Harry Gwala rural horse riding contributes to rural economic growth

UTHUKELA District horse, Sgwebo-Sentambo, continued to dominate the rural horse riding scene after scoring yet another convincing win at the 7th Harry Gwala Summer Cup on Saturday, 19 November. The southern chapter of the rural horse riding event is held annually in Kilimon Village lying between Bulwer and Underberg in southern KwaZulu-Natal. Read more...

  
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UTHUKELA District horse, Sgwebo-Sentambo, continued to dominate the rural horse riding scene after scoring yet another convincing win at the 7th Harry Gwala Summer Cup on Saturday, 19 November.

The southern chapter of the rural horse riding event is held annually in Kilimon Village lying between Bulwer and Underberg in southern KwaZulu-Natal.

The event is organized by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with Harry Gwala District Municipality, the newly amalgamated Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality and KZN Rural Horse Riding Association.

Sgwebosentambo cruised to an easy victory in Race 1, which was the main race, as she led from the start to the end. She has won most of the major races over the past years including the 2016 Dundee July.

Jockey Mzamo “Plaza” Mtshali said while he had won the race, he was however not at his best.  He said he was not used to the riding with a saddle on. But he was advised by the animal care unit to do so after noticing that the horse had a small sore on her back.

Like the better known Dundee July, the southern chapter event promotes the traditional form of horse racing known as trotting, as opposed to sprinting.

The MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Bongi Sithole-Moloi applauded the Department of Sport and Recreation and its stakeholders for hosting this event successfully throughout the years since it was established.

She particularly underlined the role of the event in uplifting the rural economy. She said the Department is committed to support the event to ensure that it contributes to the growth of the local economy.

“I encourage all people from around KwaZulu-Natal to live a healthy lifestyle and get themselves involved in playing sport even if they are from the rural areas. That is why the Department has been part of the Harry Gwala Summer Cup all these years. This is part of our initiative to promote traditional sport in rural areas,” commented MEC Sithole-Moloi.

Another rider, Vusi Madikizela from Kokstad who also won a gold medal in one of the races expressed joy at competing in the Harry Gwala Summer Cup for the first time.

 “I’m very happy to have been part of the Harry Gwala Summer Cup and meeting other jockeys. They taught me a lot of new things about horse riding such as to how I should take care of my horse.  I am going to take back what I learned today to teach other young jockeys,” he said. 

Below is a full list of all the race winners:

RACE

GRADE

HORSE NAME

OWNER

DISTRICT

1

6

Umshoviwenkani

Mr ngwenya

Mkhanyakude

 

 

Scefe

Mr Lujiva

Harry Gwala

 

 

Ntozaphesheya

Mr M Sibisi

Umgungundlovu

 

 

Ncwasimende

Mr M. Magwanyana

Umgungundlovu

 

 

Quantum

Mr Mjoli

Harry Gwala

 

 

 

 

 

2

5

Jelase

Mr Nkosana

Harry Gwala

 

 

Maphathanisi

Mr S Mchunu

Mkhanyakude

 

 

Silence

Mr S Nxumalo

Umgungundlovu

 

 

Menemene

Mr Mchunu

Mkhanyakude

 

 

Celindlela

Mr S Madlala

Umgungundlovu

 

 

 

 

 

3

4

Amanyamadoda

Mr Madikizela

Harry Gwala

 

 

Silingo

Mr Sondzaba

Harry Gwala

 

 

Mashangane

Mr M Mkhize

eThekwini

 

 

Mashonisa

Mr Ntombela

Mkhanyakude

 

 

Ndongazyaduma

Mr M Mkhize

Umgugundlovu

 

 

 

 

 

4

3

Hluphekile

Mr A Lakaje

Uthukela

 

 

Khukumani

Mr Z B Gamede

Zululand

 

 

Mthwalo

Mr D E Nkosi

Amajuba

 

 

Hlokoloza

Mr M Ndlovu

eThekwini

 

 

Zabalaza

Mr Mkhuseli

Harry Gwala

 

 

 

 

 

5

2

Album

Mr Mthambo

Amajuba

 

 

Nxakanxaka

Mr M A Gama

Amajuba

 

 

Xovumoya

Mr Z B Gamede

Zululand

 

 

Syaya

Mr T Dlame

uMzinyathi

 

 

Khukhula

Mr M P Ndaba

uThukela

 

 

 

 

 

6

1

Sgwebosentambo

Mr S Gama

uThukela

 

 

Computor

Mr Z B Gamede

Zululand

 

 

Indidane

Mr Z H Madi

Amajuba

 

 

Mouzen

Mr Z B Gamede

Zululand

 

 

Waterkan

Mr M Mkhize

Ethekwini

 

  
 
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