Cloudy sky, cool weather and a very good afternoon for the residents of Maseru. The sports to watch was horse racing supported by the Ministry of Gender, Sports and Culture. The occasion took place at the city’s horse race course this afternoon.
Spectators came in hundreds to watch horses from across the country, though the race, according to Mphafi Lehloenya, a committee member of the Equestrian Club of Maseru, was for the Maseru district.
“There is one race for each district and we are left with five more districts. “ He said adding that their wish to have frequent horse racing sessions to make the sport professional in Lesotho, but there are no sponsors.
It takes about M100,000.00 (US$10,000.00) to have one horse racing session of four different categories for both flat and terepele (traditional) races.
Horse racing in Lesotho is still at its infant stage however, according to Mojaki Johnson Mojaki, a Public Relations Officer of the Equestrian Club of Maseru, in 2012 and 2014 Lesotho horses won first prizes in the traditional horse racings in Durban, Republic of South Africa. The traditional horse racing occurs two days after the International Durban July Horse Racing.