Kipling Camp with the Wright Family inset (Belinda, Bob and Anne)
(Photo : Toft Tiger/ Kipling Camp)
ANNE WRIGHT : AN EXTRAORDINARY LADY
Last year more than 32,000 visitors passed this way, visiting either Summerhill, Hartford or Vuma Feeds. By the standards of Lane’s End, Claiborne or Coolmore, this might not be extraordinary, but by the standards of a Zulu farm located ten kilometres outside of the tiny “dorp” of Mooi River, at the southernmost tip of what the civilized world like to call the darkest continent, it’s quite a throng.
Just recently, we had a rather unique visitor, courtesy of Lord and Lady Kensington, a lady who, together with her daughter has been recognised in the Queen’s Honours List for her work with tigers. Importantly, Anne Wright, whose stud Sultanpur Estate is located not far from the Taj Mahal, is also a racehorse breeder of some note, and a more than accomplished horsewoman.
The racing industry in India progresses with every passing day, and a glance at their sires roster, which includes the recent acquisition of the international celebrity, Noverre, suggests they mean business. Anne Wright is an extraordinary lady by any standards, and the stories of her work with tigers long ago passed into legend.
Her “thank you” note had this to say about her visit to Summerhill :
“It was very thrilling visiting your fabulous stud which is the best I’ve seen in my travels and just as good as Coolmore! It was very exciting seeing the stallions - what an amazing bunch of talent. And what lovely paddocks you have - was so envious of their size and the good grass you have”.