Coastal Riders Take Honours At Okahandja

13-year-old Anike Maritz at the weekend led the charge of coastal riders gaining honours at the annual Okahandja Dressage and Showjumping extravaganza that saw 110 horses start in various events.

On her horse Midnight Rain the youngster took home the coveted Clydon Namibia Floating Trophy for the most successful Child Rider in Showjumping and also won the trophy for the most successful Rider of the Tournament in Showjumping.

Two more of the five special awards went to riders from the coast. 16-year-old Laura Braune not only had her very first clear round on her horse Luna Properties Pohlands Wendywood, she also won the Friend of the Horse Floating Trophy for the best Junior Rider in Dressage and Showjumping.

The trophy of the Mayor of Okahandja for the Best Adult Rider of the show deservingly went to Michelle Kuenzle on Metzger Drilling Zambesi Bodenhausen.

The Pfohls Trophy for the most successful Child rider in Dressage and Showjumping was snapped up by 12-year-old Linda Freyer from Windhoek and her horse Claratal Chromatic.

The Okahandja Derby proved a daunting task for most of the riders. Michelle Kuenzle and Metzger Drilling Zambesi showed they were in a class of their own and offered the only clear round in the event that is much longer than a normal course and boasts fences such as the dyke, the table, the bank and the water jump. The pair took the 1.10 – 1.30metre class, with second place going to Franziska Leinberger and Adcon Camelot with four penalties.

The coast also dominated the 1.00m Derby with Nicole Nederlof and Frischgewaagd Trabant the winners after only four riders out of a total field of 15 made it through to the jump-off on four penalties each.

Second and third place went to Svenja Spaeth on Davetsaub Amor and Janiz Zandberg on MampA’s Jessica after Okahandja veterinarian Dr. Beate Voigts had opted not to send her trusted Salvano into the jump-off. Fifth place in this event went to Laura Braune on Luna Properties Pohlands Wendywood.

The Most Successful Rider in Dressage was Hanlie Kirchner on her horse Midgard Bonfire with two first and a second place in her three events. Dressage judges were pleased with the g turnout in the Novice and Elementary classes, saying this bade well for the future of dressage in Namibia and fostered hope for more competition for the two grande dames of the discipline Alexandra Roehl on Alpha so Cool (Medium) and Franziska Leinberger on Adcon Camelot (Aanced).

Apart from dressage and showjumping the weekend also saw the grooms compete against each other regarding the turnout of their charges. The winner in this event was Tauray Chashoya (Midgard Gotthardt) from Swakopmund with joint second going to Willem Boois (Sapphire) and Reinhold Basson (Zonjati Gunfire). Deon Uirab showed the competition what a shining coat and impeccably kept track was all about, but lost out on the prizes due to disobedience of his horse Dageraad Cassius.

Source : The Namibian