The Cayman Islands are the best at dressage for 2012.
The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation recently hosted the Fédération Equestre Internationale World Dressage Challenge at the Cayman Islands Equestrian Centre. The federation is delighted to announce that the Cayman dressage team came in first place.
Representing Cayman were two adult riders in Jessica McTaggart on Monroe Carr and Jodie McTaggart on Kartouche along with two junior riders in Thea Millward on Storm and Polly Serpell on My Shadow.
The team’s collective score was 198.966 per cent, which was a whopping 2.414 per cent higher than second placed Jamaica. Five countries competed with the other nations being third place Bermuda at 193.740 per cent, fourth place Barbados at 192.561 per cent and fifth place Trinidad and Tobago 185.361 per cent.
Grading the local riders were two male judges in Ricardo Rojas Cruz of Costa Rica (who judged Cayman in 2011) and Mariano Santos of Spain. Both commented on the excellent quality of the riding and horses in Grand Cayman. Both judges hope to return next year to judge the 2013 FEI World Dressage Challenge.
Aside from the performance of the national team, a number of riders did well. First place in the Elementary class seniors division was Mary McTaggart on Partenon with her daughter Jessica McTaggart on Monroe Carr claiming first place in the preliminary class seniors group. Thea Millward on Storm along with Polly and Phoebe Serpell on My Shadow were the top teenage riders in the Preliminary Juniors class.
The federation feels this year’s win was made possible by the hard work, determination and commitment of all the riders and coaches. All worked hard for Cayman and improved on last year’s third place finish.
For more information, contact Milly Serpell on 926-1551 or e-mail [email protected]