Endurance riding is the fastest growing equine sport in the world and Dansawil Arabians established in 1979 is one of the most experienced endurance Arabian Studs in Southern Africa.
The Stella ride consisted of a 40km novice horse track on Friday and a competitive 80km track on Saturday.
The Springbok Team riding time on this track is 04.02 hours. The track is one of the fastest in South Africa.
The Dansawil Team consisted of two Batswana riders, Willie Herbst and Tebogo Mosorwa.
The team was completed by Felicity Cooper and Louise Herbst as team manager and groom respectively.
Willie Herbst owner of Dansawil Arabian Stud and rider is one of the most experienced endurance riders in Southern Africa having successfully ridden over 16 000km.
Tebogo Mosorwa is currently the top endurance rider in Botswana and has been consistently winning over the past two years both in Botswana and South Africa.
Louise Herbst owner of Dansawil is also an integral member of the team as a rider, trainer, manager and groom.
Grooming in endurance riding is essential as care of the horses is paramount, taking pulses, checking condition, washing them down, walking them and massaging sore muscles and taking them through the compulsory vet checks.
Willie Herbst on Dansawil Hot Chocolate, Tebogo Mosorwa on Jozami Yasmien and Felicity Cooper on FTB Prima Donna all successfully completed the 40km ride.
This leg as it is termed in Endurance riding has to be ridden on a novice horse continuously at a maximum speed of 16km/h or less as a part of the process of qualifying the horse out of novice.
Willie Herbst on FTB Magnifico, Tebogo Mosorwa on Fa’Nardi Zara and Felicity Cooper on Dansawil Gorbatsjof started the competitive 80km ride at 05.15 on Saturday.
The conditions were tough for the horses due to the extreme heat and the track had water points every 5km.
The track consisted of three legs divided into 2x 30km legs and a final leg of 20km.
The competition was stiff and Dansawil Gorbatsjof ridden by Felicity Cooper was on top form riding in a time of 3:34:01 hours and coming second in the Light Weight Division. Dansawil Gorbatsjof also won the Best Conditioned Horse award for the category.