Dressage and Show jumping competition underway
17 December 2018 | Sports
Silvia Kleyenstüber; stable manager of Reiterverein Swakopmund; “The parents have invested in very good horses over the past years and many trainers from abroad have been coaching the riders which has improved the sport in general.”
About 100 riders are taking part in the four day Reiterverein Swakopmund dressage and show jumping national championships which is currently underway in Swakopmund.
In an interview, the stable manager of the Reiterverein Swakopmund Silvia Kleyenstüber said that the championships, which started on Thursday, have seen an increase in competitors.
“The children as well as the juniors have made big steps this year. We have many more competing in the higher classes than last year,” said Kleyenstüber.
According to her the sport of equestrian has generally seen an improvement over the last few years.
“It is challenging considering the economic situation of Namibia, as it is an expensive sport. We definitely have well bread Namibian horses with promising young riders who are willing to put in the extra mile to represent Namibia nationally and internationally.”
“The parents have invested in very good horses over the past years and many trainers from abroad have been coaching the riders which has improved the sport in general.”
Furthermore, Kleyenstüber thanked all the sponsors who made it possible for the competition to take place.
She encouraged the youth to try out the sport as “it teaches the youth responsibility and commitment towards the daily care of animals and has been proven to be therapeutic for humans.”