Entries in Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence (3)

Friday
Nov252011

THOROUGHBRED BREEDING EDUCATION : IT'S ALL ABOUT EXCELLENCE

Students from the Al Maktoum School Of Management Excellence

School Of Excellence students on a recent visit to Vuma Horsefeeds at Afresh Vention Mill
(Photo : Heather Morkel)

"Educational Excellence set to Jump Continents"

Summerhill Stud's School of Excellence announced this week, a partnership with The National Stud and The Childwick Trust, in Britain.

This agreement provides a scholarship opportunity for the top graduate from each year to have a fully funded place on the internationally renowned Diploma in Stud Practice and Management run annually at The National Stud.

This year's winner is Thabani Nzimande who will fly to England for this wonderful experience at the end of January.

Congratulaions to Thabani from all the Vuma Team!

Official Press Release from The National Stud

The National Stud in Newmarket and South Africa's Summerhill Stud's School of Excellence, join forces to offer a South African graduate participation in flagship Diploma programme.

The National Stud and The Childwick Trust, today announced their partnership with a leading South African breeding operation. Mick Goss's Summerhill Stud, home to the Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence, which has been running successful bloodstock courses in South Africa for over 20 years. The three organisations have agreed a system for one School of Excellence graduate to have a fully funded place on the internationally renowned Diploma in Stud Practice and Management run annually at The National Stud.

The scholarship will provide the graduate from the School of Excellence with the opportunity to further their career by experiencing a Northern Hemisphere season, attaining internationally renowned qualifications and managerial skills at the heart of the British Thoroughbred breeding industry. The Diploma in Stud Practice and Management is recognised globally, with 24 students a year experiencing a combination of practical thoroughbred stud work with seminars and academic lectures during the five month residential course starting in January 2012.

The Childwick Trust will fund a scholarship covering the costs of the successful applicant attending the Diploma programme. A number of the School's students come from disadvantaged communities from all over South Africa and training at the School of Excellence was established to improve young people's opportunities and skills within the Thoroughbred breeding industry.

Brian O'Rourke, Managing Director at The National Stud, explained, "We're delighted to be working with the School of Excellence and Summerhill Stud to offer a successful graduate the opportunity to study with us here at The National Stud in Newmarket. With the great support of the Childwick Trust Scholarship, the South African student will join the other Diploma students working alongside our experienced Stud staff during the breeding season and take advantage of the excellent teaching facilities in the Joan Westbrook Lecture Theatre and stay in the recently extended and refurbished ensuite student accommodation at Westbrook House. We hope that the scholarship sets precedence for future opportunities with other countries and similar education initiatives in the years to come."

Mick Goss from Summerhill Stud and the Al Maktoum School of Excellence, commented : "Our young and enthusiastic students are keen horse people, who display an unusual potential and connectivity with the world of racing and we're delighted to be offering one of our graduates the opportunity to study with The National Stud. We believe the overseas placement will develop a management focused role and fast-track our graduate into a world they might never have accessed without the scholarship, with the hope that they bring their experiences back to fellow students at home."

Anthony Cane, Trustee of the Childwick Trust, explained : "Horseracing has an incredibly rich heritage in Britain and we wanted to be part of bringing this learning experience to a South African graduate for the first time. We've been active in South Africa since the establishment of The Jim Joel Education and Training Fund in Johannesburg during the late 1980's and we look forward to working with The National Stud, to bring the education excellence of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres together. We appreciate that it is not the language you speak with horses, instead the skills you need are universal and the most important attribute is passion, something that we're sure the chosen graduate will bring in abundance."

Friday
Jul082011

WHAT A VODACOM DURBAN JULY WEEK - WHAT A WINTER!

Happy Archer wins the Garden Provence Stakes

Happy Archer (AUS) - Garden Provence Stakes (Grade 1)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Vodacom Durban July
2 July 2011

This past week has seen some incredible highs and some devastating lows. With the Galileo filly, Igugu, winning the Vodacom Durban July and highlighting her dominance of this past racing season, closely followed by Pierre Jourdan, it really puts a feather in the cap of Champion Breeders Summerhill Stud.

Igugu was imported from Australia as a yearling and Pierre Jourdan was born and bred on the farm but both were grown and prepped for the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale (albeit a year apart) on Vuma Horse Feed.

Summerhill Stud is the original home of Vuma and they will be the first to tell you that the formulation and feeding of Vuma Feeds was the turning point in their campaign to become the nation's leading breeder. Summerhill-bred horses are known to run more often and for for longer due to their exceptional foundations and superior nutrition.

Our congratulations to Summerhill and all the connections of the winning horses, particularly Sean Tarry and Messrs Nathan and Nestadt for Happy Archer's win in the Grade 1 Garden Province Stakes, as well as to Glen Kotzen and the owners of Princess Victoria for her win in the Grade 1 Golden Slipper.

Also, to the Kotzen team and the Deacons, our sincerest condolences on the loss of Big City Life; he was Big in every way and will be sorely missed.

Following July day, the Vuma team attended the Winter School at the Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence and were privileged to hear some leading lights speaking on various topics related to our Equine Industry - fascinating and inspiring!

Not ones to let the grass grow under our feet, we'll certainly be putting their ideas into practise, so watch this space!

Friday
Jun242011

AL MAKTOUM SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE VISITS VUMA

Students from the Al Maktoum School Of Management Excellence

School Of Excellence students visit Vuma at Afresh Vention Mill
(Photo : Heather Morkel)

Learning from Africa's Finest Horsefeeds

The first seven students of the recently opened Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence at Summerhill Stud enjoyed an outing to the new manufacturing home of Vuma Horse Feeds at the Afresh Vention Mill in Jacobs, Durban.

The representatives of Summerhill Stud are well familiar with the Vuma production as it was done on Summerhill and were fortunate enough to always have their stock close to hand when needed. Our customers further afield, in the Cape and in Johannesburg were not quite so lucky, so the representatives of Drakenstein Stud, Highlands Farm Stud, Maine Chance Farm and Mike de Kock Racing were intrigued to see how Africa's Finest Horsefeeds are made.

MD of the Durban mill, Shane Williamson, took the students through the extensive and sophisticated manufacturing plant showing how each step of the process is managed to ensure that the end product is of the highest quality and only the best for our customers and their horses.

This outing forms part of the module covering basic nutrition and metabolism and will certainly have highlighted to the students the importance of good beginnings in ensuring that the horses in their care receive nothing but the best! In learning from the best, they will already have an advantage!

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