mare and foal

Snooty Lady with her 69kg colt foal by Kahal
(Grant Norval)

Just a month ago, we penned the story about a foal weighing in at 67kgs, expressing our amazement at the size of this youngster by Solskjaer, who’d left his mother somewhat battered and bruised (and still recovering). Last Friday evening witnessed a “topper”, with J&B Met hero, Angus sister, Snooty Lady, clocking up a 69kg monster in the form of a colt foal by current No.1 sire, Kahal.

We’ve never seen foals this size, and it’s pretty much across the board that we’re seeing greater skeletal structure in those produced here. While its not always a good thing (because of the damage it can do to the mare’s reproductive tract), 99.9% of these foalings pass without incident, and we guess it’s a tribute to the organic farming practices we instituted some years ago at Summerhill, as we’ve seen a 5-6 kg increase in the average foal weights on the property.

Last Friday evening’s addition is a three-quarter brother to Joey Ramsden’s outstanding galloper, Lostintranslation, who died sadly at the height of his powers during the KZN’s winter season this year.

Hopefully, this fellow will pick up where his illustrious older brother left off. The mare is owned in partnership with Messers Rodney Thorpe and Roger Zeeman, stalwarts of this family from day one through their celebrated broodmare, Nobely Known (by Royal Prerogrative).