The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation started the year with an action-packed day of show jumping last weekend.
The show coupled the trials for international selection for the Barbados round of the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Junior Show Jumping Competition with a National Jumping Show.
Each calendar year, the four CEA countries – Cayman, Barbardos, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago – meet once in each country to compete over four show jumping courses.
They compete on horses loaned by the country hosting the event. The first event is always hosted by Barbados on Feb. 8 and 9.
New to the trials, in the Under-14 age group, were Jenna Boucher on Katrina and Basil Humphries on Storm.
Ashley van den Bol on Amarilla and Chloe Fowler on Shirley also put themselves forward.
In the U-16 age group, good friends Isabelle Smith and Phoebe Serpell competed against each other on their mounts Edson Arantes MB and Sunday’s Edition, respectively.
Van den Bol put in a solid performance and took first place after three rounds in the U-14 category and was selected for Barbados.
She was the only rider to go clear in every round for the day.
Van den Bol said, “I am really pleased with the way I rode today. All the riders rode well so it was exciting to compete and then a great reward for me to finish in front. I am very much looking forward to representing Cayman in Barbados.”
Fowler was second, Boucher third and Humphries fourth.
Smith won the U-16 competition and was selected for the Barbados trip with Serpell as the reserve.
As the team knuckles down to serious training, they will be joined by Humphries, who has been invited to Barbados as well.
He will be competing in a U-12s competition for fun and experience. The idea is to give emerging riders who have not ridden for their country before, some experience at international level, without the pressure of riding for the team.
In the Open Jumping competition, Amara Thompson on Rumour Has It took first place in the 1 meter class. Continuing her run of excellent form, Lea Rado, on Never Ending Story, took first place in the 0.8m and 0.7m classes.
In the 0.8m class she was followed by Madeleine Aquart on Rambo in second place, Thompson on Teddy in third and Hannah Fowler on Seligkeit in fourth.
The next jumping show is the National Jumping Series Round 2, at the Equestrian Centre off Linford Pierson Highway on Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. Entry is free and spectators are welcome.