Local jumpers had a fresh chance to rise up for props.
The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation recently hosted a show jumping trial competition to establish which 14 and under rider would represent Cayman in the second leg of the Caribbean Equestrian Association Junior Show Jumping competition to be held in Cayman on 18-19 May.
The trial competition was held at The Equestrian Centre and involved all riders riding three different show jumping courses on three different horses. All of the courses were 0.70 metres high and the following riders entered the trial: Thea Millward, Phoebe Serpell, Hannah Fowler, Madeleine Aquart and Ashley van den Bol (the youngest rider of the day).
All riders started the day by preparing their own horses while coaches and show officials carried out the draw to establish the order of riders and who would ride which horse. The first course was then declared open by the judges and all riders had the opportunity to walk the course with their coaches.
The competition saw some very exciting rounds and some highlights included Hannah Fowler riding three clear rounds, Ashley van den Bol riding a very fast round on Storm and Madeleine Aquart also riding a speedy round on Storm.
The final results after all three rounds saw Fowler in first, van den Bol second, Phoebe Serpell in third, Thea Millward placing fourth and Madeleine Aquart finishing fifth.
Fowler, for the first time, will be representing Cayman in the CEA Junior Show Jumping competition. Polly Serpell will be representing Cayman in the 16U category.
After the first leg of the CEA Junior Show Jumping Competition in Barbados, Cayman are in first place and are obviously keen to keep this ranking in the second leg. Equestrian federation vice president Sharon Hinds commented that she, “was thrilled to see how many youth riders entered the competition and was excited to see such growth in equestrian sport.”
The federation is also very grateful and would like to express its sincere thanks to the number of volunteers that repeatedly assist with the organisation and management of their shows.
In particular, the federation thanks our volunteer judges Regina Novak, Tanya Neville-Dickson and Melanie McTaggart, our jump crew, course builders and timers Sharon Hinds, Charlie Hinds, Hendrik-Jan van Genderen, Phil Millward, Derek Serpell, Caroline Key, Googie Aquart and our warm-up riders Juliette Forester, Anjya van Genderen, Carri Nelson, Zoe van den Bol and Polly Serpell.
Thanks also go to volunteer veterinarian Dr Colin Wakelin and volunteer medical officer Doctor Dr Alex Rado and finally bake sale volunteers Teaghan Moon, Teaghan Galloway, Emma Drake, Sharon Galloway and Marcia Millgate.
After the trials, the federation hosted an Open Show which involved both junior and adult riders in classes at .70m and .85m heights. The competition had an exciting, immediate timed jump off round for those achieving a clear round in their first ride. The winners in the classes were: .70m Adult – Alexandra Rado with Larkin, .70m Junior Hannah Fowler with Shirley Temple, .85m Adult – Michelle Boucher with Katrina and .85m Junior Georgia Austin with Penelope.
For more information, contact Milly Serpell on 926-1551 or [email protected]