Newly-elected President of the Horse Owners Association, Lesmore Smith has announced plans to get the Ellis Thomas Downs ready for the annual Emancipation horse racing event held in August.
According to a media release from the Association, at least two fundraising initiatives are planned for the Sea Cows Bay-based facility.
These plans include a major ‘telethon’ as well as establishing a GoFundMe account for the horse track.
GoFundMe is an online platform that allows persons to raise money for various events.
While elaborating on the racetrack project, the new Horse Association President said: “The success of the rebuilding will be made largely possible through the financial and voluntary support of the community at large.”
“My team and I have already started to put things in place to ensure that we have a clear plan and realistic timelines in our rebuilding effort,” Smith added.
His new team comprises vice-President, Karen Aaron; Treasurer, Eileen Parsons; Public Relations Officer, Xavyrna Samuels; and Secretary, Rosalind Leonard.
Additionally, Karl Thomas will serve as Racing Secretary while Kyle Abraham will be a Horse Owners Representative.
The new Horse Owners Association charged with the mammoth rebuilding task was selected on May 1 during a stakeholders meeting.
2017 disaster hurt local horseracing
The annual horse races were not held in August last year due to the devastating floods. The Boxing Day horseraces were also not held because because of the September 2017 hurricanes.
News that the August races are being held this year comes days after Third District Representative Julian Fraser lobbied in the House of Assembly for the hurricane-ravaged racetrack to be repaired.
“I am not expecting it to be what it was. But, at least get the track in a condition where horses can run,” said Fraser, adding that the August races are ‘biggest sporting recent in the territory’.