THERE is a fevered excitement amongst the members of the Arabian horse breeders of Namibia.
The Namibian Open Championship takes place from Thursday to Saturday at the Role Equestrian Centre at Nubuamis, Brakwater. This annual championship show takes place after the country's agricultural shows and is hosted by the Arab Horse Breeders Society of Namibia.
A record total of 71 horses by 13 breeders, participating in 257 halter and riding classes have entered. The Canadian born Gerald Paty, presently living and working in Bahrain, will judge all classes of the show. He has been judging horse shows worldwide for 25 years.
The Show Committee of the Society has been preparing and organising for months to guarantee a show of outstanding quality. Spectators can view the activities from an under-roof patio where food, snacks and drinks will be available. Horse related products will be marketed and sold from stalls. Flags and banners will add to a festive atmosphere and excitement.
To present a show of this high standard the society relies on sponsorships from the business community, organisations and private donors. The participation of these sponsors will receive recognition in the program and announcements during the three-day show.
The main sponsor of the event is Sheikh Hamad Bin Al Thani from the Al Shaqab Stud. Through the Qatar Foundation he has made it possible for participating breeders to show their Arabian horses free of all costs. Sheikh Hamad is a world-renowned breeder of Arabian horse.
The public is invited to attend the show free of charge.