Trophies and money won at rural horse race

2017-12-01 06:00
PHOTO: shipehele nketoLungani Gamede (left) and his father Zudu with the cup after winning the main race.

PHOTO: shipehele nketoLungani Gamede (left) and his father Zudu with the cup after winning the main race.

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SIPHELELE NKETO

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AT the Harry Gwala Summer Cup 2017 in Kilimon outside Underberg last Saturday many awards were won. Dumisani Sima’s horse Minister from Ugu District won the first race and earned a trophy.

Sima said his horse has participated in many competitions, including the Dundee July Horse Race, but didn’t win.

The Harry Gwala Summer Cup was introduced by the community of Kilimon and surrounding villages to motivate people to take up horse riding.

Department of Arts and Culture, Dr Nkosazana­ Dlamini-Zuma Municipality, Harry Gwala District Municipality and stakeholders supported the initiative by training young jockeys and sponsoring the event.

Ngeneleni Mncwabe from Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Municipality said this year’s event attracted riders from Lesotho.

“The event has a positive impact on the economy and the traders who sold their products at the event. Local designers and crafters showcased their designs,” said Mncwabe.

Harry Gwala District Municipality Deputy­ Mayor Ntuseng Duma thanked stakeholders and participants who made the event a success.

“The purpose of the event is not just for entertainment, it is for local economic development, job creation and skills development.

“Government has plans to develop rural horse riding in all districts to promote and develop it as a key activity in rural areas,” said MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Bongi Sithole-Moloi.

She said the event addresses the department’s goal of promoting sport and recreation in rural areas.

Zudu Gamede from Zululand and his son Lungani were delighted when their horse Computer won a trophy and R10 000 in the main race.

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