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Sea Horses Travel in Style

Earlier this year, Taranaki had its first glimpse of a unique type of sea horse.

These were not the cute little fish found in the tropical and subtropical coastal and reef waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans – and also in many New Zealand aquariums.

They were two thoroughbred stallions shipped out of Port Taranaki in specially designed containers aboard the Tasman Orient Commander vessel bound for Indonesia, where the Indonesian Government is to use them for breeding racehorses.

Waikato based company Sea Horse Sea Freight brought the horses down to Taranaki for the first, but hopefully not the last shipment from the New Plymouth port.

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Kotuku – Japan’s Sacred Horse

A white New Zealand horse, formerly a hunter, clerk of the course mount and star of parades and television commercials has had a complete change of lifestyle. Formerly known as Ash, he is the fourth white Kiwi equine to be sent to Japan as a gift of friendship from the Government and people of New Zealand to the Nikko Toshogu Shrine and the people of Japan.

There has been a New Zealand white horse at the Shrine since 1964. His new name, Kotuku, means “Rare and Sacred Visitor.” He was owned by John Lozell and for a number of years he was used as a Clerk of the Course horse at Ellerslie, Avondale, Counties Racing Club and Alexandra Park. He has led many famous racehorses back to scale and has caught many a runaway riderless horse in his time. Ironically, whilst he was performing his duties at the races, John was often asked by Japanese tourists if they could take a photo of themselves with “the white horse”.

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News From Downunder

Capleach Jackson

Capleach Jackson

The last week of February saw some equine history quietly taking place with the export of a 13-month old Suffolk Punch colt, from the only stud in Australia to Mike Ashburns, who has the only stud in New Zealand, the first export of its kind in at least 60 years.

Capleach Jackson bred by Dennis & Marge Candy of Inverell NSW, began his journey with a 7-hour road trip from The Draught Horse Centre to Brisbane. He then spent 3 days in Brisbane agisted with his travelling companions before his departure. He sailed on the P&O Palliser (which is about 270 metres long) and arrived into Fergusson wharf in Auckland, his trip only took 27 days.

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Port couple mixes love for horses with business

Allison and John Lozell of Sea Horse Sea Freight with horses in their container

Allison and John Lozell of Sea Horse Sea Freight with horses in their container

John and Allison Lozell of Port Waikato have developed a niche business, Sea Horse Sea Freight Ltd, that fits in with their lifetime’s involvement with horses.

They transport horses by sea around the world in containers specially converted by John. “MAF reckon it’s the best sea container (for horses) they have seen,” he says.

John is a professional horseman. As the clerk of the courses at Ellerslie, Pukekohe and Avondale, he is the rider on the white horse who takes the winner to the circle and pulls up any loose horses on the racecourse. He is also the Whip for the Pakuranga Hunt, keeping the hounds on the scent. Allison is very skilled with horses having taken her young thoroughbred to intermediate level in eventing and she also hunts regularly.

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