Click above to view photos from the KZN Breeders Awards Evening
(Photos : Gold Circle)
2009 KZN BREEDERS AWARDS
You might be forgiven for thinking that having the National Breeders’ title in your pocket for the fifth consecutive year, would dwarf anything else that came your way. But the truth is, KwaZulu-Natal is where we make our crust, and our local awards remain as important to us as anything, not only for the silverware we load up in the early hours of the following morning, but especially for the achievements of those around us. By that, we obviously include the people that live and work here, but importantly, we also mean our colleagues in the district.
It is so in so many respects, our fellow breeders are our competitors, yet in the brotherhood of racehorse breeding, and in the complex world of the many components that make up the game, they’re of necessity, also customers, and at the same time, good pals.
In the end, Summerhill laid its hands on seven pieces of silverware, and we were privileged to pick up stalwart supporter, Fenn Tarbitt’s award for the Middle Distance Horse of the Year, Surfin’ USA, as well.
Besides, we get such a kick from the applause that greets those that’ve benefited through their patronage of our stallions. Prestige Breeders made their way to the podium for the Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, Spring Clover (by Kahal), and Connington Stud for Champion Female Sprinter, Noble Heir(by Kahal).
For the record, our own awardees included :
Champion Older Filly
Champion International Performer
Champion Older Horse
Breeder of the Year
Summerhill wasn’t alone in these achievements. Deservedly, we were joined in the breeding of these horses by Gainsborough Stud (Desert Links), and for the Champion Older Filly (Spring Garland) and Champion International Performer, (Imbongi) by Dr Barry Clements of Perth.
The moral of the story is, stick around : if you want to be a champion, just join the champions!
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