The end of the year means it is awards season and the decision to present breeder Mick Goss with a lifetime achievement award at the 2018 KwaZulu-Natal awards will be applauded throughout the racing industry. With 10 national breeders titles notched on his belt since his move to Summerhill Stud in Mooi River in 1979, Goss has been the backbone of the sport not only in breeding top horses, but also his other ventures such as the School of Equine Management Excellence and implementation of the popular Ready-To-Run sales. Of his 10 titles, he quipped to the media that “the one inevitability about winning a championship is that you’re going to lose it. We must prepare for life after the dream.” That life nearly ended for the 67-year-old two years ago when, following a visit to the Far East, he contracted Crohn’s disease. Happily, despite shedding weight, he recovered. Goss nearly did not go the route of a racehorse breeder as he looked headed for a distinguished career in law. “I gave u...

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