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Sugar Works Museum highlights VI’s horse racing stalwarts

The wall in the Sugar Works Museum dedicated to the many persons who have helped in the development of horse racing in the Virgin Islands over the years. Photo: VINO
Some of the horse racing personalities highlighted by the Sugar Works Museum. Photo: VINO
Some of the horse racing personalities highlighted by the Sugar Works Museum. Photo: VINO
Some of the horse racing personalities highlighted by the Sugar Works Museum. Photo: VINO
Some of the horse racing personalities highlighted by the Sugar Works Museum. Photo: VINO
Checking out the information on horse racing in the Virgin Islands at the Sugar Works Museum in Road Town on August 17, 2016. Photo: VINO
Checking out the information on horse racing in the Virgin Islands at the Sugar Works Museum in Road Town on August 17, 2016. Photo: VINO
Locals and schools are being encouraged to learn more about the history of horse racing in the Virgin Islands by visiting the Sugar Works Museum. Photo: VINO
Locals and schools are being encouraged to learn more about the history of horse racing in the Virgin Islands by visiting the Sugar Works Museum. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Those who have over the many years contributed towards the development of horse racing in the Virgin Islands were highlighted by the Sugar Estate Museum in Lower Estate on Wednesday August 17, 2016.

From radio and television announcers, to horse owners, trainers, and booth owners, they all found their place on the white washed walls of the museum for public viewing and information.

Every year during this time the museum highlights an area in Emancipation celebration and, according to Museum Supervisor Olive Vanterpool, this year is no different.

“Over the years we have been doing queens, princesses, and we have also featured festival village honourees and booth owners, so this year is no exception,” she said.

“It was so interesting to look back and to see how many older folks were in horse racing. So I think it is good so that the younger folks who think that horse racing just evolved, it’s been there from the 40’s, 50’s.”

Vanterpool also took the opportunity to encourage locals and schools to visit the museum to learn about their history.

Expensive hobby

One of the honourees, Lesmore Smith said it is no easy task to care for horses as it would seem to many, and it is an expensive hobby.

“I want everyone to know that it is not easy getting up at 4:00 A.M. to deal with horses so that when the day comes you will have a good day at the horse track,” he said.

Several persons came out to the brief ceremony and refreshments were served.

5 Responses to “Sugar Works Museum highlights VI’s horse racing stalwarts”

  • ccc (18/08/2016, 09:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice!
  • Fam (18/08/2016, 15:45) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    good going but too many people missing from the line up
  • foxy (19/08/2016, 00:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is mrs lake?
  • E. Leonard (19/08/2016, 09:02) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a repository for significant artifacts that reflects VI culture and history, the Sugar Work Musuem needs help in preserving and exhibiting these artifacts for the education and enjoyment of current and future Virgin Islanders, visitors, researchers............etc. Olive Vanterpool, Musuem Supervisor, is doing a superb job in providing the best services to the most people within the resources provided. Visting the Musuem on a trip home last fall and engaging Ms. Vanterpool in a conversation about the operation and state of the Musuem, she was highly passionate about the Musueum and the services and value it provides, especially the role it plays in preserving the VI history and culture. Ms. Vanterpool needs to be embraced and recognized for her sterling effort and contribution to preserving VI culture and history.

    Moreover, the primary purpose of the museum should be to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret artifacts of historical and cultural significance. All artifacts deteriorate over time. As such every effort must be exerted to protect and preserve them. From my visit(s) to the Sugar Mill Musuem, it is my impression that the historical building in which the Museum is housed needs to be modernized. Additionally, the space needs to be conditioned, operating at a temperature of 68-72 degrees with a relative humidity of approximately 45-55, as some experts suggest.

    Furthermore, the Sugar Work Musuem should be housed in a new facility designed for a museum. Government has a growing demand to invest limited resources to meet a myriad of needs, i.e., health, education, physical infrastructure, economic growth and diversification......etc. Saddled with limited resources, it has to prioritize its resources to optimize service delivery. Nonetheless, the Sugar Work Musuem, as well as other museums, must be one of the top national priorities. Well developed and managed, the Sugar Work Musuem can become a major tourist attraction, along with preserving it (artifacts) for the enjoyment of Virgin Islanders yet unborn.
  • ?? (20/08/2016, 16:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is jones walters


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