Goldner Horse Transport – a Brief History
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.