Entries in Summerhill Stud (38)

Thursday
Aug022012

CURTAIN COMES DOWN ON SA HORSERACING SEASON 2011-2012

Happy Archer, Anton Marcus and Sean Tarry

Happy Archer - Gold Bracelet (Gr2) - Jockey Anton Marcus and Trainer Sean Tarry
(Photo : Gold Circle)

"And that's a wrap as they say in the movies!"

As the curtain comes down on the 2011/2012 South African Horseracing Season, it has certainly been an exciting finish and right down to the wire for the Jockeys' Championship.

Congratulations to Anton Marcus whose two winners at Kenilworth Tuesday just allowed him to beat young rider Gavin Lerena by one point to secure the National Jockey's Championship for the third successive year. Gavin has been champion apprentice in the past and there is no doubt that he will be back to challenge the older, more experienced Anton Marcus in the future. He only just missed out this time and he had a setback when he was laid off for some time with a broken tibia!

Vuma-powered trainer Sean Tarry has had a phenomenal season to finish second on the Trainers log, behind champion trainer Mike de Kock. Our Congratulations to all the connections of both yards! In every instance the trainers are backed up by a superb team and it is to them that most of the credit is due!

Sean and owner Chris van Niekerk completed the season with a treble on Saturday, with The Hangman winning the Grade 1 Premiers Champion Stakes, Happy Archer winning the Grade 2 Gold Bracelet and Heavy Metal winning the Listed Darley Arabian. A great end to a super season!

The Champion Breeders title has also been hard fought again this year, with some very close moments. However, Vuma founders, Summerhill Stud, managed to pull away from nearest rivals, Klawervlei Stud, to secure their eighth consecutive National Breeders title; this is a record for any stud farm to maintain. It is surely testament to the questioning and challenging mindset at Summerhill that continually reviews their methods and explores ways of doing this differently. Having started out following "modern" farming and feeding methods, one of the turning points for Summerhill was adopting natural bio-farming on their pastures and manufacturing a superior, nutrient dense concentrate in the form of Vuma Horse Feed.

The pundits will tell you that this has resulted in a better horse for the sales ring and the stats will tell you that these horses, on average, run more often and for longer.

Vodacom Durban July runner-up, Smanjemanje, is a case in point. One of only three five-year-olds in the race, this was his 40th run for stakes of over R1.5 Million and he was only beaten half a length by the three-year-old Pomodoro.

So, if you are looking for longevity and staying power, we say start as you mean to go on - with the best!

vuma horse feed south africa

www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

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

Monday
Jun042012

HIGHVELD POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS : VUMA'S PERFECT TRICK

Perfect Trick - IQuattro Polo Team

Perfect Trick - IQuattro Polo Team
(Image : Catherine Hartley)

Highveld Polo Championships
East Rand Polo Club
25 - 27 May 2012

Vuma's results speak for themselves and the tried and tested formulations have supported many an equine champion across all disciplines, from showing and dressage to eventing, polo and racing.

Current Champion Thoroughbred breeders of South Africa, Summerhill Stud, know the value of superior stud nutrition and one can't dispute the stats which have positioned them at the top of the South African Breeders' Log for seven consecutive years!

Apart from breeding many champions, Summerhill were also the breeders of South Africa's winning-most racehorse, Hear the Drums, who after winning 34 races was retired last year and now languishes in the fields of his birth.

As with any athlete, nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining physical condition; from providing the right energy for the job, repair and recovery of muscles and tissue after strenuous exercise and ensuring optimum health.

With a foundation of Vuma, one can be confident that correct bone and skeletal strength has been laid down from the start and any equine athlete that is lucky enough to be maintained on Vuma throughout their careers bears further testament to the nutritional superiority of Vuma.

One example of this, are the horses of the IQuattro Polo Team; based in Johannesburg and powered by Vuma, who were contestants in the 12 goal final of the Highveld Polo Championships last Sunday.

Among the fantastic ponies in their string was Summerhill-bred Perfect Trick (Russian Revival x Absolute Magic), now in his 5th year since coming off the track and really proving himself as a polo star.

Vuma bred and Vuma fed - we love to feed your champions!

vuma horse feed south africa

www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

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

Friday
May112012

FEEDING THE LIFE STAGES AT STUD

Stud Horse Mare and Foal

Feeding the Stud Horse...
(Photo : Vuma Horse Feeds)

"The Age Old Stud Horse Debate"

Much noise is suddenly being made about feeding the stud horse and particularly how much to feed mares and foals, to provide a creep feed or not, levels of protein, amounts of roughage and the correct balance of minerals and vitamins.

None of this is new and it is an age old debate but at Vuma we still believe in our original views and formulations. Champion Breeders for the past seven seasons can't be that wrong and Summerhill stats will show you that horses raised on the foundations of Vuma run for longer on average and more often than others. Whichever way you look at it there is no disputing the value of a superior stud feed, formulated to ensure correct growth and lay down strong bone from the very beginning, even while still in utero. While correct limb conformation, good bone and size are a vital pay-off at the sales, even more telling are the results at the race track!

Nutrition is essential in maximizing bone density. Skeletal growth is rapid during the first 12 months and it is at this time that bone, cartilage and tendon are being deposited and strengthened. The benefits of good levels of vitamin A, vitamin E and biotin are irrefutable in stud rations, and there is evidence to suggest that vitamin C is important in the development of healthy collagen and is essential to the production of connective tissues (ligaments, tendons, cartilage).

Skeletal growth occurs faster than weight gain. At 6 months of age bone mineralization is 68% complete. Dietary mineral supplementation along with careful management and training programs will result in improved bone density and in turn, improved skeletal durability. Young horses will stay training longer without the problems that bone injuries can cause.

As consultant nutritionist to Vuma, Debbie Odell, explained back in 2009, a steady growth rate in foals is the optimal goal.

Debbie Odell

CLICK HERE TO READ
DEBBIE ODELL'S ARTICLE ON STUD NUTRITION
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The regular use of the Kentucky Growth Chart to measure your foals growth, is important to gauge growth rates.

KENTUCKY STANDARD GROWTH DATA (TB)

Month Kentucky STD ADG (kg/day) Body Weight Std (kg) Height Std (mm)
1 1.675 75 1072
2 1.49 115 1160
3 1.25 150 1215
4 1.19 180 1243
5 1.09 210 1290
6 1.0 230 1324
7 0.75 265 1350
8 0.75 280 1376
9 0.7 290 1411
10 0.5 310 1411
11 0.525 320 1430
12 0.3 330 1438
13 0.3 340 1456
14 0.3 355 1468
15 0.425 375 1475
16 0.875 395 1494
17 0.8 415 1513
18 0.625 425 1520
19 0.55

20 0.65

21 0.5

Vuma Vigour, together with Vuma Vitality, forms the backbone of the Vuma stud programme. Vuma Vigour has the correct balance of vitamins and minerals, with superior inclusions to ensure optimal absorption of nutrients, particularly Calcium, at all critical growth stages.

Vuma Vigour Horse Feed

Vuma Vigour

  • 15% Protein whole grain, "muesli feed" with oats, extruded maize, whole sunflower, soya, Lucerne, bran and platinum class vitamin and mineral pack.
  • Biotin and lysine are specified at the higher end of the recommended spectrum to ensure healthy hoof growth and ensure an optimum amino acid profile.
  • Added vitamin C ensures healthy development of collagen and optimal absorption of calcium.
  • Vuma Vigour is recommended for mares in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, weanlings, yearlings and young horses (up to ¾ years) in light medium work.

Vuma Vitality Horse Feed

Vuma Vitality

  • 12% Protein, whole grain "muesli feed" with oats, extruded maize, whole sunflower, soya, Lucerne, bran, and the industry's no. 1 vitamin and mineral pack.
  • Recommended for stud horses, barren mares, mares in 1st and 2nd trimester of pregnancy, and very suitable for spelling horses.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE
VUMA STUD HORSE PRODUCT INFORMATION

vuma horse feed south africa

www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

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

Friday
May042012

JET STREAM TURBULENCE

J J The Jet Plane Horse

JJ The Jet Plane
(Photo : HKJC)

"From Dead Heats to Final Touchdowns"

This past week has been somewhat turbulent as the Highveld Autumn season came to a close with Champions Day at Turffontein and the Emperors Palace Bloodstock SA National Yearling Sale.

The sale ended slightly lower than last year, although mostly positive (and certainly the figures are more realistic since the TBA has taken the bold step of excluding vendor buy-backs in the overall sales figures.)

However, around the sales complex not all vendors were equally happy and the sale was a tough one for many of the smaller breeders. Champion Breeders and Vuma founders, Summerhill Stud ended as the 5th leading vendor with their yearlings selling for an average price of R323,077.

Saturday's Champions Day provided many thrills and a few disappointments. Mary Slack's, Wilgerbosdrift Stud had a phenomenal day, winning 4 of the 9 graded races with some of their exceptional fillies. Apart from their breeding, the performance of all four horses, trained by Mike de Kock, makes them very exciting broodmare prospects for the stud, once their racing careers are over. They will certainly be ones to watch in the future!

The Grade 1 SA Derby proved a nail biter, with Sean Tarry and Chris van Niekerk's Pomodoro just getting up to dead-heat with Alec Laird's Royal Bencher. Pomodoro was also bred by Chris and he is living up to his name and proving himself to be a very golden apple!

Our favourite Champ, JJ The Jet Plane, ran in the Computaform Sprint, after winning it in 2008 and going on to travel the world and back, lighting up the tracks wherever he went. Seemingly, he has shown that at the age of 7, with a merit rating of 122 and earnings of over R12 million, that he has nothing left to prove and would prefer to expend his energy as he chooses. The owners have decided to retire him and he will be living in the rolling green hills of Mooi River with Marc and Nicola Coppez of Balmoral Stud.

To Hennie, Coenie, Thea, Lucky, Natalie and the whole T&L Racing Stables team, it is the end of an unbelievable ride. No Jet Plane ever built could provide the thrills and once in a lifetime experiences that JJ has.

He has been a true champion and the Vuma team salutes you all - we have loved playing a part in his career and he has made us all truly proud!

vuma horse feed south africa

www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

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

Wednesday
Apr252012

2012 NATIONAL YEARLING SALE AND CHAMPION'S DAY

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston, South Africa

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston, South Africa
(Photo : Catherine Hartley)

"If you are not in Gauteng this week, where are you?"

Joburg is heating up this week! The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Sales Complex in Germiston is abuzz with activity as buyers start coming through to view the draft for the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

There is much planned during and after the National Sales and the TBA has included an added incentive to apply for a buyer's card in offering two lucky card holders a weekend away at the Royal Chundu Lodge on the Zambezi. Truth be told though, with the horses on offer, one hardly needs an incentive to be able to put a hand up!

Vuma Horsefeeds will be at the TBA Sales Complex in force to support all our breeders; led of course by founders of the feed and Champion Breeders of South Africa, Summerhill Stud, who have a draft of 31 yearlings who have had only the best foundation in Vuma.

Champion's Day, Saturday at Turffontein, will be a cracker of a race day as the Highveld Autumn season comes to an end with a bang! Nine of the ten races on the card are graded races, so we should be in for a great day's racing covering all ages and all distances.

As always, Vuma will be there when it matters most - we love to feed your champions!

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston, South Africa

Friday 27 April 2012 - 11:00 Lots 1 - 250
Sunday 29 April 2012 11:00 Lots 251 - 467
www.tba.co.za

Champion's Day
"Africa's Richest Raceday"

Turffontein, South Africa
28 April 2012

Race Time Dist (m) Stake (ZAR) Race
1 11:55 1600 89,000 Support Your Nationality's Charity On Champions Day MR90
2 12:30 1160 400,000 SA Fillies Nursery (Grade 2)
3 13:10 1160 500,000 SA Nursery (Grade 1)
4 13:50 1160 200,000 Camellia Stakes (Grade 2)
5 14:25 1000 1,000,000 Computaform Sprint (Grade 1)
6 15:00 2450 1,500,000 SA Derby Powered (Grade 1)
7 15:40 2000 2,000,000 President's Champions Challenge (Grade 1)
8 16:15 2450 75,000 SA Oaks (Grade 2)
9 16:50 2000 30,000 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes (Grade 2)
10 17:20 3200 50,000 Gold Bowl (Grade 2)

vuma horse feed south africa

www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

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

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