Equus – ‘Not Really My Cuppa’

That stage show was a touch too much for some

The Equus Awards were held on Tuesday evening at Emperors Palace with the pride of South Africa’s racing and breeding being honoured.

The stage show action – pic supplied


Choosing to remain anonymous, ‘Seriously’ writes in the Sporting Post Mailbag that, while there is no accounting for taste, the gathered assembly of award nominees and honoured guests were entertained to what felt like hours of ‘Music By Soundworx’ – a wannabe sort of raunchy stage show, that included the skinniest Elvis Presley impersonator I have ever seen, and overall may have held some appeal to a section of the audience.

Certainly not for me! Who selected this act?

That said, it is perhaps unfair to compare the national awards to the classical elegance of the Cape Racing & Breeding Awards held a week earlier and which I was privileged to attend.

Who chose the stage act? (Pic – supplied)

There was also little pre-hype for the Equus Awards – and in fact nobody seemed to know that it was being carried live on Dstv 239 or on the Tellytrack.com live feed.

Did the Sporting Post know – and if they did, why was it not conveyed on social media?

Maybe the RA were too scared to advertise that fact in fear as nobody would have turned up?

But, in fairness, that would have been very unfair to the genuine champions present – and there were many! From the Snaiths and Azzies to young superstar, Lyle Hewitson – what a speech and I loved the cricket metaphor.

Guys, this is what you have to endure to be acknowledged as a champion!

I could have saved myself the suit hire and the Uber fare and stayed at home – maybe next year I will. It finished blooming late too!

I will stop complaining now.

Congratulations and well done to all the nominees and winners!

Ed – It’s a fair point that the writer makes. We are involved 24/7 and received and read no notice of the live Equus broadcast anywhere. What about overseas owners who race in SA? Wouldn’t they have wanted to stream and enjoy it?  We can’t help comparing this to the enthusiastic professionalism of the various award events the world over. We receive pre-publicity, promotional news, related briefs and even embargoed results (heaven forbid!) in the build-up to help us become part of getting the news of the big winners out to the world.


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