McTaggart preps for Mexico

Jessica McTaggart Giuzio has one last opportunity to strengthen her journey to Mexico. 

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation is staging the Federation Equestre Internationale’s World Dressage Challenge on March 8 at 3 p.m. The Equestrian Centre on Linford Pierson Highway will serve as the venue. The annual event gives McTaggart Giuzio – an Olympic hopeful – the chance to gain her second qualifying score for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico in November and she is ready to achieve the mark. 

“I was really pleased last month to get the first qualifying score I need for the CAC Games,” said McTaggart. “My training has been going well since then and it has been extremely helpful to have dressage trainer, Cindy Thaxton, of High Point Farm, Atlanta, here. She has been in Cayman to help me, and all the other Cayman dressage riders, to prepare for the next dressage show in March. Cindy has been my trainer for many years and has a broad experience of overseas competition and training.  

“The dressage show in March will be my chance to attain a second and final qualifying score for CAC. I’m hoping my horse, Ray of Light, continues to perform as consistently as he has been so that we can represent Cayman in Mexico in November of this year.” 

Local riders have been training to qualify for the challenge since October. The youngest competitors take part in the United States Dressage Federation and U.S. Equestrian Federation Test classes. The show features countries in the Caribbean’s Solidarity region that are considered developing nations in the sport of equestrian. Competitors ride FEI-prescribed tests on their own horses in their own countries and two FEI judges travel around the region to judge all competitors. Each country picks a team of four riders and their scores are measured against the teams from the region to produce a winning nation.  

Last year, the Cayman Team of McTaggart Giuzio, Thea Millward and sisters Polly and Phoebe Serpell finished third overall. 

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Jessica McTaggart Giuzio will compete in Veracruz in November.

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