The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Eventing, Dressage Tourney Near Usakos

THE ReiterVerein Swakopmund (RVS) will host the Wesbank Transport Sphinxblick Three-phase Eventing and Dressage Tournament on December 1 and 2 at the Sphinxblick Stud near Usakos.

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) will send three top officials from Europe to assist with the smooth running of the tournament – which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary – and to look at possibilities to grow the eventing sport in Namibia.

Britain’s Andy Griffith, an FEI 4-star technical delegate, will be in charge of all safety measures on the cross-country track, and will coordinate the running of the tournament.

He will be joined by compatriot David Evans, who was responsible for the design and building of the cross-country track at the 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Games, and SwedenÂ’s Christina Klingspor, who is an FEI 4-star eventing and dressage judge.

Klingspor will act as chief judge for the dressage and the cross-country test. With their assistance, the RVS aims at hosting the first FEI 1-star eventing tournament in Namibia in 2013.

Eventing is categorised as an ‘extreme sport’ for which safety measures are essential.

In order to meet these standards, the RVS team once again opted to redesign and modernise the entire cross-country track.

Various jumps were rebuilt or replaced with modern portable cross-country jumps.

Thirty-six participants will first get the feel of this new track on the Saturday afternoon after completing the dressage test.

The final showjumping competition will follow on Sunday morning, when the 2012 Sphinxblick eventing champions and runners-up for each category will emerge. The tournament will end with a final parade and handover of special prizes.

Sphinxblick is situated 65km southwest from Usakos on the C1914. The GPS co-ordinates are: S: 22 25 46 E: 15 23 55.

Camping and entrance is free of charge and meals and beverages will be on sale throughout the weekend.

Besides the sport, visitors can enjoy the swimming pool, game drives or simply relax and party in the beer tent.

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