Practice backs healthy horses
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.