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Friday
Aug242012

THE CHANGING OF THE SEASONS

South Africa vs India Polo

South Africa vs India
(Photo : Vuma Horsefeed)

"A tricky time of year from a feed management perspective..."

After the recent icy cold spell and snowfalls not seen for many years, it certainly feels as if spring is just around the corner.

Since we are only 9 days from the official start of the spring season, we have lots to look forward to and a busy session ahead.

Foaling season has begun in earnest at the stud farms, pastures and tracks are being readied for summer use and most horses should be losing winter coats.

It is a tricky time of year from a feed management perspective as the green grass has yet to come through, stocks of hay are running low and horses often do not drink enough water when the nights are cold but the days are warmer. It is thus important to make sure that water in stables is always available and where it is still cold at night that the water is freshened up and warmed up if necessary.

From a competition perspective, there is much action on the go both locally and abroad, starting with the BMW International Polo on Sunday at Waterfall Polo Park, Sunninghill, Johannesburg. The second of two test matches against the visiting Indian team, is bound to be very exciting, as the Indians try to level the series after they were beaten 6-11 by the young SA team last weekend at Shongweni.

Saturday sees the running the R200,000 Gr3 August Stakes over 1200m at the Vaal. The race serves as a trial for next month's Emerald Cup, and should prove to be an interesting race and is fairly open as far as selections go. Of course the Vuma team cannot help but have favourites since we know when they are powered by Vuma they have more than a fighting chance!

Last year's winner, The Mousketeer, came out of Vuma trainer Sean Tarry's yard and he saddles the Western Winter gelding Across The Ice this year.

Another Vuma contender is Dom Zaki's Escape Clause, who has shown some decent form over the distance, so we look forward to an exciting race.

Further afield, Vuma Champs Heartbreak Hill and Paul Hart, who lost out on their chance to compete at the London Olympics 2012, will be testing their mettle at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. The competition starts with dressage on Thursday the 30th and Friday the 31st of August before the challenge of captain Mark Phillips' cross country course on Saturday the 1st of September. The Championship will be decided in the final show-jumping phase on Sunday the 2nd of September.

And while still in the UK, we can only be awestruck by the incredible Frankel, who came out to win the Grade 1 Juddmonte International at York Wednesday. To say he is a phenomenon would be an understatement. The Vuma Team salutes this amazing hero and all his connections!

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