Picture : Rabada posing at Summerveld on his stallion day (Candiese Lenferna Photography)
Rabada was brought down from his Bloomhill Stud home in Wartburg to Summerveld on Saturday for a stallion day with a difference and Bloomhill’s Sandra Threthewey was thrilled with all aspects of the event.
She said, “There was a beautiful vibe and Rabada behaved like a dream. He is such a calm and collected horse. He stood under the tree for an hour-and-a-half with his groom before being paraded and he then walked and stood and didn’t do anything funny, so people understood what I have been saying about his temperament. They always say ‘But he is by Brave Tin Soldier’ and Brave Tin Soldiers can be highly strung. But I think everybody realised that with 65 odd people standing watching him and he did not do a thing wrong … and he stood still so everybody could photograph him … everybody said, ‘Wow!!’ He has got the most magnificent temperament!”
She continued, “It was phenomenal. There was a mixture of people from breeders, to owners and trainers, and also farriers and vets. He was well received and it was a positive, good event for our industry which needs positive vibes and a positive attitude for the future. The feedback has been positive and we have some nice new business. Between Saturday and Sunday evening he had got an extra ten mares already. Some people who couldn’t make it to the stallion day came to the farm on Sunday and two more clients are coming to the farm this week to see him and chat about mares.”
She added, “We have had phone calls from the Cape and they are looking at mares they can send and they said if they don’t have mares they are going to buy mares to send.”