Cayman trots to the top

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation hosted the Cayman leg of the 2012 Caribbean Equestrian Association Dressage Competition earlier this month.

The federation welcomed Ann Forer Stockton, who is a USA “R” class dressage judge appointed by the association to travel to all participating countries to judge all riders.

For the event, the field comprised of two teams, children and adult individual classes as well as a high point award for both children and adult categories. Forer Stockton made specific comments on how impressed she was with the level of expertise shown by the Cayman riders.

She stated that it was a true reflection of the excellent coaching the riders are receiving. Forer Stockton diligently completed her commitment to judge all of the association dressage shows even though her community was affected by Hurricane Sandy,

The organisers of the show feared the rain would cause delays but thankfully the show ran according to its original schedule and all dressage tests were completed as darkness descended.

The individual and team results saw Libby Galloway on Dublin’s Way win the Children’s C Test at 65 per cent with Ashley Van den Bol, on Patrick, coming second at 60.250 per cent. In the Children’s Preliminary, Thea Millward, on Iggy Pop, was first at 72.069 per cent with Polly Serpell on Rambo second at 68.621 per cent and Anja van Genderen third on Karma at 67.931 per cent.

Phoebe Serpell, on Me and My Shadow, was fourth at 67.069 per cent, Thea Millward was fifth, on Patrick, at 66.034 per cent and Polly Serpell was sixth on Calidad at 64.483 per cent. In seventh was Hannah Fowler, on Shirley Temple, at 61.552 per cent, eighth went to Amara Thompson on Rumour Has It at 58.448 per cent and ninth went to Madeleine Aquart, on Zeus, at 58.272 per cent.

In the Children’s Elementary, Thea Millward placed first on Storm at 60.676 per cent with Phoebe Serpell second, on Me and My Shadow, at 60.270 per cent.

The Adult Prix St George category was won by Jessica McTaggart on Ray of Light at 67.763 per cent. McTaggart would ride Monroe Carr to win the Adult Medium group at 62.375 per cent.

The Adult Elementary event was won by Mary McTaggart, on Partenon, at 60 per cent. Charlotte Hinds, on Monroe Carr, won the Adult Preliminary section at 65.172 per cent with Michelle Boucher second on Katrina at 59.655 per cent and Regina Nowak third on Leonora at 59.138 per cent.

Cayman’s high point winners were Thea Millward in the children’s category and Jessica McTaggart in the adult category. The top three scores from the adult and children’s categories go forward to make up the Cayman team scores.

The Cayman team sees Millward, Polly Serpell and Anja van Genderen as the children dressage riders with Jessica McTaggart, Mary McTaggart and Charlotte Hinds as the adult dressage riders. Cayman is currently in a strong position to place well but will depend on the results from Bermuda as they conclude the competition.

The federation is now busy training their riders for the final leg of the association’s 2012 junior show jumping competition, which takes place in Jamaica on 8-9 December. Cayman is currently placed joint first with Trinidad. Both countries have 10 points with Barbados not far behind with nine points.

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