The KZN Breeders Awards were held at a festive function at the Fordoun Hotel on Saturday evening.

January marks the 40th year of Summerhill’s involvement in the breeding business, and across the span of four decades, our horses and our people have taken us to the mountain top many times. Like Formula One, racing is as tough as old boots, it’s all about winning and sadly in a game where there’s often only a whisker in it, second still sucks. So, when your number’s up and there’s silverware on the table, take it with both hands and enjoy the moment!

Saturday evening was one of those occasions, as good as any we’ve known since the gates were first opened in the dawn of 1979. In his acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Mick Goss remembered the people that’ve made Summerhill what it is, customers and staff alike, their stewardship of the land, the blessings of nature and an environment with comparable richness; and of course, those great horses that have carried the brand to international renown.

Here are the awardees:

CHAMPION 2YO COLT – sponsored by THE EQUINE GROUP

  • Alfeo – Piemonte Stud

CHAMPION 2YO FILLY – sponsored by PIEMONTE STUD

  • Ronnie’s Candy – Graystone Stud

CHAMPION 3YO Colt – sponsored by EQUIFEEDS

  • Hero’s Honour – Summerhill Stud

CHAMPION 3YO Filly – sponsored by ODDS ON COLOURS

  • Takingthepeace – Summerhill Stud

CHAMPION SPRINTER COLT – sponsored by FLYING THE FLAG (IRE)

  • Champagne Haze – Summerhill Stud

CHAMPION SPRINTER FILLY – sponsored by CHOICE CARRIERS

  • Covered In Snow – Clifton Stud

CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE COLT  – sponsored by THE CRUSADE (USA) SYNDICATE

  • Matador Man – Scott Bros

CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE FEMALE  – sponsored by MAMBO IN SEATTLE (USA)

  • Takingthepeace – Summerhill Stud

CHAMPION STAYER MALE AND FEMALE – sponsored by GOLDEN SWORD (GB)

  • Hero’s Honour  – Summerhill Stud

CHAMPION OLDER MALE – sponsored by EPOL HORSE FEEDS

  • Champagne Haze – Summerhill Stud

CHAMPION OLDER FEMALE – sponsored by GOLD CIRCLE

  • Witchcraft - Summerhill Stud

BROODMARE OF THE YEAR – sponsored by GOLD CIRCLE

  • Grail Maiden

STALLION OF THE YEAR – sponsored by THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION

  • Crusade

BREEDERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – sponsored by SUMMERHILL STUD

  • Piemonte Stud

LEADING BREEDER OF THE YEAR – sponsored by SPRING VALLEY STUD

  • Summerhill Stud

SPECIAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • Mick Goss

ANITA AKAL INDUSTRY AWARD

  • Candiese Marnewick

HORSE OF THE YEAR – sponsored by GOLD CIRCLE

  • Takingthepeace – Summerhill Stud

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