The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation welcomed U.S. dressage judge Luis Denizard to Cayman recently to judge the first show in the 2015-16 National Dressage Series.
Denizard was visiting Cayman for the first time, and was impressed with its dressage talent.
He judged a series of tests at a two-venue show held at the Equestrian Center and Cayman Riding School.
Scores taken from four shows held over the course of the season are added together to determine champions and reserve champions for each division.
Making their debut at the Equestrian Center were Kate Flett on Loris, who is Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio’s horse. They rode the USEF Third Level Test 3 well, scoring 63.59 percent. Flett is a visiting trainer from Florida, who is substituting for McTaggart-Giuzio at the Equestrian Center while she is on maternity leave.
The combination rode a difficult test well, despite having been together for only a few months.
Megan Swartz and her horse, Patrick, won the overall Children’s High Point Award after scoring 68.70 percent in the Training Level Test 1. This was a great win for the pair and the first time Swartz has won a high point award.
In the beginner classes, Lara Humphries returned to the ring with Storm after the horse underwent surgery and an intense period of recovery over the summer. The pair won both the USDF B and C Test Classes, making their comeback especially sweet.
At Cayman Riding School, trainer Tracey Surrey and her horse, Dusty, dazzled spectators by winning the overall Adult High Point Award in the USEF First Level Test 3 with a score of 68.125 percent.
Wendy Zhang made her debut in dressage with her Cayman pony, Austin, winning the Adult USEF Training Level Test 1 with 64.3478 percent.
Other highlights at the venues included debuts in the dressage ring by new pairings Amara Thompson and Second Kiss, Jenna Boucher and Edson Arantes MB, Ashley van den Bol and Whindlass, Chloe Fowler and Will to Win, Eva Hepburn and Rolex, Olivia Klyver and Shirley Temple and Jennifer Cowdroy and Monroe Carr.