Ensign's Kirby x Fair Virginia  

Fair Virginia, the dam of Fair Ensign.

One of the best broodmares that ever set foot on South African soil. She came by chance and left a legacy of show and breeding horses.

In 1955 Mr. Jack Gird imported four mares - Genius of Knight ( x Gallant King), which was heavy in foal on leaving the USA had had a colt foal at sea, which was subsequently named First Sea Lord; Romantic Moments ( x Genius My King); Ace's Golden Dream ( x American Ace). The fourth horse was Birthday Surprise, which unfortunately jumped a fench within twenty-four hours of her arrival on the farm and broke her back. She had been purchased from Mr. Tom Merton of Old Stone House Farms, and when he was informed of this misfortune, he promptly replaced her with one of his top mares - and at that stage the Reserve World Champion Brood Mare - Fair Virginia 36367. In 1954 she had Ensign's Fair Virginia and the following year, Ensign's Folly, both by Ensign Kirby. When she  came in 1955 she was in foal yet again by Ensign Kirby and then produced the fantastic Fair Ensign. Fair Virginia is also the dam of Cameo's Lady Jane, the dam of the 1990, 1991, 1995 & 1996 S.A. Five Gaited Grand Champion, Warlord. Warlord is also the sire of the 2000 Reserve Five Gaited World Grand Champion - War Image.

1960 Cameo's Farewell Cameo's Spring Cheer 1971 S.A.Grand Champion Five Gaited  Horse, Dam of Spring Fever, who is the sire of El Nino, who in turn is the sire of Commander in Chief, 1997 World Champion Five Gaited Horse
1962 Cameo's Farewell Cameo's Geisha Girl Dam of S.A.Champions Beau's Madame Spring, Beau's Bedsocks,Majestic Gay Gay, Sayonara and Young Africa
1963 Cameo's Farewell Cameo's Fair Ensign Died at five
1964 Indiana Ace Indiana's Sea Side Lady 1967 S.A.Futurity Weanling
1965 Indiana Ace Indiana's Fair Madame 1968 S.A.Futurity Fine Harness
1966 Cameo's Farewell Cameo's Fairy Lane 1970 S.A.Champion Three Year Fine Harness

1971 S.A. Grand Champion Fine Harness

1967 Cameo's Farewell Cameo's Fair Emblem  
1968 Cameo's Farewell Cameo's Beau Peavine Sire of many S.A. Champions eg. Peavine's Emerald, Peavine's Eye Witness
1969 Cameo's Farewell Cameo's Truly Fair Dam of Yokozuna, sire of numerous S.A. Grand Champion horses eg Tornado, Inferno, Never on a Sunday, Parader's Lady, Mr Yodack,Yoko Rico, Mr America, Barcelona,etc Granddam of Perfect Timing - the 2001 S.A. Champion Two Year Old Fine Harness Horse.

Fair Ensign is a full sister to Ensign's Fair Virginia 55305 which appears in the Broodmare Hall of Fame due to the high percentage of KSF ribbon winners, eg Lily Merril ( x Indiana Peavine who is in turn by Indiana Ace) the 1965  Junior Five Gaited World Champion. Together with Marion Hutchenson (Happy Valley Stables) they were the World Champion Junior Exhibition Five Gaited mare in 1968, 1969 and 1970. In 1970 they attained the World Champion Junior Exhibition Five Gaited title as well.

Lily Merril and Marion Hutchenson

(photo by Sargent)

Peavine's Emerald & Dina Botha

(photo by R.Millin)


(photo by R.Millin)

copyright Ross Millin 2004