Local riders trot into third as Bermuda prances to the top

Cayman recently took third place in this year’s Fédération Equestre International World Dressage Challenge at the Equestrian Centre. 

It was Cayman’s top dressage competition of the year and, as well as placing third in the zone, five junior riders obtained qualifying scores to go to the Children of the Americas Dressage Invitational in Boston.  

Participating countries in zone 10 were Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. In order to ensure fairness and allow riders the opportunity to compete internationally without having to leave their own countries, FEI judges visited each of the six countries in the zone.  

All countries in zone 10 have now hosted competitions and the final rankings saw Bermuda first with a combined team score of 202.868 per cent, while Barbados was second at 201.267 per cent. Cayman finished third at 195.345 per cent, followed by Jamaica fourth at 191.638 per cent, Trinidad and Tobago at 191.466 per cent and Haiti at 177.672 per cent. 

Each country must, before the event, declare which four riders’ scores will go forward as the team scores. The 2013 team for Cayman was Thea Millward, Jessica McTaggart, Phoebe Serpell and Polly Serpell.  

Some of the Cayman highlights were Millward placing second and third in the zone in the Junior Elementary and Preliminary classes. Pheobe Serpell finished fourth in the Junior Preliminary class, while Polly Serpell placed fourth in the Senior Preliminary class. Other performances included Charotte Hinds finishing eighth in the Senior Elementary class and Anja Van Genderen placing eighth in the Junior Preliminary class.  

To compete in the World Dressage Challenge, all riders must have achieved a qualifying score of 55 per cent or higher in one of the two qualification competitions.  

 

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

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