Monday, June 03, 2019

South African International Challenge – always a challenge! - Full Article

3rd June 2019
Race Report: Bernadette Kasselman

Bona Bona Endurance Club, Bona Bona Game Lodge, Wolmaranstad, North West Province, South Africa. 27 and 29 April 2019. For the second consecutive year Bona Bona Endurance Club hosted the South African International Challenge (SAIC).

This event covered the following FEI distances: CEI1* 80km, CEI2* 120km and CEI3* 160km. At the same time, the Endurance Ride Association of South Africa (ERASA) hosted distances from 40 to 160kms under FEI rules and regulations. The 80km and 160km rides were ridden on Saturday, 27 April 2019; with the 120km ride being ridden 2 days later. No ride is possible without sponsors, and this year two new sponsors from the UAE were welcomed onboard – hence the 80km ride being referred to as the Seeh Al Salam Dubai Showcase Event and the 120 and 160km rides as the Al Wathba Cup.

Saturday morning saw 37 competitive riders leaving on the 160km ride. The course was a challenge – due to a lot of rain prior the ride, riders were faced with water hazards and the accompanying tricky terrain...

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