Alexa racks up the plauditsBy: STAFF REPORTER
EXCELLENT performances by local lass Alexa Rack proved the highlight of a weekend of action-packed and windswept showjumping at Kapp Stables just outside Windhoek.
The 18-year-old Rack outshone the rest on her two horses Assegai Winter Dance and Capital Casarey, not only by winning all her classes, but also providing spectators who had travelled out to the countryside stables east of Windhoek with a feast for the eyes in style and elegance that have earned her numerous equitation prizes.
In the 1,20m classes, Rack effortlessly outdid Michal Bands and Annieke Vreken, who had difficulty coming to grips with the local circumstances after having flown in from Pretoria on Friday afternoon for the tournament and the KA-NU championship that will be concluded at the Nubuamis Riding Club this coming weekend.
“Teddy Bear” Seeis Mon-Gold took his rider Franmari Lang to successes in the 1,10m classes, while the mother-and-daughter duo of Annette and Michelle Künzle on their horses Rostock Ritz Rolling Thunder and Metzger Drilling Zambezi showed off their years of experience and finesse in the 1,30/1,40m events.
Swakopmund sisters Jane and Sophia Louw – on Seeis Daniela and Seeis Miss Caprivi respectively – as well as Suleika Hasse from Kapp Stables on WCA Bodenhausen Carla dominated the 1,00m class, all of them having only recently moved up into the higher class.
The 90cm class was the most contested category with 21 competitors, top score going to Otjiwarongo rider Manfred Falk and his mare Locarno Anatevka, who won both the 36 point accumulator and the KA-NU championship qualifier.
In the 80cm classes Eloise Visser on Smart Alice, Maxine Matthias on Locarno Di Caprio, Olaf Falk on Taifun and Elme Maritz on King Lu took turns in sharing the spoils, while the 17 competitors in the 70cm class gave good accounts of themselves and their horses by providing a host of clear rounds over courses designed by Sven Hass, under the watchful eye of veteran course builder Cord Cordes.
Here, Beatrice Ebert on Amigo won the Welcome Stakes, the 36 point accumulator went to Ami Matthysen on Okuhepa Milano and the competition in two phases was taken by Mariental rider Charmaine Meintjies on Espanje.
Swakopmund youngster Laura Braune on Luna Properties Fighting Fund won the High Jump for children, the junior accolade went to Alexa Rack on Assegai Winter and the adult event was won by Annette Künzle on Rostock Ritz Rolling Thunder.