Hannah Goss
Hannah Goss

Hannah Goss aboard Graffiti

(Photo : Cheryl Goss)

“SPEAKING OF TALENT…”

Those who’ve followed these columns over the years, will remember the statement that, unlike most commercial pursuits which tend to be shorter in term when it comes to turning things over, breeding of racehorses is much more of a generational thing. This means that family-building is a prime ingredient in the production of good horses, and it’s no different in the human sphere. Sunday, at the Three Springs showground’s at Treverton College, the Goss’ granddaughter, Hannah, made her show jumping debut aboard her spritely Appaloosa pony, Graffiti. What a day, with five clear rounds, two of which were in the competition stages, including a jump-off against six other competitors. In her first-ever contest against a field of riders ranging between 13 and 20 years, little Hannah (just turned 9) concluded her last round in clear fashion again, to take the third place rosette, beaten only by the clock.

There must be an adventurous spirit tucked away in the family somewhere, as she and Graffiti went into those jumps with a confidence and a verve unusual in a debutant, particularly one of such tender years.

Speaking of young talent, Summerhill’s latest foray into the Magic Millions weanling sales at the Gold Coast was especially enlightening, because it featured the first progeny of some of the world’s best racehorses of recent generations. These included the English Derby and Champion Stakes hero, New Approach; unbeaten two year old Teofilo; Horse of the Year, Duke Of Marmalade; English Derby and Eclipse winner Authorized; Champion three year old and Champion Miler, Henrythenavigator etc. We’ve managed to get our hands on three of them, though for a band of this ilk, ideally you’d have liked one of each. Make a date for next years Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, and get your hands on one.

Here they are: 

Authorized - Cherry Orchard
Authorized - Cherry Orchard
Duke Of Marmalade - Heaven Instead
Duke Of Marmalade - Heaven Instead
Teofilo - Trumps
Teofilo - Trumps

Please click the thumbnails above to enlarge…

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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