Sefhophe horse race dangles P25,000 prize money

Ben PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Ben PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

A whooping P25,000 prize money will be on offer in the annual equestrian sport event dubbed Sefhophe Horse Challenge (SHC). The Sefhophe Horse Challenge is a carnival-style horse race billed for December 16 in Sefhophe.

The winner of the main events, the 40km Thoroughbred (TB) and Endurance races will pocket the five-figure prize money each, the highest in local horse racing. The runners up will take home P15,000 while third and fourth positions will be rewarded with P10,000 and P5,000 prize money respectively. The winner of both disciplines will take home an enormous P50,000 prize. The one-day event has thus far attracted 21 participants in seven disciplines. Amongst the disciplines at the event is the show jumping with a P15,000 prize money and a unique dressage show. The category will be making its debut in the local equestrian sport event, as the best-dressed horse will take home the P10,000 prize.

There are also the donkey ride and cart races and each carries a P1,500 winning prize. The category is, however, reserved for Sefhophe residents only. Speaking to Mmegi Sport, the event director, Wiseman Ben said the event will help sensitise people in the central parts of the country on equestrian sport. The sport has traditionally been popular in Kgalagadi and Northwest parts of the country. “Now that we have set up a race course in Sefhophe, what we are doing next is that we are partnering other race organisers from Kgalagadi.

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