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THE SAPPI AWARDS 2010

summerhill stallion brochure 2009-2010
summerhill stallion brochure 2009-2010

Summerhill Sires Brochure 2009-2010

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Sappi Africa Print Awards

We’ve been showered with compliments for our 2010/11 edition of the Summerhill Brochure, which most of our readers know is part of the National Archives. An accolade from a different direction features, for the 2nd time, at the Sappi Business Publication Award, which, like the National Racing Awards, happens in the City of Gold tonight.

This is a singular compliment to our design agency Xpressions Advertising and Design, and our printers Pro-Print, who have served in these capacities for 11 and 23 years respectively.

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SAPPI AWARDS FINALS FOR SUMMERHILL SIRES BROCHURE

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summerhill sires brochure

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THE SUMMERHILL SIRES BROCHURE 2009/2010

Now one of the more widely circularised Stallion brochures in the world, the Summerhill Sire’s edition for last year was one of our best ever. For twenty-two years, it has formed part of the South African National Archives, and in more recent years it has become one of the nation’s most “awarded” business publications.  We have just received the news that it has once again been selected to go forward to the finals of the Sappi Awards for top annual business publication in its category in the land, and that’s a great feather in the cap for all of those on the farm who contribute towards it, as well as to Filly Hayward’s marvellous team at Xpressions Advertising and Design

Just as we’re looking forward to Hear The Drum’s charge for the all-time record number of wins on the 23rd, and Pierre Jourdan’s assault on the Triple Crown on the 24th of April respectively, we live in anticipation of the Sappi “finals”.

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THE SUMMERHILL SIRES BROCHURE; AN INSTITUTION IN ITS OWN RIGHT

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summerhill sires brochure

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Friday afternoon marked the launch of the annual Summerhill Sires brochure, this time the 21st edition. There’ve been a few milestones on the way and they are:

1) This is the 20th edition printed by Pro-Print, whose association with this farm came courtesy of a phenomenal lady, Noreen Walker, who was sadly denied the pleasures of mature age after a valiant battle with cancer.

2) Characteristically, she never left any business unfinished, and when she was first diagnosed, she put us in the hands of Felicity Hayward, whose custodianship of our brochure commenced ten years ago this year, and around which she founded her now famous business, Xpressions.

3) These two ladies set standards in the advertising, reproduction and print trade this country has scarcely known, to the degree that the Summerhill brochure has made the finals for the printing trade on numerous occasions, including, on occasions winning its category for the best trade publication of its kind.

4) Its place as a record of excellence is marked by the requirement that we lodge a copy every year with the South African Stud Book Association (a government body) as well as the National Archives, and its importance to the latter is signified by the fact that in one errant year, when we omitted to send them one, we received a legal demand! We haven’t failed since.

5) Its place in the world of bloodstock publications is evident today, by the fact that it reaches just about every worthwhile publishing house in the world, and it’s been hailed as essential reading by their eminences, Coolmore and Darley, producers of the other two major publications of this kind. The greatest salutations to the content of the Sires brochure lies in its occasional plageriasations that we “find” in other people’s publications, though we have to confess that from time to time, we find inspiration in the genius of their’s as well!

6) While we’re not entirely sure where we sit in the world of stallion brochures, it’s a staggering compliment to ours, that more than once, Coolmore’s Magnier family have recognised it as the “best”, particularly given the fact that Coolmore was the original torch-bearer. It was the standards set by their remarkable man, Richard Henry, that lead to the spectacular publications that we see these days from Darley ourselves and a spectacular array of these documents you find across the length and breadth of the bloodstock world.

7) It’s a little known fact, but we need to pay special tribute to Xpressions today. Not only for their creative geniuses, but also for the fact that they manage the Summerhill blog, specifically Michael Nefdt, who has taken blogging in the bloodstock world to an unprecedented level.

8) The extent to which they’ve become a part of our operation and our right arm in the big city on the Indian Ocean is reflected in the notion that at the farm, they’re regarded as “Summerhillees”. For all of you when we get back from the National Racing Awards next week.

9) As we write, a delegation of some of the Summerhill team leave for Johannesburg for the official launch of the brochure, and of course to attend Racing’s Oscars on Thursday evening. More on that later in the week. 

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WHEN OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

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ap arrow clark handicap video
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admire main hanshin racecourse video

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A.P.Arrow and Admire Main in action

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“More Bulldust Part 6”

Extract from Summerhill Sires Brochure 2009-2010

Let me start with a confession. At Summerhill we’re optimists. There seems little point in being anything else. In tough times, the virtues that inspire us are old-fashioned and unglamorous, and it’s good to discover there are hidden reserves of majesty and honour, genius and luck.

At last, we can retire the analogy between our financial circumstances and the Great Depression. Whatever had to be done has been done, and we must now get on with our lives. In the horse business, for a change, we’re the lucky ones. There are still Julys, Mets and Summer Cups to be won, and decisions taken now will only be judged in 2012. The world will be much wiser by then.

Twenty years ago, in similarly dire times, we went out and courted the patronage of Dubai’s Rulers. That changed our lives, as well as the local racing landscape. Times like these call for responses like this, and on this occasion we’ve looked to Japan for salvation. The Japanese changed the world with Toyota, and the Yoshida family have made a similar impression on the realm of the racehorse.

Many people have given up on breeding the Classic racehorse. The horse with the aptitude to excel at the distances of our best races, and then travel abroad, and do the same at distances beyond, if necessary.

Most people may have given up, but not the Yoshidas. And certainly not Summerhill. Relationships like these can define the life of a farm, and we’ve kicked ours off with a horse that took just three starts to become one of the household names of his generation. Three wins from three starts, two in Graded Stakes, and a combined victory margin approaching sixteen lengths, left many a fan with the idea that in ADMIRE MAIN, here was the heir apparent to his own phenomenal sire, Sunday Silence. His effort in his country’s biggest race for the Classic generation suggests they may have been right, but the intrusion of injury robbed us of the opportunity to judge him properly.

We simply don’t know what extraordinary feats he may have been capable of, but from what he’d revealed so far, he was certainly out of the ordinary.

Barry Irwin is a remarkably astute judge of a racehorse. When Barry speaks, we listen. Not long ago, he was asked to value a son of the “Emperor” of American stallions in the hope he might be secured for South Africa. His response was such, the hope was abandoned. Events since then have conspired in our favour, and when A.P.ARROW finally came within range, it was time for action.

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Part 1 to Part 6

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SIX OF THE BEST

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summerhill stud grade one

“A Grade One victory, the Holy Grail of our sport”

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“More Bulldust Part 6”

Extract from Summerhill Sires Brochure 2009-2010

When you see the full regalia of six “green” flags hoisted at the Summerhill Stallion barn, be sure there’s a celebration cooking.

That’s the sign of a Grade One victory, the Holy Grail of our sport. Qualifying for a Grade One is an unfailingly accurate gauge of class. You need it to get there, and you refine it by staying there.

In recent times, the “green” flags have been doing a lot of fluttering at Summerhill. A Gold Cup hero, a Flying Championship ace and a Garden Province queen.

And just to show that class is a way of life at Summerhill, dual Guineas victor Imbongi, Paris Perfect and Art of War have been blazing their own trails across the sands of Dubai. At the highest level.

What it all comes down to, is this. The best of land, the best of people, and the best of care. And there’s no such thing as a “minor” detail.

In fact, you could say it’s what makes Summerhill Summerhill.

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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5

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THE IDEA IS EXCELLENCE

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al maktoum school of excellence link

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Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence worksite

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“More Bulldust Part 5”

Extract from Summerhill Sires Brochure 2009-2010

A few years ago, on TV’s Business channel, we were asked how we measured the success of our business. Firstly, it’s the piece of wood that marks the end of 2200 metres on the First Saturday in July. Secondly, and just as importantly, it’s the homeruns of our people.

Take care of your people, and they’ll take care of the bottom line. We don’t give up on anybody; we believe in deathbed conversations. It’s part of the culture at Summerhill and it’s a policy that’s awarded thirty two scholarships to our people in the past thirteen years. To the best farms in the world.

It’s a policy that’s rewarded the energies of two young Zulu cooks in the Hartford kitchen, with national honours at cooking exhibitions in Zurich and Prague. And it’s a philosophy that’s made cultural ambassadors of our traditional dancers (all 35 of them) when they finished 3rd, then 2nd, at the World Traditional Dance Championships in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Second. In the whole darn world. We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give, and these are the things that get us up in the morning.

Africa is the next place, the last frontier of opportunity. Take your hats off, if you will, to the learned countries of the north for their financial systems and their industries, but the final gift, and perhaps the most precious of all, will come from Africa. The corridors of civilization have become increasingly crowded and belligerent, and there will be a premium on countries that offer space, tranquility, and critically, the human touch.

When it comes to humanity, for all its paradoxes, Africa stands alone. It is the final bastion of untapped creativity, the front which reconnects us to our roots. Travel the world and return to Africa, and you’ll know that deep, within you, there resides an understanding that this is where we all began.

Long ago, our upbringing deprived us of the human touch, trapping us into a lopsided worship of money, and belongings and a spiritual wasteland. Africa has the talent, nay the genius, to reintroduce us to our ourselves. Talent hits the target no-one else can hit; genius hits the target no-one else can.

So what’s this all about? In our case, it’s the recognition of another gift we’ve gained from Africa. The realisation that there’s an interdependence between ourselves and all the other inhabitants of this earth. The trees, the animals, the insects, the air itself.

When it comes to horses, the Zulus, who’ve been tending their herds for millennia in these valleys, will stand their ground with best in the world. In our book, they are the best in the world. And the generosity of our benefactors of the past 20 years, Dubai’s Rulers, is what will take them to the next level.

This time next year, the Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence will be a reality. The first of its kind in Africa, and in its own way, the first of its kind anywhere.

It’s what South Africa deserves, and it’s the legacy Their Highnesses want to leave.

The opportunity is here; the time is now.

Hope may well be the music of the future. Faith is the courage to dance to it.

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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4

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Summerhill Sires Brochure 2009-2010

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summerhill sires brochure

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It’s taking shape, the new 2009/10 Summerhill Sires brochure – are you on the mailing list? If not, email info@summerhill.co.za to make sure you receive your copy.

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RIDE THE BREEZE - REAP THE WHIRLWIND

winter at summerhill stud
winter at summerhill stud

Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Greig Muir)

“More Bulldust Part 4”

Extract from Summerhill Sires Brochure 2009-2010

Things are different now. The global financial turbulence has left few people with anywhere to hide. It’s times like these that expose our colours, that define who we are and remind us what we stand for.

When Pat Goss Snr found himself in the winner’s circle in the aftermath of St Pauls’ victory in the 1946 Durban July, he was unhesitating in his response. He applied the proceeds towards the acquisition of a son of Hyperion, the pre-eminent stallion of his era. Despite the austerity of the times, Pat Goss felt heowed it to racing.

Summerhill has just emerged from a triumphant series of sales.

Twenty percent up when the world was 40% down. A comforting thought in austere times.

Right now though, our customers are looking to us for an act of faith. Like us, they know we’re covering our mares for the 2012 sales. They see this as a time of opportunity, a time to getahead when others are retreating.

So we’ve honoured their courage by upping the ante. With the best collection of young stallions ever assembled. We owe it tothem, we owe it to our staff, and we owe it to South Africa.

In the process, we’ve taken the word “faith” to a new level.

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Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

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Summerhill Sires Video 2009 - 2010

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Mick Goss presents the Summerhill Stud Stallions for the 2009 - 2010 season. The lineup includes AP Arrow, Admire Main, Malhub, Stronghold, Solskjaer, Ravishing, Kahal, Muhtafal, Mullins Bay and Way West.

Summerhill Stud : The Genuine Article
Summerhill Stud : The Genuine Article

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South African Breeders' Championship : THE BIG FIVE

a misty morning at summerhill stud
a misty morning at summerhill stud

A misty Summerhill morning

(Photo : Greig Muir)

“More Bulldust Part 3”

Extract from Summerhill Sires Brochure 2009-2010

Horses are a language we can all share.

Sometimes there are quiet asides, sometimes dramatic moments, but there’s always a story to tell. Look hard enough and you’ll find romance in the life of every great racehorse.

At Summerhill, we think we’re the luckiest people on the planet. We wake up on one of the great pieces of real estate on earth; we gaze out upon a World Heritage site, the Drakensberg; we go to work with some of mankind’s finest human beings; and we get to work with the noblest creature the good Lord ever created.

On the way, we’ve visited the mountain top, a place few people ever get to go. In the annals of recorded history, only six farms have ever aspired to the South African Breeders’ Championship, the tightest contest in all of racing. In what must surely be remembered as the “Summerhill decade”, we’ve known so many champagne moments, but they are mere footnotes in an extraordinary tour de force.

Understand, there was no big enterprise or family cash behind Summerhill. In a world as competitive as it’s ever been, and with massive fortunes pouring into the game, we’ve had to do things differently. A bit of inspiration, loads of perspiration, the occasional celebration.

The result is an animal that’s had to be different. A horse that runs like he knows what he owes.

The “Toyota” of South African racing: excellent quality, great dependability, and outstanding value. The virtues our nation has come to respect most. And they know too, this is the “Genuine Article”. Honest, authentic, the original.

Any number of records and five consecutive Breeders’ Championships later, besides God, we owe these victories to the racehorse. Our history was written on his back. We are his heirs, but he is his own heritage.

For close on a century now, our families have devoted themselves to this religion. We are unashamedly proud of our connectivity with our sport, and the fact that every day, there’s a new story to tell.

So mark this then. When you’re dealing with Summerhill, you’re not only buying a horse or a service. You’re buying a piece of history.

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south african breeders log
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More Bulldust

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“THE ROAD TO EL DORADO”

If you should hear in the streets of our village, what Summerhill owes to the bank, it’s not that our financial custodians have been indiscreet. It’s part of our deal with our people.

There were times in our thirty years that those numbers would have frightened the life out of some folk. But it was part of the faith we have with our bankers. They backed us every inch of the way.

Building an enterprise of Summerhill’s ilk, is a daunting prospect. Especially if you kick off at ground zero. It takes time, and it guzzles capital.

So write this down. May 2nd, 2009. A halcyon moment in our history. For the first time in three decades, we had cash in the bank.

A signal, if ever there was one, that we’d cut the mustard. Fundamental to all of this, was a single standout feature. We backed the Summerhill stallions.Every inch of the way. In all our time, we never wavered, all the while knowing they’d deliver the bacon. At the right time, at the right price.

Yet, in preparing ourselves for the battles of the turf, it’s not about paying less. It never has been. Value is about getting more for your money, which is what the Summerhill Sires have always been about. And remember this, we pay what you pay, and we only win if you win.

In the end though, it all boils down to this. If you’re not using a Summerhill stallion, ask yourself or your advisors why not?

After all, in this game, you don’t win silver. You only lose gold.

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