World Jumping Challenge to Draw Namibia’s Best

Nubuamis Riding Club and Role Equestrian Centre will host the Barex FEI World Jumping Challenge this weekend.

This year eight Namibian riders have entered the Category A competition over 1,20m. They include seasoned riders Annette Kuumlnzle on her stallion Rostock Ritz Rolling Thunder, her daughter Michelle Kuumlnzle on her trusted mount Zambezi, and Lara Knickel on Bonhomie.

Joining them are last year’s winner of the Namibian competition and overall ninth in the Zone 7 ranking Franmari Lang from Omaruru on Seeis Mon-Gold, newcomers to the 1,20m competition Caroline Coulson on Locarno Monte Carlo and Amy Matthysen on Pomme D’Or, as well as Walvis Bay youngster Salom Nghinamito on Bastos Inkognito, plus 16-year-old Suleika Hasse on her mare Carla Bodenhausen.

Five of the horses in this competition are from Namibia, three of them from the country’s oldest warmblood stud Bodenhausen, one from Seeis and one from Locarno.

Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Mauritius make up Zone seven of ten geographical zones grouping countries across the world who compete against each other in individual andor team events in the same size arena with the same course in the presence of an FEI (International Equestrian Federation) showjumping judge and course builder to ensure that specifications and conditions are the same for all competitors in each country.

In Zone seven, Zimbabwe currently leads the 2014 Category A competition over 1,20m, which Zambia and Mauritius have already ridden as well.

So far, only Zimbabwe’s Sophie Kirkman and her horse Zeus can boast a clear final score, with not a single pole knocked down and no time penalties in two competitions comprising two rounds each. Kirkman is followed by compatriots Katie Stock on Sailaway, Jozzi Deacon on Lulu and Theresa Rutter on Lotsaluck on four penalties each.

Twenty entries have been received for the Category C competition ridden over 1,00m in which the current leader is Mauritian rider Martine de Froberville on Marcus.

He is followed by compatriot Claire Burkell on Blarney Stone. Both riders boast four clear rounds with another four riders – three Zimbabweans and another Mauritian – also on four clear rounds, but slower times.

The World Jumping Challenge, hosted by the Nubuamis club for the second time, is an annual event offered by the International Equestrian Federation to allow less experienced riders to compete at international level without having to leave their home country.

The competition is open to riders aged 15 and older, and is offered in three height categories of 1,20m, 1,10m and 1,00m.

Additionally, the FEI Three star show jumping judge and steward Diane Baxter from South Africa will host a seminar for applicant judges ahead of the tournament.

There will also be competitions for riders and horses at the 70 and 80cm level during the three-day show jumping extravaganza at Nubuamis.

Source : The Namibian