The morning showers and overcast skies offered the perfect riding conditions as Cayman Riding School held its final jumping show of the season on the weekend of June 23 and 24.
The event had a record number of entries – 32 rides competed over jumps ranging from introductory cross poles at 0.5m to the more experienced riders competing over the bigger fences at 0.95m.
The highlight of the show was the introduction of a completely new type of equestrian event for Cayman known as “arena eventing.” Riders competing in this class had to negotiate a round of show jumps and then move straight on to a series of cross-country jumps positioned both in the competition arena and out in the fields surrounding the property.
Cross-country jumping is a test of endurance, skill and agility, where horse and rider negotiate a course of natural – normally solid – obstacles, for example logs, ditches, water jumps and banks positioned in fields and open spaces (i.e. not in an enclosed riding arena).
The construction of a new cross-country course at Cayman Riding School means riders are now able to train and compete in this discipline for the first time ever in Cayman.
“It was absolutely exhilarating and so exciting” said Paula Daniels who competed on her horse Second Kiss. “We are so lucky to have the new facilities and I just can’t wait to ride around the cross-country course again.”
The arena eventing was won by Jardae Barnes riding Austin, who produced a double clear round.
Cayman Riding School has numerous shows scheduled for the remainder of 2018. The public are always welcome to come along and watch and entry is completely free. For further details email Tracey Surrey at [email protected] or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/caymanridingschool.