Cayman riders compete in Regional Jumping Challenge

Polly Serpell on Sunday’s Edition. – Photos: Eve van den Bol

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation held the Cayman leg of the Caribbean Equestrian Association Regional Jumping Challenge at Cayman Riding School on Sunday.

Now in its second year, the Regional Jumping Challenge is designed by the Caribbean Equestrian Association to give show jumpers of all ages a chance to measure their skills against other riders in the region.

Riders compete in their home countries on their own horses, and ride a standard course twice, first for faults and the second for faults and time.

Juliette Forrester on Apollo.
Juliette Forrester on Apollo.

This year, the competition consists of three different height categories: 0.7 meters, 0.85m and 1.0m, versus only two last year. A total of 21 Cayman riders competed for Cayman, up from just six last year.

Each country participating in the competition generates a team score based on the results of their top two riders at each height level.

The score comprises the sum total of all of the faults generated over the two rounds by each team rider and the sum of the time taken by these two riders in their second jumping round.

Once each of the participating countries have held their Regional Jumping Challenge, the results will be tallied and countries will be ranked at each height category. Also, an individual ranking at each height level will be made for all participants in the Caribbean.

Chloe Fowler on Will to Win.
Chloe Fowler on Will to Win.

Barbados has completed their event already, while Jamaica will be holding their challenge in June, with Trinidad and Bermuda holding their events in October.

Teams for the Cayman Islands

0.7 Meters – Juliette Forrester on Apollo (1st), Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio on Blue Ridge Dream On (2nd)

0.85 Meters – Chloe Fowler on Will to Win (1st), Libby Galloway on Dublin’s Bay (2nd)

1.0 Meters – Polly Serpell on Sunday’s Edition (1st), Jenna Boucher on Edson Arantes MB (2nd)

For complete results, visit The next show jumping event is the National Jumping Series Event No. 3 this weekend at Cayman Riding School at 7:45 a.m. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio on Blue Ridge Dream On.