The 58th annual The Banda School, Dagoretti Horse Show, took place over half term at Jamhuri Park, Nairobi. The event attracted many of the most talented horses and riders from across Kenya, as well as from neighbouring Tanzania and Uganda.
The four-day show featured more than seventy show jumping, showing and dressage classes in three arenas. A panel of internationally renowned, overseas judges were in attendance. Riders as young as four years old and up to sixty plus competed this year. The programme included fun classes, such as, Team Gamblers and a new class - the Prix Caprilli (dressage, combined with jumping).
The Show also incorporated our major inter-schools competition, to which many of the Kenyan, and four Tanzanian Schools sent their best riders. The Banda started this competition last year to promote equestrian sports within schools in East Africa, and it is proving a very popular event. Novice riders were able to take part in a handy pony and fancy dress class which was hugely entertaining with some fun games and fantastic outfits! This year the team jumping class offered the horse and riders a different format – combinations were judged on style as well as technique; the style mark was converted to penalty points and added to any show jumping or cross country penalties for the final score.
The Dagoretti Horse Show was not only about the horses this year and visitors were able to enjoy browsing round the mini shopping-village.
The show originally started in 1957 in support of the Dagoretti Prisoners. Today it continues to support charitable causes and the proceeds from this year’s auction and raffle draw went to the KSPCA and Riding for the Disabled Association.
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