Team Summerhill at the KZN Breeders Awards

The end of the year means it is awards season and the decision to present breeder Mick Goss with a lifetime achievement award at the 2018 KwaZulu-Natal awards will be applauded throughout the racing industry.

With 10 national breeders titles notched on his belt since his move to Summerhill Stud in Mooi River in 1979, Mick Goss has been the backbone of the sport not only in breeding top horses, but also his other ventures such as the School of Equine Management Excellence and implementation of the popular Ready-To-Run sales.

Of his 10 titles, he quipped to the media that “the one inevitability about winning a championship is that you’re going to lose it. We must prepare for life after the dream.”

That life nearly ended for the 67-year-old two years ago when, following a visit to the Far East, he contracted Crohn’s disease. Happily, despite shedding weight, he recovered.

Goss nearly did not go the route of a racehorse breeder as he looked headed for a distinguished career in law.

“I gave up a successful legal practice to sell racehorses to an impoverished market at a very uncertain time in SA’s history. Look how this has turned out.

“It’s quite simple — those of us in this game have a disease, that’s all there is to it,” he added.

Goss will be delighted that a filly he bred, Makingthepeace, was voted KZN Horse of the Year at the awards.

The daughter of Visionaire was a late foal which may explain why she only made R280,000 as a yearling, but she has won six of her 14 starts and amassed more than R1,7m in stake earnings.

Article courtesy of Business Day /

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