ABOUT

Justin Vermaak
Founder and Principal

Justin has been involved in the bloodstock world for a relatively short time but has already accomplished much. Starting out as an assistant trainer, Justin became a highly successful jockey's agent. He then became an official handicapper at the NHRA at only 21. In his mid twenties he took his first step from the racing scene into the bloodstock and breeding world, as racing manager for Dr Andreas Jacobs and his Maine Chance Farms. It was during this time that he co-founded Green Street International and had to leave the permanent employ of Maine Chance, although still independently sourcing bloodstock for the farm. Green Street International was built into a highly successful syndication company of almost 100 winners, including multiple Gr1 performers and stakes horses. Green Street International was represented by more than 50 horses at its peak and also expanded into Singapore. Justin has now left the world of commercial syndication and heads up Vermaak Equine, a bloodstock company focused on implementing select policy for its clients to maximize their success.

 

We are blessed to work for exceptional clients and perform roles as listed below:

Bloodstock consultancy for the Wernars family which includes purchasing of yearlings, purchasing and selling of horses in training and mares for stud as well as yearling retention and management of the broodmare band. 

Bloodstock management and now also racing management for Dr Andreas Jacobs and his South African breeding operation, Maine Chance Farms. This includes yearling retention, sourcing breeding stock, marketing of the farm and management of its racing operation. 

 

Vermaak Equine also purchases horses of perceived "value" with the intention of "racing to sell". We currently have stock in the UK, USA, Argentina, South Africa and Singapore. 

 

Bloodstock sourcing for Hardwicke Racing in Singapore. James Peters is an exceptionally talented horseman and we are privileged to assist in sourcing horses for his Hardwicke Racing Club and some of his patrons

The Team

Jamie-Lee Oliveira 
Bloodstock Assistant

Jamie recently joined the team as our bloodstock assistant. She is in control of all the administration duties as well as keeping our clients in the loop with updates on all their horses, from track work to raceday! She herself is a distinguished horsewoman having represented her country for showjumping internationally as well as having represented her province in both showjumping and equitation. 

Glen Kotzen
Trainer - South Africa

Glen is our trainer in the Western Cape region of South Africa. He trains from his stunning private facility in the Cape Winelands. Glen has an excellent eye for young stock and backs it up with training ability that has seen him train multiple champions over a career spanning decades.

Johan Janse Van Vuuren
Trainer - South Africa

Johan is our trainer in the Gauteng and KZN regions of South Africa. An incredibly talented horseman and trainer of multiple Gr1 horses. Johan prides himself on his many feature race successes in his relatively short training career. Johan was the backbone of the highly successful training operation of Geoff Woodruff before taking out his own licence. 

James Peters 
Trainer - Singapore

James took over from his former boss Michael Freedman in Singapore and has never looked back. He has trained multiple group winners since taking out his license and has some great clients on his books including none other than the China Horse Club.