Justin Le Lievre
NZ Bloodstock Agent
I grew up in a harness racing family in Canterbury with my late father Stuart holding a professional trainers and drivers licence.
My great great Grandfathers brother Etienne Le Lievre was one of the first New Zealanders to import standardbreds from America. He bred the winners of countless Group Races including Auckland and New Zealand Cups. Years of working for dad in the stable enabled me to learn about many aspects of training horses.
After leaving St Thomas's College I attended Lincoln University to study a B.Ag.Commerce.
A sabbatical took me to America where I studied at the University Of Minnesota in agricultural based subjects with working experience in viticulture and dairying.
From there I worked in London as a Positions Keeper in a foreign exchange bank, Landesbank Stuttgart . On arrival back home my interest in the Police saw me join and remain for 7 ½ years in the New Zealand Police Force. I was a onetime Body Guard to the then Prime Minister Jim Bolger. Whilst in the Police I acted in a TV series "Duggan" and starred as a lead in several TV Commercials. A keen interest in the entertainment business had developed . On leaving the Police I attended Broadcasting School in Christchurch. Whilst there I called Super Rugby on the radio and club rugby for CTV.I left the course at polytechnic having secured a job with Trackside Television where I was the front man for harness racing in the South Island for thirteen and a half years.
In that time I set up Le Lievre Bloodstock and have been selling ever since.
I have a strong sense of doing what is right and have proven myself over the years to be an agent of the utmost integrity and ability.
To date I have made my niche largely purchasing horses for clients before they have hit the race track and have had great success in this area. Horses like Corka Dream(1 unplaced start) , Rider On The Storm, Mach Banner, Fear Factor,Memphis Tennessee, Herrick Roosevelt, Speed Man,Overanova and Lady Segil all purchased before they had raced.
Adding to my Bloodstock credentials was a two year stint with Wai Eyre Stud Farm( The Home Of Christian Cullen) as their Stallion Marketing Manager.
I have judged standardbreds at local shows.
My partner Teresa a nurse is a former rider of horses and loves the Racing Industry. My son Louis and daughter Mimi are both still at school studying hard.!!