Mary preps our jumpers

Mary McTaggart is no stranger to equestrian fans and she is busy preparing for another meet.

The Fédération Equestre Internationale qualified show jumping course designer has been building four different show jumping courses at the Cayman Islands Equestrian Centre, located off the Linford Pierson Highway in George Town.

McTaggart is gearing up for the second leg of the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Junior Show Jumping competition. Staged by the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation, action takes place 12-13 May during the morning hours.

Three countries are taking part, sending an Under-16 and an Under-14 rider. Barbados features Amanda Roachford Holder (U16) and Erin Stephany (U14), Jamaica has Leslie Ann Hamilton and Sayan Johnston with Trinidad and Tobago sending Mariel Lanser and Amber Thompson.

A national show jumping coach for each team accompanies the riders and the federation looks forward to welcoming them.

Representing Cayman will be Polly Serpell, 14, in the U16 category and Thea Millward, 13, in the U14 category. Mary McTaggart will serve as national coach.

Cayman is currently second in the competition after a solid showing in Barbados back in March. The remaining events will take place in Trinidad and Tobago respectively.

The federation must provide four horses in each category as well as a reserve horse. The Caribbean association requires the presence of a qualified show jumping judge to oversee the show. As Cayman does not currently have a resident judge, the federation has engaged the services of Jamaican official.

For the record, this weekend’s show is open to the general public and there is no entry fee.

This year, the federation would like to thank its sponsors, which include Caribbean Canvas Company, Maples and Calder, Ragazzi restaurant, Evolving Island, SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd, Bodden and Bodden, Icoa and Fosters Food Fair.

For more information, please contact Milly Serpell at [email protected] or call 926-1551.

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