Free Staters are in for an entertainment extravaganza with horse races of different distances, red carpet treatment with national celebrities, themed fashion, craft stalls, music, a food court and a children’s village, at the Grande Thabure horse race event to be held in November 2019.
According to the organiser, Maleshoane Dichabe, it will be held at the Bloemfontein Equestrian Centre. She says that the planning for the Grande Thabure is in full swing and the wait is almost over.
According to her the event is set to revitalize the economy of the province and grow sport tourism in the Free State. “Our ultimate goal is to fight the growing poverty, ensure revenue generation, and job creation,” she explained.
She addressed the media on Thursday and explained that the Grande horse race event is poised to be a flagship traditional horse racing and lifestyle event with lots of exciting attractions awaiting the attendees. Dichabe said that The Grande Thabure horse race competition will not only position the city as one of the top equestrian sporting cities in the country, but creates opportunities for even rural horse breeding indivduals in the Free State. She further said that the name, Thabure was the name of the white horse of Chief Lerotholi, a grandson of King Moshoeshoe, the founder of the Basotho nation.
“Thabure which means the destroyer of the enemy is a legendary horse story in the Basotho culture and it is only fitting that this event celebrates our arts, culture, and heritage through horse racing, music, fashion and food,” she said. The Grande Thabure event will bring many talented hip hop, house, afro pop, and kwaito artists to the Free State. There will also be national and local artists featured in the line-up which will be announced soon.
There will also be a fashion segment for rising fashion designers and the theme for this year is “All things bright and bold” because it is a summer event after all.
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