Last Sunday at the Marsa Race Track twenty seven boys and girls aged between 6 and 15 years were presented with attendance certificates regarding their participation in the KMS Horse Racing Academy which was newly established during this year.
Every Saturday morning between 9 and 12 in the morning these youngsters eagerly attended at the Marsa Race Track in order to be instructed in how to take care of horses, their anatomy as well as how to drive them. The instructors were two well established drivers at the Marsa Racetrack – Raymond Clifton as well as Tony Demanuele who took care of the practical and theory aspects of this discipline.
Taking a comment from Kenneth Vella, who is one of the KMS Directors as well as the person behind this newly established academy, he stated that KMS had set up three academies this year and he was proud to say that the horse racing one was the most successful with regard to number of children attending as well as their continuance to show up.
He also stated that next year applications will once again be opened for other children who wish to attend whilst the ones that have started this year move on to the 2nd year of instruction.
I was also pleased to note that amongst the 27 youngsters there were also seven girls. As an attraction in Sunday’s programme a Shetland pony race was organized in the trotting gait which also gave the opportunity to five boys to show off what they had learned so far. These five boys were Gabriel Micallef, Denilson Cortis, Christian Gauci, Gareth Sammut and Neil Agius.
The distance was a short one of 400m but everyone present appreciated the efforts of these boys as they were encouraged along the way. First past the post was 13-year old Gareth Sammut on the pony named City Boy.
Photo is courtesy of Mark Vella.