With first place in the World Dressage Challenge behind them, youth show jumpers from across Cayman swapped the grace and style of their dressage games for the speed and accuracy of the jump arena.
The prize this time was a place on the Cayman team and the right to compete in the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Show Jumping Competition to be held in Cayman next month. Six riders from the Equestrian Centre and one rider from Cayman Riding School gathered at CRS for the first Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation show. Sharon Hinds, newly-elected president of Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation, said, “We are delighted that another show venue has opened up for the use of equestrian federation members.
Visiting horses from the Equestrian Centre settled in easily and seemed to take their new surroundings in their stride. The random draw settled the order of go for the three rounds of competition in each of the age categories, under 16 and under 14.
Three experienced riders from the Equestrian Centre competed in the Under-16 age category, Thea Millward, Polly Serpell and Isabelle Smith; in the U-14 age category, three seasoned riders from the Equestrian Centre, Madeliene Arquart, Phoebe Serpell and Ashley van den Bol were joined by Hannah Fowler from Cayman Riding School.
Smith took first place in the U-16 category with a combined time of 128.15 seconds and will represent Cayman in that category in the CEA JSJC against Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica in a couple of weeks. Millward finished second with 134.78 seconds and is the reserve for the U-16 and Polly Serpell finished third with 8 faults and a combined time of 133.20 seconds.
In the U-14 category, Fowler took first place to win the trial in the younger age group with a combined time of 124.5 seconds. Phoebe Serpell was a close second with a time of 125.14 seconds and will be the reserve. In third place was Van den Bol with 133.8 seconds and fourth was Arquart with 4 faults and in a time of 134.05 seconds.
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