You might think you’re at a different farm when you drive in through the Hartford gate these days. But don’t be fooled, the noble heads sticking out over brand new stable doors are still the ‘original Summerhill article’.

The main Hartford stables, built by Italian prisoners of war in 1941 for the Ellis family, are still sheltering horses against the bitter cold Midlands winters. Looking a bit shabby after 66 years of use (talk about value-for-money) the stables have been fitted with new, custom made, Meranti doors and metal frames. This is just a small part of Summerhill Stud’s efforts to push our standards to World Class and Beyond.

And why do I call them the Doors of Opportunity? Well, with 42 of the colts being prepped for the Ready to Run Sale, stabled here, where does the opportunity end? The SA Guineas or Gomma Gomma?

Posted by Annet Becker