Posted the 04/08/2021 22:12
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Horse races arouse vocations among young Senegalese. The exercise of jockey is creating increasingly, and for deprived youngsters, it represents a manner out of precariousness.
Near Dakar, Senegal, coaching for baby jockeys begins daily at dawn. Babakar, 13, is in the first yr of coaching. “When I ride a horse, I’m happy, I think I can be more successful in my life by becoming a jockey rather than going to school. One day I will succeed and I will help my parents“, he launches. In Senegal, a jockey earns on common twice the wage of a civil servant. The youngsters obtain their coaching in the stud Racing Club of Pape Seck. They are chosen from ten years previous and should weigh lower than 40 kilos They are fed and housed on web site School is free, but it surely’s a tough life.
According to the proprietor of the stud farm, the Senegalese comply with horse racing lots, particularly in France. And there isn’t any scarcity of candidates: out of a promotion of 20, he turned down 100 people. At the racetrack, Babakar is on the brink of take the begin for the second time solely. Children compete with skilled adults. Unfortunately, Babakar was no match this time round in opposition to Mohamed Gadiaga, 30-year-old skilled jockey, who received a number of titles. “Today, it’s me who wins, but tomorrow it will be your turn, all the work that I put down to be up to the task, you have to do it too, believe in yourself, in your job, and you will get there“, confides the champion to the young boy. Each race shapes for him new goals of victory.