Kevin Eltringham and Scandal's Last Tango winning the 1979 S.A. Junior Five Gaited Championship


Hennie Louw of Lanquedoc Stables imported in 1973 the World Champion Weanling, Killarney's Debutante with the filly Gifted Pearl. On the same ship was a stallion owned by Enoch Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah. This stallion, Vanity's Scandal, by Vanity's Sensation of Crebilly was the first American-owned horse to enter South Africa. Gifted Pearl unfortunately broke her leg when she arrived in South Africa and was only used as a brood mare. The match with Vanity's Scandal produced Scandal's Last Tango - aptly named because of Vanity's Scandal's untimely death.

Scandal's Last Tango was a very successful young gaited horse and with his trainer Kevin Eltringham won in 1979 the Junior Five Gaited Championship Title.

Unfortunately Tango (as he was affectionately called) sustained a shoulder injury and was not shown much thereafter. Hennie Louw had so much faith in him as a sire that he started breeding with him at a young age. His first colt was named Tango's Maiden Voyage and he became a good Five Gaited Children's Riding Horse. After that Tango sired numerous foals - a large percentage became S.A Grand Champions e.g. Tango's Sunbird, Big Town and Tango's Wee Pee to name a few.

Christene Eltringham (Kevin's wife and daughter of Hennie Louw )brought Scandal's Last Tango back in the late 1980's and won several Five Gaited classes with him before he was retired to stud at Pieter Jacobs 's Saratoga Stud where he unfortunately died from a freak accident in 1991. His legacy lives on both in South Africa and America. One of his foals Tango's Wee Pee was exported to America and is doing well as a show and breeding horse. He and trainer Dena Lopez received a standing ovation at the recent (1999) World Champion Horse Show in the Fine Harness Division. Hennie Louw would have been rightfully proud of Scandal's Last Tango's offspring.