The Cayman Islands Equestrian Team won first place (adults) and second place (children) in the 2017 Caribbean Equestrian Association (CEA) Caribbean Dressage Challenge.
The competition, in its 13th year, enables riders from CEA member countries to compete without having to travel. Instead, a single judge travels to each island nation, a press release states. Riders are ranked 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. Of the 63 competitors from Barbados, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Trinidad, Cayman had a total of 14 riders in the competition.
Finishing in first place, ahead of Barbados, Bermuda and Trinidad, was the Cayman Islands adult team, comprised of riders Stephanie Lloyd, Tracey Surrey and Jessica McTaggart-Giuzio. The Cayman children’s team, Megan Swartz, Anja Van Genderen and Abby Swartz, won second place, ahead of Barbados and Trinidad.
“On behalf of the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation, congratulations to our riders. We are incredibly proud of their efforts and their hard work is clearly paying off,” said Eve van den Bol, the organization’s president. “This is the first year that our adult team has won …. Our junior team also produced outstanding results, especially given that they are a relatively young group,”
Individually, Cayman riders fared especially well this year against their Caribbean counterparts. Highlights include winning three of the top five places in Adult First Level; first, second and third in the Adult Training Level; and four of the top seven places in the Children’s Training Level.
High points for the overall competition went to Tracey Surrey on Dusty in the Adult First Level Test 3 with a score of 72.265 percent.