Dressage duo reach high points

The last of the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation’s dressage shows for the current season were held over the weekend.  

Over two days, there were two elements to the show: the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Dressage Challenge and the last chance to earn points in the National Dressage Championship. 

Georgia resident Cindy Thaxton, a longtime dressage coach of Cayman’s riders, helped put the finishing touches to many of the competitors’ tests.  

The Cayman leg of the CEA Dressage Challenge is the last of five regional competitions.  

U.S. judge Jeanne McDonald, travels to Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman, Jamaica and Trinidad to judge local riders riding their own ponies and horses in a variety of dressage tests. The best three children’s scores and the best three adults’ scores from each country are chosen as the team scores and then compared against the other countries for an overall winner. 

Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio was the adult high-point winner with a score of 67.273 percent on Loris 7. Child high-point winner was Ashley van den Bol, with 67.955 percent, on Blue Ridge Dream. 

McTaggart-Giuzio and Loris 7 led the Cayman Adult Team. The other two spots on the adult team went to Amara Thompson on Teddy Bear and Juliette Forrester on Apollo. 

On the Cayman Children’s Team were Phoebe Serpell on Sunday’s Edition, Thea Millward on Partenon and Hannah Fowler on Seligkeit. 

Both Cayman teams placed third overall in their respective divisions. 

Other rides of note were Isabella Finlay and Flicka, who took first place in the USDF B Test with 71.250 percent, and Abbey Swartz on Pony Up, who rode her way to the top spot in the USDF C Test with 67.250 percent. 

Winners of the National Dressage Championship 2015 and the National Jump Series 2015 will be announced at the CIEF’s Annual Dinner on June 20. Tickets are sold out. 

Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio and Loris 7

Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio was the adult winner.

Ashley van den Bol 80_2

Ashley van den Bol won the children’s category.

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