Winter Workshop

Summerhill Winter Workshop

The annual Winter Workshop at our School of Management Excellence has become the standout intellectual convention on racing and breeding in South Africa.

Each year, we have attempted to make it better, throwing ever-growing resources at it, and we think we’ve achieved that again. To accommodate the annual KZN Broodmare Sale, we have condensed the programme into two days (8th & 9th July) following on the Investec Stallion Day on the Sunday.

The “big fish” this year include Coolmore’s Tom Magnier (who heads up their Australian division), Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster (whose father Robert, founded Coolmore with John Magnier and Vincent O’ Brien,) in his own right one of Australia’s totem breeders of the current time; the head of Aushorse, the most successful thoroughbred marketing institution in the world, Chauncey Morris; “the voice”, David Raphael who famously called London News in Hong Kong, ex-Minister of Education, Mary Metcalfe (who will be speaking on education: the future of South Africa) and Mike Vincent, the renowned futurist who tells us what it will take to be a successful CEO in tomorrow’s world. I’ve heard the latter two recently, they’re not to be missed.

Besides these guys, we have a local line-up from the racing community of Neil Andrews, Jehan Malherbe, Michel Nairac & John Stuart on racing’s roadmap, legends Michael Roberts and Garth Puller on the art of jockeyship, Graeme Hawkins and Patrick Cummings, US race-caller, blogger and journalist extraordinaire, as well as Professor Brian Kantor, whose annual economic briefings have informed the strategic plans of the attendees so spectacularly in the past few years. Evening entertainment will include Rob Caskie, David Rattray’s anointed successor and the world’s best story-teller of the modern era.

Already, the list of those who’ve indicated their wish to attend is formidable, and this is a personal invitation to you to make a date yourself. I should mention though, that our theatre can accommodate only so many, and with a history-making line-up of this sort, my advice is to be in touch as soon as possible.

The lady to contact in regards to price and availability is Heather Morkel (who heads up the School Of Excellence) on [email protected]

I do hope you can make it: if you can, and if you’re looking for accommodation, please let these ladies know at the same time. Hartford has a “special” going, and there are decent alternatives in the vicinity if it is full.

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