Thea and Polly jump over foes

Cayman’s equestrian riders recently triumphed on home turf.

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation is very proud to announce that the Cayman team placed first in the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s 2012 Junior Show Jumping competition. The second leg of this competition was held last weekend at the Equestrian Centre.

The overall scores were as follows: Cayman Islands – 19 faults, Trinidad and Tobago – 21 faults, Jamaica – 47 faults and Barbados – 93 faults. All eight riders had to ride four different horses over four different show jumping courses. Faults were accumulated for errors such as a refusal (four faults) or knocking a jump down (four faults).

A rider is only allowed two refusals and then they are eliminated and if a rider falls off a horse they are also eliminated. Noting the scores was event judge Trina De Lisser of Jamaica.

Cayman’s national coach Mary McTaggart was very proud of the performances by Polly Serpell, who competed in the 16 and Under category, and Thea Millward, who was in the 14U segment.

“I have worked and trained the riders and horses hard and it has all paid off,” McTaggart said.

Serpell was the top rider in her group, besting the likes of Mariel Lanser of Trinidad, while Sayan Johnston of Jamaica was first in the 14U section. The remaining two legs of the show jumping competition will take place in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica later this year.

Among those happy for Cayman’s win was Caribbean association president and Barbados team manager Diana Clarke.

“There is always an advantage to riding on home turf but the win was well deserved,” Clarke said.

For 2012, the Cayman federation extends sincere appreciation and gratitude to the following sponsors: Caribbean Canvas Company, Maples, Ragazzi Restaurant, Evolving Island, SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd, Bodden Bodden, ICOA, Mobile Veterinary Services and Fosters Food Fair.

The next event for the federation is two dressage training shows, to be hosted at Cayman Riding School on Sunday, 20 May and at The Equestrian Centre on Monday, 21 May.

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

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