Riders get high marks in jumping show

Cayman Riding School on Hirst Road in Savannah was the location for the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation’s Open Jumping Show on March 13.

Horses and ponies competed together at four different heights ranging from 0.6m to 0.9m.

“Whilst competing is not our main focus at Cayman Riding School, we have an increasing number of riders wanting to participate in these shows,” said Tracey Surrey, the school’s owner and riding instructor.

Skye Buckley won the 0.6m jumping class riding Jack, a Cayman pony owned and trained by Cayman Riding School.

Eva Muspratt, who also trains at the school, won the 0.7m jumping class with her pony Oscar.

The 0.8m class was hotly contested with three riders jumping a double clear round, so the final placing was decided by the horse and rider with the fastest time in the jump off.

Jenna Boucher won the class riding Star, a Cayman horse loaned to her for the competition.

Second place went to Chloe Fowler riding her young horse Billy, while Amara Thompson took third place riding her horse Second Kiss.

In the 0.9m class, Boucher again competed on Star. It was their first time competing at this height, and their performance put them into first place with Thompson and Second Kiss coming in a very close second.

“Whilst the children are more than capable of jumping these heights under instruction [during their weekly riding lessons] – when it comes to competing, they can get rather nervous having to compete in front of spectators.

“It is therefore a wonderful opportunity that the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation organizes these shows, as it gives all riders on the island the opportunity to progress and develop their riding skills,” Ms. Surrey said.

“It is so encouraging that the local Cayman horses that we have rehabilitated and trained at Cayman Riding School are performing just as well – if not beating – some of the more expensive horses that have been imported to the island,” she said.

“It offers the opportunity to a much wider group of our young riders who would not normally be able to compete if they were dependent on importing a horse [to the island].”

For further details about riding, email Tracey Surrey at [email protected] or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CaymanRidingSchool.