The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation named national champions and reserve champions at its annual awards dinner on June 18 at the George Town Yacht Club.
In addition to many former champions returning to collect rosettes, many new champions and reserves were crowned, including Kate Flett, Kayla Mannisto, Caroline Key, Jessica Achtstatter, Grace Bostock, Marleigh Smith, Charli Milgate and Eva Hepburn.
Highlights of the evening also included a pep talk based on works of U.K. cartoonist Norman Thelwell, and the always popular bingo game, which drew a large crowd of kids.
Over the horse show season in the Cayman Islands, which runs from September to June, the Federation holds four National Dressage Shows and four National Jumping Series Shows. Based on local riders’ three best results in their respective categories, a champion and reserve champion are named.
Federation President Sharon Hinds said of the dinner: “It was great to see all of our riders come together and celebrate everyone’s achievements. Equestrian sport in the Cayman Islands has grown substantially over the past few years and from the looks of the attendance at the awards dinner, we expect to have another strong year next show season.”
The riders who were named national champions and reserve champions in the following categories for dressage and show jumping are: