Equestrians fund therapeutic riding lessons for kids

Children are undergoing therapeutic horsemanship lessons thanks to a fancy-dress equestrian fundraiser.

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation is still galloping with excitement after the success of its Christmas Show fundraiser.

The carnival-style horsemanship event was held to raise funds for therapy lessons at Cowboy Town Stables for children who might not be able to afford it, and also to further development of equestrianism in Cayman.

Sharon Hinds, acting president of the federation, said equestrianism in Cayman, particularly the disciplines of dressage and show jumping, has seen enormous development of talent in the last few years, with Cayman teams winning three of the four international competitions.

“It is shows like this Christmas event that encourage the grass-roots development of the fun aspects of riding in younger kids, which we hope will develop later on into a passion for the more formal disciplines of the sport and, in addition, teach kids to have fun with their sport and enjoy the recreational and lighter side of riding,” Ms Hinds said, adding that the group was especially delighted to welcome Cowboy Town Stable to the show this year.