...Pacific Dance to loothrill spectators
Horses have always fascinated and thrilled many, and with the Maun Horse Derby coming closer, preparations are on-going for the biggest horse day event in the country. The Maun Horse Derby has been running for nine consecutive years, in which 2016 will be their tenth year. Founder and organizer of the event Chale Mabua said that they will be going to a new race track this year, which is still under construction. The event will take place during the Easter holidays.
Representatives from neighbouring countries, Lesotho and Namibia will be at the event. If it wasn't for logistical challenges competitiors from Angola were planning to come and compete after they expressed interest in being part of the race. Nevertheless Mabua said that they promised to come and watch because they have heard about the event, which next year they plN to prepare in advance to be part of. Mabua said they are busy with arranging permits for the horses that will be participating from different countries because a horse needs a permit just like a human being in order to transfer from one stable to the other. It is the fourth year consecutively that Namibia has been participating, while Lesotho will be participating for the second time. Local participants will be from places like Werda, Charles Hill, Ghanzi and Maun among others, but this year the organisers revealed that there have been people from places like Tsabong and Palapye who have already registered. "Registration is almost full now, so there can only be changes if the people who are going to compete make substitutions as to who should get in on their behalf because that is allowed," he said.
He revealed that the horse that everyone should be excited to look out for is the Pacific Dance from Namibia. Unlike last year it will now be used by a Motswana rider this year. There will be the 2400 and the 1600 metres races. He said that another horse to look out for is Drop the Clutch, which thrilled when it was three years old last year, and would be exciting to see how it has grown and how it will match up with others now that it is four years old. He said it is one of the most wanted and the most dangerous. He said that though they have not selected the final artists who will perform at the event, the after party will be at Trekkers night club which has partnered with them. He advised those who want to come to start booking for accommodation now though it is almost full, so that they would know on time if they would have to bring their camping equipment because that is allowed.
Mabua said he had always wanted a sport that can match with Agriculture and as such saw horse riding as the perfect one, in which next year they also aim to run the Greyhound dogs competition. "We want to specialize in agricultural sport, and the reception has been very good and that is why we want to venture into other different animal breeds," he said.