Myhre trots down to grade riders

Equestrian in Cayman is about to get some Norwegian flair.

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation will be hosting a dressage training show on Saturday, 19 January, at the Equestrian Centre from 3pm. Norwegian equestrian figure Kjell Myhre will be judging the competition.

Federation board member Milly Serpell states Myhre brings with him Olympic experience.

“The federation is honoured to welcome back to the Island Kjell, an international five-star ‘O’ judge, who will be judging this weekend’s show,” Serpell said. “It is very exciting for the federation to welcome Kjell back as he has a wealth of experience and is a highly respected figure in the world of dressage. In 2012, he was the president of the ground jury at the Paralympics in London.

“Kjell has been working with many of our riders, helping them prepare for the show at the weekend by offering dressage clinics in the run up to the show. The training show is the last opportunity for Cayman riders to obtain a qualifying score to allow them to participate in the Fédération Equestre Internationale World Dressage Challenge, which will be held in March 2013.”

Myhre’s visit comes after a busy year for the sport in Cayman. One of the highlights was hosting a leg of 2012 Caribbean Equestrian Association Dressage Competition. Thea Millward, Polly Serpell and Anja van Genderen were the top children riders with Jessica McTaggart, Mary McTaggart and Charlotte Hinds leading the adults.

The most recent equestrian achievement was a second place finish for Cayman at last year’s Caribbean association junior show jumping tournament. The local riders were Thea Millward and Polly Serpell, who competed in the Under-14 and U16 categories, respectively.

For more information, contact Milly Serpell on 926-1551

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