The Easter Goat Race

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The sport of goat racing enjoys a rich history that began in Buccoo Village in 1925. If the famous Buccoo Reef is the heart of the community’s identity, goat racing is its soul. A hybrid of both sport and culture, the activity has grown from a popular pastime to a signature spectator activity in Tobago

The premier event during the Easter season, goat racing now commands a prominent place on the list of major National Festivals in Trinidad and Tobago. On Easter Tuesday thousands flock to the village of its birth to witness this unique spectacle It is only fitting therefore, that the iconic Buccoo Integrated Facility should have a goat racing track worthy of its importance.

Undeniably, the focal point of the venue, the track is situated at the center of the property. On this track, thoroughbred goats thunder down 120 metres of turf tethered to equally prepared jockeys with nine feet of rope. The track boasts the traditional, manually operated 10 – goat starting gate. Flanked on the left by the covered and uncovered pavilions and on the right by the expansive East Asphalt, the track faces the V.I.P Stand.

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