Sad Passing of Star Broodmare
15 Mar 2016Owned by Mike and Christine Ryan, Parfore achieved fame and fortune as
the dam of nine foals to race for eight winners which include Group I
winner and $1.9 million earner Terrravista (Captain Rio), Group I winner
and $1.2 million earner Tiger Tees (NZ) (Dubawi), Champion Singapore
Sprinter / Miler and Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy (NZ) (Darci
Brahma) who now stands at Hallmark Stud, Group II winner Ball of Muscle
(Dubawi) and stakes-winner Our Lukas (NZ) (Generous).
Parfore also leaves behind a colt foal by Rip Van Winkle and a yearling filly by Darci Brahma.
By the brilliant sprinter Gold Brose from stakes-winning Twig Moss (Fr)
mare Classy Twiggy, Parfore was lightly raced starting just four times,
but a brilliant five length maiden win at her second start at Geelong
probably gave some indication of more ability than her record suggests.
Retired to stud in New Zealand, she was offered at the NZB National
Broodmare Sale in 2004, where she caught the eye of renowned judge Paul
Willetts, who bought her for $30,000 on behalf of Mike and Christine
"My wife, Christine and I have been very privileged to have owned a
broodmare such as Parfore. We have owned racehorses for only 16 years
and have had Parfore for 13 of those years, so losing her so suddenly
has been very sad and difficult for us both," Mike Ryan reflected.
"Parfore has taken us on an incredible journey, producing three
individual G1 winners as well as two other group and listed winners and
her star son Super Easy is at stud in NZ.
"She has rightfully earned for herself a lasting legacy in the
industry. Hopefully she is not finished yet as she has still has two
colts and a filly that will have the opportunity to further her standing
as one of the truly great broodmares.
"We would like to thank the team at Segenhoe, all the vet staff and the
Hawkins family (of Wentwood Grange) in NZ for everything they have done
to care for Parfore over the years," said Ryan.