From 30th September to 4th October the SA Derby Show and incorporated the YHPS finals took place in Sandton.
It is the biggest show of the year,which is dominated by imported horses and horses of studs which have been established with multimillion investments.
In this field of big money a number of Namibian horses participated,and did particularly well.
In the 1.30M class six namibian horses participated
Baldwin,Arad, from Seeis
Orsum D Day 2 from Neuheusis
Nandi,Nikita and Superstar from Locarno.
Nandi (Locarno Challenger/Graveur) ridden by Laurin Jean Mclaren and
Nikita (Locarno Caprivi/Consuelo) were placed in every event.
In the 1.40M class three Namibian horses participated.
Frischgewaagd Billabong (Locarno Donatello/Bodenhausen Nimrod) WON ONE CLASS under his rider Stacey Lee Weston, (Picture) and to make the Namibian success complete,
Voigtskirch Olorosso (Consuelo/Menotti) WON A SECOND CLASS under his rider,the wellknown Gail Foxcraft.
In the 1.50 M Derby two Namibian horses competed,both ridden by Nicola Sime Riley.
Seeis Connoisseur (Consuelo/Seducer xx ) bred by Neuheusis,and El Paso (Connoisseur/Graveur) bred by Mrs Sitta Voigts. Unfortunately this time they were not in the placing.
THE YOUNG HORSE PERFORMANCE SERIES
After 4 legs in which the horses had to qualify the finals took place at the Derby Show.
Five horses from Namibia had taken part and qualified: Seeis De la Moire (De la Cour/Consuelo) and
from Locarno Baccara (Challenger/Athletico) (5 year old),)Bel Air (Shogun/Athletico) and Chacoelo (Chacco Blue/Consuelo) 6 year old ,Royal Classic (Challenger/Dolmen) 7 year.
Locarno Chacoelo under his rider Michelle Wilson won for the 2nd year in a row the trophy for the best Namibian bred horse (2nd picture,grey horse),and in second place was Royal Classic under his rider Simon Hendry.
To conclude,our Namibian horses did extremely well,and we have to continue with our breeding as we do.
Influencial experts pointed out to me that they appreciate the healthy enviroment in which our horses grow up,which is a very big advantage of our horses.
One last remark:Consuelo was surely the stallion with the most offsprings at the show,ridden by riders from allover the country in all classes.He has made himself an excellent name as stallion.