A Cayman Islands rider placed an impressive third in the FEI Children’s Competition in Bogota, Colombia last month.
Cayman’s Jamie-Lauren McTaggart, 13, was invited by Jorge Verswyvel (FEI Coach and organiser) to compete in the 11-14yr old international jumping competition against 43 riders from 12 countries, which they hosted on borrowed horses.
The jump height was 1.10m or 3′ 7′ and 1.20m in width, the highest competiton ever for Cayman riders.
The Cayman Islands flag was hosted in an opening ceremony while Cayman’s national anthem played for the five day competition among flags from 12 other countries. Jamie-Lauren struggled against her nerves and with the new horse which was a bit larger than she was used to but gained confidence and determination as the days passed. On the final day she was the first rider into the ring in the B category and led the class of 20 riders with a clear round for a while.
She was declared third in the class behind New Zealand and a USA rider,as her time was a bit slower. It was a great experience for her and one which will allow Cayman to be invited to many other countries and competitions. The Cayman team was appreciative of Columbia for the invitation.
Countries that attended were: USA, Canada, Brasil, New Zealand, Peru, Ecuador, Turkey, India, Venezuela. Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Colombia.