Serpell named Jumping Challenge champion for Cayman

Polly Serpell soars on Sunday’s Edition. – PHOTO: EVE VAN DEN BOL

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation held the third and final event of the Cayman leg of the 2016 FEI World Jumping Challenge – Category C on Saturday at the Equestrian Center located on the Linford Pierson Highway in George Town.

Once again, Youth Olympic bronze medalist, Polly Serpell came out on top and was named Champion of the series. Riding her sister’s horse, Sunday’s Edition, Serpell had a bit of rough trip in the first round over an extremely difficult course, but then pulled off a clear round in the second and final round of the event.

The World Jumping Challenge is designed to enable riders who live in more remote countries the opportunity to compete internationally without having to leave their own country.

At the end of the year, when all of the participating countries have reported their riders’ scores for Category C, which has jump heights of up to 1.1 meters, Serpell, representing the Cayman, will be able to see where she ranks in the Caribbean region and in the world.

Sharon Hinds, President of the Equestrian Federation, commented that she was thrilled that the they could hold the Jumping Challenge again this year, giving Cayman riders the opportunity to obtain a world ranking score. “The FEI’s World Jumping Challenge is a unique competition that allows our riders to compare their overall skill levels against their counterparts worldwide, and especially with our friends in the Caribbean.”