Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Mascom Derby returns

The annual Mascom Derby 2022 is expected to be extraordinary as compared to the previous events. This was said by Mascom communications manager Tebogo Lebotse Sebego when launching this year’s Easter holidays horse race event recently.

Lebotse Sebego says for this year’s edition, they will have other events lined up to spice the Easter holiday extravaganza horse competition. “I would rather refer to the event as Mascom Derby Weekend as we have quite a number of activities planned out for a variety of audiences on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April 2022,” explained Lebotse-Sebego.

Since its inception in 2006, the Mascom Derby has evolved into one of, if not the biggest horse racing events in the local calendar. This year marks 14 years since Mascom has been supporting the Derby.

“While we celebrate 14 years of this great horse fortitude, the 2022 Mascom Derby promises an extraordinary show of fashion and cultural diversity. In its maiden years, the race was held between Gaborone and Maun, until finally relocating to Botswana’s cosmopolitan tourism capital, beautiful Maun,” Lebotse Sebego says.

“Sport is part of our country’s national pride, and as the leading network provider, Mascom is involved in an array of sport sponsorships including soccer, motorsport, athletics, netball, boxing and horse-racing. Through sports we engage with our stakeholders and also do good by giving back to Batswana and contributing towards making better the lives of ordinary people,” she said.

The Mascom Derby is an annual horse racing event where horses from Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho participate in a variety of different race categories.

Mascom leadership commended Chale Mabua, who is the brains behind the event, and who is responsible for a number of activities, ranging from securing horse owners from near and far, arranging for preparation of land and all the horse race logistics.

This year the Mascom Derby will showcase 120 horses who will be racing on two different categories being Tswana breed and Thorough breed races.

As part of the entertainment activities, the organisers have roped in the services of the top local artists, Frank Lesokwane, to spice up the Derby events. ‘Franco,’ as Lesokwane is popularly known, is expected to attract more crowds like in previous shows as he commands large following.

All races are competing for the total prize money of P500, 000. The Derby is destined to take place on the 16th April 2022 at Shashe Horse Track in Maun.


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