After reading all of Claire's testimonials it became very apparent they all had a similar message:

  • Professional manner and genuinely cared
  • Honest and great communicator
  • Stress-free and enjoyable
  • Well-presented horses
  • An ability to match up the rider to the correct horse.

I did wonder what else I could add .We spent 12 months looking ourselves for the right horse for our 15 year old daughter. We followed Claire's advise of not rushing into anything, to find that “something a bit special” to suit Katie. I rang Claire for advice on certain horses and always came away with good sound sensible advice. So when Claire rang to say “I think I've found it “, she was not wrong. Arianne is the most perfect match for our daughter at her stage of eventing. Claire has followed up to see how we are progressing and I know that I can ask Claire anytime for that HONEST feedback .A rare quality to find at times.  So if you want to get it right the first time I truly recommend Claire.

We now have the happiest daughter spending time with a horse who loves all the attention. After 3 weeks Arianne hasn't put a foot wrong, we all love her and my daughter can't stop smiling. It gets no better than this…, thanks Claire you're a gem!

Jen Herries

 Katie took Arianne hunting....

Hi Claire, thanks heaps for yesterday and your advice. Had a fantastic day hunting Ria today, she was brillant. Thanks for that bit because she was prancy and snorting at the start but settled down and was an angel, had no troubles controling and jumping her, great way to spend my birthday on a super duper cool horse. Have to do more hunting :) thanks again, Katie




I have recently purchased a first horse for my daughter from Claire and the team at Horse Sales. Elly is everything we were looking for, we feel we have hit the jackpot with Elly. The whole process was so easy, professional and stressless. Claire was very honest and helpfull, always going the extra mile to accomodate us, even the weeks following the sale, the follow-up service is second to none.
Thanks so much Claire, you have made the whole process so easy, we feel very lucky to own such a genuine horse.

 Hayley Redward

Update via text;
Emma and Elly won the dressage, 25 in the class!
All finished, had another clear round sj, Elly awesome, so kind and willing, gave Emma an awesome ride, very proud of them both. Thanks heaps for all your advice and support!


Thanks Claire for finding my new showhunter “star to be”. You were accommodating and helpful and the whole process was more than easy. I like the special touch of him coming off the truck at home, freshly washed looking ready for a show!

Rosanna Dickson

An update from Okee;

Okee and I went to our first official outing last weekend and he was a super star. It was only unreg dressage but was a good chance to see how each other coped in a new environment J
We were placed 3rd in a field of about 20 – 30 competitors and scored 65% behind 2 good quality riders, stoked!
FYI… am riding him without a drop noseband and I have been jumping him with no martingale and he's been real good, all in preparation for show hunter of course. He is loving his personalised jump saddle.


We looked for quite awhile for a potential young rider horse for me to jump this season, and were told through friends that Claire had a couple of nice horses. The first horse they brought out for us to look at was the 17hh stocky built Ngahiwi Cisco. Mum and I both looked at each other and went No way! He's far to big. But Claire said he would surprise us and got me to hop on him and have a wee ride around, and after a couple of big jumps later I couldn't wipe the smile of my face, he came home with us and we haven't looked back since . Claire was fantastic to deal with and knew exactly what we were looking for and was completely honest about Sid referring to Sid as the “ the Flying Hippo” which couldn't describe him better!.

Olivia Robertson

We wish to express our warm thanks to Claire Wilson whom we met recently when looking for our daughter's first horse. She came highly recommended and we were not disappointed!
Claire has a very nice way about her... relaxed, no pressure but very astute. We found her extremely professional, discrete and honest doing her best for both the seller, the buyer and the rider!


We now have a beautiful chilled horse with huge potential.
We thoroughly recommend Claire and won't hesitate to ask her next time... hopefully not for a while :)
Thanks again to Claire and her team!

Leith, Louise and Phoebe



I sent my mare to Claire and she was sold within five days!! Claire was absolutely amazing to deal with, kept me in the loop the whole time, and really went out of her way to make the whole process as smooth and stress free as possible. I would highly, highly recommend Claire to anyone who wants to sell their horse, she truly was wonderful to deal with. I couldn't be more happier with the end result, Thank you so much Claire for all that you did, you really made a sad time an easy process.

Thanks again. Jess Sutherland (Welington).




Have learnt a valuable lesson when buying horses for our Black Hawk Farm Eventing Squad, if Claire rings, take the call immediately,
jump in the car and zoom as quick as you can to Waipuk. This action always results in buying another superstar for our
Team. Claire couldn't be more on the button everytime and the count now for HorsesalesNZ is selling nine horses to us in a very short
Claire and Simon know exactly what horse will suit our brief and have the horse waiting beautifully prepared for us to sit on.
Giselle on the other hand cringes as we come up the driveway as we buy instantly her favourite ride each time.
We can't speak highly enough of Claire and her incredible Team at HorsesalesNZ, our latest two purchases Price aka ToyStory and Annie aka
Lady Hawk are being beautifully prepared by Donna Simth/Sim Kann for a huge international futures. Denise Rushbrook doing a fabulous job
preparing Tomahawk II, Goldstone Hawk, Mohawk and Warhawk at her base in Whangarei. Omniscent aka Nissi is being produced in Maryland,
US, as an international level hunter/jumper and our resident supersire stallion Don Quattro speaks for himself.
Thank you to Claire and her sensational Team at HorsesalesNZ for allowing us to purchase the most incredible talented horses.


Carolyn Jolley



Purchasing a horse through HorseSalesNZ was an easy process. No fuss just straight to the point. The horse I purchased is everything Claire said he is, she was honest and enjoyable to work with. I will be recommending the HorseSalesNZ team to anyone wanting to buy and sell horses, I know I will be contacting them in the future.

Sam Peters

I recently bought Roddy through Horse Sales NZ and would recommend contacting Claire if you're looking to purchase. Claire was so easy to deal with, very patient with my never ending questions, she found out every bit of info I asked for and was happy for me to come and ride him multiple times. Roddy looked amazing and was obviously very well cared for, whilst being taken out and about (hacking, hunting, shows) and schooled. Claire genuinely cared that I got a horse that suited me and that I suited the horse, even giving us a wee lesson before I took him home, just to make double sure I was happy and great follow up contact to make sure we started out OK.
Thanks Claire for all your help. Roddy is everything you said he would be.

Jaclyn Benbow.

"I have nothing for praise and thank's to Claire for making the sale of Bonnie so easy, there was very good communication at all times. The horse was a muched loved hunter that had really done a good job for me, teaching me alot, and I was very impressed in her skill to place my horse with just the right rider, Bonnie has gone to a home where she will give her rider lots of confidence and she will be well loved & cared for.

The service was exceptional, all Claire's team from the vet to horse transporters were on the ball and very efficient. The process was simple and easy - thank you Claire."
Steve Brooke

(Bonnie was exported to Australia)


"Thank you Claire for all your help with Goldie. The month of jump schooling, including several outings, was a great introduction to show jumping and cross country and gave her a lot of confidence to start her jumping career. She has since gone out and completed two ODEs, winning one and performing well in the other! Your referral of a potential buyer has now seen Goldie sold to a fantastic pony club home where she will get to continue her new love for jumping. I appreciated the regular updates you provided of Goldie's progress while she was with you and the genuine interest you showed in her ongoing progress once she came home. I will certainly recommend you to others looking to train or sell their horses.

Thanks Claire - Wendy Jeffery"

And more from Wendy:

After the great service I got from Claire last year when she sold my mare, I contacted her recently to see if she knew of a straight forward fun little horse for me to work with while my other one recovers from treatment. Claire told me about Rocky (the Rockstar!!) and he sounded just what I was looking for. I've had Rocky for a month now and he is exactly as Claire described him – “fun, willing and adorable”! Having dealt with Claire twice in the last 12 months, I can certainly recommend her from both a seller and buyers perspective. Thanks Claire.

And another update from Wendy!!

“Hi Claire – thought I'd let you know I took Rocky to his first dressage competition yesterday. He was awesome! He did two lovely level 1 tests and got 2nd and 3rd in big classes (27 in the first one!). So your lovely show jumper is turning into a great little dressage horse – sorry !!!


Thank you Claire I have purchased a lovely horse which I've had a great hunting season on. I hope to do some eventing on him this season.

You have been fantastic to deal with and your communication is brilliant.

Bron Twigg.


Claire recently helped me sell my mare. I had complete confidence that she would find her a great new home and match her with someone that she would suit and enjoy her.
This was important to me. It couldn't have been simpler and she was sold within a week.
Claire kept me well informed and it took all the stress out of the whole process- I have no hesitation in recommending Claire to either buyers or sellers as she represents both parties with honesty and integrity.

Thank you so much for all your help, Karen Middelberg

Selling my horse of 4 years was a hard decision and was becoming stressful and time-consuming. I sent my mare to Claire to try and sell her more quickly and I was very impressed with all her services. I found Claire extremely professional, helpful and understanding and I trusted her completely to evaluate my mare and find the best possible home for her. She sold after only a week and one outing on the hunt field, to a fabulous home which I am very happy with. Claire kept me informed the whole time, organised vetting and transport and had my horse looking fantastic when I went over to load her onto the truck. It was sad seeing her go but the whole process easy and stress-free with the help of Claire and her team. I would absolutely recommend this service to anyone and found Claire excellent to deal with.

Andrea Brewster



When we made the difficult decision to sell our horse we wanted him to find the best new home possible. Claire Wilson was recommended to us by a friend and we had no hesitation in sending our horse to her yard for sale. The service has been outstanding - professional and friendly. Our horse received top class schooling and outings to a show and hunt which brought out the best in him. Claire kept us informed of his progress all along and was always positive and encouraging. A great new home was found for Roddy in a short time and we are delighted with the outcome. We will definitely recommend Claire to anyone selling or buying a horse and we would use her services again. Thank you so much!

Sara & Sean Knight


 We have nothing but praise for Claire! She approached us to take a horse that no longer suited her. We did a trade. Everything was hassle free and professional - we were extremely impressed. We look forward to doing further business with Claire.
Olympians; Sally Clarke and Maurice Beatson



After being assured by a friend, who had also bought a lovely mare from Claire, that Claire was a true professional and could be trusted, I purchased "Pete" sight unseen. My husband found Pete on TradeMe when we were looking for an allrounder/spare hunter but Pete was also in the Bargain Bin. I was sceptical at first because he was a TB but Claire guaranteed me that Pete would suit. Claire was super helpful in every aspect of the sale and organising his delivery to the South Island. She sent fotos of Pete's bumps and scratches (from a very wet Dannevirke Hunt Week) so that there were no nasty surprises for me when he arrived. Pete is everything she said he was and more, we love him to bits, he has already become a star on our huntfield and I can't wait for the dressage and show season to start. We have only been living in NZ for 6 years and have bought several horses in that time but Pete has proved to be better than some that cost me 3 times as much, just wish I'd heard about HorsesalesNZ sooner and will definitely be ringing Claire next time I'm in the market for another horse.  Kerri Moffett, North Canterbury.



Thanks so much Claire for helping make everything to do with the purchase of Claudine so simple and straightforward – buying her was the easiest sales process I've ever been through, and she has been just as cute as you'd promised! I'll certainly be asking your advice whenever I'm buying or selling anything in the future. It is great to know that there is a knowledgeable and honest voice on the end of the phone or email. I look forward to putting a face to the voice one day!


Regards, Kate Pickney.



I was wanting to sell my horse to a competitive home where he would be well looked after. After a few emails and discussions with other agents, and a bit of asking around it was evident that Claire

was the one to go with because she has a reputation as being honest and also proactive in terms of selling horses on behalf of people. The fact that Claire has ridden the horse and had a good opportunity to assess it means that the buyers will get an honest and frank appraisal by the horsesales team, which is what sets them apart from the other agents. Also, its allows horses to be matched with the right rider which can be a challenge if you are buying a horse on face value from an advert.


I was really impressed how proactive Claire was in terms of marketing my horse, i.e. competing my horse at events and ensuring he was presented well. However he only got the opportunity to go to one event because he sold in 5 days! So my expectations were exceeded in that respect.


Aside from that, Claire is easy to get on with and always kept me in the loop with what was happening.


Horsesalesnz are very good at what they do and I will definitely use them to purchase or sell horses in the future.


Tammy McMahon 




I was very happy with the service I received from you & Horsesalesnz. You were very open & honest, looked after my horse well, gave him great opportunities to gain experience and sold him to a good home.

 Many Thanks, Margot Tingey



I was really pleased with the service I received from Claire Wilson and her team at Mt Herbert.

My horse looked to be well looked after, she came back looking really good. I received regular updates throughout the week that the horse was there. Claire also had her staff riding my horse, which I was pleased with as they looked to be good experienced riders. Claire has a great set up for horses and I felt happy with my horse being there. I would happily recommend Claire's services to other people and hope that she will take on other horses for me in the future.

Thank you, Caroline Coop



I have had excellent results with Horsesalesnz being both the seller and the purchaser of a horse. I had a horse with Claire for selling and she and her team did a great job. Claire was very professional to deal with and her helpers did a great job too. The sale of my horse was done quickly and smoothly and I was kept updated throughout the entire process including updates from her new owner. Quite a number of years ago we also bought a horse through Claire and he was a great horse for us.

Since my dealings with Horsesalesnz I have recommended them to numerous people wanting to both buy and sell horses.

Kim Best




Well 14 months later I'm finally sending you the follow up e-mail regarding our second purchase of a horse from your Bargain Bin.

The first horse we purchased was Johnnie ( now called Jackson) or Highnoon when he's out doing his thing. We brought him from Claire's Bargain bin and he has turned out to be an awesome horse and continues to just get better and better. Unfortunately at the same time my wife missed out on the horse she wanted so we only rated Claire and her team 10 out of 10 ...............we said we would have given them 11 out of ten but she still had to find my wife a horse.

  About a month or two after buying Jackson we were back at Claire's place looking at this big black 6yr horse called Midnight Cole. Again he was one of Claire's Bargain Bin sales, twice the size as the original horse my wife was looking at but Claire insisted there was something there with this fella, he was just young and a bit lazy.

  Fast forward Midnight Cole 14 months.....Finished in the Top 10 at HOY in Show hunter, Was the 7yr old National Champion at the National breeders Championships held in Taupo and gained numerous other placing's throughout the year. All in his first attempt at showhunter. As if that wasnt enough for this Bargain Bin buy... he is also an absolute legend out on the hunt field; full wire you name it, nothings a problem for him
Last season he was successfully competed by Tracy Parnwell who has brought him on slowly and done an awesome job with him. She is now looking at Show jumping him in the new season as well. Not bad for a Bargain Bin purchase...

So to Claire and the Horsesalesnz Team, as far as we are concerned... you finally scored 11 out of 10.
Grant and Kelly Stewart, Rotorua



My daughter Stacey and I are the very proud owners of a very special horse. I can say this with all sincerity as we have now had the pleasure of Cruisers company for about 10 months.
I phoned Claire one afternoon, I explained what I was looking for in a horse. Claire rang me later that night and said she had several horses for us to try. Not one to waste time, Stacey and I flew up to the North Island the next morning. Claire had 3 horses for us to ride, we liked all but fell in love with Cruiser. Cruiser was vetted the next day and on his way to CH-CH the very next day.The whole purchase experience was simple, professional and enjoyable, and we were made welcome in Simon and Claire's home. At the recent Young Rider Camp In CH-CH instructor John Cottle said "there is great chemistry between rider and horse, they like each other". Cruiser is everything we were told and Stacey 20yrs and Cruiser are now forming an exciting partnership, having their first Grand Pr ix start on Saturday placing 3rd and placing in their two Young Rider starts so far this season.
Cruiser is also happy for me (aged, broken and 12yrs since last competed) to ponce him around some Saddle Hunter classes which he appears to enjoy. Truly a testament to his 'to die for' temperament, and to Claire, Simon and Staffs training, handling and management of their charges.
I will have no hesitation in purchasing from The Horse sales team again and will probably do so in the near future. I Have every faith that we will be sold another cracker , exactly as we have requested.- Sue Batchelor and Stacey Anderson



Claire Wilson of Horsesalesnz found a new home for our horse recently. She was very professional as well as kind and thoughtful in matching horse and rider, which is so important. The future of the horse was always in the forefront of her mind. I was most impressed by the service offered and if I buy another horse, I will certainly go to her first, secure in the knowledge of her assessments and abilities. - Alison Ritchie



Claire sold my horse Speight's for me just recently. He had spent some time there prior to me making the decision to put him on the market as we had different ideas about which path we were heading down. For him it was jumping & for me it was Dressage/Saddle Hunter etc, so the decision was made to sell him. The whole process was nothing but professional. Claire & her team at Horsesalesnz were absolutely fantastic to deal with. Claire is an absolute gem. She is very honest, friendly & the communication was excellent both before & after the sale. The whole process was simple & stress free. Speight's has now found a wonderful new home. He is out hunting & having a ball. I would not hesitate in recommending Claire & her team at Horsesalesnz. - Thanks again, Angela Wakeford



Hi Just wanted to fire you an e mail to let you know that i took Ziggy to Aaron station x country jumping on my way to drop him off to Mary while i am in the UK, and what a dude we jumped all the little jumps and some of the 1.05 m novice jumps no problems. Also jumped all the lowered wires and spars no problems at all, roll on the start of hunting. What a cool little horse. Hope that the weather is nice over there, it is between 0 and 3 degrees here and has snowed most days, not much fun standing at the side of the arena. Hope that all is OK with you. - Take care Nikki Lourie



Finding the right horse for a teenage rider, with the help of Claire Wilson at HorseSalesNZ has been the most rewarding, helpful and professional dealings we have ever experienced. Claire made the entire process so easy, with the ability to match the rider to the perfect horse.This is a credit to her, as her research into making sure the rider's experience and ability was appropriate for the horse, in our case Queenie, who she had for sale, is and was of great importance to her, and to us the buyer. Claire was a pleasure to deal with. Honest, with amazing communication, before, during and after buying the wonderful Queenie. Queenie was well prepared and immaculately presented. Trialling Queenie at Claire and Simon's property, Mt Herbert at Waipukurau, was a pleasure. Negotiations regarding Queenie was delightful. Collecting Queenie was just fabulous! The on-going communication with Claire on Queenie settling into her new home, has been helpful, caring and genuine, and will continue. We would not hesitate in recommending or working with Claire again. Just brilliant!!! You have been awesome Claire! Thank you, Queenie is just perfect! - Anna, Queenie and the Cregoe family



Claire sold my horse for me, which was a long and hard decision. I honestly have nothing bad to say at all about the whole experience. She made it so stress free and everything was not a problem for her- with made me feel so at ease with her selling him. Claire was always positive, happy and never stopped trying! Claire and her team rode my horse over the farm, took him out, trucked him, washed him, schooled him etc etc, so they knew all about him and what he was and wasnt capable of, which I thought was completely thorough and professional. I felt that I had 100% committment from her and her team always, Thank you, Ange Croasdale



I have recently bought a legend from Hawkes Bay called Munga from Claire. I thoroughly love Munga and we already have a couple of hunts under our belt. Claire was fantastic to deal with during the buying process as well as showing a keen interest post-sale. Munga was represented honestly and openly and Claire was very easy to deal with. Claire would be the first person I would phone again if I was looking for another horse. I however don't think i'll be needing a new one for as long as Munga loves his hunting!! Thank you Claire for all your efforts. Hayley-jane, RBOP



Hi Claire, Thank you for selling Maunga. As you know I was concerned that he went to the right sort of person, and I am very happy both with the sale and the home. In fact I congratulate you on the professional way in which you conduct your business. Throughout the whole process everything was very clear; I knew exactly what was expected of me, and what your services would cost me. [Thank goodness for emails]. And thank you for keeping me fully informed all the way as to what was happening with the horse and who was interested, etc. In the past year or two I have had horses both with you and Oliver Edgecombe, and in both cases I have been very happy with the high standard which you maintain. Again, Many thanks, Joy Gray



Thanks Claire for doing such a wonderful job in selling my horse Ricky, and taking such good care of him while he was there. I definetly couldn't have done it so quickly or smoothly without your help. You and your team have been wonderful to deal with, always keeping in touch & being honest and straight forward to deal with. I couldn't beleive he sold so quickly!! I will be definetly reccommending you & the team at Horsesalesnz to everyone I know! I wish Ricky's new owner all the best for a successful & bright future with him. Thanks again, Sarah Murdoch



We had been looking for the right horse over a number of months once we knew that our daughter had skill and needed the right horse to continue on. We had got close to finding a good one from northland however getting up close to the animal it became clear that this was not the one for us. The head coach had spoken to us of Claire Wilson and suggested we look at the horse she had on the website. Antonella rang and discussed our requirements in detail with Claire. We decided that a trip to her place in Waipukurau was in order. On arrival we were met and introduced to "Maddie". It became apparent during a first ride that this was the horse for us. Claire put her through her paces and even introduced her to the water etc. Some negotiation followed and Maddie arrived at our pony club as discussed. We have not looked back and believe she will do everything our daughter needs to do in the coming years. For anyone considering a good horse purchase we have no hesitation in recommending Claire and NZ Horse sales. Jon Brewerton



I emailed Claire a while back asking what she had for sale? At the time Claire had nothing suitable, but always emailed when something she thought would suit came up. I emailed Claire last week to find she had a horse that sounded so suitable for what I was after. Before edventuring off to the Hawkes Bay from Wellington to view Ricky, Claire was so honest with answering all my questions down to every little thing to save me a drive if he wasnt suitable? She was so helpful to deal with and always responded to my emails. A friend and myself took the gamble and jumped in the car, (Along with the float) and headed off to the Hawkes Bay. When we arrived we found some very helpful girls, (Claire's stable hands) who were also so great to talk with. We took Ricky out into the arena and I loved him! He is a big giant, but has such a kind honest nature. The girls informed me that Ricky was one of there favourites! I new then he had to be a special boy! Well they were all so right, he is the kindest boy. We put Ricky on the float and he stood like a rock all the way back to Wellington, for a 4 year old boy, he is very very honest! I just want to say, thanks so much Claire and your team. After Months of looking on Trademe etc, you turned out to have just the fellow I was looking for! I love him to peices and Im sure he is going to do me proud! I will keep in contact with you and give you some feedback as we progress! Again thanks so much, I can assure anyone looking for a horse through Claire will not be dissapointed with her professionalisim and honesty when purchasing your next equine through horsesalesnz. ( I know you also loved Ricky Claire and it was hard saying goodbye). Kind regards Ange Pogson, Wellington. 



I recently emailed Claire asking about a horse she had listed and telling her what i wanted it for, she was quick to reply and very honest telling me that she didnt think itd be suitable for me but she would keep a eye out for something more along the lines of what i was looking for. only a week or so later i got another email from her telling me to look at the bargin bin as there was one she had just advertised that she thought i might like haha she was right, I looked at him friday and had him in my paddock on wednesday. I found Claire great to deal with and very helpfull, she even took time out of her busy day at a show to let me come try tasty again in front of my mum. I would always come to Claire if looking for another horse. Honesty is everything when buying a horses and i have found Tasty to be just how she describe him. I will be out competing on him very soon, thanks for all your help Claire. Jenna Coumbe Ewart



Hi Claire, I am really really happy with Robbie. I was happy with him when I first sat on him, so he was a good pick for me by you ... thanks. He traveled home so well - four hours in the float to Wellington and came off nicely - very interested in his new home also. I kept him yarded for 24 hours which he managed well with a few calls out to other horses which is to be expected and then put him out with his new paddock mates. He settled in with them with absolutely no dramas and has made friends immediately with another teenager in the paddock. When I went back the next day to check, he was lying down next to his new friend enjoying the sun :)) I have ridden him in our outdoor arena,the indoor arena and out for a hack up the forestry track with some of my friends- he has been fantastic (just got a fright from the cat in the indoor school). I expected he would tuck in behind the other two for the hack out- but NO he is a CAMP LEADER and marched up the hill happy as Larry...is also of course hill fit due to where he has been before me. Farrier tells me I have the best horse on the property as far as manners are concerned and when I had my first session with Beccy Penn she liked his trainability and attitude ... so YES I am most definitely happy with him .. I enjoy riding him and spending time with him - thanks so much !!! After the trouble I have had in the past it is such a lovely situation to be in ...Cheers Alison Bradford



Let's see... 2 leading horse magazine adds and 3 leading horse website adds and only a few nips?! Before my Robbie even started at Claires for schooling and sale prep I had people interested! Robbie was sold by Claire Wilson within 10 days to a super new owner. I couldn't be any happier with the service, the professionalism and the result. It was a total win - win situation for everyone. There is no question that I will use Claire again and I absolutely recommend her skills and resources for anyone looking to buy, sell or school their horses/ponies." Cheers! Ali Matthews


We recently sent a horse to Claire to get to know and then advertise on behalf. In the middle of winter and during a busy university study period, we just were not finding the time or the right buyers for our little horse. From the very first phone call Claire was extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

The service Claire provides is excellent. One of the main reasons for this is the communication she kept up. During our horse's short stay we were kept informed of how he was and his progress. After his short stay she helped us find him a ride back to our place, and even texted to see if he had arrived safely!

Another major reason is Claire's honesty. She endeavours to find out all possible information about a horses background and character. This means when you are buying you can be confident a horse is genuinely how it is described. This factor, including her large range of contacts and excellent marketing skills make finding suitable matches for buyers a much easier task.

Overall, we were very pleased with the service Claire provided; she goes out of her way to accommodate you and your horse, making the selling process so much easier. An excellent home has now been found for our horse and he is performing well already. We wouldn't hesitate to use Claire's services in the future.

Helen Bruce (2009 TransTasman Event NZ Team) 



I recently sent a young horse to Claire Wilson for schooling while I was away for 2 months. I was very impressed with the work Claire did on the horse and it was great to recieve regular email updates and photos from her. Claire's communication, honesty and proffesionalism were second to none and I couldn't have been happier when the horse was later sold to the first buyer thanks to Claire.

Lizzie Brown (2009 TransTasman Event NZ Team)


I recently purchased “Busker” a rising 5yo TB gelding from Claire Wilson. Claire is always great to deal with whether it be by phone, email or txt. She is honest about the horses she is selling, even my vet made comment that Claire would be straight up and I wouldn't have to worry. I trust Claire that she wouldn't let me buy a horse that she didn't think was suited for me. Claire kept me informed of Busker's progress throughout the process and even checked to see if he arrived safely and then to see how he was going. Busker has been the easiest horse ever to settle in and caused no commotion what so ever which is such a nice change. He is soooo quiet just as Claire said. I am really looking forward to bringing him on, he will be a fun project. Claire genuinely cares and I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking at buying or selling a horse, the process is just so easy.” Nicky Manning



I am one of those riders who used to ride every day and compete at shows O.D.E sports meetings etc many years ago. I became a second family man about 15 yrs ago and once my children got to riding age I once again after a long retirement got back on my very old and last horse. Unfortunatly old horses are like old dragons they move on, so my hunt for a horse that did not buck, bite, rear, bolt, and would be gentle, kind, and float well, and behave in a manner befitting an aged rider began. 3 years later I came across Claire and she introduced me to "Phoebe" who has turned out to be just what I needed. Claire was open and up front about the horses she had, and quickly sized up the total picture about where I was at and what I needed. Phoebe floated home without worry and on my first outing I had to put a lead rein on my youngest girl pony, this was done without drama. I am totally impressed by Claires professional manner & judgement in the dealings with me, in finding a suitable horse at a reasonable price. I would be happy to endorse her service both personally or by testimonial to anyone who sought Claires advice or guidance in finding a suitable mount. I will be seeking for Claires assistance in the future as no doubt my young ones will be looking for new ponies at some point. Paul Bevin 


"I had been trawling numerous websites for months to find a suitable horse for myself that I could show-jump and event. I started to feel very deflated and thought that I would never actually find one that came close to meeting my requirements! When Toot appeared on the horsesalesnz website I emailed Claire immediately to get more info on him. She responded very quickly with more details, further photos and he sounded fantastic. I think my only reservation was his age. Toot was everything that I had expected and more, exactly how Claire had described him and there were no hidden surprises whatsoever. I fell in love the minute I saw him and knew that I had to have him as he ticked all the right boxes. The entire buying process was so incredibly easy, Claire recommended a great vet to do the vetting and we were able to collect him within a week. Toot has settled in perfectly and although he has only been with me for a few days, I have no reservations at all and am extremely excited about his future. I honestly think I have a very special horse! Claire was totally honest, helpful and friendly and I would have no hesitation in recommending her and the horsesalesnz team to any prospective buyer. Thanks so much Claire for parting with Toot (I know it was hard) and giving me this wonderful opportunity!" Joanna Smith



I found Claire great to deal with. She was honest and very easy to contact. I ended up with a perfect horse and the transfer was clean and easy. would definitely deal with Claire again!!!! Am very happy with the horse!!! -Debbie and Emma Johns



Hi Claire, I just wanted to thank for you giving me the opportunity to purchase a fantastic wee horse for such a small price. For people like me on a limited budget horses like this are extremely hard to come by. He is genuine, safe and really talented. I have only had JC less than a week and taken him out twice, he has behaved really well and we have even been placed in our first SJ outing. I am excited to see how far we can go together. Was a real pleasure dealing with you and I feel 100% confident in purchasing a horse from you. Its refreshing to meet someone so honest to deal with and made sure I knew as much information possible before purchasing this horse. I will be sure to recommend any prospective horse buyers to see what you have available. Horses like this don't come along often, so when they do you have to snap them up.....so glad I did and not someone else. Karina Moore 

We would like to thank Claire for finding our daughter a suitable horse. We had been looking for quite a while without any luck, as it was to be Emma's first hack it was imperative that the horse had no vices. Claire found us just that,a 16hh thoroughbred gelding. He has the most perfect manners and is great to handle in the saddle and on the ground. We have had him just over a month and because he is safe, Emma is really confident on him, having already competed in two ODE'S,with pleasing results. But best of all they are going to have a lot of fun together. We would highly recommend Claire for anyone looking for that (special horse), she was great to deal with in everyway, nothing was too much trouble. THANKS SO MUCH Kind Regards, Kim, Rodger & Emma Dryden 



Hi Claire, I just wanted to thank for you giving me the opportunity to purchase a fantastic wee horse for such a small price. For people like me on a limited budget horses like this are extremely hard to come by. He is genuine, safe and really talented. I have only had JC less than a week and taken him out twice, he has behaved really well and we have even been placed in our first SJ outing. I am excited to see how far we can go together. Was a real pleasure dealing with you and I feel 100% confident in purchasing a horse from you. Its refreshing to meet someone so honest to deal with and made sure I knew as much information possible before purchasing this horse. I will be sure to recommend any prospective horse buyers to see what you have available. Horses like this don't come along often, so when they do you have to snap them up.....so glad I did and not someone else. Karina Moore



I purchased a new horse through horsesalesnz recently and having not been through the purchasing process myself before, I was grateful for the high level of service Claire & horsesalesnz gave. 

Claire was very accommodating of all my requests for photos and test rides, this made the process a lot easier and ensured that I was confident I made the right decision. I am pleased with my purchase and look forward to a lot of fun with my new horse, horsesalesnz is a very professional service with a high level of communication and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending horsesalesnz to others. - Amy Playle

Update from Amy; "Oscar went on his first hunt on Saturday, it was a combined hunt with Mahia and Gisborne so a very large field and he was very well behaved. I thought you might like some photos!" (check out the big smile!!) 



I requested Claire's help to sell my horse after visiting her website. I was in a situation where I didn't want to sell my horse, but had too as I'm pregnant. He is a very special horse and I wanted him to go to the best home possible. As I was unable to market him myself, I wanted someone with knowledge and experience and that I could trust with my special friend. We arranged to have him dropped off at her place for a few weeks. While he was in claire's care she kept me well informed, I felt totally relaxed knowing he was being well looked after. Within three weeks Claire had found him a wonderful new home. I would highly recommend Claire if you were buying or selling a horse she made whole process stress free, she is very professional and makes you feel totally comfortable she gets the job done with honesty and integrity. Sarah Billings. 



I have very much enjoyed having this professional relationship with you. I have found the whole process very simple, easy and it has set my mind at rest to have someone as competent working with Oscar especially when as you know I found the decision to let go difficult to start with. It has been wonderful to get the photos and comments sent that show how much he has come on since being with you and also good that you are able to assess and find the correct next owner for what to me is a very special young horse. I wouldn't hesitate to come back to you again and would also have no hesitation in recommending you for your schooling and also for on-sell purposes. The most important thing for me was my horses welfare and well being and I have had no sleepless nights on that account. Again thanks. Alison Bradford



Buying or selling a horse can be a very time consuming and often frustrating exercise and not one I was comfortable with on my own when it came to selling my mare.

I was put onto Claire by Tinks Pottinger and you could not get a better recommendation than Tinks for how to go about the business of making sure you got the right person to help you.

From the moment I took my horse to Claire the communication was extraordinary and Claire went over and above the call of duty to make sure the horse was schooled, marketed and cared for during her stay which resulted in a successful sale to a happy new owner.

I would certainly recommend Claire to anyone who was buying or selling a horse, and would definitely use Claire's services again.

Thanks Claire you have been great!

Sara Robinson



Hi, I am a buyer from Auckland that had been looking for a horse for a few months. I had travelled a few miles looking at horses from Whangarei to Hamilton. After looking at 7-8 horses and finding ones that I liked it was hard to understand compromises in horses with regards to pricing and believe me pricing was very varied. I found a horse that matched my descriptions and started correspondence with Claire. After a few conversations 2 similar horses were for sale at a very good price point. I thought one sounded a little closer to what I was looking for. I am pretty fussy with confirmation and movement as I wanted to event but to event a horse must also have tidy dressage, so the horse need to have straight correct movement with a good length of stride. I had a budget and this horse was in Clarie's bargin bin. After many photos and questions I agreed to buy the horse sight unseen after a vet check. I knew it was a risk to buy this way but the price point I bought the horse for was worth the risk based on what I had seen so far. The horse has been with me for 3 weeks and so far so good. From the moment he walked off the truck he has had a cool even head and nothing phases him. He has an excellent temperament good potential for dressage and his jumping is up to expectations. Even though the horse has only SJ he has had no problems with the various x country jumps presented to him. We are definitely still work in progress and I will be happy to add to the testfimonial as we improve. Thanks Claire the many e-mails and questions after the purchase as it is always hard to know what buttons to push (after having the same horse for 6 years) and I have had to ask questions as things arise. Thanks and Regards, Lisa Richardson 



Due to lack of time, we decided to send our pony; Munro, to Claire- to sell on our behalf. We were constantly kept informed via texts, emails and phonecalls. Her manner at all times was professional and friendly. We as a family have no hesitation in dealing with Claire and her team at Horsesalesnz. The Hayes Family 


Hey Claire,

I have finally made time to sit down and write this e-mail to thank you and your team for everything that you have done for us over the last 3 to 4 months. To anyone that is reading this and contemplating buying or selling their horse then I cannot recommend highly enough Claire and her the team at horsesalesnz. As with every other testimonial on this page we also cannot give big enough praise about the service we have received from Claire.

Our story starts the same as most peoples, we were in the market for a horse for my wife and after scrolling through hundreds of horses everyday and sending countless e-mails via trade me, we still had not found the CHOOSEN ONE!!!.

Not sure how exactly, but we managed to stumble across Claire's website and the rest is history.

Couple of e-mails and phone calls later we were at Claire's property looking at horses she thought would be a perfect match for us base on the conversations we had.

The first horse we looked at was Johnnie ( Highnoon ) and he was perfect, an absolute dude of a horse and we have had him now for just over a month and he just gets better and better every day. Unfortunately my wife missed out on the horse ( someone beat us to it ) that Claire had picked out for her, otherwise she would have had a 100 % strike rate as she was exactly what my wife was looking for.

If your an experienced horse person or someone like me who prefers to bet on them rather than ride them, buying a horse from Claire and her team is the only way to go.

She will speak to you at your level , she's straight up, honest and best of all , she loves a wine.

The biggest thing for us, and this is where horsesalenz stand out from the rest....., they are not pushy with the sale of their horses........ "ONE SIZE DOE'S NOT FIT ALL"It's not about just selling you a horse with Claire, she's all about finding you your perfect horse and match and she's not afraid to tell you....NO, I think we can do better.

In a nut shell we cannot say enough about Claire and her team at horsesalenz......, They have been brilliant and have continued to be long after we brought our horse.

10 out of 10 from us........We would of given her 11, but she still has to find my wife a horse...... No pressure Claire

Watch this space?
Grant and Kelly Stewart



Hiya Claire, this is my chance to let everyone know what an amazing person I think you are. I met Claire about 3months ago when I started having weekly lessons with her on my crossbred gelding. I really felt desperate to have help and guidance with him as I had been having a few behavior problems with him and had lost a bit of confidence(which I didnt have alot of to begin with). I had one lesson where I fell of twice and ended up in tears of frustration. He was really good on a good day and a real brat on the bad ones.I battled on....After maybe 6 or 7 lessons on him I actually confessed(she already knew) that I was having trouble and asked if she could have him for a few weeks to give him a bit of discipline and a give me a really good opinion on how I could improve things with him....I came back up for my next lesson and she hinted that he just maybe wasnt the most suitable horse for me.(I balked at that).I really loved him.(apart from the naughty bits..anyway onto the lesson and 5minutes in he had me in tears.She put me on the other horse in the lesson and said now have fun and see what a well behaved horse is like.I was grinning from ear to ear within ten minutes and after that and a few tears listened seriously when she suggested selling him(to someone that could be more dominant with him) and finding me a horse that would make me happy and give me confidence.Sooo..into it we went and within 3wks she had found me the most beautiful mare.(infact she had known right from the start that we would probably be perfect together).But she insisted I didnt rush and to try as many horses that I could so I could understand what I was really wanting and needing.I did that and in the end tried the grey mare that she originally had in mind.I now own her and am so happy and relaxed with her.I know now that thanks to Claire my riding is going to improve so much and I am going to have endless fun and be safe. Claire you seem to have an amazing ability of matching people with thier ideal horse and I hope me and my beautiful "Splash" can go out soon and make you proud of the time and effort you invest in us. I feel really privelegd to know you and already consider you a great friend. You are always honest and helpful and I always know you truly do care about everyones happiness. If there were more totally genine people like you out there the world would be a much better place..I can never thankyou enough for everything. Everyday Im busting to get out there on Splash and go for hacks or pop over jumps out in the paddock and that is such an awesome feeling...What I always dreamed of.... Roxy Gimblett 



Murf is going really well and a joy to ride. Recently I went to Horse Trials One Day Event at Woodhill Sands and did Pre-Training. He was really good. The dressage was ok, as I learnt the wrong test and had to learn the right test 30 seconds before I was due in. He handled it really well, as I was sitting on top trying my best to remember the test. The show jumping was really good, a bit too rushed but clear and happy. The cross-country was the fun part. Man he was different horse on the cross-country. He really did let fire, we cleared everything with no prob and definitely in the time!!! We have appreciated your time and effort into helping us find the perfect horses and that we couldn't have asked for anything more. Murf and Gem are absolutely ideal and although we haven't had them for long we can already see them going far. Thanks, Alex Chambers-Steward 



Thanks Claire, you have been great to deal with, very efficient and professional, and hope we can do more business in the future, Cheers. Penny Stevenson 



Hey Claire, So far cricket has been amazing!! So quiet and after two days he already has me doing a little jumping course ha..ha we are also taking him to a flat class show thing in fielding on Sunday so hopfully that goes ok! :) Thanks so much with your help, Definitely happy with my purchase, From Jess Poynton 



I brought magic (rising 6, t.b) off Claire a month ago. She was really honest, helpful and trying her hardest to find me a horse that suited me. He's an awesome horse and I'm having a great time with him. I entered him in his first comp last weekend and he was a dream to handle, exactly what I was looking for in a horse. Thanks so much Claire for helping me find the right horse and also for keeping in touch,really appreciate it.:) Cheers Rose.

(and) ......Hi Claire, Rose would probably bite my head off if she'd know I am writing to you, but I thought I'll put my 'mother's 5 cents worth' in anyway (even so after 8 years of watching her and her horses, I really do not know much) :-). I think you were absolutely correct in matching Rose with Magic - I believe those two will have a lot of fun together once Rose will gain more confidence with him. As far as I can tell from observation so far, Magic has no dirt in him, has a healthy, no fuss horse brain, is 'chilled out', willing to try something even if it looks dodgy but smart enough not to do it if he judges it too silly! He's affectioned in a 'still have to get to know you, but so far your not too bad' a way. He has tried Rose out in small ways but they are sorting that out.And he absolutely loves to eat lol. He didn't put a foot wrong today in the top score competition or in the floating there and back.


And yesterday, Rose had a great ride by herself over the farm, where they both had to get away from 'mother cows defending their calfs', and they cantered through a lot of mud to do so, both ending up covered with it :-) After a string of rather 'crazy' horses (and I am sadly certain that for most of them it wasn't their fault they turned out that way, but their handling, before Rose took them on), it looks like she has finally got a horse which suits her well - enough of a challenge and potential to develop, but not crazy or dangerous. Magic is the first horse for a while now that even I feel save enough to go up too and give a pat! That hasn't happened for a while and means a lot, as I am a total 'chicken' around most horses. Thank you again and also for keeping in touch and checking in. Cheers Jacqueline 



"We have had the pleasure of purchasing another mount from Claire, this time a pony to add to the hack that we bought through her last year. Once again the service is second to none and Claire made us feel most welcome and at ease. A few weeks down the track and we are extremely happy with our purchase, the pony is exactly as Claire described and she keeps in touch to check on progress. Thanks Claire, I guess at this rate you'll see us again in another 12 months time!" Jo and Hannah Eagle (pictured to the right)




My thanks to Claire for finding me my gorgeous new horse! I had looked for months for a particular type of horse, and had approached Claire to keep her eyes open for a mount that ticked my long (and particular) list of requirements. When Claire first told me about my new horse, she was quietly encouraging and anything but pushy. She worked with me to make sure my purchase process was a great experience, and I have ended up with a horse that suits me better than I could have hoped. Claire also worked hard to make sure all parties involved in the sale were kept well informed and happy. I have every confidence in recommending Claire and her team to any prospective purchaser. Robbie Greenslade



After sending a horse to Claire Wilson for some jumping training and to sell on, I found Claire's establishment both professional, friendly and of a high standard. Claire, Simon and her staff are hard working. They keep you fully informed with updates and photos. Marketing skills are top notch with my horse gaining a new happy owner in under three weeks. I would have no hesitation in recommending Claire and her team in the future. Cindy Kent  



Over the past few years I have dealt with Claire and the team at Mt Herbert Showjumpers on numerous occasions. Every time Claire has shown the utmost professionalism and enthusiam. Her communication is brilliant, you are never left wondering what is going on, and upfront honesty is very much appreciated. Her undeniable ability to match horses with riders is proving to be a great success. I would recommend whether buying or selling to contact Claire. I thank Claire, Horsesalesnz and the team at Mt Herbert Showjumpers very much for selling my horse and look foward to many more future deals. Kirstin Harris 



I would like to thank Claire so much for selling my mare, she was only with Claire a couple of weeks and she was sold overseas. Claire was very honest and up front with costs etc, and even tho this time of year is hard to sell horses she was excellent. My mare was quite special to me and Claire made sure she went to a good home and that I can keep in contact with the new owners to see how they are getting on. I would highly recommend Claire to anyone that wants to buy or sell a horse. Her facilities are excellent, and everyone is very professional. Once again Claire thank you so much for finding my mare a great home. I hope we can do business again sometime whether it buying or selling. Regards, Carol Miller, Highbridge Sporth