Boucher jumps ahead of the rest in first Caribbean round

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation hosted the inaugural Caribbean Equestrian Association Regional Jumping Challenge over the weekend.

The RJC is a competition recently created by the CEA to give developing show jumpers of all ages the chance to measure their skills against other riders in the Caribbean region.

Riders compete in their home countries on their own horses and ride a preset course twice at either 0.85 meters or 1.0m.

Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica will all host the competition before the end of the year and Cayman was the first to launch the competition.

Six riders from Cayman entered the challenge, held at Cayman Riding School in Savannah: Jenna Boucher, Chloe Fowler, Hannah Fowler, Lea Rado, Polly Serpell and Amara Thompson.

Boucher rode two horses, one at each height and took top honors in both classes.

In the 1m class, Boucher rode Edson Arantes MB and finished in first place. Polly Serpell, on Sunday’s Edition, finished in second place and Hannah Fowler on Colette was third.

In the 0.85m class, Boucher placed first on Katrina, with Chloe Fowler in second on Shirley, Lea Rado on Never Ending Story in third and Amara Thompson on Teddy in fourth. For the Cayman team, the scores of Boucher and Serpell in the 1m class and the scores of Fowler and Rado in the 0.85m class were added together and put forward as team scores to be compared against the scores of the other participating countries, once their competitions have been held.

The CIEF also ran open jumping classes at 0.6m and 0.7m, after the RJC was complete. This gave the beginner show jumpers the opportunity to demonstrate their skills after the long summer break.

Eva Muspratt and Oscar were first in the 0.7m class with Kayla Godwin and Harry in second and Grace Bostock on Lucyanna in third.

In the 0.6m class Meegan Slattery was first on Jack followed by Kayla Godwin on Harry in second and Shayla Ebanks on Beanie in third.

This Sunday, Sept. 27, starting at 8 a.m., CIEF will host Event 2 of the FEI World Jumping Challenge at Cayman Riding School on Hirst Road in Savannah. Members of the public are invited to attend and admission is free.