Showjumper Alison seeks funding

Namibia’s top horsewoman eyes Jakarta

15 June 2021 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK

Namibian rider Kate Alison has qualified to participate in the FEI Jumping World Challenge final to be hosted in Jakarta.

However, she needs funding to be able to travel to Jakarta to compete from 18 to 22 November.

Vast experience

Alison qualified with four clear rounds from leg 1 and 2 in CAT A in 2020. She is a well-respected, competitive rider who has the skills, horsemanship and experience to make Namibia proud. Furthermore, she also holds the position as athletes’ representative at the Namibian Equestrian Federation (NEF).

“In 2019/2020, I was the overall winner in Namibia and also of our region, Zone 7, which consists of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mauritius, Kenya and Botswana. Just looking at 2020, my score was extremely competitive, placing me fifth overall from all the zones.

“I will not be taking my wonderful Namibian-bred stallion, Seeis Shelton, with me as FEI competition rules stipulate that the qualifying athletes draw local horses on which we will compete. All competitors will therefore ride unknown horses.

“The opportunity to represent Namibia, during such uncertain times, is an opportunity I’m holding thumbs will come to fruition.”

About the competition

Only 20 riders qualify for the FEI Jumping World Challenge from 10 regional zones.

The 2021 competitors are from 2019 and 2020 combined, so it was even more difficult to secure a spot for the 2021 final.

The FEI Jumping World Challenge Final is always held outdoors and on borrowed horses.

The FEI event is is held around the world. An exact replica of a set jumping course is created in order for people to compete against others internationally.

The tournament consists of a welcoming competition, qualifying competition, a farewell competition for those athletes who don’t qualify for the final, and the final competition for the top 10 athletes.

What money will be used for

The money raised will be used to cover Alison’s travelling costs to and from Jakarta, accommodation, travel insurance, sports attire and Covid tests.

Contact Alison directly should you be willing to assist her with a sponsorship: cell 081 236 2631 or email [email protected] .