THE annual Dundee July attracts thousands of visitors to watch exciting horse racing, fashion displays, and otherwise enjoy the food and music and many other activities on offer. Since the first July in 2005, which attracted 30 participants and 1 500 spectators, the event has grown phenomenally. This year, 20 000 horse racing enthusiasts are expected to flock to the event, which starts on Thursday, July 19, with a two day build up to the big race day on Saturday, July 21.Rural horse owners and jockeys from KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Lesotho will compete against one another for the winner’s title and stake money. This rural horse tripling (bareback trotting) race event is the second KZN Department of Sport and Recreation flagship event run in collaboration with the Endumeni and UMzinyathi District municipalities.Most districts within KZN participate and over 320 horse owners and 200 jockeys are expected to compete in the eight events. The Ithala International Race is one of two international races on the cards, promising to be nail-biting as jockeys and horses from Lesotho, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape test their skills and stamina.A trade and exhibition fair kicks off the Dundee July festivities, giving locals and visitors an opportunity to see the different products offered by the event’s partners and to buy clothing, crafts, food, horse grooming products and souvenirs. A colourful street carnival procession sets the vibe on day two, Friday, July 20. Led by bikers, the horses and jockeys will be paraded, followed by an exhibition of traditional clothing, fashion from KZN’s upcoming designers, traditional dancing and music.