The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation has selected its Cayman teams for the Caribbean Equestrian Association’s Caribbean Dressage Challenge.
Representing the adult team are Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio, Tracey Surrey and Stephanie Lloyd, all of whom are professional riders.
Anja van Genderen and sisters Megan and Abbey Swartz are on the children’s team.
The teams were chosen based on the results of the Cayman leg of the CEA Dressage Challenge last weekend at the Equestrian Center and Cayman Riding School.
The Caribbean Dressage Challenge, organized by the Caribbean Equestrian Association, enables riders from CEA member countries Bermuda, Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands to compete against each other. Because the logistics of transporting horses internationally are insurmountable, the judge travels rather than the competitors. Sarah Geikie, a USEF Senior and FEI 4* judge from Connecticut, flew in for the show.
Riders competing in the CEA Dressage Challenge are ranked both individually and by country team. The country team consists of the top three adult and top three junior riders based on the difficulty of the test they ride and the scores they receive. To date, only the Cayman Islands and Bermuda have held their 2017 CEA Dressage competitions, and the Cayman Adult Team is currently in first place. The Cayman children’s team is currently in second place behind Bermuda.
Once all of the countries in the CEA have completed their competitions, the final standing for Cayman’s riders and the Cayman national team will be known. Last year, and the Cayman children’s team placed second in the Caribbean, and the Cayman adult team placed third overall.
High Point Champion for the Adults and Juniors, respectively, were Tracey Surrey riding her horse Dusty at First Level Test 3 and Megan Swartz riding Zeus at Training Level Test 3.
In addition to holding the CEA Dressage Challenge, the CIEF held other classes for interested riders.
The next show on the CIEF calendar is the third of the four-part National Jumping Series, which will take place on April 30 at the Equestrian Center on Linford Pierson Highway. Start time will be 8 a.m. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.