summerhill stud evening
summerhill stud evening

“…it provides you with the satisfaction of knowing that a proper day’s work has been done.”

(Photo : Greig Muir)

Lest we should appear to have taken our fifth consecutive Breeders’ Championship for granted, allow us to quickly set your minds at rest. While it was obviously something of a fait accompli a good few months back, we have never forgotten the honour this premiership bestows on our farm. We remember every day, that in all of recorded history only six entities have aspired to the title, and without doubt, it’s the tightest held championship in all of racing, by the standards of any country anywhere.

We were never ambitious about the Breeders’ Championship, because as often as not, ambitions tend to disappoint, but what we were ambitious about were the standards we set for ourselves. Most times, if you do things the best you can, and you aspire to be world-class in all your endeavours, the rest takes care of itself, and while that wont necessarily materialise in titles, it provides you with the satisfaction of knowing that a proper day’s work has been done.

While we’re on the subject, it’s time for us to acknowledge the efforts of one of the great teams of the world. Great sacrifices have been made here in our 30 years in business, and great labour has been undertaken. Granted, Summerhill has done its best, within the limits of its resources to provide our team with opportunities to grow, including 32 international scholarships for our previously disadvantaged community, but the beneficiaries have more than compensated for that investment. They have developed a new sense of their own self-worth, and they’ve lifted the standards by which we operate to levels we never anticipated, and today, it’s time for all of us to lift our hats and salute.

It’s true, you make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.

south african thoroughbred breeders log 2009/2009
south african thoroughbred breeders log 2009/2009