Cayman dressage team ready for challenge

Anja van Genderen on Joey

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation has selected its teams for the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Caribbean Dressage Challenge.

From left, Chloe Fowler, CEA High Point Champion – Children, judge Jeanne McDonald and Amara Thompson, CEA High Point Champion – Adult.
From left, Chloe Fowler, CEA High Point Champion – Children, judge Jeanne McDonald and Amara Thompson, CEA High Point Champion – Adult.

Representing the Adult team are Amara Thompson, Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio and Jenn Cowdroy. For McTaggart-Giuzio, it was the first time her 21-year-old former Pan Am Games mount, Ray of Light, has been able to compete since sustaining an injury almost two years ago.

Chloe Fowler, Anja van Genderen and Ashley van den Bol round out the Children’s team.
The teams were chosen based upon the results of the Cayman leg of the Dressage Challenge over the weekend at the Equestrian Center and the Cayman Riding School.

The Dressage Challenge enables riders from Caribbean Equestrian Association member countries to compete without having to travel. Instead, a single judge travels to each island so the scoring is consistent.

The Federation was pleased to welcome back Jeanne McDonald, a US Equestrian Federation S-level judge from Philadelphia who has judged the Dressage Challenge for the past two years.

Riders competing in the Dressage Challenge are ranked individually and by country team. The country team consists of the top three adult and top three junior riders based on their scores and the difficulty of the test they ride.

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

Currently, only the Cayman Islands and Jamaica have held their Dressage competitions.

Bermuda holds its event this weekend, and Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago are scheduled for the end of June. Once all five countries in the Caribbean Equestrian Association have completed their competitions, the final standing for Cayman’s riders and the Cayman national team will be known.

High Point Champion for the Adults and Juniors, respectively, were Amara Thompson riding Second Kiss and Chloe Fowler riding Will to Win, both of whom won at Training Level Test 3.

The next and last CIEF event for the 2015/16 horse show season is the fourth and final leg of the National Jumping Series. It will be at 8 a.m., May 29, at the Equestrian Center on Linford Pierson Highway. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

In addition to holding the CEA Dressage Challenge, the Federation held other classes for interested riders. Winners of all the classes held over the weekend are listed in order of most difficult to least difficult test ridden. Dressage Challenge classes are noted with CEA.

Prix St. Georges (CEA): Jessica McTaggart-Guizio riding Ray of Light
Third Level Test 1 (CEA): Kate Flett riding Loris 7
Second Level Test 3 (CEA): Jessica Achtstatter riding Partenon
First Level Test 3 – Adult (CEA): Kate Flett riding Blue Ridge Dream On
First Level Test 3 – Junior (CEA): Ashley van den Bol riding Whindlass
First Level Test 2 – Adult: Jenn Cowdroy riding Kartouche
First Level Test 1 – Adult: Anja van Genderen riding Joey
Training Level Test 3 (CEA) – Adult: Amara Thompson riding Second Kiss
Training Level Test 3 (CEA) – Junior: Chloe Fowler riding Will to Win
Training Level Test 2 – Adult: Caroline Key riding Iggy Pop
Training Level Test 1 – Junior: Leah Alberga riding Pony Up
USDF C Test – Junior: Eva Hepburn riding Watch Me Go
USDF B Test – Junior: Charlize Milgate riding Nala

Complete results are available at