The Cayman Island’s equestrian team
flew to Bermuda to compete in the third leg of the Caribbean Equestrian
Association Junior Jumping Competition over the weekend against Barbados,
Jamaica and Bermuda.
Junior Jumping Competition has six shows per year around the Caribbean with
competing teams from Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica,
and Trinidad & Tobago.
Each country has to visit three
host countries and ride horses from that country. The riders only have a few
minutes to walk the horse around and then a timed five minutes to get the feel
of the horse in faster gaits and jumping.
It’s a great challenge and really
shows the individual rider’s skill and confidence.
Riders Elsie Boone (16 and under)
and Ashley Scaletta (14 and under) represented the Cayman Islands. Both riders
had worked hard prior to this show preparing themselves for the competition.
On Saturday, the riders had to jump
two rounds on two different horses and Cayman was tied in first position with
Jamaica. Scaletta had zero faults in two rounds and Boone had only one time
fault in two rounds.
On Sunday, each rider had to jump
another two rounds and the day continued to be a challenge with riders trying
their best not to gain any faults. However, the courses were more challenging
and some riders had knock downs, refusals and even eliminations.
Jamaica ended strongly with a total
score of nine faults for the two days. Bermuda edged in second place with a
total of 12 faults. Cayman came in a close third with a total score of 14
faults and Barbados was fourth with a total of 36 faults.
What could be seen clearly was the
great camaraderie amongst the riders from the different countries. Each rider
cheered on the other teams.
Cayman has two other events to
compete for in 2010. They will travel to Trinidad in September and to Jamaica
in November. In December the points will be tallied from all the countries and
a winning country will be announced for the year.