Besides locality, there is another common thread to Summerhill and Hartford House. They were both founded on dreams, widely disparate enterprises with a shared set of values. Being racehorse breeders and hoteliers, you can’t avoid the comparisons between the way we do things and how others go about their businesses.
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Summerhill Sires Brochure 2014-15
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.
We all have reasons for getting up in the mornings: ours, as we’ve so often said, is the privilege of living in this spectacular place, of being paid to work with the racehorse, and of doing so with a team of genuine originals, in a world which would’ve been less interesting without them.
“135 YEARS OF UNPARALLELED EXCELLENCE”
Extract from the 2014/15 Summerhill Sires Brochure.
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In a sport in which a week can be a long time, twenty six years is like a lifetime. What seems obvious today, might’ve been inconceivable then. It was. Imagine a world in which today’s most popular landscape in racehorse marketing, Ready To Run sales, was as vacant as the moon, where a King and a Queen, a Princess and her princely consort was, at best, a daydream of the “plebs”.
As the 1970s moved into the 80s, the bloodstock world became much more than an elegant diversion. It became an international business with a currency of its own. Nothing would be the same again.
The welfare of the thoroughbred was in the hands of the British aristocracy for the first three centuries of its existence. They bred horses for the right reasons: it was all about the sport, about one nobleman beating another. What we see now is what they selected for then: grace, nobility, intelligence, courage, speed, stamina, mental toughness and physical durability.