Five local equestrian riders are hoping to gain regional props.
Isabelle Smith, Ashley van den Bol and Madeleine Arquart from the Cayman Islands Equestrian Center and sisters Hannah and Chloe Fowler from Cayman Riding School are representing Cayman in the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Junior Show Jumping Competition.
The event consists of four fixtures, the first of which took place in Barbados this month, featuring the Under-16 and Under-14 age groups.
Each participating nation takes turns to host one of the four events during the year.
Aside from Barbados and the Cayman Islands, the competing countries are Trinidad and Jamaica.
Cayman has a history of success in the competition.Last year, local girls won the Barbados leg and were joint winners of the overall competition with Trinidad.
The 2014 team was selected based on the results of last month’s dressage show, which was put on by the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation.
The girls took part in a trial, which required the riders to ride three of participating four horses and use their skills in riding unfamiliar horses as this is the format of the competition when they travel overseas.
Arquart put in three very competent clear rounds to win the trial with no faults and a time of 167.80 seconds.
Hannah Fowler was second with four faults and a time of 136.26 seconds.
Chloe Fowler was third with four faults and a time of 150.68 seconds, and van den Bol was fourth with 16 faults and a time of 207.99 seconds.
It will be the first time Arquart has represented Cayman in this competition and she shares the experience with Smith, who will also be representing Cayman for the first time.
Smith was uncontested for her spot on the team and will represent Cayman in the Under-16 competition.