Dressage Series kicks off

Lara Humphries, riding her pony Storm, was Junior High Point winner.

The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation kicked off its National Dressage Series over the weekend with its first show of the season.

The series consists of four dressage shows between November and May, culminating in the naming of season champions in various categories at the federation’s annual awards dinner in June.

Lara Humphries, riding her pony Storm, was named the Junior High Point winner, and Tracey Surrey, riding her horse Dusty, was named the Adult High Point winner.

The show welcomed many new faces, including younger riders Jardae Barnes, Zahra Dinspel-Powell, Olivia Ziemniak, Siena van Dam, Megan Duval and Clara Byrne, as well as adults Stephanie Lloyd, Paula Daniels and Eve van den Bol.

Jardae Barnes, riding Austin, was among the new faces at the show.
Jardae Barnes, riding Austin, was among the new faces at the show.

The largest class of the day was the B Test for junior riders, followed by Training Level Test 3 for Adults, which had a record nine riders.

Cindy Canace, a senior judge from the United States, judged the show, which was held at the Equestrian Center in the morning and finished at the Cayman Riding School in the afternoon.

Ms. Canace, who judged the federation’s third National Dressage Show last year, said she was impressed with the progress that Cayman’s riders have made in just a short time, according to a press release.

The federation’s event calendar is available on its website, www.ciefcay.com. The next jumping show will be on Jan. 15 at the Cayman Riding School on Hirst Road, starting at 8 a.m. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

Tracey Surrey, riding her horse Dusty, was Adult High Point winner.
Tracey Surrey, riding her horse Dusty, was Adult High Point winner.
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