SUMMERHILL STALLION DAY
Sunday, 6th July 2014
In a world characterised by promotional hyperbole and information overload, the events they advertise sometimes fall short of their billing. Yesterday, Summerhill held its 31st annual Stallion Day at the School of Equine Management Excellence, and the occasion was dignified by the presence of heads of state, cabinet minsters, representatives of three different royal families, close on 20 different countries and more than 500 guests. Including our staff, we fed more than 800 souls, who quaffed away more than 300 bottles of the finest products the L’Ormarins and Haute Cabriere wine estates could muster. Even if we say so ourselves, it was a helluva occasion, as memorable, if not more so, than anything we’ve put on before, and in the end, the spirit of generosity of the attendees was demonstrated in a turnover approaching R500,000 for the stallion services on auction, which will go towards the School’s cause. In the process, we celebrated the invitation of our traditional dance troupe to the Edinburgh Festival at the end of this month; we exalted in John Motaung’s election by the English National Stud as their Top Practical Student of the year last week, and we recalled the fact that three of our young Zulu chefs have represented South Africa at cooking exhibitions as far afield as Zurich, Shanghai and Prague.
Today, the Winter Workshop opened up a new front in the intellectual debate on racing, and showcased lectures by some of the world’s foremost authorities on their topics. We’ll not spoil the party with a commentary on what we know: we’d rather you heard the lectures yourselves when we post them on YouTube a few days from now. For the time being though, we’re pinching ourselves that this farm, deep in the rural valleys of the KZN Midlands, could host these vital conversations which affect not only this country, but the racing and breeding world at large. We know we’re lucky, and events like these remind us just how lucky we are. Of course, one day our luck may run out, but we sure as hell will never stand accused of having not tried it!
|STALLION||FEE (ZAR)||AUCTION (ZAR)||SECOND SERVICE (ZAR)|
|Await The Dawn||30,000||47,000||46,000|
|Brave Tin Soldier||30,000||30,000||28,000|
|Mullins Bay Portrait||18,000||17,000|
|Haute Cabriere Brut Magnum x 6||4,000|
|Protea Merlot Magnum||11,000||11,000|