Kerry’s journey began in 1996 when she attained a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from the Onderstepoort Faculty of Veterinary Science. In 1998 she started a long and successful association with multiple South African Champion Breeders, Summerhill Stud, working alongside Mick Goss. Continually expanding her horizons over the next 20 years she enjoyed privileged, career-defining spells at Arrowfield Stud in Australia and various studs in Kentucky, Ocala, Florida and Miami, including Becky Thomas’s Sequel Bloodstock.
Between 2006 and 2008 Kerry travelled and worked around the world with invaluable time spent with Sheikh Hamdan of Dubai’s long-time Racing Manager Angus Gold at Shadwell Estate, UK, working at the world-renowned operation’s pre-training and rehabilitation farm and attending sales. She assisted Malcolm Bastard at Lambourn with sales preparation and breeze-up sales at Kempton, Doncaster and Newmarket and worked as a veterinary assistant at the in-demand Baker & McVeigh Veterinary Practice at Newmarket which specializes in racing soundness and sales vetting.
Back at Summerhill between 2008 and 2011, her duties as Bloodstock and Racing Manager included all aspects of stud and sales management, before going out on her own and setting up Kerry Jack Bloodstock in 2012.
In addition to her personal business interests, Kerry has been employed as yearling inspector for Bloodstock South Africa since 2013, which gives her the advantage of visiting a wide variety of farms run in different ways by different breeders, getting a feel for the progeny of new sires, an insight into trends and a look at young, unprepped horses, “rough” in their respective environments.
Kerry Jack Bloodstock manages Triple Crown winner Louis the King's stud career, his first foals are expected this season.
A sparkling record in just a few years
Whilst with Summerhill, Kerry selected several of the kind of horses dreams are made of, including Champion racemare, Igugu. Bought for $A65,000, she sold for R1-million at the 2009 Ready To Run Sale and went on to win 10 races, including the elusive Triple Tiara, the Gr1 Durban July and the Gr1 J&B Met. Her career earnings came to more than R5,6-million.
Talahatchie was bought for R60,000 as a two-year-old, he sold for R100,000 to a group of small-budget owners and won the Gr1 Champion Stakes for a small stable.
Trafalgar Legacy, a $A75,000 buy, sold for R2,2 million at the Ready To Run Sale. His feats included a third in the Gr1 Singapore Derby and his earnings topped R2,8-million.
Kerry purchased Hollywoodboulevard as a weanling for only $A6,000 – she sold for R900,000 and won five races including the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and two Gr3 contests, earning R1,3million.
Since starting on her own, Kerry's Australian purchases include Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes & G2 Charity Mile winner, New Predator ($A50,000 weanling) as well as the highly regarded, High Seas Beauty (A$75,000 weanling) & Raya Baya (A$17,000 weanling) Locally she selected G2 winners Alexis and Triptique and purchased G1 Gold Medallion winner, Always In Charge, as well as G3 winner Pacific Spirit and promising juvenile Fort Winter (EC Nursery winner).
Especially skilfull at pinhooking, in 2015 she secured a High Chaparral filly as a weanling who fetched R1-million at the CTS Sale in November along with the sales-topper, a Bernardini filly, bought for $A25 000, sold for R1,4-million. At the CTS1 Sale in January 2016, her A$55 000 pinhook was a Delago Deluxe filly that made R1,4-million.
Kerry’s bloodstock management clients include leading owner Braam Van Huyssteen (interests in over 150 horses in training), a relationship which in the 2014/15 season yielded 92 winners including G2 winners Triptique & Dynastic Power, G3 winners Cat & the Moon, Eighth Wonder & Speedy Suzy, as well as numerous Listed winners and stakes performers. Braam is again having a phenomenal season (2016/17) with over 100 winners to date. (June 2017)