Cayman hosts international show jumping competition

Leah Alberga, riding Zeus, will be competing this weekend.

The Equestrian Center on Linford Pierson Highway this weekend is hosting an invitational show jumping competition with riders from Jamaica, the U.S. and Cayman.

Local riders will share a horse with a visiting rider for the weekend. Class heights will run through .60, .70, .80 and .90m.

Competing riders will range in age from 10 to 18.

“One of the main intents behind this competition is to foster international friendship,” said coach and event organizer Mary Alberga. “The previous CEA [Caribbean Equestrian Association] show-jumping circuit that we participated in for many years, where riders traveled to different countries, is no longer running, and we knew that the kids would be missing out on the opportunity to travel, make friends and ride different horses, so we decided to extend invitations to our neighboring countries … to bring riders to compete against our local riders.”

Local riders include Polly Serpell, Youth Olympic Games Bronze Medalist; Ashley van den Bol; Basil Humphries; Charli Milgate; Abbey Swartz; Megan Swartz; Leah Alberga and Kayla Mannisto.

The competition starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Spectators are welcome and entry is free.