Jingle Bell trot shakes things up

“Jingle Bells” is one of the world’s most well-known festive songs that tells of the delight of hooking up your horse to an open sleigh, cracking the whip and dashing together through the snow, bells all “a-jingle.”

You won’t see any snow at the Cayman Islands Equestrian Center on Linford Pierson Highway this weekend, but on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8 a.m. until noon, you will see horse enthusiasts from all over the island gather there for their annual Christmas Fun Show.

First up is the most popular and hotly contested “fancy dress” competition. But this is no ordinary fancy dress competition, since the horses are the ones to be dressed up. Beginning at 8 a.m., cast your own votes as to who you think should win. Katie Slagel from Z99’s “Breakfast Show” is the judge and will have the unenviable task of picking a winner on the day.

Entry is free to anyone who wants to come and watch and join in the fun. While visitors are watching the riders negotiate the Western trail pattern competition, the traditional gymkhana games and the jumping competition, they can play the Christmas games set up at the side stalls, make a Christmas craft, ride a pony at the pony park or munch on something sweet from the bake stall.

Once the bells start to jingle, you can be sure that the big man in red is not far away. The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation, the host of this event, does not disappoint and kids will be delighted to be able to climb up into Santa’s wagon, snap a photo with him and hand him those last-minute list updates for Christmas.

Milly Serpell, the equestrian federation president, said, “This is one of my favorite shows of the year. Everyone loves the fancy dress parade, and we have lots of extra fun planned this year in the pony park. We are also excited to watch a special dressage display by Jessica McTaggart, one of our elite international riders.”

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