APIA: TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2013: Samoa Racing Club wants to multiply horse races held in a year.
“We would like to organise horse races on a monthly basis rather than the current event calendar that has only four to five events per annum,” says Lesa Richard Keil, President – Samoa Racing Club.
The club makes their contribution to Teuila Festival events this Saturday marked by thoroughbred and village horse races.
Details will be provided soon.
But the club is looking beyond that towards holding monthly races and has started fundraising activities to finance them.
Last Saturday a party with a western theme which cowboys, cowgirls and even a Mexican Vaquero turned up to was held.
A dance competition to western theme music proved highly entertaining.
The night was attended by family and friends of the 55 strong membership roll at Stables, the restaurant now open at the Samoa Racing Club’s Clubhouse at Tuana’imato.
“The fundraising activities are to achieve Samoa Racing Club’s vision of making Horse Racing a truly family event. By engaging businesses and like-minded people in fundraising activities, we would achieve our vision to set a multi activity recreational and entertainment facility at Tuana’imato,” said Lesa Keil.
Horse Racing has been a part of Samoan history owing its existence to Samoa’s colonial heritage.
In yester years, horse races used to be organised at Apia Park.
Once the National stadium was built at Apia Park, thanks to the kindness of the Government of Samoa through Samoa Land Corporation, Samoa Racing Club moved to its current home at Tuana’imato.
The Home of Horse Racing at Tuana’imato is a 43-acre spread and as part of its vision, Samoa Racing Club is proposing to create an amusement park style recreational centre for families to spend quality time.
These new developments are well on the way as the Samoa Racing Club’s Clubhouse currently houses the Stables Restaurant and its oval grounds within the racetrack will soon have a mini golf course and a bar’n’grill.