New series leaps forward

A new jumping competition hopes to boost local equestrian. 

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation showcased the launch of its National Show Jumping Series during its Spring Fun Show this month at the equestrian centre. 

The federation issued a statement that said the competition will boost local talent. The statement reads, “The National Show Jumping Series is a new federation event and will give riders an enormous boost in competition experience and confidence in preparation for competing overseas.”  

Last Saturday’s fun show featured gymkhana games, cross rail jumping competitions and events like pole bending and apple bobbing that centred on horse and rider combinations. 

News of the jumping series comes as Cayman recently topped the first leg of the 2013 Caribbean Equestrian Associations Junior Show Jumping competition in Barbados. Thea Millward and Polly Serpell represented Cayman in the Under-14 and Under-16 groups, respectively. After four rounds of jumping, the duo had just 37 faults. Both were guided by their coach, Jessica McTaggart.  

The next leg of the competition takes place in Cayman on 18-19 May, with trials to decide the local team on 27 April. 

News of the jumping initiative comes after the federation hosted the Cayman leg of the 2013 Fédération Equestre Internationale World Dressage Challenge this month. Millward won the Preliminary Children category on Iggy Pop at a score of 64.05 per cent and Polly Serpell won the Preliminary Adult category on Calidad at 67.24 per cent. 

Millward would ride Storm to the Elementary Children category title at 55.68 per cent, while Charlotte Hinds rode Munroe Carr to the Elementary Adult category win at 57.50 per cent. The event featured numerous riders such as Melanie McTaggart, Michelle Boucher and Amara Thompson. 

Cayman riders had the opportunity to train with visiting US dressage coach Cindy Thaxton and were judged by two FEI dressage judges in Mariano Santos of Spain and Elke Ebert of Germany. To ensure fairness, the same two judges travel to all participating countries in this zone – which includes Jamaica, Haiti, Bermuda, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. 


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


Polly Serpell is one of Cayman’s best junior talents.


Amara Thompson competed in the recent dressage event
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