Riders strut their best stuff

Local equestrians are preparing for their next big event. 

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation is hosting a national dressage competition this Sunday at The Equestrian Center from 8 a.m. Admission is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend. 

In a news release, the federation said the show will feature a visiting judge and an opportunity to qualify for a meet abroad. The statement reads, “The competition follows a week of intense dressage clinics and training. The competition is the final dressage competition for 2013 and is also an opportunity to qualify for the World FEI Dressage Challenge that will take place in early 2014.  

“The federation is thrilled to welcome back Cindy Thaxton, who has been giving clinics to its members and will also be judging the show on Sunday. Cindy is no stranger to Cayman and has repeatedly helped prepare and train our riders for important international competitions both at home and abroad.”  

Cayman has had significant success in the world of dressage, with Jessica McTaggart representing the territory in the Pan American Games. In the last three years, young riders have made it onto the podium every year at the Children of the Americas Dressage Invitational. 

At the last local dressage competition, several riders had top finishes, including Phoebe and Polly Serpell, Saskia Drake, Basil Humphries and Thea Millward. For Humphries and Drake, it was their first time entering a national dressage show and they won their respective classes.  

Other new riders at the event included Meegan Slattery, Chloe Fowler and Danielle Malyk. Joseph Jackson and Mary Alberga competed for the first time in months. 

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