Breeding

BREEDING

There are approximately 300 registered breeders active in South Africa.

Stud farms are primarily concentrated in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, but there are also breeding operations in the Eastern Cape, Karoo and Highveld regions.

Summerhill Stud in KwaZulu-Natal has dominated the breeders’ standings in recent years, having been champion breeders ten times between 2005 and 2016. Klawervlei Stud of the Western Cape took the Championship in the missing two years, and continues to dominate.

South African breeders have long sought out international blood to improve the local breed. Nine of the top ten General Sires are male-line descendants of Northern Dancer and Mr Prospector, with the sole exception being the Roberto line horse Captain Al.
Former G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner Fort Wood (Sadler’s Wells) can rightfully be described as one of the most influential stallions to ever stand in South Africa. The half-brother to US champion Timber Country (Woodman) died in 2015, but was both champion sire and champion broodmare sire, and is the sire of leading sire Dynasty who himself has no less than five young sons at stud.

The success of locally bred stallions such as Jet Master, Captain Al and Dynasty is testament to the worth of South African breeders. Fort Wood stood at Mauritzfontein Stud -which previously stood former Washington DC International winner Wilwyn (Pink Flower) –South Africa’s Champion Sire of 1964 -1965. However, while Fort Wood was an undeniably important and hugely influential sire, he never achieved the dominance of such champion sires as Asbestos (whose sons won the first five Cape Derbies) or 11 time champion sire Polystome.

Jet Master / Racing South Africa (p)

In more recent times, the sires list has been dominated by the likes of Jet Master (champion sire seven times), Foveros (champion sire eight times), Western Winter and Captain Al (champion sire in 2014/15), Silvano and Trippi.

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SALES SELECTION CRITERIA

Guidelines from the yearling sales selectors


Yearlings are scored out of 20 points.
Per the requests of the vendors, more emphasis is placed on conformation. Therefore, the “physical score” counts 10 of the total of 20. Mare and stallion count for 5 points each.

Pedigree Ratings

All ratings change on an ongoing basis, dependant on performance of progeny.
Stallions and mares are both rated out of 5.
A score of 5 is only given to the very best proven producers. A score of 2.5 represents the average. For stallions, a score of 1 represents a total failure. For mares, a bad producer/race filly with a poor pedigree would likewise, score 1.

COSTS

Breeder’s Registration Fees

Registration of a Mare
- by a person (annual) R272
- by a partnership where all the parties are currently registered as mare owners (annual) R 668
- by a partnership where all the parties are not currently registered as mare owners (annual) R1 523

Registration and change of ownership of a Mare
- Registration of a mare at stud (initial) R 807
- Change of ownership of a mare at stud (payable by the purchaser) R 807

Registration and change of ownership of a stallion:
- Registration of a stallion at stud (annual) R6 420
- Registration of a stallion at stud (initial) R6 476
- Change of ownership of a stallion at stud (payable by the purchaser) R6 476

Registration for the 2019 foal crop

2019 Foals R3 049
- NHA Admin and Passport Fee R 460
- Foal Identification Fee R 954
- Export Levy R1 635

2018 Foals R3 442
- NHA Admin and Passport Fee R 460
- Foal Identification Fee R 954
- Foal Levy for Equine Research R 878
- Contribution to SAEHP R1 150