Riders set- as show goes barking mad

The Cayman Island’s Equestrian Federation has a big event next week and wants all horse – and dog – lovers to come out in support.

It will host the fourth leg of the Caribbean Equestrian Association Junior Jumping Competition on Saturday 27 September.

It runs from 9am to 5pm with a lunch break from 11-2pm.

Cayman’s 14 and Under and 16 and Under riders will compete against Bermuda, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.

One rider in each category from each country will compete in four rounds of intense timed jumping, so the day lends itself to be quite exciting. The main ring sponsor for this event is Animal House.

On November 1 and 2 Cayman’s riders will go to Jamaica for the final leg of the CEA Junior Jumping Competition to compete against Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago.

After the last leg has been completed, the scores are announced in mid-November who the winning country for the year is. Antigua, unfortunately, had to withdraw.

The Cayman event next week starts with the riders walking the course planning their route and angles over the jumps.

The warm up arena is sponsored by Bodden & Bodden. The competition starts with the first round of the 14 and Unders, followed by the first round of the 16 and Unders who jump the same course but higher.

There is a short break and then they all compete again over a higher course. Kelsey Bodden is the 14 and Under rider for Cayman and Alex Kennett represents Cayman in the 16s grouping.

The riders break for lunch offered by onsite vendors. This year the CIEF is working with the Humane Society to put on a dog show during the lunch hour.

‘Dogs Horsing Around’ is from 11.30am for two hours and is open to the public. This event is sponsored by Animal House. There is a $5 registration fee for each event with a total of eight events that can be entered. It’s not serious and the fun classes include: Pranciest Dog, Only a Face Mother Could Love, Mini Me (owner and dog dress and lookalike).

All dogs attending must be on a lead and owners must bring bags to remove any soil the animals make. Prohibited breeds must be muzzled. There will a first prize place for each category.

After lunch the riders compete again before awards are given.

All the riders are invited by CIEF for the National Horse Show on the following day, also starting at 9am. There will be jumping for local young riders along with the CEA riders, followed by fun classes of gymkhana games. The CIEF National Show should wrap up around noon.

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