Cayman Riding School on Hirst Road in Savannah Newlands recently held its Annual Christmas Horse Show, postponed from December due to the rainy weather. January’s show had a record number of entries and riders taking part.
While there are numerous shows hosted throughout the year at Cayman Riding School, “We like to think of our Christmas Show as a bit special with something for absolutely everyone,” said the school’s proprietor and riding instructor, Tracey Surrey.
“From the rider who has just started to learn to ride with us to the more confident and experienced rider, the emphasis is for everybody to have lots of fun and help develop the confidence of all our young riders in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere.
“With the recent addition to our team of another riding instructor, we had even more children participating this year, so we went out of our way to decorate our riding arena. With the addition of numerous Christmas trees and a sprinkling of snow (or on closer inspection, self-rising flour), the riding arena was transformed into a winter wonderland.”
The day started with a Fancy Dress Competition in the main arena, with a Handy Pony class in the second arena for the less experience riders who had to negotiate their horses and ponies around an obstacle course.
A “Mini Majors” Competition saw the intermediate riders teamed with the more experienced riders to complete a long and challenging obstacle/jumping course against the clock, which means the team completing the course in the fastest time but with the fewest faults (mistakes) were declared the winners.
Around midday everyone was treated to a free barbecue and refreshments while the jumping course was built for the afternoon’s show jumping classes. Four jumping classes were held throughout the afternoon, with heights ranging from 0.6m to 1m, and produced some fantastic riding with very exciting results.