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Stallion Barn


The Soul of the Farm

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Stallion Barn


The Soul of the Farm

SUMMERHILL SIRES

There is an exuberance to stallions which we can’t explain. We know the five senses well, but there is nothing to match the thrill of knowing you’ve got your hands on a gem. The trick is to keep calm. And book a test drive.
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Boarding & Pre-Training


World Class Equine Facilities

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Boarding & Pre-Training


World Class Equine Facilities

Offering world class boarding and pre-training facilities, Summerhill Stud is the only place to board your horses in South Africa.

Summerhill provides the most comprehensive client service in South Africa.

Besides accommodating a sizeable proportion of the breeding stock of the nation's top owners, more than a third of the farm's resident horse population belong to customers in the United Kingdom, the USA, the UAE, Australia, France, Monaco and Hong Kong.

Perceptions

Being at the top often creates a perception that you must be the most expensive.

"Expensive" is a relative term, particularly in the world of thoroughbreds because it is not what you pay that matters. It's what you get that really counts.

Those that keep their horses with us will tell you that, when all is said and done, it's probably less "expensive" at Summerhill than most places, anywhere. And that's before we quantify the benefits that flow from your Breeders' Premiums and the knowledge that, when we're selling for you, you have one of the world's best teams at your disposal.

It's in the detail

Summerhill Stud has been crowned Champion South African Breeder for 9 consecutive years.

  • More than 3,000 acres of fully fenced secure paddocks
  • All pasture and crop land is maintained on strictly organic principles.
  • Carefully monitored complementary grazing programme to control parasites.
  • Paddocks sewn with a mixture of 11 grass species selected for optimal equine nutrition and growth.
  • These pasture-improved paddocks complement our natural grassland reserves.Internationally trained staff across foaling, yearling, ready to race, stallion and broodmare divisions
  • 260 stables
  • Yearling and stallion walker (the first in South Africa)
  • 2 x 1400 turf gallops, 2 x 1600m sand track and 2400 turf track.
  • Recent graduates from our tracks read like "Who's who" of the turf, and include :
  • PIERRE JOURDANCORREDORADMIRAL’S EYEFISANICHECCETTICHEKECHECOOKIE MONSTEROOCHEE AGENTPARIS PERFECTEXTRA ZERONEGEVSMANJEMANJESHOWMETHEWAYICE AXEFENERBAHCE and NO WORRIES.
  • 3 lunge arenas
  • On site veterinary care
  • Foal unit and surgery
  • Africa's best horse feed
  • The difference between a good feed and a great one amounts to a chasm. It can be the decider between defeat and glory, goodness and greatness, remembrance and immortality. That's why we feed VUMA.
  • 24-hour supervision
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Goss & Co


South Africa's longest serving Lloyd's of London Correspondent

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Goss & Co


South Africa's longest serving Lloyd's of London Correspondent

Why we only insure horses...

As Lloyd's of Londons longest serving correspondents in the horse business, Goss and Company holds the distinction of never having an unpaid claim in thirty one years. By any standards anywhere, that is unique, and it is a tribute to the calibre of our clientele as well as a powerful statement on the integrity of our underwriters.

Goss and Company is a discreet business with professional expertise across the full spectrum of equine risk management, and its customers are a remarkable "Who's Who" of the local and international business worlds. From small beginnings and despite its low profile, Goss and Company ranks today as the second largest bloodstock insurer on the continent.

The fact that it has the best claims history in Africa, entitiles its clients to the best rates and terms in the business, and we invite like-minded horse owners to join the elite fraternity of customers that have enjoyed the professional services of one of the World's most respected agencies for more than three decades.

There's nothing lost in giving us a call to test the value of these claims: it will be our pleasure to oblige, because, like everything else at Summerhill, it's about relationships.

Contact:
Louis Ainley
louise@summerhill.co.za
+27 (0) 33 263 1081

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Stud Tours


Producing world class racehorses since the 1930s

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Stud Tours


Producing world class racehorses since the 1930s

On these guided tours guests will experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with our exceptional stallions, mares and foals, horses in training as well as being informed about the property’s rich and interesting history dating back to as far as the Zulu wars.

At Summerhill, through Hartford House, we offer tours of our World Class stud. On these guided tours guests will experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with our exceptional stallions, mares and foals, horses in training as well as being informed about the property's rich and interesting history dating back to as far as the Zulu wars. The tours also encompass our School of Equine Management Excellence, which is part of our community upliftment programme, and is an outstanding conference and function venue. Furthermore, the tour takes you around the extensive estate and visitors can enjoy our abundant bird and wild life that flourishes in the fresh country air, while being able to view the diverse agricultural structure of the property.

Tours are strictly by appointment and cost R100p/p – for bookings contact:
info@hartford.co.za
+27 (0) 33 263 2713

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Hartford House


The home of good conversation, fine wine and classic horses

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Hartford House


The home of good conversation, fine wine and classic horses

The only world class hotel on a world class stud farm in the world

Besides locality, there is another common thread to Summerhill and Hartford House. They were both founded on dreams, widely disparate enterprises with a shared set of values. Being racehorse breeders and hoteliers, you can’t avoid the comparisons between the way we do things and how others go about their businesses. Survival in the modern world depends upon how you distinguish your product from the rest, and whatever Summerhill and Hartford are today, it’s because they were built on an intuitive understanding of what gets a pulse racing. It’s about authenticity, atmosphere and adventure, sounds, scents and scenery, tastes and taboos. Good hotels and good horses always reflect a sense of “place”, their environment, their histories, their traditions and importantly, their people. In the world of travel, a high level of discernment is creeping into every arena. Today, the customer’s interest in artisanal beer and food, for example, is echoed in a craving for artisanal hospitality.

That Hartford House is answering that call, is evident in its recent proclamation among the three leading country restaurants on the planet, by the senior food critic at The Wall Street Journal; a compliment to Hartford’s dedication in sating people’s interest in the world’s distinctive places. You quickly lose any sense of being in a unique environment when staying in a typical high-end hotel in London, New York or Shanghai, Sydney or Dubai.

Increasingly, travellers seek destinations that radiate a sense of lifestyle and weather, bespoken to their surroundings and community. Hotels should reflect their past, and the architecture of their neighbourhood; discerning guests understand the difference between décor and design, and seldom mistake flashy decoration for good design. In a delicately crafted critique, a much-respected scribe has just acknowledged the voice the Hartford restaurant has given to the taste of terroir, and the incorporation of a sense of identity and place more than any other in South Africa.

Travel these days takes more than money. It takes the most precious commodity of the lot: time. Most people can buy a car, a handbag or a smart pair of shoes, but travel calls for energy, curiosity, a degree of adventure, even bravery. Not long from now, the greatest indulgence will not be a Ferrari; it will be a fortnight in Zululand, or even a living being; let’s not forget, the greatest creature the good Lord ever created, is the racehorse, a seductive combination of grace and nobility, intelligence and courage, speed and desire, more than 300 years in the making.

Our establishments thrive because of their originality, they survive on account of their old fashioned values. The more technologically focused the world becomes, the less people want to check-in via iPad and have their pillow preferences stored in a computer. Instead, our guests like to arrive and be greeted by their surnames; they soon get to know themselves again by their first names.

And if you’ll give us the time to unpack for you, you’ll find your clothes pressed and hanging in the closet. Simple, old-style service is the most pleasant luxury.

Hartford and Summerhill have become beacons of their trades. In a world in which it’s no longer so “cool” to be a waiter or a groom, we remember, every day, what an honour it is to serve.

  • Counted in the world’s top three country restaurants by the senior food critic at America’s most famous newspaper, The Wall Street Journal.
  • Voted Eat Out’s Most Popular Restaurant in South Africa, and the only KZN-based restaurant in Eat Out’s national Top Five.
  • Twice voted Best South African Restaurant in the House and Leisure/Visa Best of SA awards.
  • Among a select group of Gold Achiever Award hotels at the Indaba International Travel Show with Singita, The Cape Grace, Mala Mala, etc.
  • Voted among Top Billing’s Top Six Luxury Hotels in South Africa.
  • Founding member of the Land of Legends with Phinda Private Game Reserve; The Beverly Hills; The Oyster Box; Fordoun Hotel and Spa; Rocktail Beach Camp, Ardmore Ceramics and Rob Caskie.