Showjumping at Kapp Stables this weekendBy: STAFF REPORTER
KAPP Stables and the Nubuamis Riding Club will be hosting the first KA-NU Showjumping Championship over the next two weekends.
The event calls for excellent riding – clear rounds –over two weekends and on different courses before the champion will be determined by way of a final jump-off.
“We hope to make this championship a highlight of the annual showjumping calendar, which not only local, but also riders from other countries in the region will want to participate in,” says Kai Martens, chairperson of Kapp Stables, where the first round of the championship is to be held.
Apart from the 70-odd local competitors from as far as Otjiwarongo, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay entered for different competitions, four horses and two young riders from South Africa ought to offer much-needed competition in the 1,2-metre class.
“If our riders want to compete outside Namibia, they need more competition. While we do send teams to South Africa once a year, this is an extremely costly exercise.
So, to be able to host South Africans here with the support of generous sponsorships not only provides the riders in higher classes the competition they need, it also gives all the younger riders aspiring to become great showjumpers something to look forward to,” says Sybille Kazmaier of the Namibian Equestrian Federation.
Jumping at Kapp Stables east of Windhoek begins at 07h30 on Saturday morning with the Welcome Stakes for all classes, while the High Jump on Saturday afternoon promises exciting competition between entrants from different classes.
The first round of the KA-NU championship will be ridden on Sunday morning.
The weekend after, Nubuamis hosts the riders for, among others, the Six Bar event as highlight on Saturday afternoon before the second round of the KA-NU Championship on Sunday.