GHER 2018 stops over in Sekoma
The GHER, or better known as the Ghanzi Endurance Horse Relay is an annual horse racing event organized by the Lady Khama Charitable Trust. The event which is based on horse endurance starts off in Ghanzi where most horse riders and the sport of horse racing is greatly followed. Though in it’s 9th year, the race has not seen as much interaction as this year’s set thanks to the Sekoma stop over.
The race organisers, LKCT, has been hosting the race for the past 10 years thanks to sponsorships from various corporates across various sectors. Some of the sponsors that showed up at the Sekoma stop over were Botswana Life, Skip Hire and the country’s leading mobile telecommunications service provider, Mascom whose commitment to sports sponsorship is incomparable as the company is set on developing local sports as part of their corporate social responsibility.
GHER features many endurance horse riders from Botswana and other SADC countries. The sport that was introduced to Botswana by former Minister of Agriculture Mr. Christian De. Graaff, Ghanzi and Lobatse horse racers associations. Their aim as horse lovers and riders was to “create awareness around endurance horse riding and also to support vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals,” said Mr. De Graaff. The GHER is said to have started off with a handful of riders which has been increasing over the years. The GHER riders are said to be travelling over 700 kilometers from Ghanzi to Gaborone over a duration of 6 days. The horses themselves are said to be travelling over 80 kilometers every day.
Mr. Christian De Graaff in his closing explained to the Kgotla attendants why they as the GHER partnered with the LKCT as their preferred NGO to work with. He said “the LKCT is a well-established NGO with good governance” and this being what they were looking for made it a good fit. He also cited the longevity of their projects as another reason why they support the LKCT through their initiatives. The former President of Botswana also gave a word of encouragement to the attendants on working together with the village leadership and welcoming events like these on a daily.