Monday, February 26, 2024

Goat racing comes to Botswana

Popular all over the world, the fun sport of goat racing has finally reached Botswana with the first-ever Ascot Goat Race Meet to be held at Westwood School on Saturday 9th July 2011.

Just as with horse racing, the public will be able to place bets and win prize money. They can also ‘buy’ their own goat, individually or as a syndicate, beforehand or on the day in the official goat auction. The goats wear racing silks, just like their equine counterparts, so that owners can pick them out in their team colours.

As with every prestigious race meet, the ladies are encouraged to dress up to the nines, with prizes offered for the best hat and race outfit on show. The nominal entrance fee also automatically enters visitors into a lucky raffle draw.

Goat racing is a fun event for all the family and as well as all the excitement of the races themselves, there will be a designated Kiddies Corner with activities and events especially for the young ones. A variety of international cuisines will be on offer in the refreshment tent, representing the multi-cultural mix of Westwood School.

The event begins at 12 noon and race goers and potential goat owners are encouraged to arrive early so as not to miss the auction. The event is a charity one to raise funds for the Gamodubu Child Trust in Mogoditshane. This day-care centre is helping around 100 orphaned and disadvantaged local children but is in dire need of permanent, suitable premises and secure funding in order to feed, clothe and educate the youngsters.

Local companies are being urged to buy or sponsor a goat for the event to help this worthy cause. It is also hoped they will encourage their employees to come along on the day, cheer on their goat and even take home some handy winnings if their goat proves to be a champion.

South Africa has the Durban July horse racing event ÔÇô now Botswana has the Gaborone July Ascot Goat Racing Meeting. It’s said that horse racing is the sport of kings but goat races are definitely the sport of the people and it’s to be hoped that the residents of Gabs turn out in droves to watch this inaugural event.

Anyone needing further information or willing to sponsor a goat to support this worthy case should contact Westwood School.


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