Tahiti new home to New Zealand Standardbreds

Friday, June 20 The recent export of  four  New Zealand standardbreds  to  the small French Polynesian island of Tahiti  were part of a six-horse order placed with  the Australasian harness racing brokers, Stuart and Marg Valentine, of  Standardbredsallinone, by Tahitian harness-racing enthusiast, Gilles Valdenaire. The harness racing industry in Tahiti was  tiny compared to New Zealand, Monsieur Valdenaire  said. “We have only one course, located in Pirae, on the island of  Tahiti,” he said. Racing on the island was stopped in 2001 because of the poor track condition, after a cont...
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