Equestrian park on the cards


08 October 2018 | Local News

Otis Finck

Samate Investments intends to attract international competitions to Namibia through establishing an equestrian facility in Walvis Bay.

The management committee (MC) of the Walvis Bay municipality recommended at the ordinary council meeting for September that council grant approval in principle for 35 hectares of land (350 000 square metres) to be reserved for Samate Investment at Farm 38.

The area is located in the vicinity of the Desert Raceway oval track on the outskirts of Walvis Bay.

The applicant presented a proposal to council at an informal discussion meeting on 10 October 2017.

The Namibian registered company, which is 100 % owned by previously disadvantage persons, intends to lease the land for 25 years for the purposes of and creating an equestrian park in Walvis Bay.

According to the company the harbour town was identified to host the facility due to having suitable weather conditions.

Horse riding, show jumping, a racing track, horse stables and a horse training (school) facility will form part of the activities at the envisioned equestrian park.

Horse racing is currently performed in Rehoboth, Hardap and the Omaheke region.

Once the facility is up and running, the British Horse Racing Authority and the ministry of youth and national services will assist the developer with the rules and regulations on how to operate it.

Samate must however conduct a feasibility study within a period of three months and submit a comprehensive report for consideration to council.

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