Vale Hambly Parker
The Cape Breeders Club was saddened to hear the of the recent passing of Hambly Parker, whose wife Rose made Ascot Stud into one of the great farms in the country.
Rose, whose first husband and Ashley’s father died in 1975, first met Hambly in 1978 and the couple later married. A former Springbok front rank, Hambly toured New Zealand and represented the country in two tests. Born and bred in the Eastern Cape, as was his family, which included six brothers, Hambly attended the local Gill College.
A businessman, who owned various properties and businesses in Port Elizabeth, Hambly was involved with the new Ascot Stud, which is to be found on the Deer Park Farm, and contributed greatly to that property’s surroundings and buildings.
Hambly, who owned a few horses in his time, owned one broodmare, but she happened to be the wonderfully successful producer, Drummer Girl.
Unraced, after suffering a puff adder bite as a foal, Drummer Girl was an excellent broodmare, with her foals including Champion 2YO Filly Rock Opera and high-class Gr2 The Nursery winner Hit Song, who was subsequently exported to Hong Kong. Drummer Girl’s legacy lives on, with her daughter Rock Opera having produced high-class British 2yo and Group 2 winner Heavy Metal.
Ascot Stud based just outside Port Elizabeth, was bought in 1962, and has since gone from strength to strength and is currently run by Rose’s son Ashley, also one of the country’s leading veterinarians.
Ascot Stud has bred a long string of champions, including Horse Of The Year Enchanted Garden, as well as former Vodacom Durban July winner Bold Silvano. The latter, who was produced by the Al Mufti mare Bold Saffron, currently stands at Ascot and will be represented by his first yearlings in 2015.
The farm is also home to one of South Africa’s most exciting young sires, Sail From Seattle (sire of Saturday’s Gr2 Emerald Cup winner Tommy Gun), and Lecture, whose Ascot Stud bred son Copper Parade was recently named the Eastern Cape’s Horse Of The Year for the 2013-2014 season.
Cape Breeders Club would like to send its condolences to Hambly’s widow Rose, Ashley, and other members of the Parker family during this sad time.