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South African Grand Champion Stallion 1958, 1961
Champion Purebred Stallion 3-4 years 1958
Champion Purebred Stallion over 4 years 1961
Champion Single Harness Stallion 1958
Bred by: James W. Aikman, Acton . Indiana. USA
Imported by H.W. Gird and Sons, Wittehart, Beaufort West
Transfer: P.J. van der Merwe , Jnr., Cypress Grove Merriman
Edna May's King was a great show horse and he also proved his significance at stud. When he was twelve years old he was sold to Mr. R.W. Morrison, Texas, for the record price of$40 000.
Anacacho Shamrock was bred out of the mating of him with Sally Cameron. Anacacho Shamrock in turn sired Wing Commander as well as Fairy Darling (dam of Stonewall Starfire) amongst others.
Jane Black produced two full brothers, Anacacho Denmark and Cameo Kirby. Cameo Kirby was owned by Floyd Shofner and stood at Hide-Away Farms in Indiana. He was the sire of the great fine harness horse, The Lemon Drop Kid, as well as CAMEO'S FAREWELL.
Just Plain Jane - the dam of CAMEO'S FAREWELL- was a really great broodmare, probably the best known daughter of Indiana Ace. She is also listed in the Broodmare Hall of Fame. When bred to Cameo Kirby she produced Love and Kisses and CAMEO'S FAREWELL.
CAMEO'S FAREWELL was bred by James W. Aikman and imported to South Africa by Godfrey Gird who personally selected him in 1956.
The following is part of a write up that appeared in Saddle and Bridle, February 1969.
"…….Sixteen years ago, two young men from South Africa toured the United States in search of a outstanding available stallion and three brood mares to import into their country. The stallion of their choice was purchased from Jim Aikman and was the magnificent and last son of Cameo Kirby and out of the then four-year-old mare Just Plane Jane. This stallion was only two years old at the time and was named CAMEO'S FAREWELL.
In these sixteen years, CAMEO'S FAREWELL has dominated both Sire Ratings (Senior and Futurity) in South Africa and leads both the Futurity and Performance Divisions at this time….."
CAMEO'S FAREWELL was transferred from H.W. Gird and Sons to P.J. van der Merwe, Cypress Grove, Merriman in approximately 1964 and then was owned by Monty Joubert and Bill Sieberhagen in1967 and thereafter Fanie Naude, at whose farm he died on 13 May 1970, just a few days short of his sixteenth birthday.
CAMEO'S FAREWELL had shown a lot of potential in harness and under saddle, but unfortunately he injured his pastern which necessitated an operation. This was quite successful but he was ridden too soon afterwards with the result that he could never be worked again, so he was used entirely as a Stud Stallion and bred 202 offspring of which the majority left their mark in the South African Saddle Horse industry till today.
CAMEO'S FAREWELL is the only South African Stallion that sired Grand Champions in all four divisions.
Offspring of CAMEO'S FAREWELL that won a South African National Championship Title:
SA GRANDCHAMPION FIVE GAITED HORSE:
1965- Cameo's Call Girl
1969- Cameo's Dreams
1971- Cameo's Spring Cheer
SA GRANDCHAMPION SINGLE HARNESS HORSE:
1965 - Young Lover
1971 - Young Lover
1972- Cameo's Gay Cavalier
1973- Cameo's Gay Cavalier
1977- Cameo's Thunderbird
1981- Cameo's Brigadoon
1982- Cameo's Brigadoon
1983- Cameo's Brigadoon
1984- Cameo's Brigadoon
SA GRANDCHAMPION THREE GAITED HORSE:
1965- Cameo's Fair Virginia
SA GRANDCHAMPION FINE HARNESS HORSE
1970 - Cameo's Impersonator
1971 - Cameo's Fairy Lane
Other S.A. Grand Champions from Cameo's Farewell's direct offspring:
S.A. GRANDCHAMPION FIVE GAITED HORSE:
1972, 1974, 1977, 1978 - Parader's Mc Donald - his dam, Dream Boat, is by Cameo's Farewell.
1990 - 1991, 1995 - 1996 - Warlord - his dam, Cameo's Lady Jane, is by Cameo's Farewell.
1992 - The Inferno - his sire, Yokozuna 's dam, Cameo's Truly Fair, is by Cameo's Farewell.
1994 - Zoovoorbij Commander in Chief - both his sire and dam have Cameo's Farewell blood.
(In 1997 Commander in Chief won the Five Gaited World's Grand Champion title as well).
1999 - Parader's Lady - her sire is Yokozuna whose dam, Cameo's Truly Fair, is by Cameo Farewell.
S.A. GRAND CHAMPION THREE GAITED HORSE:
1977, 1978, 1979 - Imp's Bernadine - she is by Cameo's Impersonator who was by Cameo's Farewell.
S.A. GRAND CHAMPION SINGLE HARNESS HORSE:
1975, 1976 - Parader's Mc Donald - his dam, Dream Boat, was by Cameo's Farewell.
1985, 1986, & 1987 - Wing's Flight - his dam Edna Denmark, was by Cameo's Farewell.
S.A. GRAND CHAMPION FINE HARNESS HORSE:
1974, 1976 - Surprise's Bimbo - his sire, Cameo's Birthday Surprise, was by Cameo Farewell
1975, 1977, 1978 & 1980 - Genghis Khan - His sire, Young Lover, was by Cameo's Farewell.
1994 - 1996 - Never on Sunday - his sire Yokozuna was out of a Cameo's Farewell mare - Cameo's Truly Fair.
1997 - Yoko's Tornado - his sire Yokozuna was out of a Cameo's Farewell mare - Cameo's Truly Fair.
1998 - Something Rare - her dam, Cameo's Rare Jewel, was by Cameo's Farewell.
The S.A. 2000 No. 1 sire on the Senior Sire Rating is Dominator's Radetsky (owned by Pieter Jacobs), whose sire Imp's Dominator, is a foal of Cameo's Impersonator who was by Cameo's Farewell. Blood does indeed tell !!!
photo by Neil Scholtz
If one reads the above it should be obvious that CAMEO'S FAREWELL offspring should be included in any successful breeding program. is proud of the coltPERFECT TIMING and the gelding TORNADO'S HEIRLOOM whose pedigree has ample Cameo's Farewell genes from both their parents.
copyright Ross Millin 2004