Equus Champion Breeder - Team Summerhill Stud
(Photo : JC Photographics)
EQUUS AWARDS 2010
“Extract from The Witness”
In what must be the tightest held championship in horse racing, Mooi River-based Summerhill Stud won the National Breeder’s title for a sixth consecutive year at a glittering function at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, on Thursday evening.
In all of its 112 years of recorded history, the Breeders’ Premiership has resided in the hands of only six farms, and Summerhill is the first on this side of the Drakensberg.
“It’s a great tribute to a fine stock-raising environment, a great climate and one of the best teams in the world. Racing in South Africa is as competitive as it comes, and you have to give your A-game every time your horses step onto a racecourse, because there are thousands of spectators out there commentating”, said an obviously delighted Mick Goss, CEO of Summerhill.
The Midlands nursery not only eclipsed their nearest rivals by more than R10 million, but they also produced the highest stakes earner for the season, with Pierre Jourdan amassing R3,175 million from eight starts. Just a fortnight ago, another product of the farm, Hear The Drums, became the winning-most horse in history, with thirty-three victories.
Another signal achievement on an evening of many outstanding feats, fell to Mike de Kock, who set a new earnings record of more than R22 million. His achievements across the globe are legendary, and there are many in racing internationally who rate De Kock the best in his profession anywhere.