Gorella and Xavier Bozo
(Photo : IBC/Summerhill)
Another two arrivals for this weeks “sports” include Xavier and Natalie Bozo, two of France’s foremost breeders, and now neighbours of Summerhill. Among many good horses, they are renowned for the fact that they bred one of the world’s top fillies, Gorella, three seasons back. They were part of the French breeder’s tour to Summerhill just over a year ago, and they were among the few who’ve believed our propaganda, to the degree that they recently acquired one of our neighbouring farms, a beautiful property with a good stretch of the Mooi River in its foreground.
Tomorrow we’re expecting one of the mainstays of the Irish racing and breeding industry’s, Dermot and Meta Cantillon, who make their maiden voyage to Summerhill after many years as clients. Apart from being one of Ireland’s most prominent horseman, Dermot also manages the thoroughbred affairs of the famed Smurfit family (of the Smurfit Kappa Group). Dermot’s wife, Meta, is a daughter of the Dubai World Cup’s first chairman and one of Ireland’s most famous vets and stud managers, the late Dr. Michael Osborne, who not only pretty much built Sheikh Mohammed’s Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, but his son Joe is Sheikh Mohammed’s present manager. Meta is a qualified veterinary surgeon in her own right, and they are here to brighten our lives over the weekend, including the stallion parade.