The most productive breeding dirt in the world…
(Photo : Summerhill Stud)
“SUMMERHILL IS MORE
THAN GOOD REAL ESTATE…”
Continuing the extracts from the Summerhill Sires Brochure for 2010/2011. Are you on the mailing list? If not then please let us have your details and we’ll gladly ensure you get a personal copy when it’s published on the 1st August.
“Summerhill is more than good real estate. Rolling hills and deep complex soils over sandstone and basalt, hundreds of great trees and emerald green pastures tell you the country is kind, but not soft. With their stately Prime Ministerial residences, their rich racing heritage and old chapel basking in the lee of Giant’s Castle, Summerhill and Hartford are national treasures.
These farms are deep in horse country, just outside Mooi River, a slow village with a little railway station, left behind by the Anglo Boer War. There are more churches per capita than anywhere else. Old families and a bit of old money still abound.
Summerhill is somehow a farm though, before it is a business, only as good as its current battery of runners, and what it puts back into the soils. It doesn’t really need a sales pitch. You learn soon enough what this place is about.
Racing has many fine showplaces, built by millionaires with profits from elsewhere. Few properties of Summerhill’s ilk finance themselves entirely on the quality of their horsemen. These people know what they owe, and they understand the responsibility of living in the shadow of “The Giant”. With their sixth consecutive Breeders’ Championship under their belts in the most competitive decade in history, they could just be living on the most productive piece of horse breeding “dirt” in the world.”
SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
D Cohen & Sons
Sporting Post 4 July 2010