As 2011 comes to a close, we reflect on what has certainly been an interesting year with many ups and downs for the world as a whole!
For Imagine Racing, we had a string of firsts which will make 2011 stand out for us as a landmark year! We had our first runner in our colours of Old Gold and Cream and we look forward to those becoming a regular sight coming down the final straight!
We had our first winner in the filly Final Score, owned in partnership with her trainer Sean Tarry and Mike De Kock.
We also had our first colt born; The Blue Streak, by A.P. Arrow out of Blue Ballet and we look forward to seeing him grow into a real racehorse.
Looking to the New Year, 2012 promises to be very exciting, starting off with the always elegant L’Ormarins Queens Plate followed by the CTS Premier Yearling Sale, 2 days before the J&B Met. Now, if that is not enough to get you rushing to Cape Town you should check whether you still have a pulse!
Ensuring that we keep a cracking pace and our pulses racing for the rest of the year, we have a number of things that we are planning! One of our projects for 2012 is a dedicated Spring Ladies Race day to be held in October in association with Pink Drive to benefit the great work that they are doing in the field of Breast Cancer Awareness!
Watch this space for the details but it is going to be a spectacular day focusing on empowering women!
As always, the Imagine team is dedicated to sharing our passion for horse racing and making it easier for people to get involved. So if you have not already looked into owning a share of a horse, we invite you to join us in this thrilling venture – who knows where it may lead?
The magic of the horse and the special relationship that human beings have with them is summed up in the poem by Ronald Duncan:
Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
friendship without envy, or beauty without vanity?
Here where grace is laced with muscle and strength by gentleness confined.
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent;
there is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
Our past has been borne on his back.
All our history is in his industry.
We are his heirs;
He is our inheritance
Ladies and Gentlemen – The Horse!
If that does not remind us that horses are integral to human development, perhaps we need to take heed of Winston Churchill’s wise words: Don’t give your son money. As far as you can afford it, give him horses!
Happy Holidays and we look forward to an awe-inspiring 2012!