Orgnisers of last weekend’s Horse Racing event in Vieux Fort are beaming with pride while speaking of the sport’s success.
The Horse Racing at the Kaka Boeuf saw intense competition among the participating jockeys.
On Sunday, the Southern Equestrian Association organised the event to rekindle interest in the traditional horse racing spectacle many residents had previously enjoyed.
The organisers disclosed that the public response was overwhelming.
They said the horse race also attracted good support from the corporate sector, medical officials, and other interested groups.
The organisers viewed the event as an avenue to help young people from the community stay on a straight path by allowing the youth to harness their skills and display their riding skills.
Patrons gathered at the Kaka Boeuf to witness eight races with riders competing in different categories.
The event got off with three – Creole Races with the following results:
Race # 1 was won by Travis Clovis, riding the horse Tire; 2nd Place went to Wilbert Moffatt with Doubly Surprise, and in 3rd Place was Sandy Huse with King Gambit.
Race #2 Results: 1st Place –Earl Williams with Pick Up, 2nd Place – Ritchie with Bido, and 3rd Place – Maxim Louison with Massacre
Race #3 Results: 1st Place – Yannick Simon with Henny, 2nd Place – Kade Elva with Happy Storm, and 3rd Place – Delwin Door with Admiral
Half-Breed Races –
Race #1- won by Sandy Huse with Lookit,
Race # 2 – won by Curly Trim with Magical Power
Thoroughbred Race –
1st Place – Fidel Dabreau with Colonel Pride
Race #1 – won Happy Strom
Race #2 (Half-Breed Rumble) – won by Hit It
Choix Melchoir, PRO of the Southern Equestrian Association, reported, “There was a sizable crowd and hundreds of people turned out. And for the most part, the weather held up and we had no major incidents, so all in all we see it as a success and we look forward to having another event – and we acknowledge the support of the patrons and the people who came out to support and made this a wonderful event.”
Before the races, a veteran horse racing enthusiast from the south told St. Lucia Times that he was pleased with the horse racing revival.
He said it provided an opportunity for “the beginning of a resurgence of local horse racing.”
Describing the Kaka Bouef as the “home” of horse racing on the Island, Marlan Biscette said, the event has helped to forge good relationships among residents in the community and its environs and outside interests, as well.
He is optimistic that “after this event, we are looking forward to hosting more of these activities in the future.”