Making The Days Count :
And Counting The Days
In an earlier update, we mentioned that Thabani graduated top of the Class of 2011 from the School of Management Excellence at Summerhill last year, and was selected by School Governors, Judge Alan Magid and ex-Jockey Club Chairman, Ronnie Napier, as the recipient of the Childwick Trust Scholarship to the National Stud. He was especially fortunate to be attending in the same year as Mathew de Kock, under whose tutelage Igugu initially “grew up” at the races.
Thabani had quite a few visitors earlier this month, including Sarah Frost, whose father worked for Jim Joel at his famous Childwick Bury Stud, which was the nursery to such famous horses as Royal Palace, Light Cavalry and Fairy Footsteps. Born and raised on Jim’s farm, and a teacher by profession, Sarah has worked for the Trust for a decade. Anthony Cane, trustee and chairman of the home of the Investec Derby, Epsom, has also spent some invaluable time with Thabani, and we are told that 5 members of the Trust will be in attendance at the graduation ceremony, which takes place on Friday the 29th June. For those who are new to this scholarship, we should recall that Jim Joel was a nephew of the storied Barney Barnato, who with Cecil John Rhodes, founded de Beers, the world’s biggest diamond company. The Joel brothers, Jim and Solly, were plucked out of the obscurity of London’s east-end, and recruited by their enterprising uncle into the diamond business, where they made their considerable fortunes.
A wonderful, warm, “feel-good” success story, Thabani has paid regular tribute to our School Of Excellence in the glowing yard reports that we’ve received. We wish the Class of 2012 luck for the forthcoming exam, and finalisation of their major projects. Looking forward to having you home Thabani and Mathew!