Millward jumps to new heights during national series

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation recently hosted the second leg of the 2013 National Show Jumping Championship for both adults and juniors.

Last weekend started with a Warm Up show being held on Saturday and the purpose was to allow riders to practice and prepare for the second leg of the National Jump Series the following day.

The course for the National Show Jumping Championship was a Fédération Equestre International World Jumping Challenge Category C course. The results are based on faults and where riders in a class had the same amount of faults, time was the deciding factor. There will be four legs to this series this year.

Points will be awarded to first through fourth places in each leg, the winners being the riders with the most points in their classes at the end of the series.

The federation welcomed visiting FEI judge Trina Delisser from Jamaica, who provided an introductory training session to federation members who have expressed an interest in becoming jumping judges and then judged all of the jumping classes.

Results of the second leg of the National Jump Series saw Juliette Forrester win the .60 metre Adult class on Apollo, ahead of Regina Novak on Leonora.

In the .60m Child category, Hannah Fowler was first on Honeycomb ahead of Phoebe Serpell on Me and My Shadow, Georgia Austin on Penelope, Libby Galloway on Dublin’s Bay, Ashley van der Bol on Amarilla and Madeleine Aquart on Zeus.

Michelle Boucher rode Katrina to the .70m Adult class title ahead of Jessica McTaggart on Calidad. Hannah Fowler won the .70m Child category on Honeycomb ahead of Thea Millward on Leonora, Madeline Aquart on Zeus, Chloe Fowler on Shirley Temple and Libby Galloway on Dublin’s Bay.

Boucher rode Katrina for the .85m Adult category, ahead of Jessica McTaggart on Calidad. Petra Pinkerton rode Durango to the .85m Child class title ahead of Amara Thompson on Rumour Has It.

In the .90-1m Open segment, Thea Millward on Iggy Pop was first ahead of Thompson on Rumour Has It, Millward on Storm and Pinkerton on Durango. Millward rode Iggy Pop to the 1-1.10m Open class title.

The federation was delighted to welcome a few new competitors including Regina Novak and Georgia Austin, both of whom excelled on the day. Millward’s successful completion of the 1-1.10m course marks the first time there has been a jump course at that height and the federation is now busy preparing for a competition later in the year that will offer a 1.20m height.

Visiting judge Delisser congratulated the federation for working hard to raise the level of jumping and increase the number of competitions in the Cayman Islands.

This year, the FEI World Jumping Challenge is entering its 35th year of existence. In 2013, 55 National Federations have applied for one of the three different A, B and C categories.

Originally, the competition was created to provide less experienced jumping riders with an opportunity to compete on an international level without having to leave their own countries.

It also contributed to develop jumping – one of the Olympic and most popular equestrian disciplines world-wide. Many riders who have participated in the FEI World Jumping Challenge successfully competed or still compete at elite level.

This coming weekend, the federation will host a trial to see which rider in the 14 and under age group will represent Cayman in the Cayman Leg of the Caribbean Equestrian Associations Junior Jumping in May.

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