King Berry Square shines

King Berry Square shines

PEKA – KING Berry Square’s magnificent triple captivated King Letsie III that he stood up and cheered it as it won the Queen ’Masenate Birthday Celebration Race in Peka on Sunday.
The human king was encouraging the equine king.
King Letsie III is a big fan of horse-racing.

The horse, the colour of which is pale green, passed the Royal Stand with dust puffing from its hoofs amid spectators’ ululations and the clapping of hands.
It was like King Berry Square, with its beautiful shiny mane tumbling on both sides of its muscular neck, was responding to the music in the background.
The lyrics, in rich Sesotho language, were about the horses of Leribe whose hoofs raise up dust as they gallop.
Queen ’Masenate’s maiden home is in Leribe.

This was a belated celebration of the Queen’s 43rd birthday.
She was born on June 2, 1976.
King Berry Square won the first prize of M9 000 in the top division in which 10 horses participated.

The second horse, Awesome Angel, that got the M6 000 in prize money, was about three paces behind.
The third horse, Hyperphonic, got M4 000 while the fourth, Patang, galloped home with M2 000.
King Berry Square’s jockey, 18-year-old Tankiso Molefi of Ha Leqele in Maseru who won the Maiden Plate in the flat race, said he was very happy to have won the race as it meant his dream had been realized.
“I started racing at a young age of six and I find it amazing to be competing among old people and prove them that we (the young) can do better only if we get support from them,” Molefi said.

He said a horse can be a good friend only if it is taken care of.
“Horses are great animals that one can achieve great things with if we value them. King Berry Square has been a good friend and has never disappointed me in the races that I have participated in,” he said.

“I am also privileged at the finish race when I get accolades because of him.”
Molefi said despite the climate change and its effects on animals, horses have to be taken care of and fed well.
Sunday was a great day for Basotho and horse riders as they gathered at Peka to celebrate Queen ’Masenate Mohato Seeiso’s birthday.
The Lesotho Equestrian Association (LEA) president, Thabo Mofosi, said the race saw at least 60 registered riders taking part in the race.

The categories included flat race maiden plate, flat race top division, flat race bottom division, triple race A division, triple race B division and triple C division.
“Since the evolution of this association, the sport is not recognized by our government as they don’t give much support,” Mofosi said.
“This sport has great potential than football that is given much attention and is a very expensive sport,” he said.
Mofosi stated that Lesotho is honored to have horses since children grow up in an environment in which they are exposed to horses.
“This race has been very successful as the riders have travelled from across the country to take part in this race.”

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