S3443 – Bay Stallion, 1977 (Cherokee Mecca/Silala)
Breeders: Pam and John Roydhouse
Owner: Peter Toft, Toft Endurance
At the age of 32, the Arabian Stallion Chip Chase Sadaqa (AKA “Wings”) was awarded the prestigious WAHO Trophy. Bred by Pam and John Roydhouse, Chip Chase Sadaqa was purchased sight unseen and campaigned by Peter Cole, and later owned by Toft Endurance. Peter Cole once stated “To ride him is like riding a bird, he is so light and covers the ground with ease”.
Chip Chase Sadaqa is a legendary endurance champion and sire of first-rate endurance horses. His endurance record spans many years and includes a mountain of successful completions. He competed with his owner Peter Cole from 1981 to 1995, with over 4000 lifetime km during these years. He completed 47 rides and he had 14 First Place finishes; 33 top-five placings; 17 Best Condition Awards, 29 First Heavy Weight finishes. He won the 1983, 160km, Tom Quilty Gold Cup and placed second in 1987 with endurance legend, Ron Males, riding. He won the 1984 160-km QSC Cheerabah, and he was the Australian National Endurance Champion in 1983.
Chip Chase Sadaqa then went on to be a superb and prolific endurance stallion acknowledged as one of the top breeding endurance stallions in the world, producing prizewinners all over the world – Europe, Ireland, Malaysia, Australia and the Middle East. In the early days, Peter Cole used him over a variety of mares and they proved to be very successful. His progeny are intelligent, very tractable and easy to handle on the ground and in the vet ring and have great movement.
Chip Chase Sadaqa was always a crowd favourite who loved to be pampered. He retired from competition in 1995 after travelling 4400 kilometres. Not only was Chip Chase Sadaqa awarded the WAHO Trophy but he was also honoured by the endurance fraternity at The 2008 Tom Quilty Gold Cup as a “Living Legend”. The legendary endurance stallion passed away peacefully June 15th 2011 at the Toft Endurance farm in Marburg, SE Queensland, Australia, at the age of 34.