CBC Insights John Freeman
Prominent Cape thoroughbred consultant John Freeman has really been enjoying a great run of success.
John’s success, however, has not been limited to thoroughbreds he has bought for his clients as he part owns the mighty Futura with Jack Mitchell and Ian Longmore.
A son of the John Freeman managed Dynasty, Futura recently landed the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate/J&B Met double to stamp himself as a leading contender for Horse Of The Year honours.
The Guy Murdoch bred Futura has also ensured himself a berth at stud when his racing days are over – and his part owner must be anticipating his talented colt’s future career with plenty of excitement.
John’s Freeman Stallions are also involved with some of South Africa’s very best stallions. Among the top class sires managed by Freeman Stallions are champions Captain Al, Dynasty, Philanthropist and Trippi, as well as a large number of promising younger horses.
John has a website which allows clients and other interested parties to view the latest happenings of the sires –which can be found at www.freemanstallions.co.za
Himself from a racing background (John’s father formed the first South Africa equestrian insurance agency), John first got involved in the sport as a teenager when he worked as a part time veterinary assistant and then groom for trainer Harry Galoun. A stint in the military was later followed John reading law at Wits. He then joined his father’s by then flourishing insurance agency and has been working in the horse racing sector ever since.
John and his father were the pioneers of the move to import thoroughbreds from Argentina to South Africa, with their purchases including the high class performers Bold Land and Kerkyra.
In 1983, John began his own company under the name of The Thoroughbred Group, which played an integral part, with the late Reinhard Sanne, in setting up Breeders Premiums for Highveld Breeders. After selling the insurance and sales divisions of The Thoroughbred Group, John moved to the Cape where he became involved in syndication of a number of local stallions. His early contacts in the syndication business included Wilfred Koster and his Cheveley Stud, who remain close friends to this day.
Among the many milestones of John’s remarkable career is the selection of no fewer than six thoroughbreds subsequently named Horse Of The Year. These include the great Enchanted Garden (South Africa’s first female Horse Of The Year), whom John describes as the best learning curve of his career.
He has also worked on a number of boards of the years, with his credits including founding the SA Horse Import Export Council, where John assisted in achieving the original export protocol with Malaysia and Singapore. Other boards John has served on include Gold Circle, Highveld Owners And Trainers, Racing Assn and he was also the founder of the Western Province Grooms Trust in 1996 and is now Life President of the Trust.