Riders leap over our neighbours

Two of Cayman’s junior riders recently dominated on home soil. 

Thea Millward, 13, and Polly Serpell, 14, claimed first place at last weekend’s Cayman leg of the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s 2012 Junior Show Jumping competition. Overseen by the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation, action took place at the Cayman Islands Equestrian Centre in George Town. 

Millward had only 12 faults during the event in the 14 and Under category with a competition-best time of 47.93 seconds. Serpell had six faults with her best mark being 49.89s in the 16U section. The duo were coached by Mary McTaggart, who designed the show jumping course with help from daughters Jessica and Jodie McTaggart.  

Both Millward and Serpell rode four rounds, split over two days, on various horses. As a result of their efforts, Cayman earned five points and moved into first place overall. 

They moved past Barbados, who initially had the lead after winning the first leg. The Bajan team of Amanda Roachford Holder, Erin Stephany and team manager Diana Clarke would place last out of the four countries with 93 faults. 

Jamaica was third with 47 faults behind Sayan Johnston, Leslie Anne Hamilton and manager Susan Wates. Trinidad and Tobago placed second with 21 faults as Amber Thompson, Mariel Lanser and Patrice Stohlmeyer were the country representatives. Trina De Lisser of Jamaica served as the event judge. 

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Polly Serpell had many flawless leaps. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES