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Summerhill Stud - Equus Awards
Summerhill Stud receive the Champion Breeder Award
(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

They've done it again!!!

Summerhill Stud heads to the Equus Awards podium for the 7th year on the trot!

The original home of Vuma Horse Feeds, Summerhill Stud, has achieved a first - they are the first South African stud farm to win seven consecutive Breeders Championships. The Summerhill team received their award last night, at the Equus Awards held at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace!

It has certainly been a long, hard slog to get to this point but one of the factors that helped to shape their path to the Breeders Championship was the return to more natural methods in the raising of their horses.

From a nutrition perspective, the turning point came when they initiated the production of Vuma Horse Feeds, based on international research and a return to a more natural whole grain, muesli-type feed, with processed maize and a superior vitamin and mineral profile.

This enhanced nutrient density has played a major role in the correct growth and development of their foals. The foundations of healthy collagen and correct bone growth are irrefutable to the long term health and soundness of young horses.

This is clearly illustrated in the fact that Summerhill horses tend to run, on average, for longer and more often than others.

Vuma is proud to be part of this achievement and we salute team Summerhill - We love to feed your Champions!

Other notable Vuma, Equus Award winners were :

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD FILLY - Princess Victoria for the Glen Kotzen Stable and owner Georgina Jafee

CHAMPION STAYER - Aslan for the Sean Tarry Stable and owners Mrs Leisher and Anthony Jacobs

BREEDER AWARD for EXCEPTIONAL INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT - JJ The Jet Plane for the Lucky Houdalakis stable and all the connections.

Another feather in the Summerhill cap was that the award for CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD FILLY, CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE and HORSE OF THE YEAR went to Igugu. This phenomenal Galileo filly was bought in Australia by Summerhill and sold at the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale in November 2009!

Congratulations to all the winners - we salute you on your great achievements.

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For more information contact :
Catherine Hartley : 083 640 1155
Email: catherine@vumafeed.co.za



JJ The Jet Plane wins the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint

JJ The Jet Plane - Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint
(Photo : HKJC

"Fueled by VUMA"

Vuma champion JJ the Jet Plane will be returning to South Africa as soon as possible. In a letter received from Team JJ, Natalie Houdalakis writes : 

"Dear All,

It is with a very heavy heart that we have to make the following announcement.

JJ has unfortunately suffered an injury at track work in Dubai, whilst preparing for the Krisflyer International Sprint in May. He has suffered a core lesion of his medial lower suspensory of his near fore leg. Although not life threatening or permanently career ending, it is however serious enough to put an end to his International Campaign.

The entire JJ team, Lucky and owners, Hennie Du Preez, Coenie Strydom and Thea Boyens are all devastated with the news and are still in a state of disbelief. However, as you all know, racing can be a very cruel game and one learns to take the lows along with the highs. And our Champ has given us more highs than most experience in a lifetime!

We have decided that in the best interest of JJ's welfare, he is to return home to SA as soon as possible, where we can hopefully nurture him back to full health once again.

We would like to take this opportunity in thanking each and every one of you for your continued support of this marvellous race horse. He not only belongs to us but to all South African Racing fans and along the way, he has managed to capture the hearts of many fans abroad too.


Our condolences to all the connections on such a massive disappointment. JJ has certainly brought us all a lot of excitement and great memories and has helped to fly the SA flag high on the International Racing stage.

The Vuma team looks forward to welcoming our Champion home!



seasons greetings

"...to you and your Champions"

As 2010 comes to a close, we reflect on a year that has been both challenging and exciting. Vuma Feeds has been through a few changes, with the product now being manufactured by Afresh Brands in Durban and Cape Town.

Having had our foundation on Summerhill Stud and being an integral part of their rise to Champion Breeder status, Vuma is still very much in touch with its roots. Our regular meetings at Summerhill ensure that the new team and the old team bring out the best in our tried and trusted products.

Our nutrient dense, organic-based formulations are still the same but we now have the added enhancements of not one, but two, sophisticated mills, enabling us to supply all our valued clients countrywide more easily than before.

With the dawning of 2011 on Saturday, we look forward to a New Year filled with exciting possibilities, starting with the launch of Vuma Gold, the Rolls Royce of Leisure feeds available at a mini Minor price!

We also eagerly anticipate seeing our favourite Champion J J The Jet Plane campaigning in the Dubai Racing Carnival, as well as seeing your champions excel in all that they do, powered by Vuma.

One third of the way through the racing season, Summerhill Stud is at the top of the Breeders log, for the seventh consecutive year. With Vuma Feed as their foundation, ensuring correct growth and development, we are certain that they will retain this title by the time the season ends in August.

2011 promises to be a superlative year! From all the Vuma team, we wish you and your horses the best of everything!

We love to feed your Champions!

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For more information contact :
Catherine Hartley : 083 640 1155
Email: catherine@vumafeed.co.za



jj the jet plane winning the cathay pacific hong kong sprint winning connections of jj the jet plane hong kong sprint trophy presentation

JJ The Jet Plane
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (Gr1)

Of JJ The Jet Plane, Ellerstina and La Dolfina

The Saturday final of the 117th Argentine Open Championship duly got underway, after the opening ceremony, in a light drizzle. Within 3.25 minutes, and a score of 2 - 1 to Ellerstina, the heavens opened, the match was postponed and we proceeded to get drenched getting off the stands!

Thus it was a sad group that headed for the Ezeiza airport on Sunday afternoon with the game set to continue under sunnier skies at 4.30pm, while we waited for our flight.

The sun was shining on some South Africans though, as across the globe JJ the Jet Plane had just lit up the Sha Tin track in Hong Kong by getting up, under a superb ride from Piere Strydom, to win the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint from Rocket Man. What a truly remarkable feat for our home grown, home trained and home ridden sprint champion! From the Vuma team, we salute Lucky, the whole Houdalakis team and all the connections for their unwavering belief in JJ, a true South African hero!

To make it an even bigger South African feat, Rocket Man is trained by Patrick Shaw and was ridden by Felix Coetzee.

Back in Buenos Aires; having watched most of the game on ESPN, we got the final score as the doors closed on the SAA flight. The young guns, Ellerstina, had just beaten La Dolfina 14-13 in a nail biting match, which sealed the Triple Crown for them and is a fitting end to their season.

Both teams are splitting up next year, with Juan Martin Nero (MVP for 2010) and Pablo Macdonough joining Adolfo Cambiaso and David Sterling for the 2011 season. That should surely make them a team to be reckoned with and the changes will certainly make for exciting polo.

Regardless of the weather, all in all it was an exciting weekend and JJ has made the sun shine brightly on South Africa!



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JJ The Jet Plane
(Photo : Gold Circle)

...the all thrive on Africa's Finest Horsefeeds.

We may be Africa's Finest Horsefeeds but our effects are far reaching and some of our best ambassadors travel the world to conquer and excel abroad, and many do return for a taste of the good stuff back on home soil.

One of these travellers is Sue Cullen's warmblood stallion, Wenzel R, who is due home in December after his time in quarantine. Sue is adamant that Wenzel will eat nothing but Vuma and we would have to agree that apart from being a magnificent horse he does have great taste. Wenzel will be continuing his dressage career here in South Africa, after a year competing in Europe.

Among our racing champions whose foundations were built on Vuma are Desert Links, Paris Perfect and Imbongi, all whom started life at Summerhill Stud and all who went on to fly the South African flag high in Dubai. While we may tell you that nutrition is key to the foundation of a successful racing career, it is the stats that will tell you that graduates of the Summerhill pastures are hardy and run more often for more stakes. This key differentiator is what has kept Summerhill at the head of the pack on the breeder's log for the past 6 consecutive seasons.

Currently still in the UK is Paul Hart's, Heartbreak Hill, who was prepared in South Africa for his International campaign on Vuma Vitality and who we look forward to feeding again on his return sometime next year. Paul tells us that since the horses had to return from the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, via the UK, they are planning on competing at Badminton which falls over the Easter weekend in 2011.

Vuma Champion, JJ The Jet Plane won both the Golden Horse Casino Sprint and the Mercury Sprint earlier this year and is currently in quarantine near Newmarket, in the UK before he jets off to Hong Kong, where he will run in the in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint on December 12th. In his case he is taking his supply of Vuma Feed with him to ensure a seamless move across the globe and to ensure his best chance of success.

Wherever in the world they may go, our Vuma Champions have one thing in common; they all thrive on Africa's Finest Horsefeeds.

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For more information contact :
Catherine Hartley : 083 640 1155
Email: catherine@vumafeed.co.za


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