Riders lead regional foes

Cayman riders are doing the country proud in a regional tournament.

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation is proud to announce that the Cayman children’s dressage team placed first in the 2012 Caribbean Equestrian Association Dressage Competition.

The 2012 Cayman team consisted of Thea Millward, Polly Serpell and Anja Van Genderen. The final results for the children’s team saw Cayman in first place at 208.621 per cent, Bermuda in second place at 195.344 per cent and Jamaica third at 192.758 per cent. Trinidad sit fourth at 191.551 per cent and Barbados is fifth at 187.758 per cent.

Equestrian federation president Mary McTaggart stated that she was very proud of the children’s team scores. This significant lead was a result of all the hard work and training provided by the federation.

In particular, Millward, winner of the Children’s High Point, felt that credit must be given to Jessica McTaggart. Jessica recently returned to Grand Cayman and has provided great support and assistance to the Cayman team. In particular, she has assisted with Thea’s dressage training and preparation, bringing Thea’s new horse Iggy Pop to this level of competition.

The Cayman adult team placed fourth overall and the team consisted of Charlotte Hinds, Mary McTaggart and Jessica Mctaggart and their combined score was 191.039 per cent.

The association engaged the services of Ann Forer Stockton, who is a USA ‘R’ class dressage judge, to travel to all participating countries to judge all riders. This ensured that the competition was fair and all riders competed on an equal basis.

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 individual 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.

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.

Going forward, the federation is now busy training their riders for the final leg of the 2012 Caribbean association junior show jumping competition, which will take 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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