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The Maputo Equestrian Centre is having difficulty recruiting practitioners to the sport, and is gradually slipping places in the southern Africa ranking. Even so, there are plenty of people working on making the place a favourite destination for those dedicated to matters equestrian.
The Equestrian Centre has existed since colonial times, was created on the initiative of a cavalry officer. For years, it was a hub for colonial high society and a benchmark in the region, its riders competing in neighbouring countries as well as in Europe.
The last international competitions took place between 1995 and 1997, drawing professional riders from South Africa, Portugal and Spain. Participants looked for horses for the competition, in South Africa, because Mozambique does not have horses of international professional competition standard.
Such is the case today too, but even the riders are missing now. At the moment, there are only ten – mostly foreign, and all amateurs. They congregate in their free time, especially on the weekends, to train and compete.
Until the 1990s, the Equestrian Centre had at least 70 students and dozens of riders and applications for membership came in almost every month. The centre’s stables housed 45 horses, of which 25 belonged to the institution and the rest to individuals.Source: Jornal Domingo
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