GHER participants encourage Sekoma community
The 2018 Ghanzi Horse Endurance Relay is an annual endurance horse relay activity that is aimed at raising awareness countrywide on the fairly new sport in Botswana. Though in it’s 9th year, endurance racing has not yet gained satisfactory popularity in Botswana according to it’s founder Mr. Christian De Graaff.
When at their first ever stop over event in Sekoma this past week, the GHER participants met the Sekoma residents at the Sekoma Kgotla, an event that was also graced by the former President of Botswana who is also the patron of the Lady Khama Charitable Trust, Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama. At the event, the attendants were addressed by the GHER founder regarding the race as well as the former president who spoke on general matters and some on the endurance relay.
Thereafter, an endurance rider, Mr. Seeiso Maine, gave the Kgotla attendant an extensive leep into the endurance relay. “It is a difficult yet fulfilling sport”, he said, citing challenges such as livestock and wildlife along their routes. Mr. Maine spoke of how one of their greatest challenge is snakes which roam freely in the wild that are a danger to their lives and even those of the horses. In his leap into the GHER he shared their past victories as team Botswana in endurance racing. “Botswana has a team”, he said, “which has won positioned 3 in an endurance race in South Africa and position 1 in a 7 country race in Namibia recently”. Endurance horse racing.
Botswana is also said to have bred world class horses that have since been sold and raced in major international events in places like Dubai and emerged victorious amidst all the competition. Mr. Maine, who is also a young person urged the Sekoma residents to take part in sports like these to curb the social ills that many people especially the youth find themselves in.