Team Summerhill at the KZN Breeders Awards
(Photos : Taryn Crawford)

17 November 2012

The KZN Breeders Association held their annual awards on a misty evening at Bellwood Cottages on 17 November to honour the people and Thoroughbreds that have done the industry proud of the past season.

It was an evening that was very well-attended by prominent breeders, owners and trainers alike. It also included an event which brought much fun and amusement into the exciting atmosphere - the inaugural running of the ‘Donkey Derby’ which was won by Bradley McHardy of Quest For Success Pre-training.

Graeme Hawkins, the COO of Gold Circle, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event and the KZN Breeders Association Chairman, Koos de Klerk, gave both a welcoming and motivating speech regarding the exciting events that have occurred within the ambit of the KZN Breeders of the past year - as well as giving a hint of exciting prospects and plans for the year ahead.

“I want to extend a personal thank you to the board members of KZN Breeders Club and the effort that each of the members put in for the welfare of the club and breeders in KZN,” said Koos de Klerk. “Thank you too to the sponsors of the awards, it is greatly appreciated. We have had a number of initiatives that have borne fruit and will in future include the KZN Breeders Golf Day and KZN Breeders Million Mile Race Day, KZN Yearling Sales and the R1million race initiated for Vodacom Durban July day which is part of the initiative of our Triple Million Challenge. For a horse that can achieve the treble: winning the R1million race on Vodacom Durban July day, the next year’s Million Mile as a three-year-old and the following year as a four year old, a R1million bonus will be paid. Moving ahead, we will have another six races for R200,000 next year on the KZN Breeders Race Day (incorporating the Million Mile). Further details will be announced very soon - all of which will promote racing and breeding in KZN and we hope to see the results of that. We have already seen the success of the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale. Candiese Marnewick has been appointed as an admin manager and we hope to have her at all sales as well as to brand KZN horses, to promote KZN horses and to promote the Breeders Premium Scheme. We are also looking forward to some serious stallion purchases, starting with the announcement of Crusade.”

Congratulations must go to the winners which saw Dancewiththedevil crowned KZN Breeders Horse Of The Year for a second consecutive year. Breeder, owner and trainer St John Gray was on hand to recieve numerous awards which included Broodmare Of The Year for Emperor’s Dance who resides at Cathy and Jonathan Martin’s Hadlow Stud for St John Gray.

KZN Breeders Stallion Of The Year went to Kahal, owned by Shadwell Stud and now standing at Warwick and Karin Render’s Bush Hill Stud. Kahal was represented with a number of nominees on the evening, in particular he stood out as the sire of every nominee in the category of Outstanding Female Sprinter - won ultimately by Mannequin of Summerhill Stud. Bush Hill Stud took home awards for The Mouseketeer in the category of Outstanding Male Sprinter on behalf of breeder Dr Ian Heyns, as well as for the Bush Hill-stud raised Seal for Outstanding Male Stayer.

Summerhill Stud once again took home the award for Leading Breeder Of The Year and achieved wins in a total of five categories - with Extra Zero, Mannequin and Vodacom Durban July runner-up Smanjemanje.

Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud won the award for Breeding Achievement. Backworth Stud had achieved an impressive 53% runners to winners ratio over the last racing season. Backworth’s Variometer, nominee for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Sprinter Female and Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly had gone onto win the Gardenia Listed Handicap the evening before the awards in a very impressive fashion from a strong field of sprinting fillies that included winner of the Outstanding Female Sprinter categoey, Mannequin (bred by Summerhill Stud).

The KZN Breeders Awards winners for 2012 are :

Horse Sire Dam Breeder
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt
Greenacre Mogok Kentucky Home Yellow Star Stud
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Sprinter Female
Extra Zero Way West Haifaa Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt
Eton Square Miesque’s Approval Monroe Scott Bros
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly
Kalami Daylami Kal Sufi R & Mrs Pickering
Outstanding Sprinter Male
The Mouseketeer Kahal Look Sharp Bush Hill Stud
Outstanding Sprinter Female
Mannequin Kahal Model K Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Middle Distance Male
Smanjemanje Kahal In Style Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Middle Distance Female
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Outstanding Stayer Male
Seal Silvano Prestine Performer IR Heyns
Outstanding Older Male
Smanjemanje Kahal In Style Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Older Female
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Broodmare of the Year
Emperor’s Dance
Stallion of the Year
Leading Breeder of the Year
Summerhill Stud
Breeding Achievement
Backworth Stud
Anita Akal Award
Linda Norval
Horse of the Year

Extract from KZN Breeders