Investec Stallion Day
Investec Stallion Day

Investec Stallion Day

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Summerhill Stud

3 July 2011

We’re all getting carried away with the usual euphoria around the Vodacom Durban July, but those at Summerhill have even bigger fish to fry from an organisational perspective. Sunday witnesses the 32nd renewal of our annual Stallion Day, sponsored for the first time this year by Investec Bank. You have to work with professionals like Investec, whose name now adorns the world’s most famous horserace, the Epsom Derby, Twickenham rugby ground and the southern hemisphere’s premier rugby competition, the Super 15, to know how organised they are. We’ve always prided ourselves on the professionalism of our team, and we have been matched in every department by Investec, who’ve brought fresh nuances and subtleties to the art of promotion right into the thoroughbred breeding heartland of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. From one champion team to another, well done Investec.

More than twenty different nations will descend upon Summerhill on Sunday, headed up by the Premier of KZN, Dr. Zweli Mkhize and any number of the South Africa’s most celebrated citizens.

Those attending will not only be entertained in the traditional way, they will be part of history, witnessing as they are the opening of the Al Maktoum School Of Management Excellence, the only institution of its kind in the world, at the only facility of its kind on a stud farm anywhere.

On Monday morning, we have a capacity subscription for the first Winter School in South African racing history, which commences in the new Hall Of Fame theatre, and we would urge our readers to visit the school on this site (click School Of Excellence), while they are browsing this column. No fewer than four internationally renowned professors will be delivering on a range of diverse topics including the local and international economy (Professor Brian Kantor,)entrepreneurship and family businesses, (Professor Justin Craig,)Investing in thoroughbreds (Moneyweb’s Alec Hogg,)Mike de Kock on his international escapades, Advocate Altus Joubert SC on the history of racing in South Africa (a wonderfully entertaining speaker on a fascinating subject), Professors Alan Guthrie and Schulmann on their veterinary specialities, bio-farming guru, John Fair, on the new revolution in farming and industry stalwarts, Jehan Malherbe, Dr. John McVeigh and Graham Hawkins, as learned as you would find anywhere in the world, on their own niche subjects.

We know that the first day is already a sell-out, so if there are people wanting to make the course, they’ll need to take side seats for Monday, though there are few slots open for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Enquiries to Heather Morkel on 082 871 6915 or email

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