Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Namibia: Equestrian Sport awards its achievers


by editor on Tue, 04/27/2010

The Namibia Equestrian Federation (NAMEF) held its first ever awards ceremony on Saturday, 24 April 2010. A total of 47 awards were handed over, of which six were for endurance riding.

"We are very excited that we were successful in starting the annual awards. Our riders, officials and support personnel are doing huge amounts of work and this is evident in the results that the sport is achieving on international stages. We have seen an increase in the quality of our sport and are looking forward to a great 2010 season", said Riaan van Rooyen, President of NAMEF.

The Namibian Equestrian Federation, or NAMEF, is the body in Namibia which is responsible to develop and look after the disciplines that are affiliated to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). As such it is then also logical that NAMEF is affiliated to the FEI.

The Namibia Endurance Riding Association (NERA) is an associate member of NAMEF. NAMEF is responsible for all nine disciplines that are part of the FEI, however, six of these disciplines are practiced in Namibia, to varying degrees of success. They are show jumping, dressage, endurance riding, equitation, eventing and vaulting.

The following awards were presented:

Certificate awards in appreciation of constructive and long service:
Betty Alfheim
Herman Falk
Dieter Voigts
Detlev Voigts
Gretel Keding

Certificate awards in recognition of active & committed judging for the 2009 season: Jumping - Sabine Reimers
Dressage - Susanne Hoff
Equitation - Reinhard Voigts
Eventing - Betty Alfheim
Certificate award to the Instructor of the Year for the 2009 season:
Kathrin Shaefer-Stiege

Certificate award to the Best Organized Club for 2009:
Auas View Equestrian Club

Certificate award for Best sportsmanship displayed during the year, 2009’:
Annette Künzle

Certificate award for Most positive representation of the Equestrian Sport in Namibia, 2009:

Michelle Künzle

Breeder with the most horses actively participating in Namibian shows:
Cord Cordes - Bodenhausen

Most successful Namibian Bred Horse:
Bodenhausen Zambezi

Most successful rider/horse combination in dressage - children:
Laura Pflippen & Claratal Bardolino

Most successful rider/horse combination in dressage – junior/adults:
Stephanie Rexrodt & Dynamite Dane

Certificate of achievement - Highest graded horse in jumping:
Midgard Gigant (130cm - 9 points)
Bodenhausen Zambezi (130cm - 9 points)
M&A Stud Jessica (130 cm - 9 points)

Certificate of outstanding achievement to Inter-Africa Team members:
Jumping: Gerhard Kotze, Charl Kotze, Ami Matthysen, Alexa Rack
Dressage: Franziska Leinberger, Stephanie Rexrodt, Alexandra Rohl

Most successful rider/horse combination in jumping:
Alexa Rack & Bodenhausen Carla

Highest graded horse in dressage:
Pirate Prince (EM)

Most successful rider/horse combination overall (Show jumping and dressage) (2009):
Michelle Künzle & Bodenhausen Zambezi

The NERA awards were the following:
Best Performing Club - Otjivero Club Gobabis

Highest Namibian Ranking for Heavy Weight Rider 2009 season - Rudolf Oosthuizen

Highest Namibian Ranking for Senior Standard Rider 2009 season - Bredell Wessels

Highest Namibian Ranking for Senior No Weight Rider 2009 season - Casper Sethibang

Highest Namibian Ranking for Junior Young Rider 2009 Season - Kabous Rossouw

Highest Namibian Ranking for Child Rider 2009 season - Sune Wessels

Most successful eventing horses - Delmanga Hahzan

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