Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence
(Photos : Summerhill Archives)
WHEN IT COMES TO GENEROSITY,
YOU CAN’T BEAT RACING.
Sunday marked one of the most successful Summerhill Stallion Days in history. Remembering that on the first such day 31 years ago, only 15 souls, including the farm staff, gathered on the lawn under the old oak tree outside the farm office, it was good to see the “house full” signs go up last Tuesday. Eighteen different nations assembled under perfect winter skies and 24°C. While the entertainment was obviously about stallions, the 560 guests were treated again to a sublime show from the Summerhill national champion dance troupe.
When you get your copy of the 2010 Summerhill Sires brochure (the best yet, and hot off the press yesterday), it will be accompanied by the latest DVD, produced by Durban-based iKind Media, who’s team includes students and graduates from the Durban University of Technology (DUT). For our money, Michael and Matthew Nefdt have given us the best “horse” movie we’ve known. See it on the Summerhill blog, and tell us if you agree (or view it this evening on Tellytrack (Channel 232) between 19h00 and 20h00.
As we’ve come to expect, racing fans were overtly generous when it came to the sale of stallion services in support of the Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence, and it’s a singular tribute to the Summerhill stallions that every one of them made more than his current listed price in the auction.
Whether it was the stallions themselves, or the combination of their appeal and an unparalleled performance from auctioneer Graeme Hawkins, is impossible to say, but here are the details :
AUCTION PRICE (ZAR)
ADVERTISED PRICE (ZAR)
To those that gave and to those that bid, you’ll never know the value you’ve added to the lives of people who’d never have known, without your generosity.