Riders leap to second on Jamrock

Cayman’s junior show jumping team recently placed second in Jamaica.

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation is proud to announce that Cayman finished second in the final leg of the 2012 Caribbean Equestrian Associations Junior Show Jumping in Jamaica.

Thea Millward and Polly Serpell represented Cayman in the Under-14 and Under-16 categories, respectively, at the two-day event held at the Kingston Polo Club and Equestrian Centre.

Surging into the lead would be Trinidad, who accumulated enough points to emerge the overall winners with 22 faults. Cayman and Barbados were placed joint second with 25 faults and Jamaica placed fourth with 32 faults.

The event involved four different show jumping courses that became consecutively more difficult, with the riders on four different horses which the visiting competitors had never ridden before. The U14 group jumped a course with a maximum height of 0.80 metres whilst the U16 riders jumped a maximum height of 1.0m.

The overall results for 2012 after the four competitions held in Barbados, Cayman, Trinidad and Jamaica saw Trinidad in first with 15 points followed by Cayman with 13 points. Barbados are third with 12 points while Jamaica is in the cellar with five points.

Polly and Thea travelled to Jamaica in the middle of the Christmas exams and had to compete and study at the same time. Polly and Thea are coached by Mary McTaggart, who is the president of the Cayman federation and the national show jumping coach.

The federation is now busy planning clinics and training for the World FEI Dressage Challenge to be held in March 2013. The federation is actively looking for sponsorship for a variety of events and training for 2013.

For more information, contact Milly Serpell on 926-1551 or [email protected]

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