Lady Khama Diamond Derby Thrills

| May 26, 2015

President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama was amongst hundreds of horse racing enthusiasts at the inaugural Lady Khama Diamond Derby horse racing hosted at the agricultural show grounds on Saturday May 23.

President Khama arrived in great spectacle clad in stylised khakhi garment and a bowler hat popularised by 19th century American West cowboys.

He arrived on the racing track mounting a dark grey gelding nicknamed Martyn from the Mmamashia stables. In the racing track, several horses made impressive gallops to the delight of the crowd that had come to witness the race.

In the coveted Lady Khama cup 2000 metres race, it was emphatic victory for the youngster One Tura riding Surprise and Bernard Van De Westhuizen followed on the second spot with Compo Sound.

In the 1000m thoroughbred category crowd favourite Show Me The Mummy cruised to pole position while Debe Xwi riding Lizzy Grey followed on position two. Jungle Speed with its jockey Richard Martin was crowned the winner of the Tswana breed race.

Lady Khama Charitable Trust (LKCT), in partnership with Golden Horse Riding club, brought together horse racing fanatics to the event which was meant to raise funds for charity.

On the sidelines of the race, LKCT chairperson, Dale Ter Haar said it was a fantastic event for them as organisers and were pleased with the turn up despite the race being on its infancy stages.

Ter Haar said they would be hosting the event on an annual basis.

The diamond derby is the third event on their calendar after the Run 21 marathon and the Urban Obstacle course. Golden Horses Riding club, chairperson, Tumagole Tumagole was equally impressed with how the race turned up.

Tumagole said despite the sport still being considered elite locally, they were striving to create employment for youth through horse racing.

He said most young people in Botswana had shown interest in the sport and were potentially future professional jockeys.

The club was established in 2005 and has over 200 members. It helped in administering the race and Tumagole said in future they were looking to affiliate with the Botswana Horse Society.

Veteran horse breeder and owner, Phillip Wright said he was impressed by the popularity that horse racing was gaining in recent times. Wright, who had engaged in the sport since 1985, said horse racing was initially prevalent in Ghanzi and Maun but it had now spread to other corners of the country.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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