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Lobatse - Botswana

FEI Emirates Endurance World Masters Ride - October 05th 2002
The Farm Odendaalsrus - Lobatse - Botswana
A Preview report by Jannie Kleynhans


It is with great excitement that we are able to announce our very first CEI** World Masters Ride that will take place on 5 October 2002.


Botswana_s natural wealth lies in its unique scenic beauty, strikingly rugged wilderness areas, the complexity of an unremitting vastness, and the timelessness of grassy plains with their pan complexes and unusual mix of bird species. A cosmopolitan and peaceful society, Botswana has enjoyed the benefits of political stability and a truly non-racial, multiparty, participatory democracy since independence in 1966. The positive economic context has allowed for extraordinary growth in both social and physical infrastructure, dramatically improving the standard of living of many Batswana. Botswana_s population was estimated at 1.5 million in 1995 and with a population growth rate forecast of 2.09 percent, is expected to reach 2.2 million by 2015.


Endurance Riding in Botswana is still small in comparison to other countries, but the enthusiasm for the sport amongst our members can at times be quite intoxicating. We are therefore confident in our ability to organize a ride that will adhere to international standards.


The ride over a distance of 120km will take place on the farm Odendaalsrus belonging to Andries du Plessis. The farm is situated near the town of Lobatse. Competitors will have the privilege of riding amongst the wild animals and birds on this game farm where sunrises and sunsets on the acasia bushveld are amongst the most spectacular in the world.

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