Walvis Bay Set for World Dressage Challenge

THE Walvis Bay Equestrian Centre is once again the host venue for the prestigious FEI World Dressage Challenge this year.

The international competition, which gives less experienced dressage riders from remote countries the opportunity to compete internationally without having to leave their own country, will take place on Friday.

It is currently divided into 11 geographical zones, made up of between four and six countries. Namibia is part of Zone 11, together with Swaziland, Mauritius, Botswana and debutants Iran.

The event offers five performance levels, of which Namibia only have entries to three, namely medium, elementary and preliminary. These are again divided into two age groups of 12-15 year-olds and 16 and older.

To ensure optimum fairness, the riders of the FEI World Dressage Challenge are judged on the same tests and by the same ground jury within each geographical zone.

Tiina Karkkolainen from Finland and Mary Robins from New Zealand are tasked with once again judging this prestigious event in Walvis Bay.

The pair was reportedly happy with the standard of the participants last year and are hoping to be impressed again this time around.

Last year’s individual top performers were in the following order:

Preliminary Class Juniors – Elizabeth Rossouw on Okakambe Fury, Nadine Flemming on Ginger, Karin Schommarz on Jason Preliminary Class Seniors – Gesa Flemming on Seeis Shelton, Sumari Piepmeyer on FCS Precious Gift, Salom Nghinamito on Bastos Bodenhausen In Kognito Elementary Class Juniors – Elizabeth Rossouw on Okakambe Fury, Nadine Flemming on Ginger Elementary Class Seniors – Kira Rohloff on Hoseason Kahlua, Gesa Flemming on Seeis Eymet Medium Class – Alexandra Roumlhl on Alpha So Cool, Silvia Kleyenstuumlber on Midgards Gigant Aanced Class – Alexandra Roumlhl on Alpha So Cool Team Results – Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Swaziland and then Mauritius.

Source : The Namibian