NAIROBI NEWS: 1920 “NAIROBI HORCE RACING!” (part 1)
The Kenya colonists have tried raising a variety of animals from ostriches (for the feathers) to more edible livestock such as cattle and pigs. Each venture had its own difficulties. Automobiles altered ladies’ hats so that big feathery plumes were impractical. Various diseases made raising some cattle breeds difficult. But by far, the animal that the colonists treasured the most and fought their hardest to raise was the horse and horse sports: polo and racing, were eminently popular. So much so that by 1900, The East African Turf Club had been formed with Lord Delamere as the first president.
Private races took place often and at anyone’s farm as did hurriedly put together polo matches, but the main races that pulled people from all over the protectorate and into Nairobi, took place during a few selected “race weeks.” It is claimed that this was a single girl’s best opportunity to find a husband since so many single settlers would be in town.
NEXT WEEK: The July 1920 Races
NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, all available in trade paperback.. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, IS available in hardcover. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com and follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda
Jade del Cameron, 1920, Nairobi, British East Africa, Protectorate, horses, Lord Delamere, East African Turf Club, polo, racing.