Summerhill Sires 2013/2014

Summerhill Stud CEO, Mick Goss, presents the Summerhill Sires for the 2013 / 2014 breeding season. Featured in this formidable line-up of Thoroughbred Stallion talent are Await The Dawn (Son of Giant’s Causeway), Brave Tin Soldier (Son of Storm Cat), Visionaire (Grandson of Gone West), Golden Sword (Son of High Chaparral), Mullins Bay (Son of Machiavellian), A.P. Arrow (Son of A.P. Indy), Admire Main (Son of Sunday Silence), Traffic Guard (Son of More Than Ready) and Ato (Son of Royal Academy).

This is what Mick had to say prior to Summerhill’s crowning as South Africa’s Champion Breeder for a 9th consecutive year… a record in the modern era :

“South Africa’s is about the most tightly-held Breeders’ Premiership  on the planet, one which, since the beginning of recording, has been  held by just six entities, and to the best of our knowledge in the  pre-recording era, just one or two others have aspired to the  mountaintop.

Ours though is unique for a couple of other reasons, the first of  which is our locality. Since the breeding of racehorses first kicked off  in the Western Cape several centuries ago, no farm on this side of the  Drakensberg had ever been there until we won our first title in the  2004/2005 season. We’d been close before, agonisingly so the previous  year, but winning it was a milestone not only for Summerhill, but for  the fabric of racehorse production across the country. At last it put to  rest the widely-held theory that you couldn’t breed a decent horse in  these parts, and we have to concede, it took more than a year or two for  us to believe it was true, and that is was repeatable.

The second unique feature of this championship, is that no farm has  held it for eight consecutive years since the seemingly “interminable”  reign of the famous Birch Brothers in the early 1980s.  The title had resided with them ever since recordings began in 1947, and  it was uninterrupted for 36 years. We can’t see a repeat of that in the  modern era, given the depth, the power and the excellence of the  opposition these days. Historically, the breeding of racehorses was the  preserve of farmers, stockmen who lived on their farms, and raised  horses as part of a mixed enterprise. They did so with limited means,  and those that knew their stock best and applied the smartest of  intuitions, climbed the mountain. These days, the world of racehorse  breeding in South Africa is entirely different. It is dominated by big  money and big business, people with the means to buy virtually what they  want in the way of genetics, to acquire the best of land and to employ  the best of management. The kind of people who used to own the farms in  those days are now running them, and they have at their disposal the  personnel, the equipment and all the trappings of big enterprise, at  their disposal.

Summerhill stands on its own in the top half dozen studs in the land  as a pure farming entity, funded through the endeavours of its people  alone, and carried along by the achievements of the horses it raises.  Few properties of Summerhill’s ilk finance themselves on the quality of  their horsemen. These people know what they owe, and they understand the  responsibility of living in the shadow of Giant’s Castle. If it does  nothing else, Summerhill is a beacon for those who would want the world  to be a better place, and who have hopes of one day repeating the feat.”

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Credits

Director

Michael Nefdt

Cinematography

Devin Carter

Producer

Michael Nefdt

Executive Producer

Matt Nefdt

Script and Narration

Mick Goss

Camera Operators

Devin Carter, Matt Nefdt

Grips

Marcus Hebbelmann

Makeup and Wardrobe

Jules Ruby

Production Accountant

Levonne Nefdt

Stallion Co-ordination

Greig Muir

Project Co-ordination

Amorette Kramer

Editor

Devin Carter

Compositing and Animation

Andrew Sutherland and Matt Nefdt

Sound Engineer

Matt Nefdt

Studio Technician

Andrew Sutherland

Final Audio Master

Devin Carter

Photography

JC Photographics, Gold Circle, Greig Muir, Leigh Willson, Gareth du Plessis, Andrew Watkins, Trevor Jones, Heather Morkel, Coolmore Australia, Ascot Racecourse, Victoria Racing Club, Dubai Racing Club, Singapore Turf Club, Press Association, Winnants Brothers, Sport Horse Data, Magic Millions, Inglis, Bloodstock South Africa, Summerhill Archives

Additional Footage

Tellytrack, Andrew Bon, Dubai Racing Club, Singapore Turf Club, Racing UK, Ascot Racecourse, At The Races, Japan Racing Association, New York Racing Association, Meadowlands Race Track, Gulfstream Park Racing, Churchill Downs, RTE, Summerhill Archives

Special Thanks

Xpressions Advertising & Design, Felicity Hayward, Megan Romeyn, Brian Joffe, Mike de Kock, Heather Morkel, Haydn Bam, Helen Taylor, Yuka Matsumura, Cheryl Goss, Hartford House, School of Management Excellence