African Shield Eventing Team excelled

For a second time in two weeks the young African Shield Eventing Team from Namibia excelled.

Following their resounding victory over the teams from Zimbabwe (on loan horses) and South Africa at Duneside Stud outside Gobabis, Namibia, this time on loan horses themselves, pipped the South African and Zimbabwean Teams to the post in Shongweni (South Africa).
The dressage phase was a close call for all the teams with newcomer Kenya taking the lead. Their penalty score of 99.1 was closely followed by South Africa on 100.5, Zimbabwe on 103.4 and Namibia on 105.9.
Three super rides in the cross country paved the way for a super finish for the Namibians though.
Laura Jakob (Gijima) and Emily Braune (Rathmor Cassanova) remained clear, while Danika Gogol (Barnsley Boy) not-ched up 8-time penalties to take her score to 44.3. Daniela Imhof (Bedouin Boy) was eliminated and provided the drop score. Namibia thus out in front on 114.3 after the cross country, followed by South Africa on 118.9 and Kenya on 139.9. A little help from Lady Luck in the show jumping event with a pole that was knocked, but never fell, led to a victory by the narrowest of margins.
South Africa remained clear, but Namibia had one pole, thus four penalties only – enough to take gold on 118.3 penalties, a mere 0.6 ahead of South Africa and silver on 118.9. Bronze went to Zimbabwe.
Over and above the gold in the Team event, Emily Braune riding Rathmor Cassanova claimed silver in the individual standings.
The African Cup and Shield Three Phase Events are ridden over two years to allow teams from across the Southern African region to compete against each other and ride the four legs of the competition in each others’ countries. Namibia won silver over-all two years ago.

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