A new horse derby is lined up for Charleshill village over the Easters holiday to compete with the Mascom Horse international derby.
Mascom derby is touted as the biggest horse racing event in Botswana which attracts multitudes across Botswana during Easter Holidays. This year the Mascom showpiece will be held at Shashe horse racing track on March 31. Abraham Ngakaemang, president of Mbesuwa Horse in Charles Hill confirmed that they are hosting a new derby on March 31st to be tag lined: Charleshill Derby race. He confirmed that like the Mascom derby the Charleshill derby invites horses from Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa and Botswana.
However he said through the race they want to develop their village and have no grudge against Maun or the Mascom horse derby. “Where there is no competition there is no growth. We hope that by bringing another race this will lead to the growth of horse racing in Botswana,” he said. Charles Hill is a village in Ghanzi district located close to the Namibian border, with a population of 3,591 as per the 2011 census. Maun in Ngamiland, on the other hand, has 55,784 people as per the 2011 census.
Chief organizer of the Mascom derby, Charlie Mabua confirmed hearing about the introduction of the Charles Hill derby. He said although the Mascom derby is usually dominated by horses from Charles Hill, he does not think the new derby poses competition to the Maun race. Mabua explained that many horse owners from Charles Hill have confirmed that they will take part in the Maun race. Furthermore, he revealed that all the expected horses from Namibia and Lesotho have also confirmed their participation in the Maun showpiece.
Mabua said they will not change the date of the Maun derby saying it will go on as planned. “They are trying to sabotage us because they wanted us to host the Mascom derby in Charles Hill but we could not as Maun has a biggest horse racing following.” Mascom derby is the highlight of the Maun Easter Holidays calendar with dignitaries and tourists coming in from different countries around the world to join in the excitement and experience Maun cuisine, music, cultural fashion extravaganza and the horse race competition.
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