & As­so­ci­ates wel­comed David Howes who in 2011 joined Jim and Bill as the third part­ner on the board of direc­tors.

To­gether with a highly skilled and equipped team, Marks+Ewen & As­so­ci­ates strive for ex­cel­lence at all times; with the success of their loyal clients and a strong pas­sion for the in­dus­try, the hospi­tal con­tin­ues to de­velop.

Back­ing Breed­ers: Bill Ewen, Jim Marks and lo­cal horse trainer Lance No­ble at Mata­mata Race­course.

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