PMU-Mali Grand Prix: Awa Kouma’s Maradona horse wins the trophy

The Malian Equestrian Sports Federation hosted, on Sunday, May 29, at the Bamako horse school, the 2022 edition of the PMU-Mali Grand Prix. At the end of the races, Awa Kouma’s Maradona horse from Madoufing N’Diaye Chelsea’s stable claimed the trophy by overtaking his rivals in the fissure event, a race dedicated to the races. The best local horse of the season. It is under the auspices of Bourama Touré, chief of staff to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Malian Equestrian Sports Federation has just resumed this grand horse competition. The 2022 edition of the PMU-Mali Grand Prix brings together 96 horses from different stables in the Bamako horse schools and the Nioro tournament.

The horses are divided into six races including two races for ponies, a half-slot race, a super-slot race, a thoroughbred race and finally a crack race, for the stallions. best local horse.

Before the start of the races, the president of the Malian Equestrian Sports Federation pointed out that this Grand Prix of PMU-Mali is undoubtedly the biggest and most important event on the federation’s calendar.

“Three classes of horses will participate in this competition: local horses, blood improved horses and thoroughbred horses. On this occasion, I would like to congratulate our horse owners, who have invested huge sums of money to buy back these horses from other horizons. This is to tell you that more than ever, we need your support to begin, for a pressing matter, the improvement of the horse breed in our country.” Mohamed Haïdara said.

He also added that Mali is a historical land of livestock and agriculture, nothing can stop the country from producing beautiful and majestic horses. “Not long ago, we enthusiastically welcomed your willingness to move PMU-Mali’s headquarters to the Bamako horse school and thus help us build a hippodrome worthy of the name. In addition, the creation of an equestrian and equestrian school in Bamako, recently approved by the Council of Ministers, will help us in this,” he suggested, before thanking PMU-Mali for the budget contribution, as it is the basis of all the union’s activities.

Award winners

These are the ponies that have started the races of this PMU-Mali Grand Prix 2022 edition. The first pony race went to Boubacar Tandia’s Lagaré, followed by Boubacar Maïga dit Pocker’s Prétoria, and third place went to Chris-Waddle.

As for the second race, Moctar Kouma’s Kouma et Frères won, followed by Alou N’Diaye’s Navigator and third place went to Sadia N’Diaye’s Cumbe Jumbo.

Victory in the half-crack went to Ali Konaté’s Boidié, followed by Fatoumata Gassama’s Black Label and third place went to Tamba Sylla’s Baba Hama. Nioro league horse Alberto took the super crack class, followed by Mahamadou Massaba Sylla Sylla Biba and Nioro Sani league horse for third place.

The course dedicated to Thoroughbreds (bred horses) was won by the Nioro federation’s Nucléaire, followed by Mamadou Kéita’s Figuira and third by Astan N’Diaye’s Paye.

The crack race, dedicated to the best local horses, was won by Awa Kouma’s Maradona, followed by Hawa Haïdara’s Bachar, and third place to Mamadou Traoré’s Saramani. The winners of each event receive a trophy and a symbolic envelope as a reward from the charioteers.

It should be noted that the races took place in the presence of Fassery Doumbia, General Manager of PMU-Mali, the owners of the horses, as well as several workers of PMU-Mali.

Anne Marie SOUMOUTHERA

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