At the big Shongweni Show in Natal, Martin Minett won the GRAND PRIX, the biggest event in one of the most prestigious shows against all the top riders and their horses, mostly imported and from studs breeding with unlimited resources on the horse BONNY CLYDE, bred by Sitta Voigts of Zonjati stud by the stallion she imported BONO. (Skippy by Galoubet/Grannus)
The Derby 2017 was a triumph for Namibian breeding.
It started with a 2nd for Jade Hook riding good old NEW ERA, (Drosselklang/Dolorit) a horse being over 20 years old, which won the Derby before and had big success overseas in the 1.50M Welcome Stake.
VOIGTSKIRCH DUNMORE under Hayley Preen (Consuelo/Menotti) won the 1.30 Welcome Stake, and came 5th later in the 1.35M class
(He showed his class at the SA Interprovincial Team event with 2 clears)
Locarno Nikita (Locarno Caprivi/Consuelo) became 5th in the opening class and 4th in the Mini Derby, under his rider Tracey Carney.
Locarno Nandi (Locarno Challenger/Graveur) 9 th in the 1.35M class, under Laurin Harding.
YOUNG HORSE PERFORMANCE SERIES
Took place during the Derby, and ZONJATI CONQUEST (Consuelo/Glueckscup) won the SHOWJUMPING series for 6 year old ones, and came 5th in the Potential Show Jumper series under his rider Alwin van Breda.
Seeis Aloicoura by De la cou became 4th in both series for 7 year old horses.
The best to follow.
EL PASO ( Consuelo/Graveur) WON THE DERBY under his professional rider Nicola Sime.
El Paso is bred by Mrs Sitta Voigts of Zonjati stud which is a personal success for her with 2 winning horses at this big show.
The biggest equestrian event of the year was won by a Namibian horse against highly expensive imported horses, and horses from studs which breed with an unlimited amount of money.
SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
CONNOISSEUR, by Consuelo, and bred by Neuheusis stud, came 2nd in the 1.50M competition on time under his rider Nicola Sime.
Voigtskirch Dunmore came 2nd under Hayley Preen in a 1.40M class.
MAPLE RIDGE IN NOVEMBER 2017
Again Connoisseur, took 2nd in the Grand Prix.
Under Nicola Sime, Locarno Rapide (Consuelo/Conti) won 2 classes of 1.20m under his rider Ivan van de Sjiede.
4 WAYS CLASSICS
Locarno “Can do it” (Locarno Shogun/Lindenberg) won 2 classes of 1.20M under his rider Christi-Lyn Davis.
Back in Namibia horses of the Namibian Warmblood Horse Society breeders also had a successful run.
Voigtskirch Avatar (Bellini Go/Seducer xx/Anschluss) became the Namibian Show jumping champion under his rider Kerstin Garbade.
2nd Locarno di Caprio (Dumont AI/Wunderbar) came second.
At the same time Di Caprio became the FEI OVER ALL CHAMPION 2017