Riders set for big jump contest

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation is preparing to host the second leg of the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Junior Show Jumping Competition on Saturday and Sunday.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon both days at the Equestrian Centre on the Linford Pierson bypass.

Teams from Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will contest the Cayman crown. Each team member will ride four horses over different courses, which will test not only their riding skills, but also their memory and their courage.

The Cayman team of Polly Serpell (16 and under) and Chloe Fowler (14 and under) have been putting the finishing touches to their jump training this week.

This is the second time Serpell will represent Cayman in the 16-and-under category after a debut in Jamaica last year. Serpell has competed in the 14-and-under category several times in Cayman and overseas.

Fowler has competed for Cayman in Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica last year.

“We are delighted this year to be hosting a 12-and-under invitational alongside our CEA competition, with 10 extra riders competing from home and abroad,” said Pamela Fowler, secretary-general of the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation.

“This is a fun competition to give younger riders a taste of international competition. We could not do this without the ongoing support of our volunteers and our corporate sponsors.”

Fowler added, “We will be showcasing our island to our visitors while they are here, and the children are really looking forward to hosting and getting to know the members of the overseas teams.

“It will be an action-packed weekend.”

The reserve team member is Ashley van den Bol. The 12-and-under riders are Laney Bodden, Grace Bostock, Basil Humphries, Eva Muspratt, Meegan Slattery and Abbey Swartz.

Entry to the show jumping competition is free.