summerhill stud equus champion breeder 2009
summerhill stud equus champion breeder 2009

Team Summerhill

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It’s always gratifying to receive the good wishes of our friends when things go our way, and this year’s Breeders Championship has been as gratifying as any in the many good wishes we’ve received.

As satisfying as any was the note we received from Wayne Aldridge, international doyen of the bloodstock and insurance worlds, and the founder of what is today the Equine insurance business, headed up by Gary Grant and Chris Haynes. Wayne hails from Sydney today, and is one of Australia’s top purveyors of these services. He knows this industry as well as anyone we know, and his opinions carry the weight of gold. Of course, we’re all human, and he may have been overly generous in what he had to say, carrying a bias on the back of a thirty year friendship with those of us associated with Summerhill. Nonetheless, when Wayne has something to say, he does so sincerely and with the weight of a mind that’s as smart as any in the game.

Note from Wayne Aldridge :


I was thrilled to see that Summerhill Stud was awarded 2009 Equus Champion Breeder. Many congratulations to you and your champion team. A difference between Champion’s Summerhill and the Springboks is that you are more dominant and consistent in your field of expertise. Also the Boks have only two, perhaps, three others to beat – thoroughbred breeding is more or should be more competitive. However given the regularity with which you retain the Champion Breeder trophy, one could be forgiven for thinking that it’s a “one horse race” and that others are giving up out of despair. I’ve lost count – Summerhill has been Equus Champion Breeder for at least the last 4 years. Very well done Mick. You deserve every success.

Congratulations also on Rebel King being awarded Champion Sprinter. Keep up the good work.

Kind regards,


Wayne Aldridge

B.Com, CA(SA), QPIB, Dip Fin Serv (Ins Brok)

Managing Director

E-Quine Insurance Services Pty Ltd (AFS licence no. 315794)

ABN 59 125 513 500

PO Box 229, St Ives, NSW, 2075, Australia

Tel: 02 9988 4546 Fax: 02 9988 3849

Mob: 0412 333 808