Manny and Mandy Testa are the founders of Midlands Thoroughbreds. Having acquired the KZN Midlands Resort, Midlands Saddle & Trout, in 1999 they unknowingly became horse owners through this acquisition."
Manny says of Midlands Thoroughbreds: "Our breeding philosophy is to try and enhance our female lines as much as we can. I follow the breeding insights of Fredrico Tesio closely but lately have started looking at “nicks” and outcrosses. My latest reference has been the book “Designing Speed in the Racehorse” by Ken McLean. As I am passionate about the genetics of Thoroughbreds I am happy to help any prospective client with pedigree analysis and Stallion selection for their mare/s."
Manny Testa says they have a big string of racehorses: "Our policy will be to offer every horse we breed to the public. Those that we don’t sell at auction we will race ourselves. This will allow us to prove our mares and purchase new bloodlines for the breeding operation as we go. We will be actively marketing the facility and would love to work with like-minded breeders to get the most out of this exciting business.
"Chris Erasmus trains our horses, and he has been training racehorses since 1972. Starting out as an assistant trainer for Koos Van Jaarsveldt and then getting his own license in 1975. After getting his license he moved to Newmarket in 1983 and started building up his business. His fondest memory of those days was winning the Bloemfontein trainers championships in 1989 with the help of Pierre Strydom who still rides for Chris today. Since moving to Turffontein in 2003 Chris has attracted many owners. He has also been entrusted with many Breeders' prized bloodlines when they have leased fillies to him to race and send back after their racing careers."
Stallions at Midlands Thoroughbreds:
Ravishing by Jet Master - Crimson Lily by Royal Prerogative(GB)
Managed by Midlands Thoroughbeds
Bezrin(USA) by Danzig(USA) - Darling Flame by Capote(USA)
Manny Cell: 082 3376256
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