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Tribute To A Smart Lady

Sally's in search of new challenges

After thirty years as Stud Manager at one of South Africa’s great breeding establishments, Sally Bruss will bid farewell to the Lammerskraal Stud team this week as she goes in search of new challenges and further tests the boundaries of the spectrum of her enormous professional experience in one of the toughest and most rewarding vocations known to man.

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7 comments on “Tribute To A Smart Lady

  1. Philip Fourie says:

    Sally, I really wish you well in whatever path you choose to follow. Hoping that you still pop in and visit at the races.

  2. david mollett says:

    In my four decades in SA racing, I’ve been lucky enough to have met many interesting and charming (and some not so charming!) people.
    Sally falls into the “exceptionally charming” category and here is a lady who worked with distinction for Mike Rattray for so many years. Her efforts put the stud in the Premier League of SA farms.
    There are events in life which you don’t see coming and the passing of Sally’s husband, Neil Bruss, was one of them.
    I simply loved Neil’s forthright views on racing – he called a spade a spade in an industry that doesn’t take kindly to criticism. I count myself fortunate to have been his friend.
    Hopefully, Sally won’t be lost to racing for her expertise is something the sport can only benefit from.

  3. Herzil says:

    Queen of horsebreeders in areal class with Norma Rattrey Sally Jordaan Pat ONeill Sandra Walker the whole bunch have a great retirement Sally Copper Milnerton Stables.

  4. In journalism, there are fundamental questions that every story should be able to answer – and they are generally referred to as the *”Five ‘W’s”. namely: “Who,” “What,” “When,” “Where,” and “Why.”*

    Without addressing all 5 of the W’s, the story is incomplete – and I find this tribute to the outstanding, personable, proficient, and charming Sally Bruss to be lacking in at least 3 of 5 W’s!

    The “Who” and the “When” are covered … but, one has to ask ask:

    WHY – after over 30 years of dedication,love,back-breaking, self-sacrificing service to the farm, is Sally leaving?

    WHERE – to where is Sally headed? Nobody turns their back on a project of the magnitude that Sally has put into Lammerskraal, without a concrete plan as to …. WHERE to now?

    WHAT – possible reason could Sally have to leave? – after having planted almost every tree on the farm; established all the pastures and other facilities, and taken Lammerskraal to the heights it has reached? So, WHAT is the ‘back story’ that isn’t being shared here?

    I find the whole situation to be incredulous and beyond belief – and this piece of ‘fluff’ journalism leaves far too much unsaid!

    If Sally is unwell – then please say so! If Sally wants to retire or emigrate – then please say so … but it appears that the article was written without even discussing the situation with Sally herself!?

    Sally is a ‘treasure‘ and the whole Bloodstock and racing industry needs to know the WHY; the WHERE; and the WHAT, that are behind this story!

    Here’s hoping for some clarity!

  5. Editor says:

    Hi Alistair
    This was a print advertisement that we chose to run on the site

  6. Hi Karel – thanks for the feedback that the tribute to Sally was, in fact, ‘advertorial’ – it’s a pity that it wasn’t labelled as such … as it was somewhat misleading and it leaves so many questions unanswered!

    I do hope that Sporting Post will now do a ‘follow-up’ on this ‘story’ … as, at this time in our journey out of the abyss that the South African Bloodstock industry has been in for the past seven years, it is a time when we should be holding hands and marching forward in unison. Too many good people have already fallen by the wayside on his stressful journey that we have all been on – and I, for one, would like to know where Sally – a three-decades long stalwart of the industry (that we really cannot afford to lose!) will be headed?

    Here’s hoping!

  7. John Bescoby says:

    Hi Alistair, Sally is a close friend so allow me to fill in the missing three W’s.

    In November Sally was told that she was being retrenched and, as you can imagine,this came as a complete shock to her especially as she has two dependent children and it had only been three months since she had lost her husband.She has been totally devastated by this decision for, as put very clearly by yourself, Lammerskraal has been her life for the last 33 years. At this stage she does not know where she is going or what she will be doing in the future but hopefully she will not be lost to the industry.

    A more professional,talented,dedicated and charming individual you would be hard pressed to find and she certainly did not deserve this course of action.

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