Rural horse riding enthusiasts are in for
another equestrian treat when the annual Harry Gwala Summer Cup Rural Horse
Riding event takes place in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands on Saturday, 19 November
The event is the second largest rural horse
riding contest after the much popular Dundee July which attracts thousands of
people to the town of Dundee in July annually.
The Harry Gwala Summer Cup, which is in its 7th
year, is held every November at Kilimoni village lying between Bulwer and
Underberg in the KZN midlands under the newly amalgamated Dr Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma Municipality (NDZ). It is hosted by the KZN Department of Sport
and Recreation in conjunction with Harry Gwala District Municipality and NDZ as
well as other stakeholders including the Rural Horse Riding Association.
The event is taking place for the first time
under the newly amalgamated NDZ Municipality, which was formed after the
discontinuation of Ingwe and KwaSani Municipalities following the August 3 Municipal
for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Bongi Sithole-Moloi said the hosting of
the race is in line with one of government priorities, to bring development to
“We are proud to host the Harry Gwala Summer
Cup, which is one of the prestigious events in our calendar.
This event fits in well with our focus on
youth development and upliftment of rural communities. The majority of jockeys
that are participating in the event are young people from Harry Gwala and other
districts in the Province. There will also be an opportunity for local youth to
showcase their talent in arts and culture, with a number of local artists being
featured in the music extravaganza that will accompany the horseracing action,”
She said the event is also bringing a lot of
economic benefits for the locals with small businesses being offered an
opportunity to sell their products to the thousands of horse racing
enthusiasts. The hospitality industry will also benefit as the event draws
visitors from outside the district. The facility has in the past two years
undergone major upgrade including the building of a permanent race track and
“Our aim as the Department is to have
signature events for each district that will contribute towards economic growth
in the different regions. Harry Gwala Summer Cup is one of the events that we
want to see grow even bigger in order to realise more benefits for local
people,” said MEC Sithole-Moloi.
Festivities for the Harry Gwala Summer Cup
will start on Friday, 18/11, with a sports contest between two local schools
that will compete in netball and football. This will be followed by the musical
talent show, featuring upcoming artists. Action starts at 10am on Saturday.
the Dundee July, the southern chapter of the race is not a conventional galloping
racing event but a trotting contest, with the fastest horse claiming the
honours. The occasion is very popular
among local residents and they wait for it with great anticipation each year.
Other partners who make this event possible
are Gold Circle, Provincial Department of Arts and Culture, Provincial
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Coastal Horse Care Unit, KZN
Rural Horse Riding Association, Farmgate Dairy and Love Life.