Local equestrians are making strides in dressage events.
The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation recently held daily dressage clinics, concluding with a dressage training show.
The federation was thrilled to welcome back Cindy Thraxton, a highly experienced USDF certified dressage instructor who provided private and semi-private clinics, at a subsidised cost. The sessions were aimed at both adult and children riders keen to enhance their dressage skills and also for riders wishing to commence their involvement in this discipline.
All of the riders demonstrated the skills they had learnt in their classes at the dressage training show. The results were quite impressive. The Children’s B test saw first place go to Cari Nelson on Dexter at 68.125 per cent, with Jenna Boucher on Katrina second at 58.438 per cent. Third went to Chloe Fowler on Shirley Temple at 57.50 per cent.
The Children’s C Test saw Chloe Fowler on Shirley Temple in first place at 66.750 per cent. Ashley Van den Bol on Twinkle was second at 63.50 per cent with Nina Ratcliffe on Twinkle in third at 62.250 per cent.
In the Children’s Preliminary, first place went to Phoebe Serpell on Me and My Shadow at 65.862 per cent. Polly Serpell on Rambo was second at 65.345 per cent and Thea Millward on Iggy Pop was third at 63.103 per cent.
Six other riders rounded out the top ten in Polly Serpell on Calidad at 62.069 per cent, Madeleine Aquart on Zeus at 61.897 per cent, Hannah Fowler on Shirley Temple at 60.690 per cent, Anya van Genderen on Karma at 60.000 per cent, Amara Thompson on Rumour Has It at 57.241 per cent, Ashley van den Bol at 56.207 per cent and Madeleine Aquart on Smart Racer at 53.103 per cent.
The Adult C Test saw Jenique Smith on Odin finish in first place at 67.250 per cent and Caroline Key on Smart Racer place second at 55.50 per cent. The Adult Priz St George category was won by Jessica McTaggart on Ray of Light at 67.368 per cent.
In the Adult Preliminary section, Charlotte Hinds on Monroe Carr placed first at 65.172 per cent while Regina Nowak on Leonora was second at 58.621 per cent. Jessica McTaggart won the Adult Medium segment, this time on Monroe Carr, at 64.875 per cent.
Show Manager Nicki Millward said that the federation was particularly happy to see some new faces competing and looks forward to this sport continuing to grow and develop. The federation was able to subsidize the clinics that were offered to all of its members and hopes to invite Cindy back again soon.
The federation used the clinics and training show to prepare for the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Dressage Competition, which was held in Cayman over the weekend. For that competition, the same judge visits all of the participating countries, including Bermuda, Trinidad, Barbados and Jamaica.
In 2011 the children’s team won this event for Cayman and the adult team came third so the riders were training hard to place well again this year.
For more information, call Milly Serpell on 926-1551