Fowler first in jumping show in Florida

Chloe Fowler in practice before heading to Florida.

Chloe Fowler, a 13-year-old rising star at Cayman Riding School in Savannah-Newlands, won first place last weekend at a jumping show in Ocala, Florida.

Each year, hundreds of horses ship in to Ocala, Florida for the 10-week “HITS Ocala” show season, which includes an FEI Nations Cup CSIO-4, and culminates in a $1 million Grand Prix in week 10. HITS also hosts classes for developing show jumpers and hunter jumpers.

Fowler borrowed a horse from her U.S. coach and entered a collection of 0.9m classes and a 1m class. She placed in three of the four classes, winning $110 and fifth place in the $1,000 Child Jumper Classic 0.9m, and first place in the Child Jumper Medium 1m.

“I was so excited to be able to travel and compete at HITS,” said Fowler. “It is my goal to be a show jumper and eventually represent my country on the international stage. At home I am training my own horse, who is only a baby in terms of experience, so we are only jumping small fences. So to go to Florida for the first time and borrow a horse to jump higher fences, was really rewarding and fun.

“Winning first place was even better. My U.S. coach is still actively competing himself, and he gave me a lot of tips on how to ride the timed classes and the jump-offs more competitively, and I just put into practice what he said.”

Tracey Surrey, owner and manager at Cayman Riding School, said she was pleased for Fowler.

“Chloe has been riding with me since she was 5, and we have gone through all the basics and set the foundations of her riding firmly in place. It is so wonderful to see riders I have trained take their skills overseas to compete in competitions where the class sizes are much larger than they are here on island. It gives them a sense of how hard they need to work to make it in the international arena of show jumping.

“For Chloe to go to Florida for the first time, borrow a horse she is not familiar with, and come away with three ribbons, including a first place, is fantastic.”

Fowler plans to return to Ocala before the show season is over to try her luck once more.

“It won’t be the $1 Million Dollar Grand Prix just yet, but maybe one day,” she said.

“For Chloe to go to Florida for the first time, borrow a horse she is not familiar with, and come away with three ribbons, including a first place, is fantastic.”

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