…As Professor Supporters Club dominates maiden at the town
By John Tuerijama
The maiden Okakarara Trade Fair Horse Racing event, which graced the 11th edition of the just-ended weeklong Okakarara Trade Fair, saw horses from the Professor Supporters Club dominating the proceedings last Saturday.
Event organiser and co-founder of the Professor Supporters Club, Timo Mujeu, told Confidente this week that the first-ever horse racing event at the town had attracted throngs of supporters from across the country. He added that horse owners and jockeys had also converged on Okakarara, in the Otjozondjupa region, to participate in the historical event.
Mujeu said that the main event on the day, the Okakarara Trade Fair Handicap 2017, was dominated by the Professor Supporters Club horses, with Heart Flowers and Shadaloo finishing first and third respectively.
The event also featured the Import Race Top Nambred 2000 Open, in which Professor Supporters Club horse, General, finished in first place, followed by another horse from the club, Professor, and Queen of Shadow, belonging to Hiskia Kanangure, coming third. A total of 12 races were run on the day. Mujeu said that as the promoters of the first-ever horse racing event in Okakarara, Professor Supporters Club had to look for sponsors, and fortunately the country’s largest mobile operator, MTC, came on board. “Our role as promoters was to attract investment from the corporate world, just like we did with the Omaheke July Handicap in Gobabis, which attracted First National Bank (FNB) Namibia and Global Diamond Valuators Namibia, as well as the co-sponsors. The sponsorship money amounted to a whopping N$100 000,”said Mujeu.
“The organisers of the Okakarara Trade Fair, who attended the Gobabis July Handicap, then approached us for a possible horse racing event in Okakarara, to which we gladly obliged, and the results was evidently phenomenal.” He said that the trade fair organisers had also gained insights into what horse racing is all about. “The turnout at the horse racing was extraordinary, as we hosted the event alongside the Okakarara Trade Fair. Most of the people descended on Okakarara on Friday and Saturday morning, just to come and see the horse racing,” said Mujeu.
“The horse racing was not a separate event, but was indeed an integral component of the Okakakarara Trade Fair, so people must not think of it as a separate event.”
Mujeu said that because of the event being hosted for the very first time, the organising committee have submitted some recommendations to the Okakarara Town Council, which has taken ownership of the trade fair, on how to improve ahead of next year.
He said one of the challenges is fencing off the area around the horse racing track. This was needed to stop spectators from wandering onto the track. The Okakarara Municipality Chief Executive Officer, Ehrnst Katjiku, described the horse racing event as a huge success. “Overall, the event was a huge success, as individual committees were tasked with setting up the event. Although there were a few challenges, we are confident of raising the bar, come next year,” Katjiku said. He said one of the immediate challenges is to fence-off the race track and construct pavilion area, to accommodate supporters.
The track is situated about 4km outside Okakarara.
“One other important component is to ensure the supply of water and electricity, while we will also be required to hire movable ablution facilities. This sport and sport in general, is very much important, as it is a unifying factor, regardless of one’s political affiliations, social or economic background. The supporters at this year’s horse racing event came from all walks of life,” Katjiku said.
He said that they will engage the main sponsor, MTC, to better be equipped for the second edition of the Okakarara Trade Fair Horse Racing Event next year.
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