Margaret Taylor sadly passed away last Wednesday, only hours after her beloved stallion Angelo Minny succumbed to colic on Tuesday evening at her farm in Garfield, Victoria.
A pharmacist by training, Margaret ran the chemist shop in Garfield alongside husband Edward for many years. When they retired from this venture, they purchased their Garfield property where they began standing stallions and began a small breeding operation. Margaret called the farm Susiman Farm, a mixture of the names of her 3 children Susan, Simon and Ian.
Strong willed and not afraid to speak her mind, Margaret was always hands-on when it came to maintaining her 80-acre property. At 85 years of age, Margaret could still be found slashing weeds and harrowing paddocks aboard her tractor. Ailing health in recent years, meant that operations were scaled back but with assistance, she still provided agistment and foaling down services to outside clients as well as standing Angelo Minny, her final stallion.
The French bred Angelo Minny originally raced with success in Europe and was brought to Australia in 2008 by Peter Maher who was seeking Melbourne Cup glory. A winner over 1400 metres as a two-year-old and 2400 metres as a three-year-old, an injury curtailed the initial Melbourne Cup campaign of the son of the great Red Randsom.
Following a final campaign, the colt raced in Brisbane before retiring to Stud in Victoria.
Margaret’s love for Angelo Minny meant he had a home with her no matter what he achieved at stud. Margaret matched Angelo Minny to her own broodmare band and a few local mares.
One of his progenies to race with success was the Miranda Cox trained five-year-old mare, Rebecca who won at Stony Creek in February of this year, much to Margaret’s delight as a part owner.
One of Margaret’s more successful stallions was Rare Pearl (FR) who bred many wet track specialists and was well supported by local Cranbourne trainers. A very clever lady, Margaret enjoyed studying racing pedigrees and even as her body began to fail her in later years, with her alert mind she thoroughly enjoyed discussing breeding lines and mating plans.
Margaret will be sadly missed by her family and friends. A funeral service will take place at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1215 Bunyip River Rd, Iona on Tuesday 6th August 2019 commencing at 11:00 am.