In any industry that is increasingly under government scrutiny, the School of Equine Management Excellence has been a banner-bearer for our sport. An internationally recognised qualification already matched by exceptional overseas achievement is your farm's ticket to keeping it's currency in a rapidly changing world.
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The School Of Equine Management Excellence has a history of outstanding results with our graduates topping the English National Stud in two of the previous three years. In staying true to our ethos of transformation and the constant quest for excellence, we are CEEPSA, EQASA and CATHSSETA accredited.
The current class of Summerhill Stud’s School of Management Excellence visited Summerveld last week in order to get a better feel for the industry they are to be trained in.
Hey, how about this? When John Motaung stood on the podium at the English National Stud in the last week of June, he became the second Childwick scholarship graduate of our School of Management Excellence in three years, to be anointed Top Practical Student of the Year at that venerable institution. Within days, our traditional dance troupe cracked the nod to perform at the world’s greatest pageant of its kind, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The previous month, a former pupil of a local government school was crowned the world’s most influential business person by Time magazine.
Thabani Nzimande and Prince Mdunjane
(Photos : Summerhill Stud)
SUMMERHILL INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
The 33rd, 34th, 35th and 36th beneficiaries of our international scholarship programme; Elliot Bhengu, Sizwe Ndlela, Thabani (Eric) Nzimande and Prince Mdunjane departed our shores last month for Genesis Green Stud in Newmarket, UK, and Becky Thomas’ Lackland Farm in Florida, USA, respectively.
We received the following email this morning from Eric and Prince, our men in the States…
Hi Linda, how are you guys back there and we hope you all doing well back home. We starting to settle in here and enjoying our working because Becky she is a nice lady and she is trying her best to teach us everything and we goner try our best to take everything that she teach us and goner bring it back home and let other guys know how they do things around here at the State. Please greet everyone at the morning meeting and tell them that we miss each every one of you. Thanks again for giving us this great chance to learn things here in USA. Keep well and keep shining and keep that Summerhill Flag high.
From you lovely guys in America (Eric and Prince)
Please click above to view pics of Sizwe Ndlela and Elliot Bhengu
(Photos : Leigh Willson)
Most readers of these columns, are people who know the meaning of opportunity. Flying, and in the majority of instances, flying internationally, is something we take for granted, so you might ask yourself what the big deal is, when we speak of the excitement we feel at the departure of our four scholarship recipients for 2010.
You have to put yourself in the shoes of a young Zulu from a previously disadvantaged background, to get any kind of an inkling of what it means to visit a strange country. Language and culture are just a few of the issues they have to come to terms with, but most of these guys have never even set foot on an aeroplane, let alone travelled across the seas. As the 33rd, 34th, 35th and 36th beneficiaries of our international scholarship programme,Elliot Bhengu and Sizwe Ndlela left us this past weekend, with Thabani Nzimande and Prince Mdunjane leaving this next one, for Genesis Green Stud in Newmarket, UK, and Becky Thomas’ Lackland Farm in Florida, USA, respectively.
We have had a long and happy association with Becky Thomas’ outfit over several years, starting out with students who are now senior members of our management team, and Thabani and Prince will be joining a crew heavily involved in the preparation and sale of Ready To Run horses. Elliot and Sizwe team up with the Swinburn family, famed not only for having sold some of Europe’s high priced yearlings over the years, but especially for Walter’s two Derby victories aboard two of the Aga Khan’s greatest horses, Shergar and Sharastani.
While these guys are all rapidly climbing the ranks at Summerhill, they’ve nonetheless had to undergo a mentorship programme of several years in order to get to where they are. Competition for places is tough, and these men have been hand selected for this great moment. Reasonably worldly within the realms of their own territories, they obviously know cities like Durban and Johannesburg, but as little fellows growing up, they would surely never have dreamed of London or Miami.
They leave us with a sense of great pride, and the secure knowledge that while they will have much to learn and experience at the other end, when it gets down to horsemanship, it is they who’ll be sharing the secrets of what only a Zulu stockman can impart.
Of one thing we’re certain. Those that work with them, recruited like ours from across the globe, will be all the richer of knowing these boys.
The last two weeks have seen the departure of three of Summerhill’s top horsemen to foreign shores.
A few days ago, John Motaung who works with Tarryn Liebenberg in our pre-training yard, flew to Becky Thomas’s stables at Ocala in Florida, USA, where he will join their team of work riders and continue to learn more about training, breaking and schooling of young horses in America. John was very excited about his trip as this was his second visit to the United States (he spent some time at Gainsborough Stud in Kentucky in 2005).
Elliot Bhengu and Michael Ndlovu arrived safely at Derrinstown Stud in Co. Kildare, Ireland, yesterday. These two intrepid travellers are first-time flyers and were very keen to experience the thrill of flying in an aeroplane. Both Eliot and Michael have been employed at Summerhill for several years, where they work for the Broodmare division and the pre-training section respectively. They will undergo four months in-depth training at Sheikh Hamdan’s stud and will bring back a wealth of experience to their colleagues on the farm.
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